Can I join the Merchant Navy after 12th with PCB?

You will be unable to join in the officer cadre either in the navigation or the engineering departments as the minimum requisite is 60% in PCM. What you can do is join the GP rating course which would allow you to join the saloon department as a trainee messman or the navigation department as a trainee ordinary seaman or the engineering department as a trainee wiper. You can progress to the officer cadre via this route but it would take an additional 4–6 years depending upon your progression rate. Please be advised that quite a few companies these days are avoiding recruiting officers with a crew background.


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