B.Sc. in Nautical Science

Career Path & Job Opportunites

After successful completion of the B.Sc. degree from Haldia Institute of Maritime Studies and Research (HIMSAR) the cadet officer is required to put in one year sea service on board a merchant ship to become eligible to appear 2nd Mate examination and to obtain Certificate of Competency (COC). The examination is conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping. The graduate cadets are entitled to get certain exemptions in qualifying sea service and written exam for the certificate of competency examination.

After obtaining 2nd Mates certificate from Directorate General of Shipping, Trainee Nautical Officer joins on board as a 2nd / 3rd Officer depends upon the company. Subsequently they become Mate (Chief Officer) and ultimately Master (Captain of the ship) in succession.


The Flow-Chart Below Shows The Career Path

HIMSAR Graduate in Nautical Science
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Completes one year sea training as Trainee Nautical Officer
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Passes oral exam in DGS and completes  modular courses
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Become 2nd /3rd Officer (depending upon company)
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Appears for Mates & Master after completion of 12 months sea service. Completes preparatory & Modular courses.
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Becomes Mate (Chief Officer)
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Appear for ASM after completing 24 months of sea service. Completes Modular courses.
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Eligible to become Captain/Master of the ship

For those aspiring to step ashore after a long Sea Career, future Career Paths include areas such as

  • Government Surveyor
  • Cargo & Insurance Surveyor
  • Marine Superintendents in Shipping Companies
  • Pilots of ships at ports
  • Dredging
  • Lecturers in Marine Education