General Purpose Rating (GPR)

Course overview

The General Purpose Rating (GPR) programme consists of a 6-month pre-sea training course followed by 9 months of structured shipboard training. After completing the training, students are eligible for employment with any shipping company globally.

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Course commencement

Two batches every year, commencing in January and July*


40 seats in each batch (total 80)*

  • Bosun
  • Able Seamen
  • Ordinary Seamen
  • Trainee Seamen

Eligibility criteria


10th or 12th std.

with English as a subject

B.E./B.Tech. in Mechanical or Marine Engineering

2-year ITI course from Govt. approved institute
3-year diploma in engineering

Required %

40% in English

50% aggregate in the final year

17-25 years

Application process


Online application form

Candidates must apply for the GPR course via an online application form and pay an application fee. Candidates will receive further instructions from the institute’s admissions office.


Personal interview

Candidates will be invited for an interview at the GEIMS campus in Lonavala.


Medical test

Candidates who are shortlisted after the personal interview are required to undergo a comprehensive medical examination in Mumbai, in accordance with the Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000. Details regarding the medical assessment will be provided by the admissions team.


Final selection

The final merit list is decided based on eligibility criteria, personal interview, and the medical test. Once selected, candidates are required to pay a non-refundable booking amount within the specified deadline to secure their seat.


Sponsorship letter

On receipt of the booking amount, the candidate will be issued a sponsorship letter with all the details.


Joining formalities

If candidates wish to avail a loan, they are advised to complete the necessary procedures prior to the joining date. On the day of joining, candidates should carry all the required documents, including their educational certificates, passport, and photographs.

Fee structure

Sr. No. Particulars Amount (incl. GST)
1 Admission fees (non-refundable) 10,000
2 Orientation fees (non-refundable) 15,000
3 Pre-Joining Medical Examination as per MS (Medical) Rules 2000 and Psychological Screening test (as per DG guidelines) Nil
4 Tuition Fee (includes lodging & boarding), STCW courses, examination fees (includes CDC/INDOS/LBS Mass Entry Certification), cost of professional books, exit examination fees, safety items, uniform accessories, Uniform/DSD/ITFC/CTFC courses 4,22,218
  TOTAL 4,47,218
*Approx. Figure. Subject to change