Although Merchant Navy is a highly paid and glorious job, however at the junior rank there are lot of difficulties in getting job in good shipping company. Many freshers whoo pass out from the training institute after completing their Diploma in Nautical Science course, BSc in Nautical Science course or BTech in Marine Engineering, do not get job in reputed shipping company.
The main reason is that every year many candidates pass out from the training institutes but the vacancies in shipping companies are relatively less. You must be aware that all these courses are very specialized courses and also their cost is very high. So after passing out from the training institute if a candidate does not get job then it becomes very difficult for him to pursue his future career.
Therefore Government of India with the help of shipping companies has started a system where candidate is selected by the shipping companies before taking admission in Merchant Navy related courses. In other words, Job of the candidate is secured before taking admission in the institute. This system is called sponsorship by shipping companies.
After passing out from the training institute, candidate gets the job in the same company which has sponsored him before starting of the course.
This is a very good system for the candidate as his career gets secured before spending any money on the course.
But the biggest challenge for the candidate is to find a good company for sponsorship as there are many fraud companies also so in the market. As a fresher, candidate does not have much knowledge about merchant navy. These fraud companies try to cheat money from them by providing sponsorship letter at the cost of huge amount. Therefore new candidates have to be extremely careful while deciding the sponsorship company.
The best way to get a sponsorship from reputed shipping company is to approach good institutes. Do not approach shipping companies directly, otherwise you will be cheated. All the good shipping companies come to these top institutes for sponsorship exam. When you approach these top institutes they will introduce you to these reputed shipping companies. Before taking admission these shipping companies will conduct an examination and if you are successful you will be provided with the job guarantee letter / sponsorship letter by that shipping company. This is the the best way to get sponsorship from a reputed shipping company in Merchant Navy.
The sponsorship examination which is taken by repeated shipping companies is in 3 steps.
1. Written examination which includes multiple choice questions of General aptitude, English, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.
2. Psychometric personality test
The sponsorship exam of shipping company is not easy. Most of the candidates don’t face any problem in General aptitude, English, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry as only basic level questions are asked from NCERT books of class 11th and 12th.
But other steps, Psychometric Personality test and Interview are different and tough. Therefore if candidate want to be successful in the sponsorship exam he must practice psychometric personality test and interview.
List of top institutes
- Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy
- Samundra Institute of maritime studies
- Great eastern Institute of maritime studies
- Tolani Maritime Institute
- Indian Maritime Institute Kolkata
- Maritime Training Institute Mumbai
- Institute of maritime studies Goa
- Applied Research Institute New Delhi
- International Maritime institute Noida
- Training ship Rahaman Mumbai
Disclaimer: Above is the list of good institutes as per personal opinion of Marine Republic, however before taking admission you must get information and guidance from Merchant Navy experts.
Candidate must note that sponsorship by Merchant Navy shipping companies is totally free of cost. It is illegal by law to pay any fees to the company for sponsorship. If any company asks you to pay money, you should understand that it is a fraud company and you can report the incident to government of India.
Also Read:List of top shipping companies in India