Indian Maritime University-CET for UG, PG, MBA, PhD online admissions 2020-21

Are you looking for admission notifications to courses related to shipping and seafaring? Indian Maritime University (IMU) has announced the schedule for all its graduate, postgraduate, MBA, PhD and M.S. research programs which include shipping and sea-faring related ones. This article provides complete information on the list of IMU courses, the fee structure and eligibility criteria for each, and the online application procedure to get admission to these programs for the academic session 2020-21.

Indian Maritime University (IMU), which is a Central University under the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India has issued the admission notification for its undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs for the academic session 2020-21 at the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS)-approved Maritime Training Institutes (MTIs), including both Government and private ones that are affiliated to any University. The application fee for registration is Rs. 1000/- for General and OBC-NCL candidates, and Rs. 700/- for SC and ST candidates.

Admission to all the courses other than B.B.A. is only through the IMU-CET 2020 (Common Entrance Test) which will be held at 84 centres across India on 16th August 2020 (tentative date). In case you will be appearing for the qualifying exam later than August 2020, you will be ineligible to appear for the online CET 2020. Admission to B.B.A. (Logistics, Retailing and E-Commerce) does not require students to appear for IMU-CET. Students need to register for admission to this course separately.

Candidates native to Andaman & Nicobar Islands or domiciled there for at least five years will be permitted to appear for a separate Common Entrance Test for UG courses (other than BBA) which will be conducted by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration on behalf of IMU. However, those who wish to get admission for M.Tech., MBA, and M.Sc. programs need to register for IMU-CET.

Note that due to the current pandemic, IMU may adopt any other suitable alternative scheme in lieu of CET to issue the rank certificate.

Indian Maritime University Courses

UG courses and IMU campus where offered

  • B.Tech, in Marine Engineering (4 years) – Kolkata, Mumbai Port, Chennai.

  • B.Tech. in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering (4 years) – Visakhapatnam.

  • B.B.A. in Logistics, Retailing & E-Commerce (3 years) – Chennai, Kochi.

  • B.Sc. in Nautical Science (3 years) – Navi Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi.

  • B.Sc. in Ship Building & Repair (3 years) – offered only at College of Ship Technology, Palakkad, which is an affiliated institute.

  • Diploma in Nautical Science (1 year) – Navi Mumbai, Chennai.

PG courses and IMU campuses where offered

  • M.Tech. in Marine Engineering & Management (2 years residential program) - Kolkata.

  • M.Tech. in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering (2 years) - Visakhapatnam.

  • M.Tech in Dredging & Harbour Engineering (2 years) - Visakhapatnam.

  • MBA in Port & Shipping Management (2 years) – Chennai, Kochi.

  • MBA in International Transportation & Logistics Management (2 years) – Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Kochi.

  • M.Sc. in Commercial Shipping & Logistics (2 years) – Chennai, Navi Mumbai.

UG and PG courses eligibility requirements

The following are the educational qualifications for each of the courses. For information on age criteria, relaxation of min. marks for reserved category candidates, physical fitness requirement, and other acceptable academic qualifications, refer to the official admissions brochure.
  1. B. Tech. (Marine Engineering): 10+2 or equivalent (PCM should be 60% average and min. 50% marks in English subject in 10th or 12th exam).

  2. B. Tech. (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering): same as above.

  3. B.Sc. (Ship Building and Repair): same as above.

  4. B.Sc. (Nautical Science): same as above.

  5. BBA (Logistics, Retailing and E-Commerce): same as above.

  6. Diploma in Nautical Science: 10+2 or equivalent (PCM should be 60% average) or a B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry; or a B.Sc. Electronics with Physics as an individual subject in one of the years; or a B.E./B.Tech. from IIT or an AICTE-recognized college.

  7. M.Tech. (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) and M.Tech (Dredging and Harbour Engineering): Engineering Graduate in Mechanical/ Civil/ Marine/Naval Architecture or equivalent with 60% marks in aggregate.

