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Career in Marine Engineering FAQs answered by RLINS

Careers in Marine EngineeringR L Institute of Nautical Sciences (RLINS) is an off-campus Centre of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, Rajasthan.

RLINS is offering 4 year BS(Marine Engineering) course in collaboration with BITS, Pilani, since 2000.

In order to clear your doubts, RLINS has prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) along with answers for the same aiming to help you understand the profession better.

Question: Who is offering the course?

Answer : R L Institute of Nautical Sciences , located at Madurai, Tamil Nadu is offering the course.

Question : Who is awarding the degree?

Answer : The degree is awarded by BITS,Pilani.

Question : When can I start my career as a Marine Engineer?

Answer : On completion of the 4 year degree, one can start his career in Merchant Navy as a Marine Engineer.

Question : What would be my salary?

Answer : The starting salary for Junior Level Engineer is around 1000 US dollars which is equivalent to Rs.60,000/- per month.

Question : When can I become a Chief Engineer of a Ship?

Answer : An average intelligent person can pass various Certificates of Competency(COC) examinations and can become Chief Engineer within a short span of 6 to 7 years.

Question : What would be my salary as a Chief Engineer?

Answer : The Salary for a Chief Engineer will be around 5000 US dollars which is equivalent to Rs. 3 lakhs per month.

Question : Do I enjoy any tax benefit as a Seafarer?

Answer : Yes. If you stay outside India for 182 days in an accounting year (April this year to March next year), you will be treated as a Non-Resident Indian(NRI) .In such an event your entire salary is exempted from Income Tax [you do not have to pay any income tax].

Question : Do I have to sail throughout my life?

Answer : No. After 10 to 12 years the Marine Engineer can settle down at shore. A lot of opportunities exist for any Marine Engineer in:

  • Ports
  • Ship Yards
  • Heavy Industry
  • Ship repair yards
  • Maritime Training Institutes
  • Shipping companies
  • Hotels (5 Star / 6 Star /7 Star)
  • Hospitals

Question : How many RLINS students are already placed?

Answer : So far 1185 students are sailing in 122 ships in various Shipping Companies.

Question : Can I pursue higher studies?

Answer : YES. With Degree from BITS,Pilani most of the Foreign Universities / Indian Universities are willing to accept RLINS students for Post Graduate Courses. So far 30, students have either obtained Masters degree or are pursuing the same.

Question : What is the admission procedure of RLINS and how to apply?

Answer : For Admission procedure and online application please visit RLINS ADMISSIONS or contact Admissions Coordinator at 098940 07317.

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