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Aviation Industry Careers (Pilot & Other Aviation Careers)

The objective of aviation industry is to transport people and goods throughout the world. Aviation deals with traveling by plane. With the industry expanding rapidly, a large and highly skilled workforce will always be in demand. Pilot training and cabin crew are some of the popular courses in aviation.

Post 12th Grade

10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject

Note: If you don’t have Physics & Maths in 10+2 you have an option of passing these two subjects at 10+2 level from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Commercial Pilot Training/Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

Post Graduation/Engineering

  • Graduation in Physics/Maths/Engineering
  • Air Force Pilot Training

Commercial Pilot Training/Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

  • Proficiency in English language
  • Age ranges from 18-30 years
  • Class I Medical Certificate as per DGCA approved medical examiner
  • The minimum height should be 5 feet and eyesight 6/6
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • CPL is valid for 5 years only

Other Courses

  • B.Sc.(Aviation) – 3 years
  • BBA (Aviation) – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Travel Management – 3 years
  • Diploma in International Airline and Travel Management – 1 year
  • Diploma in Air Cargo Management – 1 year
  • MBA (Airport Management) – 2 years

Institutes for Pilot Training

  • Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar
  • Coimbatore Flying Club, Coimbatore
  • Indian Aviation Academy, Mumbai
  • Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd, Jamshedpur
  • All India Institute of Aeronautics, (AIIA), Dehradun
  • Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Secundrabad
  • Aviation and Aeronautics, Ahmedabad
  • Government Flying Training School, Bangalore
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademy (IGRUA), Rae Bareli
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Rotary Wing Academy, Bangalore
  • West Bengal Flying Training Institute, Kolkata
  • Bangalore Aeronautics Technical Services Pvt. Ltd. (BATS), Bangalore

CPL: 1 year or more

  • The following scholarships are available through IGRUA, Rae Bareilly
  • Indian Airlines scholarships
  • Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (For Women Pilots)
  • Scholarships for SC/ST candidates: State governments award
  • scholarships to SC/ST candidates for training at IGRUA
  • JRD Tata Memorial scholarships
  • The Madras Flying Club offers a government scholarship as well.
  • A government scholarship for pilot training is available for SC/ST candidates who have completed SSC/10+2.

Master Courses

  • M.Sc. in Agriculture
  • M.Sc. Biological Sciences
  • M.Sc. in Agriculture Botany
  • M.Phil. in Agriculture

Doctoral Courses

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agriculture
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture Biotechnology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Entomology

CPL: INR 20,00,000 to INR 50,00,000

Air Force Pilot Training: Free, post selection

Student Pilot License (SPL): First step to get a CPL. It is similar to a learner’s license. Age must be 16 years, minimum high school/ 10+2 (Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject) and Class II Medical Certificate as per DGCA.

Private Pilot License (PPL): After obtaining a SPL, there is a choice of getting either a Private Pilot License (PPL) or a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). PPL is for those who want to pursue flying as a hobby. Age must be 17 years, minimum high school/10+2 (Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject) and a medical fitness certificate from the AFCME (Air Force Central Medical Establishment) or IAM (Institute of Aerospace Medicine). Alternatively, you could directly enroll for the Private Pilot License once you have cleared Class XII and are 17 years old. After a total of 60 hours of various flying exercises and rigorous training, PPL is obtained.

Commercial Pilot License (CPL): The final step to becoming a commercial pilot, CPL, is obtained after you have finished at least 200 hours of extensive flying. CPL is for those who want to secure a full time job. But it is necessary to hold at least a Private Pilot License before you start training for the CPL.

Air Force Pilot Training o Age ranges from 17-23 years
o Physically and mentally fit

  • Pilot License Examination conducted by Directorate
  • General of Civil Aviation (DCGA)
  • NDA Exam
  • CDS (Combined Defense Services) Exam
  • SSC (Short Service Commissions)
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC) Special Entry
  • Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCA)

Prem Mathur- First Indian woman pilot in 1947

Gul Panag- Certified pilot in 2016 (Private Pilot License- PPL)

Ayesha Aziz- Fighter pilot (youngest pilot in India)

Durba Banerjee- First Indian woman commercial pilot

Hardit Singh Malik- First Indian fighter pilot

Pilot Training

  • Physical and mentally fit, especially good eye sight and proper color vision
  • Not afraid of heights
  • Passion to fly aircrafts
  • Good concentration and coordination of mind and limbs
  • Quick thinker
  • Patience and emotional stability in crisis situations
  • Responsible and self-confident
  • Excellent in English
  • A lot of hard work, stamina and adaptability to follow difficult time schedules
  • Good team spirit

Pilot/Trainee Pilot

  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Airhostess/Flight Steward
  • Flight Purser
  • Supervisor/Administrative Staff
  • Ground Job
  • Flight and Ground Instructors
  • Flight Despatchers
  • Factor Facilitators

Pilot Training

  • Corporate Aviation
  • Agricultural Flying
  • Defense (Air Force)
  • Private Aircrafts and Helicopters
  • Domestic and International Airlines

Commercial pilots get attractive remuneration and incentives, such as getting free/concessional tickets for the family. Salaries for commercial pilots range from INR 25,000 to INR 5,00,000 per month, depending on the airline.


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