  8. M.Tech. (Marine Engineering and Management): B.E./B.Tech. in Marine Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Naval Architecture with min. 60% aggregate marks from a recognized University; or Associate Member of Institution of Engineers Part A and B in Mechanical Engineering with min. 60% aggregate marks; or MEO Class I Certificate of Competency.

  9. M.Sc. (Commercial Shipping and Logistics): Bachelor's Degree in any discipline with min. 50% aggregate from a recognized university and min. 50% marks in English subject in 10th or 12th or UG Degree.

  10. MBA (Port & Shipping Management) and MBA (International Transportation & Logistics Management): same as above for the M.Sc. program.

IMU Postgraduate Diploma Course

There is only one PG Diploma course, namely a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering (PGDME) at Mumbai Port Campus. This is a residential program of one year's duration.

Eligibility criteria: Graduation in B.E. Mechanical/Naval Architecture disciplines from recognized institutes with min. 50% in the final year and min. 50% in the English language at 10th or 12th or in the Degree exam. Max age limit: 28 yrs as on the date when the course begins. Other acceptable academic qualifications are- Full-time B.E./B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering streams; or a Degree in a Naval Architecture stream.

Fee structure

The table below shows the fees for UG and PG programs at campuses of IMU Campuses (these fees are not applicable to the affiliated colleges)-

IMU UG PG BBA MBA Fee Structure
[Table image source: IMU official brochure]

IMU research courses

You can pursue a Ph.D. or an M.S. (by research) on a full time or part-time basis at any of these Schools of IMU: School of Marine Engineering & Technology, School of Nautical Studies, School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, and School of Maritime Management.

Program fees

The table below shows the fee structure for both the programs, but it should be noted that it may change in the upcoming years. Also, if you do not submit the thesis within the maximum allowable time, you will have to register afresh and pay all the fees as per the fee structure that is applicable at the time.

IMU PhD and MS Fee Structure
[Table image source: IMU Official brochure]

Ph.D. Eligibility requirements

You should have passed SSLC (10th or 11th class/grade and PUC or higher secondary (12th grade) before joining the three-year (or more) and successfully completed the UG course before joining the PG Degree course. Additionally, the postgraduate Degree course should be in the respective area of research in the Schools mentioned above or in a relevant discipline with minimum 55% marks or equivalent CGPA. 5% relaxation in the minimum marks will be given for candidates applying in the SC, ST, OBC (NCL), and PwD categories. The other acceptable academic qualification criteria are an M.S (by Research) or an M.Phil. Degree in the respective area of research in the Schools mentioned above or in a relevant discipline.

Those who are Mariners with Master or MEO Class I Certificate of Competency or PGDMOM qualification with at least two years of continuous teaching experience at the Degree level as faculty in the Indian Maritime University or its affiliated institutes or in DG(S)-approved institutes are also eligible to take up the research programs.

M.S. (by research) course eligibility criteria

You should have an undergraduate Degree with 10+2+(3 or 4) pattern in a relevant discipline with min. 55% marks or equivalent CGPA, but this is not required if you are a Mariner having a Master or MEO Class I Certificate of Competency. For those applying in SC/ST/OBC (NCL)/PwD categories, the minimum acceptable marks is 50% (or equivalent CGPA).

Selection process

Admission to the research programs is through a written test that is in two parts, one an MCQ of two hours' duration with 120 questions and the other a descriptive test of one-hour duration that will gauge English and technical writing skills. You need to score a minimum of 50% for the first part to be eligible to appear for the second part, and on obtaining 50% or more in the second part you are eligible to appear for the personal interview.

Important dates for research programs

Online registration: 1st July 2020 to 26th July 2020.
Last date for payment of Registration Fees the CET: 26th July 2020.
Last date for submission of detailed application form for the CET: 26th July 2020.
Written Test (Stage I and II): 16th August 2020 (Sunday), 10 am to 1 pm.
Personal Interview: The date will be intimated to the candidates at their registered email address.
Research programs begin on 5th October 2020 (this is a tentative date).

