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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the duration of the course?
The duration of the course is two years

What is the structure of the course?
The duration of the course is two years. 1 st Year will be at Aarna Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), India and 2 nd Year will be at South TynesideCollege (STC), UK.

Is the course residential?
The course is fully residential. Aims will provide hostel facility to all the trainees

What is the educational qualification required?
A pass in plus two (12th standard) or its equivalent with minimum 55% to 60% aggregate in Maths, physics and chemistry group and minimum 50% marks in English.
OR
Diploma in Engineering (AICTE Approved)
OR
B.Sc with Physics, Chemistry& Mathematics
What are the medical criteria?
All the trainees should be medically and physically fit for the sea service under standard norms, with eye sight upto 6/12 in both eyes or 6/9 in better eye, 6/18 in other eye and with no colour blindness.
What is the maximum age limit for the course?
Age limit should be between 18 25 years.

What is the admission procedure?

  • Written test (objective type of 100 marks). The duration of test would be one hour.
  • Oral test (interview)
  • Physical and Medical test

What is Total Number of Available seats at AIMS
Total Number of Available seats = 60

Are there any reservations of seats exist?
Reservation of seats are as under
  • Category A:35 Open seat
  • Category B: 10 Defense personal
  • Category C: 6 Sports persons
  • Category D: 3 NCC cadets (School or College Level)
  • Category E : 2For Jammu & Kashmir migrants
  • Category F : 2 Sponsorship from shipping companies
  • Category G: 2 Ward of Seafarer

(Note: If no students are eligible for above category of reservation then these seats would be offered to open category students)

What documents are required for admission procedure?
The candidates should bring following certificates in original at the time of Admission
  • 10th Class Mark sheet
  • 12th Class Mark sheet
  • Recent Passport size Photograph 6 No.
  • Applicable documents to Claim the Reservation of Seats

(Defense personal , sports persons , NCC cadets (School or College Level) , Jammu and Kashmir migrants , sponsorship from shipping companies, Ward of Seafarer )
Note: At the time of admission, if the candidate is not able to produce originals , then he can produce Notarized
copy of this certificate with undertaking to submit Original Certificates in Time .

What is mode of Selection for the Course:
All the successful candidates meeting the eligibility criteria will called for Written Test , Oral and Medical Test. After Qualification these test, They will be tested on the basis of their Attitude and Aptitude towards seafaring Profession, ability to communicate in English, General Comprehension and Seafaring background (If any)
  • The merit list for selection will be prepared based on marks in the above test along with marks obtained 10+2.
  • The younger candidate will be preferred over the elder one in case of equal marks in merit list.
  • After successful Qualification these test, the cadidates will be offered seats.
  • The call letters would be sent to these candidates for final admission.
  • The AIMS institute reserves the right to select or reject any candidate.
  • The selection committee is not bound to call all the applicants for the admission process or Interview.
  • The selection committee is not bound to call all the applicants for the admission process or Interview.


Whether the HND course is approved?
This Training will be leading to a class IV Marine Engineer officer. Certificate of Competency awarded by the Maritime Coast Guard Agency (MCA) (Department of Transport, Govt. of United Kingdom), Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB). The HND Qualification is awarded by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) HND is worldwide recognized qualification. HND qualification with UK Certificate of Competency (COC) will enables the student to finally become Chief Marine Engineers and sail onboard Merchant Navy ships worldwide.

Who will award HND certificate?
The HND certificate will awarded by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), United Kingdom.

What is the recognisation of my certificate?
HND certificate awarded by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), United Kingdom is recognized globally.

What are the opportunities for higher qualification after HND?
HND Student can further upgrade their qualification for B.Engg. and M.Engg. by enrolling into any U.K. university.

Can fees at AIMS be paid in installments?
Yes the fees can be paid in THREE installments (refer to fee structure)

How much loan bank will grant for foreign study?
As per the present norms all nationalized and schedule banks can provide loan upto Rs. 20 lacs for foreign study.

When to pay second year fees?
The second year fees to STC should be paid before issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter. The CAS letter will be issued by STC for visa.

Why STC?
STC is one of the 150 year old institute with state - of - art facility for maritime education and training. STC has students from over 30 countries worldwide coming to study at STC college. STC is recognized worldwide for producing best seafarers.

