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Nautical Science

Choosing one’s career in nautical science prepares a person to become a deck officer. The deck officer is responsible for running (driving) the ship, maintenance of deck, cargo holds, tanks, etc.  They are also responsible for the supervision of cargo loading and unloading. To make career in merchant navy, one must have Qualification in Nautical science.

What is the merchant navy?

Dry goods, liquid, Gases carrying ships, Passenger ships, Cruise lines and Offshore support vessels are called merchant navy. And any other ships engaged in business commercial activities other than Naval Ships are called  Merchant Navy.

Benefits of joining Merchant Navy

  • It is highly paid job.
  • One can get promotions easily.
  • One can visit countries all over the world.
  • No expenses while onboard.
  • Less competition.

Program in Nautical Science

B. Sc. in Nautical Science covers all important topics related to maritime studies

There are two types of  Nautical Science Programs.

1.  Diploma
2.  Three years Degree program

Diploma in Nautical Science:

This is one year ( 2 semesters ) course in the Marine Institute. After completion of one year, you can go for an Advanced Diploma. In this advanced diploma course, you will get onboard training for three semesters and theoretical training for one semester. After completing a written and oral exam you will get a certificate of competency as 2nd Mate. And you are also awarded a “B.Sc. degree”  in Nautical  Science.

Three-year B.sc in Nautical Science

This is a three-year undergraduate course. It is a professional course. This course includes both practical and theoretical sessions. It trains the candidate to safely navigate and operate marine vehicles, such as a ship. Many institutes offer a three-year degree course in Nautical Science, such as

  • Indian Maritime University
  • AMET University
  • Vel University
  • Mumbai University


  • Candidate must have passed 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Math.
  • He must score minimum of 60% marks in total and in English with at least 50% marks.
  • Candidate’s age must not be more than 25 and less than 17.
Entrance Test

Most of the colleges take an Entrance test to offer admission in this Degree program. Some popular entrance tests are as follows :

  • MHT CET (Mumbai university)
  • TANCET(Vels University, Chennai)
  • IMU CET (Indian Maritime University, Chennai)
  • AMET Entrance Exam(Academy of Maritime Education and Training, Karnataka)

Job Roles

When he completes this Course, the candidate can join shipping companies. In starting he will join as Trainee Cadet Officers. After getting experience and qualifying exams, one can be promoted to the subsequent post. These post are Third Officer, Second Officer, Chief Officer, and Captain.


When a person joins as a trainee cadet, he will get about 6-8 lakhs per annum. It may be different in different countries.