Non-IMU-CET Candidates Can Now Take Admission in Merchant Navy Courses

According to a circular recently released by D.G shipping, there are major changes in how non IMU-CET candidates can take admission in graduate merchant navy courses, including BTech in Marine Engineering, BSc in Nautical Science, and DNS leading to BSc in Nautical Science.

In order to get admission into Merchant Navy Courses, DG Shipping has set certain new criteria. The eligibility criteria also include clearing IMU CET examinations apart from educational qualifications.

The IMU-CET exam is conducted to get admission in the following courses:

  1. BTech in Marine Engineering
  2. BSc in Nautical Science
  3. Diploma in Nautical Science

However, in the academic year 2021-22, due to Covid-19, DG Shipping informed that IMU-CET and online counseling shall not be applicable to take admissions into the above marine courses. Also, Marine Training Institutes (MTIs) were allowed to follow their own admission process and counseling methodology for the year 2021-22.

For the academic year 2022-23, DG Shipping released a circular informing MTIs to conduct the common entrance test and released a merit list of all qualified candidates according to the exam results. 

But, the Directorate General of shipping received numerous requests from candidates saying that the IMU-CET exam was conducted when they were having their CBSE 12th board exams, which is why they were not able to appear for the examination.

These candidates were interested in joining the Merchant Navy but were not able to appear for the IMU-CET because of their board exams. Additionally, DG Shipping also received multiple requests from MTIs (not affiliated to IMU but approved by DGS) that they were not able to give admissions to aspiring candidates due to numerous reasons that included the following:

  • Candidates were not aware of the IMU-CET 2022 examination
  •  The exam was conducted during 12th final boards
  • The IMU published a list of IMU affiliated MTIs on its website whereas MTIs not affiliated to IMU were left out
  • The IMU published a merit list on its website. But MTIs were not having details of the candidates through which they can contact them for admission

Thus, DG Shipping has examined the matter and decided to exempt IMU-CET qualification for admission into pre-sea courses for the academic year 2022-23.

Therefore, all MTIs are now allowed to give admission to non IMU-CET qualified candidates along with the qualified ones. Preference will be given to IMU-CET qualified candidates wherever applicable. 

This exemption is only allowed for the academic year 2022-23 for the above-mentioned 3 pre-sea courses. 

Refer to the circular here.

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