The programme is of six Semesters, of which, first five semesters are of six months duration. The Sixth Semester is of four months duration. First two Semesters (i.e. one year) is pre sea training on-shore which is designed to impart basic knowledge on the type of merchant ships, ship operations, types of goods carried by ships, shipping trade and a good foundation in the basic principles of navigation and the environmental science. During, the subsequent three semesters, candidates are trained on job i.e. onboard a ship in the practical application of the theory learnt.
Sixth and final semester is conducted at an approved Training Institute. The emphasis during this semester is to prepare the candidate for the examination of 2nd Mate Certificate of Competency conducted by the Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping. On successful completion of this examination, the candidate is awarded a degree in B Sc. (Nautical Science) and a Certificate of Competency which enables him / her to become an officer on a merchant ship.