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BSc Nautical Science Overview

BSc Nautical Science is a 3-year graduation program that you can opt for if you want to become a sailor in the Merchant Navy. This course will give you the post of Deck Cadet onboard after which you can become an officer in Merchant Navy. The Deck Officer on a ship is responsible for navigation, communication, and loading and discharging of cargo.

Course Highlight

Category Fees
Criteria  Details
Profession Seafarer
Industry  Maritime Shipping Industry
Entrance Exam IMU CET (Once a Year) Common Entrance Tests of Different Colleges
Merchant Navy Age Limit 17 to 25 
Merchant Navy Salary Minimum:- ₹30,000/ – ₹40,000/-  Maximum:- ₹11,00,000/ – ₹16,00,000/- 
Duration BSc Nautical Science is 3 month course 

Why BSc Nautical Science?

There are two ways through which you can join the Deck Department in the Merchant Navy i.e. Diploma in Nautical Science and BSc Nautical Science. However, both have their own set of advantages and demerits. So, let’s check why BSc Nautical Science might be a better option for you.

  1. More time to prepare for interviews and exams of shipping companies.  
  2. The company that comes for the placement is generally a top-tier shipping company like MAERSK, Chevron, and MOL.
  3. You don’t need to go for the foundation course after completing the sea time. . 
  4. You will have an ample amount of time to learn all the necessary details about shipping in deep instead of just one year. 
  5. You will have a better college life

Which is better:- Diploma in Nautical Science VS BSc Nautical Science

DurationTotal 1-year courseTotal 3-year program
Criteria Diploma in Nautical Science BSc in Nautical Science
Information  Everything is in brief as it is a one-year course.  Things are in more detail here as you have 3 years to learn everything. 
Pre-Admission Criteria You need sponsorship to get admission.  You don’t need any sponsorship to get into BSc Nautical Science. 
Sea time DNS Students have to complete 18 months of sea time.  BSc Students need to complete only 12 months of sea time
Foundation Course DNS students need to appear for the foundation course before applying for the 2nd Mate Exam.  BSc students need not appear for any such course. 

BSc Nautical Science Eligibility

The minimum eligibility criteria for the BSc in Nautical Science course set by DG Shipping is as given below. Many colleges have additional eligibility criteria and selection procedures apart from the standards set by DG Shipping.

BSc Nautical Science Educational Qualification

Marks in 12th PCM Should be more than 60%. 
Marks in English should be more than 50% either in 10th or 12th. 
The age limit is 17 to 25 years. 
The candidate should be medically fit according to DG Shipping norms with no color blindness. 

BSc Nautical Science Syllabus

Semester I Semester II
English and Communication Skills Applied Mathematics
Nautical Mathematics Applied Physics & Electricity
Nautical Physics Nautical Electronics
Computer Science Ship Construction
General Ship knowledge Ship Operation Technology
Terrestrial Navigation Chart Work & Collision Prevention Regulations
Nautical Physics (Practical) Applied Physics & Electricity (Practical)
Computer Science (Practical) Nautical Electronics (Practical)
Semester III Semester IV
Celestial Navigation Paper -I Life Saving & Fire Fighting Appliances
Ship Stability Paper – I Ship Stability Paper – II
Marine Engineering, Automation & Control Systems Paper –I Cargo Handling & Stowage Paper –II
Meteorology Paper –I Ship Maintenance and Emergencies
Cargo Handling & Stowage Paper –I Marine Engineering, Automation & Control Systems Paper –II
Bridge Equipment & Watchkeeping Paper –I Meteorology Paper –II
Seamanship Lab – I (Practical) Seamanship Lab – II (Practical)
Marine Engineering Workshop – I (Practical) Marine Engineering Workshop – II (Practical)
Semester V Semester VI
Coastal Navigation & Collision Prevention Regulations Voyage Planning & ECDIS
Naval Architecture Paper – I Naval Architecture Paper –II
Celestial Navigation Paper –II Ship Manoeuvring & Collision Prevention Regulations
Specialised Cargo Handling & Stowage IMO & International Conventions
Shipping Management Human Resource Management, Development & Leadership
Bridge Equipment & Watchkeeping Paper -II Marine Environmental Protection
Ship Operation Technology Lab (Practical) Navigation Lab (Practical)

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BSc Nautical Science Age Limit

Minimum Age 17 years is the minimum age. 
Maximum Age 25 years is the maximum age. 
Relaxation Relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 2 years fro women candidates. 
To get admission to a good BSc Nautical Science College two crucial things are required, hard work and guidance. You must work hard for your dream and it is our duty to guide you in your journey with our free IMU CET Series that will introduce you to all the aspects of BSc Nautical Science from the best colleges for BSc Nautical Science to the shipping companies that prefer BSc Nautical Science Students and many more.

BSc Nautical Science Fees

Tolani Maritime Academy ₹12,85,642/- which is divided into 3 installments.
IMU Navi Mumbai For Males:- ₹6,60,000/- for the whole program.  For Females:- ₹4,21,500/- for the whole program. 
AMET with MAERSK Sponsorship ₹10,51,000/- for the whole program. 
Tolani Maritime Academy ₹12,85,642/- which is divided into 3 installments.
IMU Navi Mumbai For Males:- ₹6,60,000/- for the whole program.  For Females:- ₹4,21,500/- for the whole program. 
AMET with MAERSK Sponsorship ₹10,51,000/- for the whole program. 

