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FAQ's for Joining as a Deck Cadet

  1. What is Merchant Navy?
  2. Why Join Merchant Navy?
  3. Who should join Merchant Navy?
  4. How is Merchant Navy better than any other career option?
  5. Sea of Opportunity?
  6. What are the qualifications required to join as a deck cadet?
  7. What is the best choice to join, after 12th or after graduation?
  8. Do we need IIT rank to qualify , what is the difference in qualifying through IIT ranking and direct joining ?
  9. I fulfill the eligibility criteria for joining so what process should I follow for joining the Merchant Navy?
  10. Of the 2 methods described above which one is preferred?
  11. What do you mean by a sponsored candidate?
  12. What is Pre-Sea Training?
  13. Don’t you think the cost of Pre-Sea training is quite high?
  14. Is there any education loan’s available?
  15. Please explain the selection process as a Deck Cadet in Anglo-Eastern?
  16. What is IMU?
  17. What happens after the selection process?
  18. Which boards are not recognized by IMU?
  19. Does onboard training of 18 months to be completed at a stretch?
  20. What are cadets? are they some kind of trainees?
  21. Do we have to sign a bond?
  22. What qualification will I have on completing this course?
  23. What are the duties of a deck officer on board the ship?
  24. What if I want to give up sailing in the future after becoming a Captain of a ship? Can I get employment ashore?
  25. How to apply for joining as a deck cadet?
  26. Do Anglo-Eastern candidates also have to appear for the IMU test?
  27. When selecting companies what should I look for?
  28. What is special about Anglo-Eastern ?

  1. What is Merchant Navy?

    Ships that carry goods, people or render services of a non military nature constitute the merchant navy.

    Merchant Navy touches every body’s life in one way or other. Material for building a house may have been brought by a bulk carrier, the fuel used in your vehicle was brought by a tanker and fruits in the market from different countries were brought in a refrigerated container.


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  2. Why Join Merchant Navy?

    Merchant Navy is a very lucrative career, some of the many attractions of this profession are listed below:-
    • High income (Tax Free)
    • Independence and responsibility at a young age
    • Quick promotions
    • No expenses whilst on board (High class accommodation and cuisine)
    • Travel around the globe and experience the world
    • Adventure – No two days on the ship are the same
    • Long Vacations - Time to pursue your hobbies
    • Future opportunities to pursue a career ashore

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  3. Who should join Merchant Navy?

    If you are adventurous person who likes to be outdoors and is not interested in a monotonous 9-5 job, then Merchant Navy is the best career option for you.

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  4. How is Merchant Navy better than any other career option?

    A student who passes his/her 10+2 exams and takes up any stream for further studies spends at least another 4 years in college before becoming eligible for a job in the particular stream. Whereas a candidate who joins Merchant Navy, has to undergo only 1 year of training at an approved institute and then starts earning whilst doing the onboard training. Moreover the stipend received during the training period itself is higher than the starting salaries in many career streams ashore.
    At the age of 21 when a normal student graduates from any stream and starts looking for a job, the candidate who has joined Merchant Navy has already completed his/her training and starts working as an officer on board the ship and earns wages to the tune of more than 1 Lakh rupees per month.

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  5. Sea of Opportunity?

    There are various types of ships but the main job of a ship is to transport goods or people from one place to another. Ships are responsible for transporting 96% of goods around the world and is the most important service helping to keep the wheels of the global economy moving smoothly. Shipping is a vital link in world trade and today it is one of the booming sectors of the industry. If you join the merchant navy you could choose to be a navigating officer (also known as a deck officer) or an engineering officer.

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  6. What are the qualifications required to join as a deck cadets?

    Educational Qualification:

    For 10+2 Science students: from a recognized Board/University with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM), with not less than 65% marks in PCM aggregate.
    OR

    For BSc students: With Physics as an individual subject in any one of the years of B.Sc., with not less than 60% marks in the final year of B.Sc., from a recognized University provided that the candidate must have passed 10 + 2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) from a recognized Board.
    OR


    For BE/B.Tech Students: or its equivalent degree from I.I.T. or from a college recognized by AICTE/UGC/DEC.

    STUDENTS AWAITING RESULTS CAN ALSO APPLY

    AND


    English: Should have passed with not less than 60% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard or in the Degree programme conducted by a recognized Board/University.

    Age Limit: Not more than 25 Yrs at the commencement of course (Course commences on 1st Monday in February and August every year)

    Physical and Medical Standards: Medically fit as per the standards set by Merchant Shipping Medical Examination Rules and eyesight 6/6 in each eye without visual aids.

