GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) is a 12 days course. The course syllabus is designed to impart sufficient knowledge and competence as specified in Section A-IV/2 of STCW 95 and to satisfactorily complete the written and practical tests conducted by Government of India, leading to GMDSS General Operators Certification as required by Radio Regulations. The examination will be jointly conducted by Ministry of Communication and Director General of Shipping at Chennai every month as per the schedule given in WPC website

Training Course Attendance

Every student is required to attend 100% of the theory as well as practical sessions.
The course is offered with 2 options.
Option – 1 : Residential*
Option – 2 : Non-Residential (Tea / Lunch / Tea & Snacks will be provided during the conduct of the course)
* If the candidate prefers Option – 1 (Residential), prevailing hostel rules and regulations of R L Institute of Nautical Sciences will apply.


Upon completion of the GMDSS course “Hall ticket” will be issued to the candidates by WPC. This enables him to appear for the Government of India examination at Chennai. Examinations are conducted as per the schedule announced by Ministry of Communication and Directorate General of Shipping from time to time at Centers nominated by Ministry of Communication. Results are declared and provisional certificates are issued to successful candidates at the end of examination.


Unsuccessful candidates are allowed with two re-sits in the same centre within one year. They should apply for re-examination and pay examination fee through the institute where they were trained. If still unsuccessful, they must repeat the course either at this institute or any other approved institute.

Examination Pattern

The examination is conducted in two parts:

Part – I
Written examination including Regulations / Theory and SOLAS.
Regulations / Theory 30 Marks
SOLAS 30 Marks
Duration of the examination 1 hour
Pass marks required 60%
Part – II
The candidates who have passed Part-I only will be eligible to appear in Part-II examination.
Log keeping (Commercial working) 30 Marks
Practicals / orals 70 Marks
Pass marks 70%