Application procedure for IMU courses

Registration and applications should be done online only at the Indian Maritime University admissions portal and click on the CET Aug 2020 hyperlink. Select up to three preferred cities as the exam centre for the CET.

Documents required to be scanned and uploaded are: a photograph, signature, a copy of the Class 10 mark sheet as proof of date of birth, a copy of Class 12 or Degree certificate as applicable, a copy of the SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/General-EWS certificate if applicable and other relevant certificates.

Important note on the photo: It should contain your name and date (in DD/MM/YYYY format) when the photo was taken, at the bottom of the photo. The photo should have been taken on or after 1st January 2020, failing which, it may be considered as an impersonation.

Important dates for IMU-CET 2020

Online registration: 1st July 2020 to 26th July 2020.
Download the Hall Ticket: 31st July 2020.
Date of IMU-CET 2020: 16th August 2020.
Result declaration: within 5 days from the date of IMU-CET.

After the CET result

Online counseling for admission will be scheduled only at six campuses of IMU. In the case of IMU-affiliated Institutes and other DGS-approved MTIs, you need to directly approach the institute after obtaining the rank certificate. For details of applying for admission to IMU institutes and the online payment, refer to the official brochure.

Important dates for BBA program

Online registration: 1st July 2020 to 25th July 2020. Publication of the first list of selected candidates: 30th July 2020
Last date to pay the online payment of program fee for first list's candidates: 7th August 2020.
Publication of the second list of selected candidates: 8th August 2020.
Last date to pay the online payment of program fee for second list's candidates: 14th August 2020.
Publication of the third List (if necessary): 17th August 2020.
For problems in online applications, send an email to, indicating the problem that you faced.

IMU Contact information

Indian Maritime University Head Quarters,
East Coast Road, Semmencherry,
Post Chennai - 600119
Ph: +91 (44) 2453 9023/39.
For communication with IMU regarding CET August 2020 shall be made via e-mail only at
Academic brochure for 2020-21:

IMU Campuses and Contact details

Chennai: The Director - Indian Maritime University-Chennai Campus, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai-600 119. Ph: (044) 2453 0343/345, Fax: (044) 2453 0342. Email:

Kochi: The Director - Indian Maritime University-Kochi Campus, South End Reclamation Area (SE&A), NH-47A, near Alexander Parambithara Bridge, Matsyapuri (P.O.), Willingdon Island, Kochi–682029. Email:

Kolkata: The Director - Indian Maritime University-Kolkata Campus, P-19, Taratalla Road, Kolkata - 700 088. E-mail:

Navi Mumbai: The Director - Indian Maritime University - Navi Mumbai Campus (erstwhile T.S. Chanakya) Karave, Nerul, Navi Mumbai- 400706. Email:

Mumbai Port: The Director - Mumbai Port Campus (erstwhile LBS & MERI) Hay Bunder Road, Mumbai- 400033. Email:

Visakhapatnam: The Director - Indian Maritime University - Visakhapatnam New Campus, Vangali Village, Tekkalipalem Post, near Rayavarapu Agraharam, Sabbavaram, Visakhapatnam-531035. Email:

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Author: Umesh17 Jul 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

These courses are very useful for making a career in the shipping industry and especially in the merchant navy or material support services to offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation. After doing the B.Tech. in maritime engineering which is one of the main courses in this segment one can apply for the merchant navy job in any shipping company. Job position in many areas has dwindled down but in this line still, some scope is there as the shipping industry is very big and can absorb a lot of people in it. In the beginning, one has to join in a subordinate position but slowly in about 15-20 years span, one gets to the position of Captain or master of the ship. The seafarer's job is tough not only from the point of view of staying on the ship but also from the point of view of strong isolation and seclusion for a period of so many years. The good point is that the salary of the seafarer starts with a minimum of Rs 30000 to 35000 per month while a shipmaster or captain earns around Rs 6 to 10 lakhs per month.

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