M.S. Notice 21 of 2008
Dated : 16th October, 2008
Subject : Graduates Entry Scheme as Nautical Deck Cadets
Directorate, being aware of the cyclic nature of the shipping trade and
industry, has initiated proactive and pragmatic measures to deal with the
current and future needs of the industry at large and seafarers in
note of the BIMCO report and its projections from global shortage of
sea-going officers, it is felt that this void can be effectively filled in
by the Indian Officers provided innovative training schemes are put in
place such that we are able to create qualified officers in a shorter
period without any compromise on the quality and standards of competence.
measures shall be helpful in overcoming the acute shortage of officers on
Indian flag ships as well as supplement the requirement of International
Shipping. Needless to mention that it will help generate and enhance the
employment potential for Indian Nationals as seafaring officers in the
Global Shipping Industry including Indian flag ships and the National
to reduce the lead time to produce such qualified officers, it is
necessary that horizontal induction from the available human resources
takes place at higher academic level qualification. This method will help
to generate qualified officers in a shorter period.
Taking into account the above factors, this Directorate notifies the following Graduate Entry Schemes:
2. Entry Qualification :
This scheme is open to the candidates sponsored by Indian shipping
companies or those sponsored by recruitment and placement service
providers (RPS), who are duly registered with the Directorate General of
2.2. A Science
50% marks in
aggregate from a University recognized by the University Grants Commission;
50% marks in
aggregate in B.E. or B. Tech Degree from a University recognized by the
University Grants Commission, or
2.4. 50% marks in aggregate in four years Degree Course in Bachelor of Fisheries Science (Nautical Science) conducted by Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET) affiliated to University and recognized by University Grants Commission.
2.5. 50% marks in English either at 10th or 12th or at graduation level.
3. Age Criteria:
As on the date of commencement of the course-Maximum 25 years.
As per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000 as amended from time to time
As per Merchant Shipping (Medical Examination) Rules, 2000 as amended from time to time.
6 months including basic STCW courses as approved by the Director General
6.2. Entrant from para 2.4 stream are exempted from pre-sea training requirement. However, they are required to complete four basic Modular Courses under STCW 95.
Structured Shipboard Training Programme of not less than 15 months which meets the requirements of section A-II/1 of the STCW Code and is documented in an approved training record book, including Bridge watch keeping duties under the supervision of the master or a qualified officer for a period of not less than 6 months.
On completion of sea service requirement as stated under para 7 candidates are required, to undertake preparatory course of 4 months duration before appearing for their written examination.
All Modular courses required for the award of Certificate of Competency as Second Mate of a foreign-going ship, i.e. AFF, PSCRB, MFA, ROC, ARPA and GMDSS-GOC.
10. Written examination:
Candidates are required to appear and successfully pass in all subjects as specified for Second Mate foreign going (i.e. six papers in the three functions).
11. Oral examination:
Candidates are required to appear and successfully pass in all three functions.
On completion of the written and oral examination including the required modular courses as per the requirement of the META Manual Volume I and II, candidates will be awarded Certificate of Competency as Second Mate of a foreign going ship (Officer In-charge of a Navigational Watch) on board ships of 500 gross tons or more as per the provisions of regulation II/1 of STCW 1978 as amended.
This issues with the approval of the Director General of Shipping.
Deputy Nautical Adviser to the Government of India
-cum-Senior Deputy Director General (Technical)