A Guide To IMU CET Exam 2024

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The Indian Maritime University, or IMU, conducts a Common Entrance Test (IMU-CET) once a year as a computer-based test. It is a national-level examination, and students who clear the exam are eligible for admission to the University’s undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses offered at the IMU Campuses and its affiliated institutions.

The exam is taken by students interested in pursuing courses like B.Tech Marine Engineering, B.Sc Nautical Science, B.Tech Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, B.Sc Ship Building & Repair, Diploma in Nautical Science, M.Tech Marine Engineering and Management, M.Tech Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, M.Tech Dredging and Harbour Engineering, and MBA programs.

Candidates can join MBA and MTech courses through the IMU CET or apply through the CMAT/CAT/MAT and CUET PG/GATE/PGCET scores. However, preference in admissions will be given to the candidates with IMU-CET ranks.

So, candidates are encouraged to register for the IMU CET. Admission is based on merit through the IMU online counselling process.

Importance of the IMU CET Exam

This exam is important for aspiring maritime professionals since clearing it is mandatory for joining the Merchant Navy. It is the first step in a long journey of becoming a seafarer.

As per DGS Training Circular 12 of 2020, all Maritime Training Institutes regulated by DG Shipping are required to admit students based on their IMU-CET ranking and as amended from time to time. IMU-CET is compulsory for admission to DGS-approved programmes.

Those wanting admission in Pre-Sea Courses Diploma in Nautical Science, B.Sc. (Nautical -Science)and B.E/B.Tech. (Marine Engineering) to any MTI (Govt. or Private- Affiliated with any University) are required to qualify for the IMU-CET.

About Indian Maritime University

IMU, based in Chennai, was established under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, on 14 November 2008 as a teaching-cum-affiliating university. It promotes maritime studies training and research with a focus on emerging areas such as oceanography, maritime laws, maritime history, environmental studies, search and rescue, and transportation of dangerous cargo.

IMU has 6 campuses at Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai Port, Navi Mumbai and Visakhapatnam. The oldest campus is the IMU Navi Mumbai Campus, established in 1927.

IMU brings out an annual academic prospectus that gives comprehensive information about the university, its courses, admissions, courses offered, eligibility, etc. 

You can access the IMU 2024-25 Prospectus here- Download prospectus  

About IMU-CET 2024

The Indian Maritime University has released the IMU CET application form for 2024. The last date to apply is May 5, 2024. The exam will be conducted on June 8, 2024, across 86 Indian cities in a computer-based test mode.

Candidates can visit the official website to register online for the exam- Click here to register  

Through this exam, admission will be granted to several UG ( B TECH, B.SC, DNS) Programmes, MTech Programmes and MBA Programmes. For IMU Admission 2024, aspiring candidates must complete the IMU CET 2024 registration, download the IMU CET Admit Card and appear for the exam. 

The IMU CET Exam Pattern includes multiple-choice questions, and the duration of the exam is 3 hours. The exam is in English and includes 200 questions for UG programs and 120 questions for PG Programs.

For every wrong answer, a negative marking of -0.25 will be given. The exam syllabus has been released on the IMU website, and students can prepare accordingly.

Questions are asked from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, General Aptitude and English for all UG Courses, the only exception being BBA. For admission to MBA courses, candidates must also answer questions on topics like verbal ability, logical reasoning, data interpretation, and quantitative ability. 

For MTech, candidates have to attempt questions from Maths, English and subject-based questions ( Mechanical Engineering/ Marine Engineering/ Naval Architecture/Civil Engineering).

IMU CET Exam Date and Schedule


IMU CET 2024 Application Form

Candidates can apply for IMU CET 2024 only online. The link is on the IMU website

The IMU CET Online Application Form has 4 Parts:

  • Personal Details
  • Academic Details
  • Uploading Documents
  • Payment 

After filling in the personal and academic details and uploading the documents, students will make payment on the portal. Then, the student dashboard will appear, from which they can download their submitted application form for future reference.

