A General Purpose Rating (PRE-SEA) course provides aspiring seafarers with essential skills and knowledge for a maritime career. This comprehensive program covers fundamental seamanship, safety protocols, navigation, cargo handling, and emergency response procedures. Additionally, participants will be trained in maritime laws, ship maintenance, and effective onboard communication. The course blends theoretical learning with hands-on practical exercises to ensure trainees are well-prepared for real-life maritime scenarios. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with the competence and confidence to perform various shipboard duties, making them valuable crew members in the maritime industry. This PRE-SEA course is the perfect starting point for those seeking a fulfilling career at sea.

Program Educational Objectives (peo’s)

  • PEO1
    Foundational Knowledge and Skills: Equip trainees with a comprehensive understanding of basic seamanship, safety protocols, navigation, cargo handling, and emergency response procedures. This foundational knowledge ensures they can perform essential shipboard duties effectively and safely.
  • PEO2
    Practical Competence: Develop hands-on skills through practical training and simulations that mirror real-life maritime scenarios. Trainees will gain proficiency in ship maintenance, operational tasks, and emergency management, ensuring they are ready to meet the demands of life at sea.
  • PEO3
    Professionalism and Discipline: Cultivate a high standard of professionalism, discipline, and ethical behaviour necessary for maritime careers. Emphasize teamwork, effective communication, and strict adherence to maritime regulations and laws.
  • PEO4
    Career Preparedness: Prepare trainees for entry-level positions in the maritime industry, providing them with the confidence and competence to embark on their seafaring careers. The course aims to produce well-rounded individuals who can adapt to various roles and responsibilities on board.

Program Specific Outcomes (Pso's)

  • PSO1
    Seamanship Proficiency: Trainees will develop the ability to perform essential seamanship tasks, including rope work, anchoring, mooring, and cargo handling operations, with a high level of competence and safety awareness.
  • PSO2
    Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Graduates will be well-versed in safety procedures and emergency response techniques, including firefighting, first aid, and survival at sea. They will be capable of responding effectively to on-board emergencies.
  • PSO3
    Operational Skills: Trainees will gain hands-on experience in operating and maintaining shipboard machinery and equipment. They will be skilled in routine maintenance tasks and troubleshooting common issues.
  • PSO4
    Navigation Support: Graduates will be able to assist in basic navigation duties, such as watchkeeping, chart reading, and understanding navigational aids and instruments, ensuring the safe and efficient passage of the vessel.
  • PSO5
    Regulatory Knowledge: Trainees will understand and adhere to international and national maritime regulations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards, ensuring compliance and promoting a culture of safety and professionalism.
  • PSO6
    Effective Communication and Teamwork: Graduates will possess strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a multicultural crew environment, fostering teamwork and collaboration.


Total Duration of the Course

Sl.NoSUBJECT Theory Hrs (L)Practical’s / Skill Hours (P)Total contact Weeks
1Part 1 Maritime English & General Ship Knowledge 5530852.02
2Part 2 Navigation at Support Level (A-II/4 & A- II/5) 2860882.10
3Part 3 Cargo Handling and Stowage at Support Level (A-II/5) 1640561.33
4Part 4 Marine Engineering at Support Level (AIII/4 & A-III/5) 561201764.19
5Part 5 Electrical, electronic and control engineering at Support level (A-III/5) 530350.83
6Part 6 Controlling the Operation of Ship and Care for persons on board at Support Level (AII/5 & A-III/5) 301181483.52
7Part 7 Maintenance and Repair at Support Level (A-II/5 & A-III/5) 201802004.76
Total ( Part 1 to Part 7 ) 21057878818.76
Part 8 Mandatory STCW Courses and Ship Visit
8A. Proficiency in Survival Techniques (TC 31 of 2004) 105150.7
9B. Elementary First Aid (TC 30 of 2004) 10515
10C. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting 135180.9
11D. Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW 2010 TC13 of 2012) 21021
12E. Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (STCW 2010 TC 27 Of 2012) 131140.56
13F. Port/Dock/Harbour/Ship Visit 178
14 Total of Part 8 6823912.16
15 Total of Part 1 to Part 8 27860187920.93
16Part 9 Upkeep of the campus (Three hours per week for 15 weeks) (Outside class hours, supervised by Instructors) 45
17 Part 10 Holidays/passing out/etc. 421.0
18 Part 11 English Communication (10 Sundays x 4 hrs) 40
19Revision 1219310.78
20Assessment (Internal ) 1428422.3
21Assessment Final (External) 144256


Eligibility Criteria

1Qualification & Eligibility Of Candidates
1.1Entry standards (to be verified by the Institute)
1.1.1.Academic standards:
1. Xth Standard pass from government recognized board with subjects English, Mathematics & Science with 40 % aggregate. English 40% in Xth / XIIth
2. XIIth Standard (any stream) pass from government recognized board with 40 % aggregate. English 40% at Xth or XIIth but with subjects English, Mathematics & Science at Xth.
3. Pass in 2 year ITI course (Fitter / Machinist / Mechanic / Welder / Turner) approved by DVET / NCVT; with minimum 40% aggregate marks in final year of ITI & minimum 40% in English in Xth / XIIth.
1.1.2.Age limit: Minimum age 17½ years and maximum age 25 years on the date of commencement of course. Institutes shall comply with DGS Order no.4 of 2014, dated 10.04 for relaxation in upper age limit belonging to SC/ST candidates.
1.1.3.Physical standards: As per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000 and Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Amendment Rules, 2016 as amended from time to time.

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After completing the GP Rating Course, you can choose from a variety of career paths in the maritime industry.
  • Deck Rating
  • Engine Room Rating
  • Steward/Utility Hand
  • Bosun (Boatswain)
  • Pumpman
  • Electrical Rating
  • Leading Hand
  • Career Progression to Officer
  • Specialized Roles
  • Shore-Based Opportunities