- 1 How to become a pilot in India?
- 1.1 Eligibility Criteria
- 1.2 How to become a pilot in India after 12th/Graduation?
- 1.3 Minimum and Maximum age for applying to Flying Schools
- 1.4 Height and Weight Requirements for becoming pilot in India
- 1.5 Best Flying Schools in India
How to become a pilot in India?
How to become a pilot in India? You can start your career to achieve the dream to become a pilot after 12th Standard, or else you can also do it after you completed your graduation. You can become a pilot either as a civilian or for the military, and both have some set of instructions and requirements according to their protocols. To become a military pilot, you need to commit to a certain number of years after completing your one year of training in the Air Force.
NOTE: This varies from Aircraft to Air Craft based on their set of rules and requirements.
- Age – 18 and above to become a pilot.
- Proficient in the English Language.
- Should have Physics and Maths as your subjects in your 12th with a minimum score of 50% and above
- It would be best if you were an international (or) hold overseas citizenship of India.
- Must have a Valid passport – mandatory for cadet programs, but a passport is not applicable if from flying schools in India.
- If you do not have science in your class on the 11th or 12th, you can still apply through NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling). You must score the minimum required.
- Academic qualifications and some other requirements like height, eyesight, and other medical tests are satisfied.
How to become a pilot in India after 12th/Graduation?
- You are eligible to join the flying schools to become a pilot after the 12th or after you completed your graduation.
- Once you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, you can fill up the application form and be ready for the entrance test conducted by DGCA.
- There are two ways of getting into the Flying school –
- Cadet program
- Private Institutions
What is Cadet Program?
It acts as a tier between Airline and the Academy – where trains pilots according to the standards and requirements of that particular Airline.
It consists of three steps: (Elimination Rounds)
- Written test – basics of physics, English, and Maths
- Aptitude test
- Group interview with Airline Panelists
- Once you are done with the test will be undergoing medical and physical tests by DGCA class 1 and class 2 medical tests to qualify for a pilot.
- For the class 1 medical test – Fill the application form send it to email@example.com.
- Fee – 3000 (Varies)
- The renewal fee will be – 2000 (Varies)
- Validity for Class 1 is 1 year and should be renewed every year. After 40 years, renewal should be made every 6 months.
- Class 2 medical tests are done by NABL Approved Laboratory, which includes the tests like
- HB, TLC, Urine RE/ME, X-ray of Chest, Pure tone of Audiometry, ECG
- Eye and ENT tests also done – a person with less eyesight also allowed to wear spectacles or lenses according to their comfort.
- Having Color Blindness is strictly rejected for pilots.
Through Private Institutions:
Through Private, only two Institutions are offering in India –
- NFTI – National Flying Training Institute
- IGRUA – Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy
Minimum and Maximum age for applying to Flying Schools
- For Cadet Programs Minimum 18 – 32 Maximum
- For Flying Privately Minimum age at which you get CPL is 18, and no maximum age is mentioned.
Height and Weight Requirements for becoming pilot in India
- To become Commercial Pilot No strict requirements for Air Force pilots but less than 5.2 get some issues.
- Bmi can calculate weight That is (Weight in Kgs)/ (Height in meters)
- Blood Pressure should be Less than 140/90
- Cost for the Course:
- Cadet programs are higher than the Private Flying Courses pilot.
- For Cadet:80 Lakhs – 1 Crore (Including Type rating)
- For Private: 25-30 Lakhs (Type Rating not included)
Cadet: 18-24 Months
Private: depends upon the Learning Capability
Salary: (it may Varies)
Junior First Officer: 50-90 K
First Officer: up to 2 L
Senior First Officer: depends upon the experience.
Best Flying Schools in India
Many other flying schools become pilots in India; some of the topmost schools are below mentioned.
- IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy)
- Bombay Flying Club
- Gujarat Flying Club
- FSTC Academy for pilot
- Patiyala Flying Club
- Rajputana Aviation Academy
- Andhra Pradesh Flying Club
- Madras Flying Club