Step-by-Step Process to Fill the IMU CET Application Form 2024

  1. Fill in the basic details correctly, taking care of the spelling.
  2. Fill the personal details in the application form
  3. Fill in the Qualification information
  4. Upload the scanned images of photographs and signature
  5. Pay the application fee through the online payment mode

NOTE- The images should be in jpg/jpeg format only. Upload the scanned images of documents only in pdf/jpg/jpeg format.

Documents required to apply for IMU CET 2024

Applications who register online need to upload the scanned documents mentioned below-

  • Passport size photograph
  • Candidate’sSignature
  • 10th Class Mark Sheet
  • 12th Class Mark Sheet
  • UG Degree Mark Sheet / Certificate (wherever applicable)
  • Category Certificate  (SC / ST / OBC (NCL)
  • Economically Weaker Section Certificate (General EWS Candidates)
  • NCC Certificate (if applicable)
  • Special State / Nativity Certificate (if applicable)
  • MEO-I / COC Certificate (Applicable for MTech candidates who are Seafarers)

Application Fees

IMU CET 2024 Eligibility Criteria for different courses

Eligibility for 4-Year B.Tech (Marine Engineering) – Residential

Eligibility for 4-Year B.Tech (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) – Residential & Eligibility for 4-Year B.Tech (Naval Architecture and Ship Building) – Residential


 Eligibility for 3-Year B.Sc. (Nautical Science) – Residential

Note: Transgenders are eligible for the B.Tech. (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) & B.Tech. (Naval Architecture and Ship Building), given they meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility 2024 for 1-Year DNS course leading to B.Sc (Applied Nautical Science) – Residential

Eligibility for 2-Year M.Tech (Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering) – Non- Non-Residential &

Eligibility for 2-Year M.Tech (Dredging and Harbour Engineering) – Non-Residential


Eligibility Criteria for 2-Year M.Tech (Marine Technology) – Non-Residential

Eligibility for 2-Year MBA (International Transportation and Logistics Management) – Non-Residential & Eligibility Criteria 2024 for 2-Year MBA (Port & Shipping Management) – Non-Residential


IMU CET Syllabus 2024

IMU SET Exam Pattern 2024

The exam pattern of IMU CET 2024 is as mentioned below: 

  • Mode: Computer-based test
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Type of questions: Multiple choice questions
  • Marking scheme: – 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

Exam pattern for all UG courses (except BBA)

IMU CET Exam Pattern for MBA Courses

IMU CET exam pattern for MTech Courses

IMU CET 2024 Mock Tests

The Mock test is released by the Indian Maritime University at imu.edu.in. Candidates can access the IMU CET Mock Test 2024 on the official website. Attempting this test will allow candidates to understand the exam pattern and get acquainted with the computer screen’s layout.

IMU CET 2024 Model Question Papers

IMU CET Model Papers can help the candidate access the difficulty level of the exam, the exam pattern, marks distribution, and question distribution. Model Question Papers are released by the IMU on the official website in PDF Format. They can be downloaded, and candidates can use them to practice for the upcoming IMU CET Exam 2024. 

Recommended Books for IMU CET 2024 Preparation

Below are some of the most recommended books for the IMU CET exam.

Books for IMU CET UG:

  • IMU CET Exam Full Package by WAY2SHIP
  • Guide for IMU-CET Entrance by Maritime360
  • IMU CET Gateway To Maritime Education English by Subodh Kumar
  • IMU CET Complete Syllabus Theory Book (Revised and updated edition) by Subodh Juyal
  • IMU-CET 2024 Full Package by IMU360
  • IMU CET Study Material by 2IMU
  • IMU CET 2024 Question Bank With Sponsorship Guide by 2IMU
  • Complete Package for IMU CET & Sponsorship Test by 2IMU
  • IMU CET Question Bank by 2IMU
  • IMU CET Previous 10 Years Question Bank by 2IMU
  • IMU CET Entrance Exam Books Full Package 2024 by 2IMU

Books for IMU CET PG:

  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • How to Crack Test of Reasoning by Jaikishan
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma
  • Quicker Maths by M. Tyra 
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal
  • Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Disha Publications
  • Mechanical Engineering Handbook of Mechanical Engineering by Arihant Experts 
  • Mechanical Engineering by S.Chand
  • Handbook of Civil Engineering by G.K Publications
  • Civil Engineering by S Chand
  • Naval Architecture for Marine Engineering by Richard Pemberton

IMU CET 2024 Tips for Preparation

1. The candidates should regularly visit the official website for any changes or updates regarding the exam schedule. 

2. The candidates must get acquainted with the computer-based test by giving mock tests online. 

3. Also, practising more and more using model question papers available at the official website of the IMU will enable them to manage time and maintain a certain speed. They will also get acquainted with the type of questions that can be asked and how much time to give each question.

