Questions related to Admissions

Is GMU Recognized by UGC?

GMU is approved under section 2(f) of the UGC Act of 1959, and its name is listed on the UGC website under State Private Universities in Gujarat.

What guideline does GMU's one-year LLM programme follow?

The one-year LL.M programme at GMU is being offered in accordance with the GMU Regulations on One Year LL.M Degree Programme 2019, which were issued in compliance with the UGC Guidelines for Introduction of One Year LL.M Degree Programme, 2012.

Does GMU conduct its own entrance exam for admission in the LL.M programme?

Yes, GMU conducts its own entrance exam for the LL.M program followed by a Personal Interview of the candidates. The selection process weightage is distributed as follows:

Criterion Weights
Remotely Proctored Online MCQ Test 70%
Personal Interview 30%

The exam is administered remotely and online, with 70 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), each carrying one mark. The test lasts for 60 minutes, and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The question paper is based on the core subjects of the undergraduate integrated LLB or LLB program and includes topics such as Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, and Public International Law. Additionally, the exam includes questions on research and teaching aptitude, as well as current affairs.

Are CLAT scores valid/accepted for admission to GMU programmes?

Yes, if any seat remains unfilled after the GMU LL.M. admission process, it will be filled based on the merit secured by candidates in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) of that academic year.

Can non-LL.B. degree holders apply for the LL.M programme at GMU?

As per UGC guidelines, only candidates with an LL.B. degree are eligible to apply for any LL.M. program. The LL.M. program is an advanced degree that builds upon the foundational legal knowledge acquired during an LL.B. program. Therefore, applicants must hold an LL.B. degree or an equivalent law degree recognized by the Bar Council of India to qualify for admission to the LL.M. program at GMU.

When will the GMU entrance test be conducted for the 2024-25 LL.M. programme?

As per the admission notification

What are the minimum qualifying marks required to pass the entrance test at GMU?

The minimum qualifying marks for the entrance test at GMU are determined each year based on factors such as the difficulty level of the test and the number of applicants. Generally, the minimum qualifying marks depend on the average marks obtained by all candidates who appear for the entrance test.

What is the syllabus for the LL.M. programme entrance test?

The question paper will be based on the core subjects of the undergraduate integrated LLB or LLB Programme and will include Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Criminal Law and Public International Law. It will also include questions from research & teaching aptitude, and current affairs.

When will the classes for the academic year 2024-25 begin?

As per the admission notification

Questions related to Academics

What are the different programmes offered at GMU?

Gujarat Maritime University offers the following programmes:
Under the School of Maritime Law, Policy and Administration:

  1. One-year LLM Programme in:
    • Maritime Law
    • International Trade Law
  1. Executive Diploma Programme in:
    • Maritime Law
    • International Trade Law
  1. Ph.D. Programme in Law

Under the School of Maritime Management:

  1. MBA in Shipping & Logistics
  2. Ph.D. Programme in Management
  3. EDP in Shipping & Logistics

What is the duration of the Masters of Law (LL.M) programmes?

Both the Master of Laws (LL.M) programmes (Maritime Law and International Trade Law) are one-year programmes.

What is the eligibility criteria and admission process for the programmes offered at GMU?

To learn about the Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process for all the programmes offered at GMU, click on the applicable admissions page links shared below:
LL.M Programmes: https://gmu.edu.in/llm-admission-criteria/

EDP Programmes: https://gmu.edu.in/edp-admission-criteria/

MBA Programme: https://gmu.edu.in/mba-shipping-logistics/

Ph.D. Programme in Management: https://gmu.edu.in/ph-d-programme-management/

Ph.D. Programme in Law: https://gmu.edu.in/ph-d-programme/

Where do I apply for the admission at GMU?

GMU has an Online Application process for all programmes that can be accessed via this link:

Does GMU offer any distance learning courses or part time courses?

At present, GMU does not provide any distance learning courses or part-time courses. However, the university has an Executive Diploma Programme that caters to the needs of working professionals by providing them with the maximum academic flexibility and minimal requirement of physical presence on the campus.

What is the seat intake capacity per programme?