    Go on the website to view the Rules, http://www.dgshipping.com/dgship/final/rules/medicex.htm

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  7. What is the best choice to join, after 12th or after graduation?

    The Deck Cadet Training programme leads to a diploma and thereafter a BSc degree in Nautical Science on successful completion of the full Cadet Training programme.

    After completion of the 1st and 2nd semester in the Pre-sea institute (total 1 year) the candidate is awarded an advanced Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS). He/she then has to complete the remaining 3 semesters (3,4 & 5) as onboard training. During the onboard training the candidate is given the training material for the Distance Learning Programme, which is to be completed and submitted to the Pre-sea Institute at the completion of each semester.
    After the successful completion of all the 3 semesters the candidate has to attend 4 months of college for preparing for their 2nd Mates exams. On clearing the written and oral exams the candidate obtains a certificate of competency and is also awarded a BSc degree in Nautical Science by IMU. For more information visit http://www.imu.tn.nic.in/

    Since the course itself leads to graduation, it would be best to pursue the course immediately after the 12th std which would give the candidates a head start over the students joining after their graduation.


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  8. Do we need IIT rank to qualify , what is the difference in qualifying through IIT ranking and direct joining ?

    The entrance exam for Merchant navy is conducted by the Indian Maritime University and the exam is called CET – common entrance test which is a test one can take to join any shipping related stream – deck, engine, Naval architecture. This exam is conducted in December and June of each year at around 15 centres all over India. The eligibility criteria for attempting the IMU – CET is as given in Q6.

    IIT-JEE exam ranking is used for joining in a 3-year BSc Nautical Science degree course at a Government institute. These institutes are few and seats limited.


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  9. I fulfill the criteria for joining so what is the process of joining Merchant Navy?

    Joining Merchant Navy as a deck cadet can be done in the following ways:

    Method 1:

    Apply to a Anglo-Eastern for the post of Deck Cadet.

    1. The company will invite the applicant for a selection test provided the applicant fulfills all the qualification criteria set by DG Shipping and the Company as mentioned above.
    2. Applicant undergoes company selection test which includes a written test, a Psychometric evaluation, Interview and Medical Test.
    3. If applicant is successful in clearing the selection test then he is told to appear the IMU entrance test
    4. On successful passing of the IMU entrance test the applicant is advised to undergo a 1 year pre-sea course at an institute of the company’s choice.

    Method 2:


    1. Applicant appears for IMU entrance test.
    2. Applicant passes the IMU entrance test.
    3. Applicant is counseled and he is allocated a Pre-Sea College anywhere in India.
    4. Applicant waits for companies to conduct campus recruitment or applies to companies on completion of the course.
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  10. Of the 2 methods described above which one is preferred?

    The 1st method is preferred as you are employed by a company before having done the course, and you also have an assurance of a sea berth for completing your training. This is not the case with the 2nd method where you have to look for a job on completion of the course.
    The onboard training berths are much fewer compared to the pre-sea training seats, hence if you do not have an assured sea berth you may even spend a year trying to get an employment with a shipping company.
    In the 1st method you are classified as a sponsored cadet, in the second method you are an un-sponsored cadet.


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  11. What do you mean by a sponsored candidate?

    The term sponsored candidate is used for as a candidate who will be sponsored a sea-berth on board a ship on completion of training. It does not relate to sponsorship of tuition fees at the pre-sea training institute.

    A candidate who has met all the qualifying criteria; will be sponsored a sea berth by Anglo-Eastern Ship Management on board one of its large fleet of ships.

    Candidates who are still undergoing the company selection process will declare themselves as a non-sponsored candidate in the Form A of the IMU entrance exam. These candidates can later declare themselves as a sponsored candidate if they are selected by Anglo-Eastern.


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  12. What is Pre-Sea Training?

    As per stipulations from Directorate General of Shipping (D.G.) every candidate desirous of joining as an officer or an engineer on ships has to undergo one year of pre-sea training ashore. Pre-sea training can be undertaken in any one of the D.G. approved pre-sea training institutes across India.

    Cost of pre-sea training is approximately Rs.4 lakhs and has to be borne by the candidate

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  13. Don’t you think the cost of Pre-Sea training is quite high?

    You must remember that Pre-Sea training is not subsidized by the government, there are various requirements that have to be considered in order to conduct pre-sea training and the cost of carrying these out is very high and has to be borne by the institute.

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  14. Is there any education loan’s available?

    Yes, once you have been selected by Anglo-Eastern, we can arrange for banks to give you education loans at existing market rates, you could also on your own approach a bank of your choice to obtain educational loans at favorable interest rates.

