Diploma In Nautical Science (DNS)

Last updated on August 26th, 2023 at 12:02 pm

Diploma in Nautical Science Course Details

Diploma in Nautical Science is an undergraduate course of one year. The course consists of two semesters and provides an opportunity for class 12 students to pursue a career as a Deck Officer. 

The candidate undergoes a 12-month two semester residential Pre-sea training at Maritime College/ Institute where he undergoes training in specialized fields like Navigation, Seamanship, Ship Construction and Ship Stability, MARPOL, and Marine Engineering Knowledge. Training is also imparted in English and Human factors, teaching the cadets the importance of teamwork, leadership, positive attitude, and interpersonal relationships. On successful completion of semesters 1 & 2,  Diploma in Nautical Science is awarded by the Indian Maritime University (IMU).

The one Year DNS Course is a course leading to B.Sc., Nautical Science after 18 months of sea service and also leading to 2nd Mate Foreign going Certificate of competency awarded by the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, enabling the cadets to become Navigating officers on board Merchant Naval Ships anywhere in the world. The one year Diploma in Nautical Science Course is strictly residential.

Diploma in Nautical Science

Eligibility Criteria

Diploma Nautical Science Course Eligibility

A) Educational1) Passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) from a recognized Board with a minimum aggregate of 60%(70% for AEMA) marks in PCM.
2) English should have been passed with a minimum of 50% marks as a subject, either in 10th or 12th standard.
B) AgeMinimum age: 18 years maximum age:25 years
The reference date for calculation of the age will be from the date of commencement of the Academic Session

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Medical Eligibility Criteria

Physical Standards1) Candidates should be physically fit for sea service under the standard norm, with eyesight up to 6/6 in the better eye.
2) NO COLOR BLINDNESS, Partial Colour Blindness is also not acceptable.
3) The D.G. Shipping Medical Certificate must be issued by D.G. Shipping Approved Doctors, under the specified medical examination requirements.

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Admission Procedure

For admission in the DNS course, you need to have the sponsorship of a shipping company and also must have cleared IMU CET (a good rank helps in merit). Start preparing for sponsorship with free course on IMU CET and SPONSORSHIP (FREE COURSE ON IMU CET AND SPONSORSHIP)

All companies require you to appear for entrance examinations to get admission. The Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMU CET) is a common exam for admission to various maritime courses, including the Diploma in Nautical Science. Prepare for the entrance exam by studying the relevant subjects, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, and English.


For admission in the DNS course, you need to have the sponsorship of a shipping company and also must have cleared IMU CET (a good rank helps in merit).

Start preparing for sponsorship with free course on IMU CET and SPONSORSHIP (FREE COURSE ON IMU CET AND SPONSORSHIP

Online Entrance Test

The test consists of two sections with a total duration of 3 hours.

Section 1 (Part-1): English, Aptitude, and Mechanical Engineering (2 hours, 100 marks, degree-level syllabus)

Section 2 (Part-2): Personality-based questions (1 hour)

Panel Interview

  1. If shortlisted, receive an email notification to appear for a panel interview.
  2. Attend the interview in formal attire with original mark sheets and certificates.
  3. Selection based on merit, considering academics and extracurricular activities.

Medical Examination and Eye-Test

Undergo a medical examination and eye-test conducted by company-appointed doctors.

Provisional Selection Letter

  • Receive a Provisional Selection Letter upon clearing the selection procedure.
  • Submit required documents (10th and 12th mark sheets, graduation certificate, passport, medical fitness report, photos, and admission fees).


Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy (AEMA)Rs 7,55,000
Training Ship Rahaman (T S Rahaman)Rs. 3,95,000 
Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies(GEIMS)Rs 6,31,725

Refer to this before getting admission.https://www.merchantnavydecoded.com/merchant-navy-colleges/ 

Companies Offering Sponsorships are Listed Below: 

Companies offering SponsorshipsColleges
Anglo-Eastern group Anglo-Eastern Maritime Academy (AEMA).
Great Eastern Shipping Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS).
Executive Ship Management Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (SIMS)
Synergy Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI) and   International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida, TS Rahaman.
Scorpio TMI, Applied Research International (ARI), and IMI Noida, TS Rahaman.
Shipping Corporation of India Shipping Corporation of India – Maritime Training Institute (SCI-MTI)
Torm Shipping ARI, Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI)
Fleet Ship Management ARI, International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida and Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI), TS Rahaman.
Dockendale Ship Management International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida 
Mediterranean Shipping Company International Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida , Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI)
Tolani Shipping Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI)
Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Tolani Maritime Institute (TMI)
MSI Ship ManagementInternational Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida 
Pacific International LinesInternational Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida 
MMSI ShippingInternational Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida 
V ShipsInternational Maritime Institute (IMI) Noida 

Career Growth/Salary After DNS

RankJob DescriptionDry ship (Bulk/RO-RO/Container etc.)Tanker Ship(Oil/Chemical/Gas etc.)
CaptainA captain or master is in charge of a ship’s general operation and has the last say in its direction.$8000–$10000$9000–$14000
Chief OfficerA Chief Officer is responsible for the cargo operations, management of deck crew, safety & firefighting operations, etc.$6500–$8500$7500–$9500
2nd OfficerA 2nd Officer is the ship’s navigator and sometimes the medical officer, he is also a bridge watchkeeper.$4000–$4800$4000–$5000
3rd OfficerThe 3rd Officer is in charge of firefighting apparatus and life saving appliances, he is also a bridge watchkeeper.$2400–$3600$2600–$4200
Deck CadetA Deck Cadet assists the Chief Officer in various duties such as cargo operations, navigation watch, etc.$350–$750$350–$750

DNS vs. BSc: Exploring the Differences and Choosing the Right Path for Your Maritime Career:REFER TO THIS LINK https://www.merchantnavydecoded.com/which-is-better-bsc-nautical-science-or-dns/ 

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