4. Candidates can prepare a personal study timetable to plan their daily schedule at least three months before the exam. They should cover the entire syllabus and keep separate times for weekly revisions and mock tests.

5. While studying difficult topics, the candidates should take notes as they can be revisited later. Notes also help simplify the topic and help one retain the information better.

6. A week before the exam, candidates must sleep and eat well while devoting time to revising the topics one is less confident about.

IMU Admission Process 2024: Through IMU CET & Other Entrance Exams

IMU CET Entrance Tests are held for admission to the following courses:

  • IMU-CET for UG (B.Tech., B.Sc. ,DNS) Programmes.
  • IMU- CET for M.Tech. Programmes.
  • IMU- CET for MBA Programmes.

Rank holders of the above-mentioned three CETs can seek admission to UG/PG/MBA programmes.

Also, candidates who have qualified in the following exams can seek admission:

CUET(UG): Can seek admission to UG Programmes during spot counselling for the residual seats available after the third List.

However, Candidates with CUET scores will be given preference for admission to BBA programmes. Hence, candidates are encouraged to register for IMU CET.

GATE/CUET-(PG)/PG-CET: Can seek admission to PG Programmes. However, preference will be given to candidates with IMU-CET ranks.

CAT/ MAT/ CMAT/UG Marks: Can seek admission to MBA Programmes; however, preference will be given to candidates with IMU-CET ranks.

Ph.D./Ph.D.(Integrated)/M.S(By Research): Details of the Entrance Test are given in a separate notification.

UG and PG Programs offered by IMU Campuses

  • BTech – Marine Engineering (4-year course) Chennai, Kolkata & Mumbai Port
  • BTech – Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering ( 4 year course) Visakhapatnam
  • BSc – Nautical Science ( 3 year course) Chennai, Kochi & Navi Mumbai
  • DNS – Diploma in Nautical Science ( 1 year course) Chennai & Navi Mumbai
  • BBA – Logistics, Retailing & E-Commerce (3-year course) Chennai & Kochi
  • Apprenticeship embedded BBA – Maritime Logistics (3-year course) Visakhapatnam
  • MTech – Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering ( 2 year course) Visakhapatnam
  • MTech – Dredging & Harbour Engineering ( 2 year course) Visakhapatnam
  • MTech – Marine Technology ( 2 year course) Kolkata
  • MBA – International Transportation & Logistics Management ( 2 year course) Chennai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam & Kochi
  • MBA – Port & Shipping Management ( 2 year course) Chennai & Kochi

IMU CET 2024 Admit Card

The Admission Authority will release the IMU CET Admit Card online for the candidates who applied for the exam. It can be downloaded using the login credentials. The admit card has details regarding the exam date, exam centre, and other guidelines. Candidates must remember to carry their admit card and identity proof to the examination venue.

IMU CET 2024 Exam Centres

The IMU-CETs will be held in CBT (Computer Based Test) mode in one batch from 11 AM to 2 PM on 08.06.2024 in the following cities.