BSc Nautical Science Medical Criteria

Physical Standards  Candidates should be physically fit for sea service under the standard norm, with eyesight up to 6/6 in the better eye.
NO COLOR BLINDNESS, Partial Colour Blindness is also not acceptable.
The D.G. Shipping Medical Certificate must be issued by D.G. Shipping Approved Doctors, under the specified medical examination requirements.

BSc Nautical Science Salary

The salary after a BSc Nautical Science depends on various factors such as:-
  1. Experience of a sailor.
  2. Rank of a Sailor.
  3. Type of Ship or Company he is sailing on.
So let’s take a better look at the salary if a person has 6 years of Experience:-
Rank Job Description Dry ship Tanker
Captain A captain or master is in charge of a ship’s general operation and has the last say in its direction. ₹6,60,000 to ₹8,30,000 ₹7,50,000 to ₹12,00,000
Chief Officer A Chief Officer is responsible for the cargo operations, management of deck crew, safety & firefighting operations, etc. ₹5,40,000 to ₹7,10,000 ₹6,50,000  to ₹8,00,000
2nd Officer A 2nd Officer is the ship’s navigator and sometimes the medical officer, he is also a bridge watchkeeper. ₹2,15,000 to ₹3,50,000 ₹3,30,000 to ₹4,00,000
3rd Officer The 3rd Officer is in charge of firefighting apparatus and life-saving appliances, he is also a bridge watchkeeper. ₹2,00,000 to ₹3,00,000 ₹2,15,000 to ₹3,50,000
Deck Cadet A Deck Cadet assists the Chief Officer in various duties such as cargo operations, navigation watch, etc. ₹30,000 to ₹70,000 ₹30,000 to ₹70,000

Top 3 BSc Nautical Science Colleges

There are a lot of colleges that conduct BSc Nautical Science courses for the Merchant Navy. However, there are only a few that truly have a good placement record in India. Let’s discuss them one by one:- 

1. Tolani Maritime Institute

Tolani Maritime  Institute is one of the most prestigious in India for BSc Nautical Science. Tolani Maritima Institute has one of the best placement records and offers almost 100% placement as many top-tier companies come to this college to hire candidates. MAERSK, MOL, MSI, NYK, and Chevron are some of its top recruiters.  Eligibility Criteria for Tolani Maritime Institute:-
Educational Qualifications Qualifying in IMU CET, as well as TMISAT, is mandatory for admission. Marks in PCM should be at least 60% with at least 50% marks in English either in 10th or 12th.
Age The age of the candidate should not be more than 21 years. 
Medical Criteria Candidates must be medically fit including eyesight and hearing as prescribed in the Merchant Shipping.  Vision should be (6/12) in each eye (6/9) in the better eye and (6/18) in another eye. Color blindness is not allowed
To get more information about Tolani Maritime Institute, you can check out our COLLEGE PORTAL and learn what other students have to say about this college. 

2. AMET with MAERSK Sponsorship

AMET is another institute for BSc in Nautical Science with quality education and sponsorship from Maersk Line. The fee for a 3-year program is ₹.10,51,000 after including the admission fees.  If you want to join AMET try going with Maersk, Synergy, or V-Ships sponsorship. Eligibility Criteria for AMET 
Educational Qualification Pass in the 12th Standard examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English as separate subjects with a PCM average of not less than 60%. The candidate must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in the English language in the 10th or 12th standard exam
Age  The age limit for AMET is from 17 to 25 years old with a relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST Caste and 2 years of extra relaxation for female candidates. 
Medical Criteria  The Candidate should be physically fit with eye-sight up to 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the other eye. 

3. IMU Navi Mumbai (T.S. Chanakya)

IMU Navi Mumbai formerly known as T.S. Chanakya is one of the best options available for BSc Nautical Science candidates. Companies like Fleet, BSM, Anglo Eastern, PIL, TORM, Thome, and NYK are some of the top companies that hire candidates from IMU Navi Mumbai.  Eligibility Criteria for IMU Navi Mumbai
Educational Qualifications Candidate must have passed class 12th PCM with at least 60% with more than 50% in English either in 10th or 12th. 
Age The age limit to apply for a BSc Nautical Science in T.S. Chanakya is 17 to 25.
Medical Criteria The Candidate should be physically fit for sea with eye-sight up to 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the other eye. 

BSc in Nautical Science FAQ

BSc in Nautical Science is a 3-year pre-sea course.

 It varies from college to college, for instance, TS Chanakya charges 6.6 lakhs whereas TMI charges 18 lakhs for the three-year BSc course.

10+2/equivalent (PCM – a minimum of 60% aggregate) & minimum of 50% in English. The candidate should have obtained not less than 50% marks in English as a separate subject, at either 10th or 12th standard.

The admission procedure for BSc in Nautical Science is divided into three stages:-

  1. IMU CET:- One of the crucial steps on which your whole BSc in Nautical Science Journey depends.
  2. Common Entrance Test:- Many colleges take their own entrance test with interviews. So, you need to clear that to get into top maritime Colleges.
  3. Medical Test:- After all the procedures you need to appear for the DG Certified Medical Test to get into maritime colleges.

The top BSc Nautical Science colleges in India, as of now, are TMI (Tolani Maritime Institute), TS Chanakya, and AMET with Mearsk Sponsorship.

As a BSc in Nautical passout students don’t have to go through the foundation course which means they have to complete their 12 months onboard after BSc in Nautical Science to appear for the 2nd Mate CoC.

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