General Purpose Rating (GP Rating) - 6 months Course

On successful completion of this Pre - Sea training, the candidates will be able to join as a RATING in Indian & Foreign shipping companies as a Deck Crew or Engine Crew. The G.P.Rating candidate will be able to work in all seamanship activities on-board at deck side and other work at Engine side. With further Sea-service, they will be promoted as DECK SERANG, BOSUN, Able-Bodied Seamen / Engine Fitter etc.,

They can also be promoted to officer Level with certain service and qualification requirements. After completing this Pre-Sea Training, exams will be conducted by Board of examination for sea farers (BES) & successful candidates are eligible to obtain Continuous Discharge Certificate (INDIAN CDC) from the Directorate General of Shipping, Government of India. There are wide job opportunities for our Indian Seamen all over the world.

Growth To become a Captain

After 6 Months
G.P. Rating Course
Join as either Deck Crew
Engine Crew
Promoted as
AB Seaman
Bosum in Deck Side
or Promoted in
Engine Side
36 Months
Sea Experience & with certain
Qualifications Eligible to
2nd Mate Exams
Eligible to get promotion to
2nd Officer and with
further Sea Experience and
Exam, can be promoted to
Captian Level

Admission for General Purpose Rating ( GP ) - 6 months Course

ELIGIBILITY Xth Std. Pass from Govt. recognised board with subjects English, Mathematics & Science with 40% aggregate. English 40% in Xth / XIIth (or) XIIth Std. (any stream) Govt. recognised board with 40% aggregate. English 40% in Xth / XIIth but with subjects English, Mathematics & Science at Xth Std. (or) Pass in 2 year ITI course approved by DVET with minimum 40 % aggregate marks in final year of ITI & 40 % aggregate in English 40% in Xth / XIIth
AGE LIMIT Min. 17years 6 months - 25 yrs (maximum)
VISION No Color Blindness, 6/6 Vision in each eye. No Eye Glasses permitted.

Procedure for Booking of Seats, Important Dates for Admission & Joining

1 The interested candidates can book their seats by downloading the application form from the website (or) can be collected directly from the office.
2 If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can reserve your seat by sending Reservation fee of Rs.5,000/- by DD in favour of “International Maritime Academy Trust” Payable at Chennai. (Please verify your eye sight before reserve your seat). Reservation Receipt will be sent immediately. The Balance course fee has to be paid as intimated by the Academy.
3 The Students should report the IMA-Administrative office along with the passport size Photograph (Two). Original 10th Std. Mark sheet & Passing Certificate etc., (The Exact Reporting Date will be informed to the Students).
4 If the students, fail in the Medical test (which will be conducted at the Academy), will not be confirmed for their admission.
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