ARI DLP (IGNOU) Programme for structured shipboard training consists of 3 semesters each of 6 Months duration i.e; Semester 3, 4 and 5. IGNOU DLP is undertaken after completion of one year contact program i.e.; Semester 1 & 2. The DLP is completed whilst serving at sea and cadets commence their semester on joining their first ship and on starting the learning process.
IGNOU conducts semester end examinations for each of the semester. Examination schedule is quite flexible and students should undertake their examination during their leave periods. Students have the flexibility to appear for all three-semester end exams together or separately.
Cadets are expected to complete 3 semesters of IGNOU DLP within 18 months of sea service. On successful completion and passing of all semesters, Cadets are awarded Advanced Diploma in Nautical Sciences and they are also entitled to remission of 18 months sea time for their second mates competency examinations.