GP Rating (General Purpose Rating) Course Details

GP Rating (General Purpose Rating) Course

GP Rating course eligibility, scope, jobs and salary details:-

What is GP Rating in Merchant Navy?

GP Rating course stands for General Purpose Rating course.  It is a pre-sea training course for 6 months duration 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. GP Rating course focuses on training cadets in two main roles of shipping sector- Deck crew and 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. In this course, cadets will be 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.



There are three main Eligibility Criteria for taking admission in GP Rating Course – Educational qualification, Medical/Physical standards and Age of the candidate.

  • Educational Qualification :- 10th Pass (from a Recognized Board)| 12th Fail| 12th with other Stream (Arts or Commerce)
  • Medical Test: – Candidate must be mentally and physically fit. You must have your eyesight 6/6, but don’t worry if you are wearing glasses (spectacles) because glasses up to plus or minus 2.5 may be allowed but you must not have color blindness.
  • Age Limit: – Your age should be between (17&half to 25).




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 20-30k Rupees at start.

GP Rating course is a job oriented course that 10th or 12th passed students may pursue. Further, after taking up the job, one may still appear for exams and rise up through the Ranks!




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