Top Merchant Navy Institutes in India 2019 [Updated]

Merchant Navy is a very fascinating job for those who want to earn handsome salary along with the opportunity to travel the world. This is a best job for those who like travelling, adventure and want to see the world. Merchant navy offers very fascinating career as a seafarer. You can join merchant navy as a marine engineer or deck cadet.

Basically, merchant navy deals with transportation of passengers, goods like petroleum products, material and the like. Everything you use in your day-to-day life probably has passed through the see. Around, 90% global transportation takes place through sea. Therefore, this profession can offer you a good career.

To join merchant navy, you’d be physically and mentally fit. If you’ve competed your graduation in engineering ( degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering) then you can join merchant navy as a marine engineer after passing one year GME (Graduate Marine Engineer) course.

One can also join merchant navy after 12th or diploma.

After completion of your course, you can join any merchant ship/vessel  for example cargo ship, bulk carrier, container ship, tanker and the like. Before sail on a ship, you’ll have to do certain course as per your qualification. Merchant navy colleges have been established across the country to give proper training to cadets to make them seafarers.

Here are some tips to choose a best merchant navy college:

As of now, there’re many colleges in India that run merchant navy courses. Well, almost all colleges are good but everyone wants to get admission in best out of them. I would like to tell you that before taking admission in any college, you’d research about that college. Best way to do that is read testimonials of other students who are currently studying or doing jobs.

Collect necessary information about colleges like their placement records (no college can give you 100 percent placement guarantee because its up to you. I mean to say that a college can give you a chance to get placed in a particular company by calling companies to its college but your placement depends upon your performance and knowledge), and CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate cum Seafarer).

Contact to alumnus and ask them about college (you can find them on social networking sites like Facebook), search on Google to get more information.

It’d be good for you if you’d see fees structure of all colleges because fee varies colleges to colleges (don’t ignore facilities given because some colleges have very low fees structure but they do not provide free accommodation, books, and uniforms).

Once, you select your college then apply online to get admission. As you may already know this profession demands good knowledge and physical strength therefore you’ll have to pass an interview and a physical test to get admission in any college.

Therefore, you’d do some preparation before going for interview. Don’t know what questions interviewer will ask you? Then read this post ‘Questions asked in merchant navy interview for GME, DNS, and GPRating?.’ Next, you’ll read list of top 10 merchant navy institutes in India.

Top Merchant Navy Institutes in India

Please note: This listicle doesn’t represent any ranking of colleges. I’ve created this list on the basis of placement record, facilities, popularity on internet and personal experience.

Indian Maritime University (IMU):

imu merchant navy institute
Source: Indian Maritime University (IMU) Website

IMU was established in 2008 by government of India. IMU was established by an act of Parliament, the Indian maritime University act 2008, to play a significant role in the development of trained human resource for marine sector. IMU has campuses in Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai Port, Navi Mumbai, and Visakhapatnam.

As per IMU annual ranking report, IMU Campus Vizag and IMU Campus Kolkata were two top merchant navy institutes in India.

Without any second thought IMU should be your first choice.

For more information, you can visit their official website

Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy (AMEA)

Source: Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy (AMEA) Website

The institute is awarded for most scenic academy in Maharashtra – 2018. AMEA was established in 2009. College is located in Karjat, Mumbai. AMEA has a very good placement record and most of the cadets are placed on ships or cargo under Anglo Eastern Group, a ship management company. It’s good infrastructure to provide adequate training to all cadets.

To get admission in this college, you’ll have to pass an online test followed by an interview, a psychometric test and physical exam. They have many online test centres across the country. You can choose exam centre of your choice from their list at the time of filling up online examination form.

To fill up online examination form, visit their official website and apply online. After filling up the form, you’ll get a response from them within 48 hrs or two days. If your application get approved then they will send you an online payment link to your email address (it’s very important to add a valid email address while filling up online admission form because all important communication will be done through your email address).

You’ll have to pay Rs. 300 (fee may vary) for an online test. You can pay online test fees by demand draft, debit card, or credit. If you’d pass online test then you’ll be called for interview in Delhi or somewhere else.

Visit Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy website

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies(SIMS)

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies(SIMS)
Source: Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies(SIMS) Website

Best maritime institute in India rated by DG shipping. Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies is situated in Lonavala, Maharashtra. It provides pre-sea training in its Lonavala campus and post-sea training in Mumbai.

To get admission in SIMS, you’ll have to pass an online examination followed by personal interview and physical test. If your online examination request is accepted then they will call you for a test and interview. You’ll have to pay 800 rupees ( fees may vary) before test and interview.

To fill online admission form or further information, you can visit their website

According to SIMS admission criteria if you’re applying for GME (Graduate Marine Engineering) course then you’d not have more than 6 backlogs in your B.Tech/BE degree. For more information regarding contact to SIMS.

Tolani Maritime Institute

Tolani Maritime Institute
Source: Tolani Maritime Institute Website

Tolani Maritime institute is first marine engineering institute in the country in private sector. This college was founded in 1998. College is situated in Induri, Pune. Tolani Maritime Institute is approved by DG shipping government of India.

It’s the oldest but still one of the top merchant navy institutes in India.

For information, You can visit their website

The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies

The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies
Source: The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies Website

The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies was started in 2006. College is located in Lonavala, Mumbai. Institute ranks among top marine training colleges in India.

Visit its official website:

International Maritime Institute (IMI)

Last but not the least is IMI. International Maritime Institute (IMI) was established in 1991. This college is situated in Greater Noida. College is approved by AICTE and DG shipping government of India. Girls are also eligible to get admission in this college for GME and other marine courses. You’ll have to pay Rs. 1050 (fees may vary) to fill up an online admission form.

Visit IMI website:

Please Note: This list is for your reference only. You should research to get more information about maritime colleges. Appropriate research will help you to choose best college for your course.

Advise: Apply in more than one college. Suppose, you’re not selected by a college in which you have applied then you’ll have to wait for next session. On the other hand, if you will apply in more than one college then you can try in other colleges to save your time.


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