EDP Programmes

Course Total
EDP 60

LL.M Programmes

Course All India Seats Others Total
  General (50.5%) SC (15%) ST (7.5%) OBC (27%)
LL.M. 30 9 5 16 60

MBA Programme

Total Seats Admission through GMU Entrance Exam Admission through Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC)
60 30 30

Ph.D. Programme in Management

Sr. No. Research Area   Total Seats Vacant Seats
1 Human Resource Management 04 03
2 Financial Management 04 04

Ph.D. Programme in Law

Sr. No. Research Area Total Seats Vacant Seats
1 International Trade Law 04 0
2 International Environmental Law 04 0

What are the advantages of enrolling in an EDP program at GMU?

The Executive Diploma Programme (EDP) at GMU is specifically tailored for the professional advancement of individuals who are already employed in the maritime sector, as well as for the development of human resources within the industry. The EDP program also offers a two-week Global Externship Program that combines sessions by distinguished faculty and maritime experts with moot court competitions and off-campus activities including port and shipyard excursions, a visit to the renowned Port of Rotterdam, and much more.

Do students need to attend all EDP classes in-person?

The EDP classes are conducted in a hybrid mode. However, it is mandatory to appear for the end-semester exams in-person at the university and specified contact days as stipulated by the university.

What is the minimum attendance requirement for the EDP programmes at GMU?

100 % attendance is mandatory.

When and how are the EDP programme classes scheduled?

The EDP programme classes are scheduled in a hybrid mode, with a total of one month of contact hours for both semesters, i.e., two weeks for each semester.

Questions related to Maritime Industry

What are the future prospects in the Indian Maritime sector?

The Indian maritime sector is expected to have strong growth prospects in the future due to a number of factors. The Indian government is making significant investments in the sector and has introduced several policy measures to promote the development of the maritime industry. The Indian government is:

  • planning to develop major ports and expand the capacity of existing ports to meet the growing demand for cargo transportation. This will create new job opportunities in the sector.
  • focusing on developing the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to reduce the country’s dependence on imports and create new job opportunities.
  • introduced policies to promote the growth of the cruise industry, which is expected to create new job opportunities in the sector.
  • focusing on developing the coastal shipping and inland water transportation sector to reduce the cost of transportation and create new job opportunities.
  • encouraging private sector investment in the maritime sector, which is expected to create new job opportunities.
  • promoting the development of the maritime logistics sector to improve the efficiency of cargo transportation and create new job opportunities.
  • focusing on the development of smart ports and digitalization in the maritime sector, which will create new job opportunities in the field of information technology and digitalization.

It’s important to note that the maritime sector is a global industry, and the future prospects may also depend on the global demand, regulations and technology advancements.

Why opt for a career in Shipping and Logistics?

There are several reasons why one might choose to pursue a career in the shipping and logistics industry including:
Growing Demand: The global economy is becoming increasingly interconnected, leading to a rise in the demand for goods being transported from one part of the world to another. This, in turn, increases the demand for shipping and logistics professionals.

High Pay: Shipping and logistics careers often offer competitive salaries, especially for those with specialized knowledge and skills.

Career Advancement Opportunities: There are many opportunities for growth and advancement within the shipping and logistics industry, including management positions and leadership roles.

Technological Advancements: The shipping and logistics industry is undergoing rapid technological changes, with the adoption of digital technologies such as blockchain, AI, and IoT. This provides new opportunities for individuals to use their skills in innovative ways.

Global Reach: Shipping and logistics companies operate globally, providing opportunities for professionals to work in different parts of the world and experience different cultures.

Government Initiatives and Reforms: A number of Government Initiatives and reforms are proposed in India, including Bharatmala Project, Sagarmala Project, subsidy schemes for ship building, Make in India initiative, Green Channel, Major Ports Authority bill among others, which will drive growth in the sector and in turn generate the need for management professionals to manage the growth.

What are the job opportunities related to maritime law, international trade law, shipping and logistics are currently available in India's Maritime Sector?

There are a wide variety of jobs available in the Indian maritime sector, including:

Maritime Lawyer: Specializes in legal issues related to the maritime industry, such as shipping regulations, trade laws, and maritime disputes.

