How to join Merchant Navy After B.E. Civil Engineer Degree?

Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024

Engineers graduated with B.E. Civil Engineer, the career and scope to join Merchant Navy for you is very high. As Merchant Navy can be the best field for those candidates who want to earn big after completing their bachelors in civil engineering and travelling across the oceans for months doesn’t bother you. A career in the merchant navy is worthwhile in financial terms and offers maximum job satisfaction. Major Job departments that come under the Merchant Navy field are deck department/ navigation, engineering department, electro-technical department, and stewards department/ hospitality.

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In this article, we have compiled the complete information for the engineering students who had completed their graduation as a B.E. Civil Engineer and want to join the Merchant Navy. Let’s check the complete details regarding Merchant Navy.

What Do Civil Engineers Do In The Merchant Navy?

Choosing Merchant Navy as a career for B.E. Civil Engineer can give you the adventure of a lifetime that you had been looking for so far. Apart from living your dream life, you can make a high salary without paying income tax; get NRI status, and avail the benefits of flexible working periods, long vacations, and other job-related perks by picking Merchant Navy as a career option.

Talking about the work culture for Civil engineers in Merchant Navy, one can join as a deck officer or engineering officer. And you will be responsible for navigating the ship, listening to broadcasts given by the Coastguards, and monitoring weather reports. Apart from this, establishing good communication with other crew members will also fall under your key responsibilities.

How Do You Become A Civil Engineer In The Merchant Navy?

Those students who have completed their B.E. in Civil Engineering must understand that the civil engineering branch is considered as a non-technical branch, therefore before joining Merchant Navy you need to certain Merchant Navy course that is Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) and then after the completion of this course you can join Merchant Navy as a Deck Cadet. However, you can pursue a DNS - Diploma in Nautical Sciences course after 12th, which means you need to totally ignore your Civil engineering degree to join the Merchant Navy.

How Can I Join Merchant Navy After B.E.?

Merchant Navy deals with commercial services. Admission to merchant navy is made through an entrance exam called AIMNET (all India merchant navy entrance test) followed by a screening test and a main written examination. After clearing the exam, candidates will go through an interview and a medical test. More than this, the shortlisted candidates need to complete a ship-training course prior to employment. The course is generally short-term where the candidates are taught basic security concerns of voyaging.

Eligibility criteria required for Merchant Navy are as follows:

  • Should have completed Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Marine Engineering or a Degree of B.Sc in Nautical Science degree in order to join in the navigation or marine engineering branch of Merchant Navy.
  • The candidate must have secured a minimum of 60% in Graduation degree without any backlogs.
  • The candidate age should not be more than 25 years.
  • The candidate should not suffer from colour blindness and should have an eyesight of 6/6.

The selection procedure involves; Written Exam, Physical Test, Medical Test, and Personality Interview.

How Can I Join Merchant Navy After Civil Engineering?

The best way to join the Merchant Navy is to pursue B.E./B.Tech. Marine Engineering course right after 12th Science stream schooling (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects). But many students tend to go forward with other branches of Engineering, like- Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, EC Engineering etc. However, the good news is that there are some good PG and Diploma courses as well, which Engineering Graduates in Civil Engineering may pursue and finally become a Marine Engineer.


This Post Graduate Level Engineering program is 2 years long and one of the best medium helps to be a Marine Engineer aboard Merchant Navy ships. Those who have completed their UG Engineering program in branches such as - B.E./B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, B.E./B.Tech. Electrical Engineering, B.E./B.Tech. Civil Engineering, B.E./B.Tech. Marine Engineering, B.E./B.Tech. Naval Architecture etc. are eligible to pursue this course.


Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering is a course that B.E./B.Tech. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Naval Architecture Graduates may pursue after completing their UG program. The course duration in case of this PG Diploma course is 1 year.

Some of the important subjects covered in this course are-

Communication Skills

Computer Software

Ship Design and Construction

Fire Prevention and Control

Safety Technology

Naval Architecture

Marine IC Engines

Marine Automation and Control

Marine Engineering Drawing

Ship Operation and Management

Marine Electrical and Electronics Systems

Marine Refrigeration and Air Conditioning



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Other Basic Way –

You must have to score at least 50% marks in your engineering for making a career in the merchant navy. After completion of your B.E civil engineering course, you have to pursue one year Marine Engineering Course. To get admission in Graduate Marine Engineering, you have to appear in the entrance exam. Try to score more than cutoff marks in your entrance exam. After that, you have to participate in the online counselling process to get admission in any good institute. After fulfilling the educational/ academic qualification, you also have to satisfy the medical and other age eligibility criteria (as guided above).

Hope you found this article helpful.


Jaffar Khan, February 14, 2022

Sir which institutes in India accepts Civil Engineer degree for GME ? Please reply me in Email too (if possible)