GP Rating stands for General Purpose Rating. It is a 6 months long course. After completion of the course, candidates may join Merchant Navy ships as Deck or Engine crew. Along with sea service, they may also rise through ranks, depending on their performance.

AGE LIMIT: Between 17 to 25 years of age when the course starts.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have passed 10th standard examinations from a recognized board. Minimum marks requirement is 40%.