Deck Officer Training (DNS)

Diploma in Applied Nautical Science (DNS) is a one (1)-year course conducted. Upon Successful completion, a cadet qualifies to join as a deck cadet on board ships. During the 18 months of sea time training required on-board a sea-going vessel, a cadet receives free boarding & lodging apart from a stipend. Subsequently, he needs to obtain the Second Mate’s Certificate of Competency under the Directorate General of Shipping, Govt. of India to qualify as a third officer on any sea going vessel. A cadet will also be eligible for the B.Sc (Applied Nautical Science) degree from IMU (Indian Maritime University) after obtaining the Second Mate’s Certificate of Competency.

Stage Semester Duration Teaching Method Award of Qualification
1 1 & 2 1 year (Pre Sea) Purely Residential Diploma in Applied Nautical Science
2 3,4 & 5 min. 18 months onboard Ship (At Sea) Distance Learning Higher Diploma in Applied Nautical Science
3 6 4 months (Post Sea) Purely Residential

 B.Sc (Nautical Science) Degree by IMU.

Certificate of Competency (COC) by D.G Shipping,

Govt. of India

Eligibility For Deck Cadet
For Class XII :- Not Less Than 17 Years

Upper age limit :- 20 years for 10+2 candidates 22 years for B.Sc candidates 25 years for B.E/ B.Tech candidates
1- Candidate must pass class XII in the first attempt.

2- Only those candidates who have appeared for class XIIth board examinations from a board that is approved by the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India are eligible.
The following marks must be obtained :-
-Minimum Aggregate Percentage – 60%
-Minimum PCM aggregate – 60%
-Minimum score in Physics & Maths individually – 50%
-Minimum aggregate for Physics & Maths – 60%
-For Andhra Pradesh & Kerala State boards: 11th & 12th aggregate marks will be considered for the above mentioned criteria.
-Candidates who have appeared for improvement examinations in class XII
-Candidates who have appeared for XII examinations and the results are yet to be declared, are also eligible to appear.
BSc: Degree in Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Electronics with minimum 55% in final year along with Min 55% in PCM in Class XII.
BE / B.TECH Engineering (Any stream): Degree from an AICTE/UGC Deemed University Approved Institute with min 50% in final year.
Physically fit and meet the standards laid out by DG Shipping.
English shall be one of the subjects with minimum marks scored 50% in class X or XII.
6/6 in better eye & 6/9 in other eye, No use of corrective lenses allowed No color-blindness.
Candidate must pass Indian Maritime University, Common Entrance Test (IMU-CET)
* Details of medical fitness requirements are available at