The 3- year long B.Sc. in Nautical Science is an undergraduate course approved by the Directorate General of Shipping, which falls under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.
The course is a study of the basic academic and practical devices required to safely navigate and operate marine vehicles, such as a ship. The subjects of study that form part of the course’s curriculum are navigation and seamanship, which is the basic science of application of shipboard equipment and tools.
The program aims to train eligible candidates in becoming Deck Officers and imparts lessons in Nautical Technology and its application, which are vital for a Deck Officer on board.
The average course fees in India ranges between INR 2 and 8 lacs for the total duration. The average annual salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 6 and 8 lacs.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Direct admission to colleges. However, some colleges may conduct entrance tests.|
|Course Fee||INR 2 - 8 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 6 - 8 lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||GSI (Geological Survey of India), ONGC, SAIL, Coal India, GMDC (Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation), Government operated Quarries, etc.|
The course covers all both theoretical and practical aspects related to maritime studies. Towards completion of the course, cadets go on to assume professional capacities in the field, such as Navigation Officer on Merchant Navy ships. Before cadets can assume such roles as Navigating Officer in Merchant Navy ships, they are made to go through mandatory 12- months long sea service.
The 3- year long course is divided across 6 semesters, each lasting 6 months. Upon completion of the course, candidates are needed to undergo a year-long sea service. Having completed the sea service and qualifying the subsequent viva- based examination, candidates are eligible to obtain the Second Mate’s Foreign-going Certificate of Competency. The certificate enables such graduates to hold the post of Navigation Officer on Merchant Navy ships.
After 18 months of sea service as a Navigation Officer, and clearing the written and viva- based examinations, such professionals could gradually obtain the First Mate’s Foreign-going certificate of competency.
similarly, after 12 months of Sea Service as the Chief Mate and upon clearing both written and oral- based examinations, they could obtain the Master’s Foreign-going certificate of competency.
The necessary skills required in ideal candidates of the course are:
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees in INR|
|Academy of Maritime Education and Training||Karnataka||2,10,00|
|GMK Institute of Marine Science and Technology||Chennai||2,75,000|
|Coimbatore Marine College||Coimbatore||6,60,000|
|Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education||Pune||6,35,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, the course requires the candidate to have attained the 10+2 qualification in the science stream with Physics, Math and Chemistry as main subjects, and a minimum aggregate score of 60%.
Students awaiting the final year examination’s results are eligible to apply too.
Along with educational qualification, medical standards are also relevant and important in candidates’ assessment. Aspiring candidates are needed to have a 6/6 eyesight, and not be suffering from vision impediments such as night blindness and color blindness. Candidates are also needed to be physically fit to apply for the course.
Eligible candidates aspiring to pursue the course are needed to qualify a relevant entrance test. The test is followed by subsequent psychometric tests, medical examination, panel interview and pre – sea training. Upon qualification of all such parameters of assessment, candidates are shortlisted for pursuing the course.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Mathematics – I|
|Physics – I|
|Cargo work & Mar.Com|
|Marine Engineering & Control System - I|
|Navigation – I|
|Seamanship Lab I|
|Mathematics – II|
|Physics – II|
|Environmental Science -I|
|Naval Arch - Ship Construction|
|Voyage Plan & Collision|
|Ship Operation Technology – I|
|Engineering Workshop I|
|Physics – III|
|Environmental Science – II|
|Maritime Law – I|
|Marine Engineering & Control System – II|
|Navigation – II|
|Seamanship Lab II|
|Voyage Plan & Collision Prevention-II|
|Marine Management & Maritime Commerce|
|Ship Operation Technology - II|
|Engineering Workshop II|
|IMO ConvenNaval Arch - Ship Stability I|
|Navigation -III (Bridge Equipment)|
|Ship Operation Technology - III (All Cargos)|
|Ship Visits Boat Work|
|Collision Prevention - III|
|PT, Games, Swimming|
|Marine Engineering & Control System – III|
|Maritime Law – II|
|Ship Visits, Industry Visits|
Successful graduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Deck Cadet, Second Officer, Chief Officer, Captain, besides positions such as Marine Engineer, Oceanographer, Radio Officer, Nautical Surveyors.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Salary in INR|
|Deck Officer||The work in an executive department and are responsible for the navigation, maneuvering and safe handling of the ship, and for communications between ship and shore, the handling and delivery of cargo, and the operation of all lifesaving devices. The role of a Deck Officer is vital onboard a merchant vessel.||8 - 12 lacs|
|Nautical Surveyor||Nautical Surveyors inspect equipment intended for new or existing vessels to ensure compliance with various standards or specifications. Nautical surveys typically include the structure, machinery and equipment (navigational, safety, radio, etc.) and general condition of a vessel and/or cargo.||6 - 8 lacs|
|Scuba Diver||They work below the surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. They may use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment.||6 - 8.5 lacs|
|Marine Superintendent||The Marine Superintendent is responsible for the safe, economical and efficient running of the vessels under his control. The duties and responsibilities of the Marine Superintendent include planning and execution of dry docking and shipyard repair work, among others.||15 - 20 lacs|