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GP Rating

GP Rating course stands for General Purpose Rating course. It is a presea training course that even 10th passed students may pursue after schooling! This course will help one in building a career in Merchant Navy. Students who want to have an exciting and adventurous career may go for this course. Financially too, jobs that one will get after completing GP Rating course, are financially rewarding! In this article, we will check out details about General Purpose Rating course, such as- basic course details, scope, job opportunities after completing the program, salary details, eligibility criteria and medical standards.


The course duration is 6 months long. It is a presea training course. GP Rating course focuses on training cadets in two main roles of shipping sector-

  • Deck crew
  • Engine crew
Deck and Engine Rating programs are available as Individual courses. But GP Rating combines them both and trains candidate Deck as well as Engine Rating aspects!

As part of the course, cadets will b given knowledge and skills related to topics like- ship machinery, swimming, fire prevention and safety technology, first AID, basics of sea, ship familiarization faring etc


Talking about eligibility criteria, there are three main things that they look at, during admission-

  • Educational qualification
  • Medical/Physical standards
  • Age of the candidate
Let us focus on them each-

    Minimum educational qualification required is- 10th passed (from a Recognized Board). Aspirants possessing other advanced educational qualifications may also apply. It also means that 10th passed and 12th failed students may also pursue this course!


    Candidates should be physically and medically fit, as per Merchant Shipping rules. They should be fit for sea faring role. Eyesight requirement is 6/6 in both eyes (unaided vision). Candidate should also not be suffering from color blindness.


    As mentioned above, age of the candidate is also taken into consideration, during admission process. It has to be between 17.5-25 years of age.


After completing the GP Rating course, one may work as Deck or Engine crew aboard ships. After 36 months of sea service, one may appear for 2nd Mate Examination and rise to Officer. With further sea service and examinations (oral and/or written), one may rise through the Ranks. Salary specifications differ, depending on whether it is a Merchant Navy ship or Entertainment cruise etc. Generally, it is between 20-40k Rupees at start.

General Purpose Rating
Eligibility criteria 10th pass or above from recognized board. Medically Fit ( no handicap ) (EYE VISSION 6.6) GLASSES NOT ALLOWEDD
Age limit 17.5-25 years only
Vision No color Blindness
Course outline Introduction to shipping industry, Deck & Engine department of the Ship, Maintenance & operation of machineries, Ship familiarization, F&B services, F&B production, Customer care service, Guest handling, Housekeeping, Front office operation & management, Life saving appliances, Survival at Sea, Swimming, Personality development, English & Computer etc.
Certificate providing Student after successfully accomplishing the training program will be awarded with the course certificate, by the academy approved by Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Surface and Transport Govt. of India. In inclusion to the above candidate will also receive INDOS and INDIAN CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate).
Placement After training & certificates if candidate agree to take placement by RCM then next 30 to 90 days placement will be done according to candidate choice
Career Prospect After training & certification candidate will be able to join as Deck Rating Office / Engine Rating Officer (Trainee Seaman) With starting salary- 300$ - 500$
Further sea experience, can be promoted in the particular department he had worked
[SAL: 1500$ - 2000$]

1. Lucrative Pay-Package
2. Tax Benefits
3. Destinations Galore
4. Confluence of Cultures
5. Enhances Professionalism
6. Extensive Exposure
7. Inspiring Adventure
8. Demanding/Less Qualifications
9. Regulated life-style
10. Extended Vacations

  1. Providing short term job oriented courses.
  2. Opportunity to earn good salary at a young age.
  3. 100% placement to the candidates trained by our academy.
  4. Lifetime placement support.
  5. Facility to Pay fee in easy installments.