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Entrance Exams For Career in Merchant Navy

Career in Merchant Navy

The fleet of merchant vessels, which are registered in a country, is called a merchant navy. Varying in capacity, a merchant navy is even called a merchant marine. The British shipping fleet was bestowed the "Merchant Navy" title by King George V. Such a naming was the result of their service in the World War - I. No sooner, this title was adopted by many other nations as well.

It is a commercial fleet, which is non-combatant in nature and deals with the transportation of cargo. At times, this includes passenger transportation as well. Thus, the fleet of merchant navy includes the following:
  • Cargo liners
  • Carriers
  • Passenger vessels
  • Specialized vessels
  • Tankers
Anyone, who wish to prosper in this field expect to have a career that is featured with long and adventure voyages to interesting places. Moreover, the excellent and promising opportunities, which the job role in merchant navy offers attract many people. A person working in this field needs to stay away from his or her home, family and friends for long since; the job necessitates staying on a marine vessel for a longer period of time.

Current Scenario of Merchant Navy in India

In the present days, many students aspire to build their career in merchant navy. In this country, such a lucrative career, mainly, involves the below mentioned designations:
  • Deck watch keeper
  • Marine engineers
  • Navigating officers
  • Radio officers
The shipping companies of this country, mostly, hire merchant navy professionals on the basis of contracts, which generally remain valid for the duration of 6 months to 9 months. Though in the earlier days, the profession was solely meant for the male population of the Republic of India, but nowadays, many women are joining the different institutes of this nation that offer different courses related to this field. Such courses can be pursued both as a graduate and post graduate level of study. At the graduation level, the degrees conferred by the different institutes in India are B. Sc. and B. Tech. Apart from the degrees of M. Sc. and M. Tech., one can even do a M. B. A. in Logistics and Shipping Management at the post graduation level of study in the field of merchant navy in India. The different merchant navy institutions offer varied diploma courses as well.

Entrance Exams for Merchant Navy

The institutions located all over India, which offer different kinds of courses on this field conduct entrance examinations that one needs to qualify so as to get admission in those places. The most important entrance level examination, which is held at the national level for the enrollment of the students in the government merchant navy institutions, is called A.I.M.N.E.T or All India Merchant Navy Entrance Test. Following are some of the other popular merchant navy entrance examinations, which are conducted in different parts of the country:
  • L.B.S or Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research Merchant Navy Entrance Test
  • J.E.E or Joint Entrance Examination of M.E.R.I or Marine Engineering and Research Institute Joint Entrance Examination, Kolkata
  • J.E.E of Marine Engineering and Research Institute Joint Entrance Examination, Mumbai
  • T.S or Training Ship Chanakya J.E.E

Top Merchant Navy Colleges in India

This nation has got many merchant navy institutions, which are known for offering quality courses to the students, who intend to prosper in this field. These colleges range from government ones to private ones. The names and basic contact details of some of the most famous merchant navy institutions in the Republic of India are provided in the below mentioned table:

List of Top Engineering Colleges in India

S. No.Name of the Merchant Navy CollegeContact AddressContact NumberE Mail Address
1 Institute of Technology and Marine Engineering or I.T.M.E Jhinga, Diamond Harbour Road, P.O Amira, South 24 Parganas - 743 368, West Bengal, India. + 91 - 0953174 - 245 078/ 245 078
2 International Maritime Academy or I.M.A 41, Giri Road, T. Nagar, Chennai - 600 017, Tamil Nadu, India. + 91 - 044 - 4350 2120 and
3 Lal Bahadur Shastri College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research Hay Bunner Road, Mumbai - 400 033, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 022 - 371 9944 to 46
4 Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training or M.A.N.E.T Gate No. 140, Loni Kalbhor, Rajbaug, Pune - Solapur Highway, Pune - 412 201, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 020 - 2691 2901 to 2904
5 Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata P - 19, Taratolla Road, Kolkata - 700 088, West Bengal, India. + 91 - 033 - 2401 4673 to 4676
6 Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Mumbai Hay Bunder Road, Mumbai - 400 033, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 022 - 2372 5987/ 2775 9757
7 S.I.M.S or Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, Mumbai 5th Floor, Sai Commercial Building, B. K. S. Devshi Marg, Govandi Station Road, Govandi, East Mumbai - 400 088, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 022 - 6799 3545
8 T.M.I or Tolani Maritime Institute Talegaon - Chakan Road Induri, Talegaon Pune - 410 507, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 02114 - 242 000
9 Training Ship Chanakya Karave, Nerul, Navi Mumbai - 400 706, Maharashtra, India. + 91 - 022 - 770 1880/ 3876
10 V.A.M.S or Vels Academy of Maritime Studies Velan Nagar, Pallavaram Chennai - 600 117, Tamil Nadu, India. + 91 - 044 - 2266 2512/ 14

Last Updated on : March 23, 2016

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