Shipping and Logistics Manager: Oversees the shipping and logistics operations of maritime businesses, managing the movement of goods and cargo between ports and overseeing logistics processes such as inventory management and warehousing.

Trade Compliance Manager: Ensures that maritime businesses comply with domestic and international trade laws and regulations, managing issues such as customs clearance, import/export compliance, and trade sanctions.

Marine Insurance Claims Specialist: Handles insurance claims related to maritime incidents, such as shipwrecks, collisions, and cargo damage.

Port Operations Manager: Oversee the day-to-day operations of ports, managing issues such as cargo handling, vessel scheduling, and port security.

Marine Surveyor: Assesses the condition and value of ships and cargo, ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Customs Broker: Facilitates the clearance of goods through customs, ensuring compliance with customs regulations and managing import/export documentation.

Freight Forwarder: Manages the transportation of goods and cargo between ports, coordinating with shipping companies and logistics providers to ensure timely and efficient delivery.

Port Manager Trainee: Documents port activities and use the Port Community System to facilitate information exchange between organizations. They also assist with fire and safety operations and goods handling at ports.

Business Analyst for Port Community System (PCS): Identifies business needs, liaison between business and technical personnel, manage testing procedures, and review software upgrades for business partners.

Logistics Coordinator/Manager: Oversees transportation of goods, analyzing cost-effective methods and ensuring compliance with regulations. They perform audits, provide training, and collaborate with senior management to streamline processes. They also assist other companies with their import and export operations and implement trade agreement programs while maintaining internal controls.

Supply Chain Planner: Manages program design and launch, analyzes operations and technology, identifies opportunities for scaling, and manages team members’ performance and development. They also evaluate risks and obstacles and provide corrective actions.

Supply Chain Operations Consultant: Works with business users to gather requirements, analyze data, and implement cloud solutions for supply chain planning. They collaborate with project managers and technical teams to ensure timely delivery of projects.

Shipping Operations Executive/Coordinator: Prepares discharge and load lists, updating inventory reports and shipping line systems, preparing terminal departure reports, scrutinizing invoices of terminals and feeders, and communicating with overseas shipping lines.

Sales Profile Manager: Prepares and analyzes customer information, manages requests for profile entry, and utilizes their chemistry and regulatory knowledge to read SDS and enter specific information into profiles. They also assist CH and SKE sales and customer service.

The Overseas Shipping Coordinator: Negotiates rates, coordinates with the sales team, prepares quotes, and manages coordination between operations, shipping lines/airlines, and customer service. They maintain zero error performance and prepare reports.

Questions related to Finances and Financial Support

What are the fees of the different programmes offered at GMU?

The detailed breakup of the fees charged for each programme is available through the links provided below:
Master of Laws (LL.M) Programme:

Maritime Law: https://gmu.edu.in/llm-in-maritime-law/

International Trade Law: https://gmu.edu.in/llm-in-international-trade-law/

EDP Programme:

Maritime Law: https://gmu.edu.in/edp-maritime-law/

International Trade Law: https://gmu.edu.in/edp-international-trade-law/

MBA in Shipping & Logistics: https://gmu.edu.in/mba-shipping-logistics/

Ph.D. Programme in Management: https://gmu.edu.in/ph-d-programme-management/

Ph.D. Programme in Law: https://gmu.edu.in/ph-d-programme-law/

Does GMU offer any scholarships to students applying for a programme?

Currently, GMU does not offer any scholarships to students applying for programmes at GMU. We plan to offer need-based and merit-based scholarships in the future.

Questions related to Career Development/Placements

Does GMU provide placement/recruitment support to students after programme completion?

Yes, the internship and placement cell at GMU manages and conducts the recruitment procedure for students. To know more, visit:

Where are graduates of previous classes employed?

To see our list of recruiters, visit: https://gmu.edu.in/placement/

Questions related to Campus Life/Facilities

What kind of accommodation is available for students?

GMU offers hostel rooms for students, which are available on a twin-sharing basis. The rooms are equipped with 24/7 Wi-Fi connection, medical facilities, and other essential amenities. The allocation of rooms is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

What other facilities are available in the campus?