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  15. Please explain the selection process as a Deck Cadet in Anglo-Eastern?

    The Anglo-Eastern Selection process for a Deck Cadet is as follows:

    The written / online test:
    On receiving applications, applicants are contacted and asked to send a draft of Rs.200. Details of method of payment shall be informed to you on email once your application is received. On receipt of the bank draft the examination date is set.
    The examination comprises of:
    1. A written or online test of 2 hours duration.
    2. A 1 hour psychometric paper.


    Questions asked in the Written Test:
    The Written/Online test is based on 10+2 level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English. There is a section on Aptitude and General Knowledge also in the question paper. The Written/Online test paper is in the form of Multiple Choice Questions. Similarly the psychometric evaluation requires candidates to answer Multiple Choice Questions in a specific time period, there is no preparation required for a psychometric test, except for a good understanding of English. 

    The Interview:
    Applicants who pass the Written/Online test and the psychometric evaluation are called for an interview. The Interview is generally held in the four metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta and Chennai, so be prepared to travel to your nearest Metro at a short notice.

    The Medical Test:
    All candidates who qualify the Written and Interview stage are then sent to undergo a Medical test through company appointed doctors and an eyesight test at the Mercantile Marine Department, in any of the metros.

    On passing all the above tests/examinations the candidate is declared selected as a Deck cadet, subject to him / her passing the IMU-CET and obtaining the requisite of marks in the XII / BSc as mentioned in Q6.

    Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd shall issue them a letter of having been selected for undergoing the on-board training after successful completion of the DNS programme at the Pre-Sea institute.

    Clear the IMU-CET
    The candidate shall enroll in the IMU-CET as an Anglo-Eastern sponsored candidate and will be required to obtain a pass in the exam.
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  16. What is IMU?

    The IMU or Indian Maritime University was formed by an Act of Parliament; the headquarters of the University is at Chennai with its campuses at Mumbai, Kolkata Chennai and Vishakhapatnam. Information about IMU can be obtained from their website www.imu.tn.nic.in

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  17. What happens after the selection process?

    After you have fulfilled and completed all the selection formalities i.e. Fulfilling Company and Directorate of Shipping requirements, You will be directed to undergo a 1 year pre-sea training at a Maritime Institute of our choice. You will be informed about the institute in due course of time. The 1 year pre-sea course is a residential course i.e. you will be residing in hostel inside the campus.

    In the 1 year pre-sea course, you will be imparted training in shipping related fields and on general related topics. It is imperative that you pass both the semesters in order to satisfy requirements for going on board ships.

    After completion of the 1 year pre-sea training successfully, all your travel document requirements have to be in order before you can be placed on board ship. For this reason you must apply for your passport immediately on selection as a deck cadet or at least have your passport ready with you before completion of the 1st Semester.

    Once your travel documents are ready, you will be called to attend a briefing session prior proceeding on a ship to undergo the Shipboard Structured Training programme (SSTP). The onboard training period is for 18months, during this period the company will be paying you a stipend of USD 400/- per month. Boarding and lodging on board the ship is provided free of charge.

    Once you complete the onboard training period of 18months you will attend a 4-months preparatory course to appear for the II-mates Certificate of Competency examination conducted by the DG shipping, Government of India. Once you qualify in this examination you are eligible to become a third officer of a foreign going ship

    For Career progression refer to the brochure attached, More details are available on our website www.maritimetraining.in

    So to recap in order to become an officer onboard a ship you must undergo a 12 month shore based training in a Maritime college, followed by 18 months training onboard ships.

    Both these training has to be completed for a trainee to qualify to appear an examination as an officer.

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  18. Which boards are not recognized by IMU?

    Kindly logon to the following link to check the list of boards which are not recognized by IMU - http://www.ima-maritime.com/fake.htm

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  19. Does onboard training of 18 months to be completed at a stretch?

    No, not in Anglo-Eastern. We believe that a trainee must get an all round experience on various types of ships and therefore we have broken up the 18 months in 3 intervals of 6 months each, after completing 6 months onboard one type of a ship the trainee is sent back home for a short vacation before sending him back on another ship for 6 months.

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  20. What are cadets; are they some kind of trainees?

    Yes, you are right. Trainees who train in the deck department to become Navigating officers are called “deck cadet”, similarly trainee in the Engineering department is called an “engine cadet“ or a “Junior Engineer”.

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  21. Do we have to sign a bond?

    Anglo-Eastern spends a huge amount of resources in training its cadets and Junior Engineers so it is only natural for us to expect that the cadets once they become officers stay on with the same company and as Anglo-Eastern trained cadets enjoy benefits of faster promotion and continued employment in the organization with a defined career progression, it is a win-win situation all round.

