IMU CET exam is a gateway for Merchant Navy in India. We have given a complete detail of this exam.

IMU CET stands for Indian maritime university common entrance exam which is held by Indian maritime university for admission to its affiliated institute. IMU CET exam is popular among students who want to make a career in the naval industry. We have gathered important information about this exam for the students and parents who looking to make a career in the field of the ocean. 

What is IMU CET Exam?

To encourage and clear the way for training, research and studies in the Maritime the Central Government has established the INDIAN MARITIME UNIVERSITY which concentrates on studies of maritime history, maritime laws, security, rescue and oceanography. 

Indian Maritime University has 6 campuses across India which are as follows :

imu campus

Other than this Indian Maritime University also has 17 affiliated institutes across India.

Indian Maritime University has its Head Quarter at its Chennai Campus. IMU offers various undergraduate courses on its campus and in its affiliate institutes. The well-known courses of IMU are B.E/B.Tech in Marine Engineering, B.E/B.Tech in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering and B.Sc in Nautical Science. All the candidates seeking admission in the above courses need to appear in the IMU CET exam and according to their ranking, the college will be allotted to them.

The ranking of this exam is also required for admission to the DGS ( Directorate of Shipping ) approved Maritime Training Institute. All this institute offers various technical and non-technical courses regarding maritime but IMU CET exam is necessary for taking admission to the technical courses. IMU CET exam is a national-level exam. 

What is IMU CET Exam eligibility?

eligibility for imu cet examFor Appearing in the IMU CET exam a candidate must have appeared or have completed the 10+2 or equivalent exam. For taking admission to  B.E/B.Tech Marine Engineering / Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. B.Sc Nautical Science a candidate should get a minimum of 60 % aggregated marks in the PCM group and 50 % marks in the English language in the 10th and 12th examinations.

When IMU CET Exam Held?

Registration for the IMU CET exam starts generally in the month of march every year. Eligible students can enrol themself for the exam once the registration starts. The registration window remains open up for a month. The exam is held up by IMU in the month of June and within a month a result is declared.imu cet exam

After declaring a result candidate gets their ranking and they can attain counselling round where they will be allotted their preferential institute. 

How to Apply for IMU CET Exam?

For applying IMU CET exam applicants have to visit the IMU website. Then the candidate has to register themself by furnishing all the information. The candidate has to upload their scanned photo and signature for registration.

While entering the information candidate can select their favourable city for the exam, there are around 84 cities available for the exam from all over the country.

After filling in the complete information a candidate has to pay the registration fee. The fee has to pay by online method. The fee for the general candidate is Rs 1000/- and for other candidates is Rs. 700/-. A candidate can download their Hall Ticket before the exam.

IMU CET exam Syllabus

syllabus of imu cetThis exam is an online computer-based exam. The questions asked are multiple choice questions. There are 200 questions which are divided as follows.

English – 25

General Knowledge – 25

General Aptitude – 25

Chemistry – 25

Mathematics – 50

Physics – 50

The total time provided for solving a paper is 3 hours.

One thing that aspirants should know is that the difficulty level of the IMU CET as compared to JEE and other state engineering exams is very low. One can easily get a good ranking and get allotted to a good IMU campus with minimum preparation time.

The questions in physics, chemistry and mathematics has been asked from the 11th and 12th ncert syllabus. With some good practice, one can easily solve these subjects in this exam.

In General Aptitude the basic question like work time, pattern type, blood relation, profit loss etc. has been asked. One can prepare it from any general Aptitude book.

In the English language subject questions from the passage, synonyms, antonyms and basic grammar can be asked.

General Knowledge paper has 25 questions and one can solve 18 to 20 questions easily with general awareness. Aspirants can prepare for general knowledge subject from various available books and websites.

Why choose Merchant Navy as a career?

merchant navyMerchant Navy is a highly paid and very lucrative career for those who like an adventure. Some candidates don’t like the monotonous job of 9 to 5. They want some Kick in life which a Merchant Navy as a career can give them.

Merchant Navy gets independence and responsibility at a very young age as there are quick promotions in this field and payments are very high. With an experience of 8 to 10 years, Marchant navy can reach up to 4 lakh Rs per month payment.

When Merchant Navy is on the board there are no expenses for them and accommodation and cuisines they get are high class. They get to travel around the globe. The vacations in this field is very long one can enjoy a good time with their family on vacations.

Even if one wants to give up a career in the merchant navy one can get plenty of job opportunities offshore in a marine-related or engineering-related field. 


The difficulty level of IMU CET is low as compared to JEE exams.

The IMU campus has nearly 1000 seats and institutes affiliated with IMU have nearly 2500 seats.

Yes IMU is a Government University.

IMU CET exam held once in a year

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