Career in Merchant Navy after B.Sc in Nautical Science


Deck Officer, Scuba Diver and Nautical Surveyor are some of the popular job profiles in Merchant Navy for graduates who have completed their B.Sc degree in Nautical Science. The career prospects will be much better if the candidate can pursue higher study options like PG Diploma, Higher National Diploma or certain certification courses.

Selection process to enter Merchant Navy

Candidates have to undergo multiple selection procedures to get into the Merchant Navy. First of all they have to clear the written exam conducted by UPSC which is held twice a year. Those who will get selected in these tests will have to pass various medical tests and also physical tests. The final step of the selection procedure will be a personal interview and those who will clear this round can get into the Merchant Navy. The aspirants should be within the age bracket of 21 and 30 years. They should have a minimum height of 167cm as well.

Career options in Merchant Navy after B.Sc in Nautical Science

Aspirants who have completed B.Sc in Nautical Science have several career opportunities in Merchant Navy. They can work in any of the following job profiles.

  • Second Officer
  • Third Officer
  • Captain
  • Scuba Diver
  • Ship Manager
  • Nautical Surveyors
  • Teacher
  • Pilot with Port Trust
  • Deck Officer
  • Petty Officer
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Oceanographer
  • Radio Officer

They can expect initial salary packages of around Rs.30000/- to Rs.40000/- per month. With experience in the field one can gain good remuneration over years.

Higher Study options after B.Sc in Nautical Science for career progression

After doing B.Sc in Nautical Science one can do various higher study courses in the field to advance their job prospects. Some of the commonly opted higher level degrees and certification courses are mentioned below.

  • Oil Tanker Familiarization (OTF)
  • Post Graduate Program in Maritime Law
  • Chemical Tanker Familiarization (CTF)
  • Ship Masters Medicare
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • General Purpose Rating (GP Rating)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Graduate Marine Engineering
  • Medical First Aid (MFA)
  • Pre - sea Training for Diploma Holders (DME)
  • Pre - sea Training for Graduates (GME)
  • Certificate Course in Ship Wright (ship building and ship repairing)
  • Training of Trainers and Assessors Course (TOTA)
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science
  • M.E. Marine Engineering

These courses provide the aspirants with a variety of job openings in the Merchant Navy and will offer good remuneration also.



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5 Responses to “Career in Merchant Navy after B.Sc in Nautical Science”

  1. 5
    mayur yadav:

    sir, i have got less marks in 12th, and i want to joint in merchant navy , but can i joint in merchant navy after bsc with good marks…..

  2. 4
    ashish gupta:

    after completing bsc in ship buildibg and repairs what post i will get and how much salary and is there any growthin this field

  3. 3

    i have done bsc nautical science. i what to know about
    1)what is the scope if i do mba in port and shipping management.
    2)what is eligibility criteria for port and shipping management mba.
    3) colleges in india which provide mba in port and shipping management.

  4. 2

    what is the source of communication in the ship (telephone , setelite phone etc.) during the job ? or how can we comunicate to our family during job period of 9 months ?

  5. 1
    Anurag Deshmukh:

    I am in 3rd year diploma of computer science, i want to get admission in Bsc nautical after my diploma, my age is right now 20 years so what will be the minimum percentage required to get admission as above n what is the maximum age limit??