GP Rating course eligibility, scope, jobs and salary details

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar


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.

Basic details about GP Rating course

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 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!


Also read: GME (Graduate Marine Engineering) course details


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.


Also read: DME (Diploma in Marine Engineering) course details


GP Rating course Eligibility Criteria

Talking about eligibility criteria, there are three main things that they look at, during admission- Educational qualification, Medical/Physical standards and Age of the candidate. Let us focus on them each-


Educational Qualifications

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!


Physical/Medical Standards

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.


Age limit

As mentioned above, age of the candidate is also taken into consideration, during admission process. It has to be between 18-25 years of age.


Scope, Jobs and Salary details

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.


In my opinion, 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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50 thoughts on “GP Rating course eligibility, scope, jobs and salary details”

  1. sir,
    can you say that how much will be the fees I have to spend for this GP rating course? .because I want to know that how much money I have to spend and Is that amount is fair for my family condition. please reply me sir.

  2. sir I am 22 yr old ..done bcom…I’m interested in joining this course n join merchant I have mild hearing loss…am I eligible ???

  3. sir i have done in recentely completed.nd i am interested for gp rating course.nd hw was the future scope of gp rating.sir plz cntact me….

  4. Sir g namshakar my age hoge lamsham date of birth hai hamari 13.12.2002 kya main apply kar sakte hai hamko konsa course karna chahiye or muje kitani salary milege

  5. Sir in youtube there is lots of video uploaded about the badness of gp rating candidate is they right and there life are tuff and hard working I want to join gp rating please help me I am totally confuse

  6. Sir I am Saurav Kumar… I am now 10th pass.. Now I want to join merchant navy.. For a high level officer.. So please sir I requesting you to tell me.. What is in GP rating.? And how it is useful for me to get a high level post in merchant navy..

  7. He don the gp rating course but company has given to rank on vessel deck cadet . Then how months is eligible for watch keeping certificate and he going to other vessel then what is rank giving another vessel thank you

  8. Sir I am pagar lav from nashik ( MH ) I completed diploma in civil engineering so I am interested about this course .my running age 22 . so please guide me or contact

    • GP Rating is a good course. With further tests and relevant exams, you may rise through ranks and become high level officer.

  9. Respective sir ,

    My name is Suraj Maddhesiya. 25 years old. I am 12th passed. I just want to know that can i do the G P rating course.. . Please guide me.

    • Your age is 25 years. Upper age limit for GP rating course in many institutes is 25 years. So, if you want to pursue this course, you may approach an institute and enquire about admission immediately.

  10. Sir,
    I am kundan jha from ghaziabad (up). I am pursuing 12 th class with pcm .so can you please guide me which course is better for me . ( dns, gp rating)

    Thank you

  11. Sir, i want to do Gp rating course of deck or engine rating But i am confuse and afraid that after completing this course i can get job anywhere or not ???

  12. Sir am pass from Delhi university and am 24 years of age but my eye side are litre bid week no colour blind my speck no is -3.5 and problem can be shout out by lasik operation

    So can I join this course if yes also please let us know is there any guarantee for the job after completion of GP rating course

    Please help and guide

  13. Dear mumbai ok kolkatta please mentioned me the institute who gave G P Rating coures training.And how much the coursd fee.
    Thank you.

  14. Sir i want to do gp rating course ……….. what is the scope in gp rating course ……………. am now clear 1st year… sir plz guide meeeeeeeeeeeeee………….

  15. I did an gp rating course ………. age of 25 yr can apply no colour blindness but in start gps have a lot of struggle at least 3 yrs u have to strugle………
    At first u have to go for studies that cost of 3 to 4 lacs then have to go placement which can cost 2 to 5 lacs so financially I have to b prepare urself

  16. i have 36 months sea service but i do not have rpsl letters for 24 months but i have indian watchkeeping is it possible to appear in 2nd mate exam ??


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