The medical fitness of a candidate shall be assessed basing upon MS (Medical Examination) Rules laid down by DG Shipping and as revised from time to time. To be declared fit for selection, a candidate must be throughly examined.
There should be no evidence of a weak constitution by way of imperfect development of muscles or serious malformation. Minimum height should be 150 centimeters with correlated weight and proportionate chest with a minimum 5 centimeter expansion.
There should be no disease or impairment of functions of bones or joints. The candidate should also be free from any contraction or deformity of the chest or any joint. There should also not be any abnormal curvatures of the spine, deformity of legs and feet like bow legs, knock knee, flat feet. Neither should there be any instance of deformity of upper limbs, malformation of the head, deformity from fractures or depression of the skull. Healed fractures with a pin inside will also be a disqualification.
Hearing should not be impaired in any way. The candidate must not have any disease in any part of the ear, any abnormality in any part of the ear, any sign of acute or chronic supportive otitis media or evidence of radical mastoid surgery.
Candidates should not be afflicted with any disease of the bones and cartilage of the nose, nasal polypus or disease of naso-pharynx or accessory sinuses.
There should not be any loss or decay of teeth to such an extent as to interfere with efficient mastication. There should also not be any evidence of any disease of the throat, palate; tonsils or gums or any disease or injury affecting the normal function of either tempero-mandibular joint. Individuals with severe pyorrhea will also be rejected.
There should be no speech impediment/impairment like stammering or a pronounced lisp.
All candidates must have a normally functioning glandular system without signs of tubercular enlargement or abnormality due to other diseases in the neck or other parts of the body.
There should be no instance of cardiac or vascular disease. Electrocardiogram should be within normal limits. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure must not exceed 140 and 90 mm of Hg, respectively.
There should be no evidence of chronic or upper respiratory disease, tuberculosis or history of this disease, X-ray of the chest should be normal.
There should be no evidence of any disease of the digestive system and the liver and spleen should not be palpable. There should be no abdominal tenderness on palpation.
The kidneys should not be palpable, enlarged or diseased. Candidates with albuminuria, glycosuria or blood (R.B.C.) in urine will not be accepted. There should be no hernia or tendency thereto. Those who have been operated for hernia may be declared fit provided:
One year has elapsed after the operation (Documentary proof required). General tone of abdominal muscles is good
There has been no recurrence of hernia or complications rising from the surgery.
There should be no hydrocele, varicocele, spermatocele or any other abnormality of genital organs. There should not be any incidence of fistula and/or anal fissure, hemorrhoids (piles) or rectal polyps. There should be no active latent or congenital venereal disease. Candidates with un-descended testis retained in the inguinal canal or the extra abdominal ring will not be accepted.
There should be no skin disease except that of a temporary or trivial nature. Scars, which by their extent or position are likely to cause disability, are also unacceptable.
There should be no history or evidence of mental disease of the candidate or in his family. Candidate having fits, incontinence of urine or enuresis will not be accepted. Mental or nervous irritability, abnormality of gait, defective functions of cranial nerves, non co-ordination, motor or sensory dysfunction will be cause for disqualification.
Candidates must not have any degree of squint or any morbid condition of eyes or of the eyelids that is liable to aggravate or recur. Neither should they exhibit symptoms of pressure of trachoma and iris complications or sequel. Candidates must possess good binocular vision (fusion faculty and full field of vision in both eyes). Movement of the eyeballs must be full in all direction and the pupils should react normally to light and accommodation. Glasses may be allowed but eye sight in each eye beyond plus/minus 2.5 will be rejected.
Any other defect which in the opinion of the Medical Board will interfere with the individuals efficiency as an officer of the merchant navy.