How to get the education loan for HND Marine Engineering Course ?
The institute (AIMS) will provide all the documentation support for getting the education loan.

What is the IELTS score required?
The student will have to appear in IELTS examinations for English proficiency with minimum score of 5.5. IELTS is conducted by British Council in India.

When I will be appeared in IELTS?
During your first year study at AIMS the institute will prepared and guide you for IELTS examinations.

What are the List of documents to be taken (required) for UK Visa?
List of documents for UK Visa are given hereunder:
  • Visa Application Form (VAF9) + Appendix 8 Form (Tier 4 Student) and Guidance Notes
  • Passport
  • One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm Color, less than 6 months old)
  • Biometric Details
  • Visa Fees of in pound (equivalent in Rupees, in D.D form)
  • CAS letter from College / University ORIGINAL & Photocopy (of all docs.)
  • Unconditional letter from college / University
  • Receipt of fee payment towards accommodation & Tuition.
  • Bank Statements ORIGINAL for the last 28 days from all sponsors
  • Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class , 12th Class till the last degree obtained
  • Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)
  • Work experience certificate (If any )
  • Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)


Who will provide the Assistance for U.K. Visa?
AIMS will provide Guidance and Assistance for preparing all the documentation for U.K. Visa

Can I Work in UK during my Studies?
You are not allowed to work on full time but as the United Kingdom Boarder Agency (UKBA) students allowed to work for up to 10 hours per week on Holidays.

What Assistance will be provided for placement?
AIMS will provide Guidance and Assistance for Placement in Shipping Companies.

What are the shore-based job options for marine engineering?
Various types of shore based job options are available in marine sector, this sector includes
  • Shipyards (ship building and ship repairing yards)
  • Shipping companies
  • Ship management
  • Port and harbor authorities
  • Operation management
  • Terminal operation
  • Drilling companies
  • Classification Societies
  • Research organizations
  • Marine environment companies
  • Subsea and telecom companies
  • Project management
  • Maritime Port authorities
  • Marine insurance
  • Marine surveyors
  • Port management
  • Chartering
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Offshore construction companies
  • Costal authorities
  • Container terminal operations
  • Marine operation
  • Stevedores
  • Warehousing management
  • Freight forwarding
  • Bunkering
  • Financial Analyst
  • Maritime Lawyer


Can I apply online?
Yes, you can Apply online

Is online payment facility available for fees?
You can pay your fees online through NEFT/Bank Transfer/Cash Deposit funds to the following accounts:
Beneficiary Name: AARNA INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES
Bank Name: CORPORATION BANK,
Branch: KHARGHAR BRANCH
Branch Address: SECTOR 7, KHARGHAR, NAVI MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA-410210.
Account No: 116 000 10 100 1239
IFSC Code: CORP0001160
Payment Instructions:
Once you make the payment, please Email us the following details on aimsindia2008@gmail.com / imtiyaz.shaikh@aimsindia.org.in : 1. NEFT/Bank Transfer/Cash deposit
2. Your name & address
3. Course name
4. Date of Transfer/deposit
5.Name of Bank
6. Transferred /Deposited Amount
We will confirm your payment after successfully receiving payments.

How to reach our Admission Office?
AIMS Corporate office is located at
F-36, 1st floor, Haware Fantasia Business Park,
Sector 30/A, Near Inorbit Mall,
Opp. Vashi Station,
Navi Mumbai -400 703,
Maharashtra (India).
 A walk-able distance from Vashi Railway Station.
 Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.

How to reachCollege Campus?
REACHING COLLEGE CAMPUS:
The Institute Campus is located atVillage Talegaon, Near Sindhudurg Railway Station, Post Oras, Tal. Malvan, Dist. Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. From Mumbai to College by Train- Any train up to Goa
Nearest Railway Station to College Campus:
Sindhudurg Railway Station 1 km from College Campus
Kudal Railway Station 12 kms from College Campus
Kankavali Railway Station 23 kms from College Campus

Whom to contact for more details information?
To get more information please contact:
Contact Persons:

Ms. YashodaChapagai HR Manager)
+91 9619792381 /

Mr. Imtiyaz Shaikh(Admission Co-ordinator)
+91 9022222526 / 9967571077

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