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  22. What qualification will I have on completing this course?

    On completion of training the candidate is awarded a BSc in Nautical Science from IMU and also a 2nd Mates Certificate of Competency from the Govt of India, Ministry of Shipping which qualifies him/her to sail as an officer on board ships.

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  23. What are the duties of a deck officer on board the ship?

    The following are some of the duties and responsibilities of deck officers on board the ship:-
    • Navigate the ship from the bridge in watches (shifts) while at sea
    • Ensure safety regulations are observed
    • Co-ordinate cargo loading and discharge operations
    • supervise the maintenance and upkeep of the ship
    • Co-ordinate and supervise the activities of the crew
    • Follow instructions from the captain with regards to ship operations
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all activities

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  24. What if I want to give up sailing in the future after becoming a Captain of a ship? Can I get employment ashore?

    There are plenty of jobs available for Captains and Chief engineers ashore in marine related or engineering related fields. These positions carry much prestige and status.
    Anglo-Eastern itself has more than 20 offices around the world employing hundreds of ex-masters and Chief Engineers from the fleet.

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  25. How to apply for joining as a deck cadet?

    Please send your CV to careers.sea@angloeasterngroup.com or log on to our website www.maritimetraining.in to apply online. The Application form can be found in the section “Join Merchant Navy”. Please fill up the same and click Submit. You may also download the application form, from the bottom of the same page.

    If you have any queries please feel free to contact us on the below toll free no. – 1800 209 2376

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  26. Do Anglo-Eastern candidate also have to appear for the IMU test?

    Yes the IMU CET is a compulsory entrance test made mandatory by the Government of India for any candidate aspiring to take up a career in the merchant navy.

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  27. When selecting companies what should I look for?

    Choosing the right Shipping company is the key:

    Join a company which provides you
    • a career path and
    • has a structured training programme
    • has a good safety and quality record
    • has a sizeable fleet of ships to be able to provide continuous employment and varied experience
    Check out the companies past track record.

    Stipend remuneration should be your least priority, if you are a well trained officer the money will follow. The period that you spend on board as a cadet is the time for learning, what knowledge and experience you gain during this period will stand you in good stead as an officer in the later years. The company that provides extensive training is the one you should be looking for.


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  28. What is special about Anglo-Eastern ?

    • In shipping circles Anglo-Eastern is looked upon as one of the best Ship Management Companies in the world.
    • We have grown from 40 ships to more than 400 ships in only 9 years!! This is due to the trust Anglo-Eastern has built with its clients.
    • Various types of ships and owners. The type of varied experience provided to you would not be available with any other company. Anglo-Eastern’s captains are the most sought after for senior shore-based positions in India and abroad.
    • Over 70% of our seafarers are Indians, not more than 2 nationalities on our ships. This provides the homely feeling and cuisine to your liking.
    • In Anglo-Eastern our main emphasis is on training and quality, to this effect we have one of the best post-sea training institutes in the world. It has one of the highest per officer training mandays.
    • Great career prospects with future employment possibility at senior position in Anglo-Eastern offices spread in over 16 cities around the world.


    Following are only a few of the awards that we have earned over the years:-
    • Largest Employer of Indian Seafarers for consecutively 9 years
    • Best Foreign Employer for Indian Seafarers – Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India award received consecutively for past 9 years
    • Most Compassionate Employer for Indian Seafarers – Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India award received for the past 2 years
    • Sea Trade international award for Ship Manager of the Year
    • Winner education and training Award for Middle East and SE Asia-Seatrade
    • Lloyds Maritime Asia award for being best in Crew manning and Training
    • Most Innovative Training Centre in India – Sailor Today award
    • Active participation in the enhancement of Maritime Education and Training in Asia-Pacific - GlobalMET award
    • Gallantry Award from DG shipping, Govt. of India
    • 1st in India and 2nd in the world to be awarded a distinction by DNV SeaSkill Benchmarking Audit
    • ‘Investment in people’ – Runners-up award from Seatrade Global Awards, London.


    Anglo-Eastern has beaten the recession hollow, by following a path of continuous expansion. There is a constant growth of 20% in the last 4 years with a fleet strength in 2011 touching 400 ships. Anglo-Eastern has the largest fleet of vessels manned by Indians. More than 11000 Indian seafarers are sailing on Anglo-Eastern’s fleet of Bulk carriers, Containers, Cape Size, Tankers, Chemical Carriers, LPG and LNG ships.
    We are continuously recruiting young deserving cadets to be our proud officers of tomorrow.

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