  1. Agra 
  2. Ahmedabad
  3. Aligarh
  4. Allahabad
  5. Anantapur
  6. Bangalore
  7. Bankura
  8. Baroda
  9. Bhagalpur
  10. Bhatinda
  11. Bhopal
  12. Bhubaneshwar
  13. Bokaro
  14. Calicut
  15. Chandigarh
  16. Hissar
  17. Hubli
  18. Hyderabad
  19. Indore
  20. Jabalpur
  21. Jaipur
  22. Jalandhar
  23. Jammu
  24. Jamshedpur
  25. Jodhpur
  26. Kannur
  27. Kanpur
  28. Karimnagar
  29. Karnal
  30. Kolkata
  31. Pune
  32. Purnea
  33. Raipur
  34. Rajahmundry
  35. Ranchi
  36. Rourkela
  37. Sagar
  38. Salem
  39. Sambalpur
  40. Shimla
  41. Siliguri
  42. Solapur
  43. Srinagar
  44. Chennai
  45. Chhapra
  46. Cochin
  47. Coimbatore
  48. Dehradun
  49. Delhi
  50. Dhanbad
  51. Durgapur
  52. Faizabad
  53. Faridabad
  54. Gaya
  55. Ghaziabad
  56. Gorakhpur
  57. Gurgaon
  58. Guwahati
  59. Kollam
  60. Kota
  61. Kottayam
  62. Lucknow
  63. Madurai
  64. Mangalore
  65. Meerut
  66. Mumbai
  67. Muzaffarpur
  68. Mysore
  69. Nagpur
  70. Noida
  71. Nasik
  72. Palakkad
  73. Patna
  74. Thrissur
  75. Tirunelveli
  76. Tirupati
  77. Trichy
  78. Trivandrum
  79. Udaipur
  80. Varanasi
  81. Vellore
  82. Vijayawada
  83. Visakhapatnam
  84. Warangal
  85. Surat
  86. Thanjavur

IMU CET 2024 Result

Once IMU releases the examination result, candidates can check for their ranks on the official website and apply for counselling and the admission process. All those who qualify will be able to participate in the counselling.

The IMU CET 2024 Result will be available as a rank list for UG, MBA, and MTech courses separately.

The IMU CET 2024 Rank Card will be published under the logins of the candidates. To access the result, candidates must log in using the required credentials.

IMU CET 2024 Counselling

IMU will hold the counselling process online and in two phases for admissions in six IMU Campuses throughout India.

Online counselling does not cover admissions to affiliate institutes. Those seeking admission to IMU-affiliated institutes or other DGS-approved Maritime Training Institutes affiliated with other universities should directly approach their preferred college or institute after obtaining a rank certificate issued by IMU.

Candidates are shortlisted for counselling based on their IMU-CET results.

The online counselling for IMU will take place in two phases:

In Phase I, candidates can select their preferred programs and campuses. They need to register on the portal and pay a non-refundable counselling fee. If a seat is allotted in any program at any campus, the fee is non-refundable. Otherwise, it will be refunded.

In Phase II, seats will be provisionally allocated to candidates based on their rank, social category, and availability of seats from the options they have chosen. After online counselling, candidates who receive a seat must confirm their seats within the given time frame by paying the program fee through the portal

After the final seat allotment, candidates must appear before the Director of the allotted campus for document verification.


The IMU-CET is a key step for aspiring students wishing to pursue a career in the maritime sector. It is a prestigious exam given by 30,000 to 40,000 candidates every year in the hopes of getting admission into various Maritime institutions across India.

We hope you found all the information you sought in this article.

Marine Insight wishes the very best to all the aspiring students appearing for the IMU CET 2024.

Prepare well, and you are sure to succeed!

Also, do not forget to check the official IMU Website regularly for any updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it necessary to register at IMU Admission Portal-August 2024?

It is mandatory to register at the portal if a candidate desires to get admission not only in various UG (BTech, BSc, DNS) & PG (MTech, MBA) Programmes of IMU offered at IMU Campuses & its Affiliated Institutes but also for admissions to various DGS approved pre-sea programmes (DNS, B.Sc. (Nautical Science), B.Tech (Marine Engineering) in any of the DGS approved Maritime Training Institutes (MTIs) across India.

2. How can I apply/register?

Candidates can apply through Online mode only. The link can be seen on the IMU’s website. (https://imu.edu.in) when the registrations are open.

3. How will the entrance test be conducted?

The entrance exam will be CBT or a computer-based test.

4. Is there any concession/relaxation for SC/ST Category Students?

Yes. There is a concession in Registration Fees and relaxation in educational eligibility criteria.

5. I have completed my SSLC on the CBSE board, and my results are in the CGPA pattern. The fields in the Academic Portion in the Application Form are in Percentage format. How can I convert CGPA to percentage to complete the Online Application?

You can multiply the Grade Point or the CGPA by 9.5 to get the equivalent percentage of marks.

6. I appeared for the +2 Board Exam in 2024, and my results have not yet been declared. How can I complete “Academic Details” in the Online Application Form?

You can choose the “Result awaited” option. However, the Roll No, Board details, etc., have to be filled.

7. Is rounding off the percentage of Physics, Chemistry, Maths, etc., allowed while filling online applications?

No. Rounding-off is not permitted.

8. I made a mistake in my name/ DOB/Marks while filling out the application form, and I submitted the application. Is there any way to correct the mistake?

Once the application form is submitted, there is no way to correct the same. In such a case, the candidate has to apply again with a new email ID and mobile number. Hence, the candidates are advised to exercise caution while filling out the form.

9. How do I know I have submitted the application successfully?

The online application form consists of five steps: Basic Details, Personal Details, Academic Details, Document Upload, and Online Payment. Once the online payment is successful, the candidate’s dashboard will appear, from which he can download the filled-in application.

10. Is it mandatory to submit the hard copy of the filled-in application to IMU?

No. Candidates can download the filled-in application for reference and record, and submitting it to IMU is unnecessary.

11. Can I upload my Digi-locker class 12 result?

Yes, however, the candidates have to bring original documents during Certificates Verification when selected for admission.

12. How difficult is IMU CET?

The difficulty level of the exam is moderate.

13. Who is eligible for IMU CET?

Candidates who have cleared Class 12th with more than 60% in PCM and more than 50% either in 10th or 12th are eligible for IMU CET.

14. Is IMU CET MCQ based?

IMU CET is held in English and has multiple-choice questions. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours.

15. What is the hostel fee for IMU?

The hostel fees for IMU vary based on the campus and room type. For the Chennai campus, the hostel fees range from Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 50,000 per semester.

16. How many students give IMU CET every year?

Nearly 30,000 to 40,000 candidates appear for IMU CET every year. IMUCET is an entry-level examination in various courses related to the Merchant Navy.

17. Is the Merchant Navy a good job?

The Merchant Navy is one of the best career professions you can choose from if you want a good salary and the opportunity to roam the world. However, a career in the merchant navy is not as easy as it looks.

18. Is there a negative marking in the IMU CET?

Yes. IMU has introduced a minus marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

19. Can I submit the EWS certificate at the time of admission since it is being delayed by the Government Office?

All category certificates are to be given as per the date allowed. OBC-NCL/EWS Certificates are to be issued within a 1-year date, i.e. the certificate should have been issued on or after 01.08.2023.

20. If the Candidate is eligible for admission to the UG Programme but does not get 60% PCM and scored 80% in English, is he eligible?

No. If the Candidate does not possess the required PCM he will not be admitted, even if the candidate qualifies in CET.

21. Is there any interview after the Entrance Test?

There is no interview. After securing Rank Certificates, for admissions to IMU campuses, the candidate has to apply for Online Counselling for admission to IMU Campuses; while for admissions to Affiliated Institutes and other Maritime Training Institutes, the candidate has to apply to those Institutes with the IMU CET Rank Certificate.

22. I have completed +2 in distance mode through NIOS. Am I eligible for admission to BBA?

Yes. However, students who have completed through the School Boards classified as fake boards by the Ministry of Human Resources are ineligible for admission to IMU.

23. I forgot my Application Number/ Password for the IMU Registration Portal; is there any way to recover the same?

Yes. A link, “I forgot my password/Application Number”, is on the Login (Sign in) Page. Kindly fill in the relevant details on that page. Your application number/password will be sent to the email ID you provided.

24. I have applied for the UG (B.Tech., B.Sc, and DNS) Programme; am I automatically eligible for the BBA Programme?

No. The candidate must apply for a separate online form for the UG (B.Tech., B.Sc., DNS) Programme and a separate Form for the BBA Programme with the requisite fees if they want to apply for both.

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