All the amenities and facilities available within the GNLU campus can be availed by students of GMU. To know more visit: https://gmu.edu.in/facilities/

Does GMU have student clubs?

GMU has an active student club that arranges a diverse range of activities and events.

What recreational facilities are available for the students at GMU?

GMU offers a range of recreational facilities for students to engage in indoor and outdoor activities that promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. The campus features a gymnasium, as well as spaces for various indoor and outdoor games.

What dining facilities are available to students at GMU?

GMU provides canteen facilities to students, as well as coffee and tea points located at various locations throughout the university.

Questions on Campus, Location and Safety

Where is the current GMU campus located?

Gujarat Maritime University currently operates from its transitory campus at the Gujarat National Law University at Gandhinagar, Gujarat until a permanent campus is established for Gujarat Maritime University.
Transitory Campus:
GNLU Campus, Attalika Avenue Knowledge Corridor, Koba, Gandhinagar, Gujarat – 382426

Where will the permanent campus be located?

GMU’s permanent campus is intended to be constructed in GIFT City.

What kind of on-campus support and safety services are available for students?

There are several on-campus support and safety services available for students. A reputable security agency provides security services for both the campus and hostels, while CCTV cameras monitor the entire campus. The fire and safety standards of the campus are regularly updated, and there is a health centre on campus with a physician. Additionally, in case of an emergency, the university has established partnerships with nearby reputable hospitals.

How do you communicate with students in an emergency?

To ensure the safety of staff and students in case of an emergency, the campus has installed emergency announcement loudspeakers and designated emergency assembly points for communication.

What is the policy on drug and alcohol use at GMU?

GMU has a strict policy prohibiting the use of drugs and alcohol on campus. Violations of this policy are handled by the student disciplinary committee and law enforcement agencies.

Is Gandhinagar a safe city?

Gandhinagar is considered to be a safe city overall for living. The city has a low crime rate, and it’s considered one of the best-planned cities in India. The city has a good infrastructure, clean and well-maintained streets and low pollution.

The city has a friendly community, and residents are known to be welcoming and helpful. You can find a diverse group of people living in the city, which makes it an inclusive and harmonious place to live.

The city has a good standard of living and offers a good quality of life for its residents. There are good schools, hospitals and other amenities that make it a comfortable place to live in.

Overall, Gandhinagar is considered to be a safe city to live in, but as always, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and to take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety and security.

What is the best way to reach Gandhinagar?

The best way to reach Gandhinagar depends on your location and personal preferences.

By Air: The nearest airport to Gandhinagar is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gandhinagar.

By Train: Gandhinagar railway station is well connected to major cities in India. There are regular trains from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and other major cities.

By Bus: Gandhinagar has a well-developed network of roads and bus services. You can take a bus from Ahmedabad, which is well connected to major cities in Gujarat and the rest of India.

By Car: If you are planning to drive to Gandhinagar, it is well connected by roads, and you can easily reach it by car from Ahmedabad, which is around 30 Km away.

You can also take a combination of these methods of transportation such as fly to Ahmedabad then take a bus or train to Gandhinagar.

What are some fun things to do in and around Gandhinagar?

Some fun things to do in and around Gandhinagar include:

  • Visit the ISKCON Gandhinagar temple and learn about Hindu culture and tradition.
  • Take a stroll in the lovely parks of Gandhinagar.
  • Visiting the Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park, which is home to a large collection of dinosaur fossils and other prehistoric animals.
  • Exploring the Adalaj Stepwell, a beautifully designed ancient well that was built in the 15th century.
  • Take a trip to the nearby city of Ahmedabad, which is known for its rich history and architecture.
  • Visiting the Mahatma Mandir, a large complex dedicated to the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Visiting the Akshardham Temple, one of the largest and most ornate temples in India.
  • Visit the Gandhi Ashram, which was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during the time he was working in Gujarat.
  • Sample the local cuisine, which is famous for its flavours and spices.
  • Shop at the local markets and bazaars, where you can find a wide range of handicrafts, textiles, and other traditional items.