Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS)

DNS (Diploma in Nautical Science) is a one year residential diploma course leading to 3 year B.Sc. Nautical Science after 18 months of sea service and also leading to 2nd Mate Foreign going Certificate of Competency (CoC) awarded by the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, enabling the cadets to become Navigating officers on board Merchant Navy Ships anywhere in the world..

Admission to DNS is based on merit list or entrance exam. IMU campuses and affiliated colleges and institutes give admission after counseling and choose students on the basis of merit list prepared by the IMU based on an Online Common Entrance Test called IMU-CET. A sponsorship from a Shipping company is also mandatory for admission to this course.

This program focuses on basics of Physics, Mathematics, Information technology and nautical knowledge. The course is designed to cover all major topics related to the Shipping industry and includes topics such as Navigations, Ship Maintenance, and Cargo Operations etc. Students get to learn both theoretical and practical aspects of Nautical Technology in this course. After completing this course candidates can train onboard with their sponsoring company and gain sea service experience. After relevant years of sea service and passing required examinations one can rise up in ranks.

Duration: 1 Year

Approved by: Director General of Shipping, Govt. of India

Affiliated to:  Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu

Placement:  After the completion of the Course Candidate will be provided the Onboard Training for the Structured Ship Board Training.

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    Eligibility Criteria

    • Passed 10+2 with an average Mark of 60% in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (or) B.sc in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Electronic with Physics as individual subject in one of the years with an average of not less than 55% marks in the final Year. (or) BE (or) B.Tech Degree.
    • 50% Marks in English either in 10th or 12th.

    Age limit: Below 25 years at a time of commencement of course.

    Passport: It is mandatory to have passport at the time of course commencement.

    Medical Standard

        • Candidates should be Physically Fit for Sea Service under DGS norms
        • Vision 6/6in Each eye. (Eye Glass is Not Permitted)
        • No Colour Blindness

    Career Opportunities

    • The Course is One Years Residential Programme and structured into Two Academic semesters.
    • Students have to apply for CDC by their own at the end of the course.
    • During the course the attendance has to be maintained by the student as per DGS.
    • Commencement Date/ Month (Jul/Aug 2020) may be changed by the Management with or without notice.

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