In this article, we will check out details related to the course- B.Sc. Nautical Science. It is a field related to Maritime studies and offers exciting, adventure filled as well as financially well rewarding career. This will be a concise article where I will mention basic course details, eligibility criteria, career prospects and things to do after getting B.Sc. Degree in Nautical Science.
What is B Sc in Nautical Science all about?
It is a 3 years long full time residential program (Bachelor of Science course). This Bachelor’s Degree course consists of both theoretical as well as practical sessions. Much importance is given to the practical sessions.
B.Sc. in Nautical Science covers all important topics related to maritime studies. Along with theoretical studies, as I mentioned above, importance is given to practical aspects too. In the end, after the completion of the course, cadets may go on and become Navigation Officer on Merchant Navy ships. But before one may take on the post of Navigating Officer in Merchant Navy ships, one has to go through the mandatory 12 months long sea service!
Now that we are familiar with the basic course details, let us go check out the educational qualifications required to pursue this course.
Educational Qualifications required
Candidate should be 12th pass under 10+2 system of schooling (Science stream), with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as the main subjects. A minimum marks criteria is also present. The minimum marks required are- 50% marks in each of the P,C and M subjects.
The candidate should have scored at least 50% marks in English subject too. Now, let us take a look at the age limits-
The age of the candidate should be between 17—25 years, at the time when the course starts.
Along with educational qualification, medical standards are also given much importance. It is due to the fact that after completion of the course, a cadet may have to work under testing conditions in a ship. Let us take a look at important medical requirements that candidates have to satisfy-
Eyesight requirement is 6/6. The candidate should not suffer from night blindness and color blindness. The candidate should also be physically fit to take on seafaring roles!
What to do after completion of course? Career prospects and salary details-
B.Sc. in Nautical Science is a 3 years long course that has been divided into 6 semesters, each lasting 6 months. After completion of the course, the candidate should undergo the 1 year long sea service. After the sea service and clearing the subsequent oral examination, the candidate could obtain the second mate’s Foreign-going Certificate of Competency. This certificate will enable one to hold the post of Navigation Officer on Merchant Navy ships.
Even after landing such a post, one could climb up the career ladder. After 18 months of sea service as a Navigation Officer, and clearing the written and oral examinations, one could obtain the first mate’s Foreign-going certificate of competency.
After 12 months of Sea Service as the Chief Mate and upon clearing the written as well as oral examinations, one could obtain the Master’s Foreign-going certificate of competency!
If you are genuinely interested in B.Sc. Nautical Science course, make sure that you pursue it from a reputed, Government recognized Institute. Usually, Maritime studies Institutes are approved and certified by Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping.