Get Ready to Fly! Your Complete Guide to Becoming a Pilot in India

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Many people have a will travel in Airplane and most of them have to travel that airplane and will to become a pilot.
Many students have the will to become a pilot and mostly they are attracted to the job because of salary, lifestyle.

Many have a passion for traveling and want some adventure life and that’s they join the pilot. But many don’t have so much knowledge about how to become a pilot in India?

Here is the article who help you to know more about how to become a pilot in India, We are hoping it will help you to achieve your goal.

How to Become a Pilot in India?

There are two ways you can become a pilot

Civil Aviation/ Commercial Pilot
Indian Defence Forces

Let’s check both one by one to understand more about how to become a pilot in India?.

Commercial Pilot

A commercial pilot holds a commercial pilot certificate issued by an authority and flies aircraft type for airlines. The commercial pilot is qualified to flies passenger aircraft.

All the passenger airlines, private jets are flies by the commercial pilot.

The authority that issued a certificate for the commercial pilot in India is DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

Being a commercial pilot you need to travel from point A to point B with the responsibility of a hundred passengers and need to travel fast and safely.

If your looking to become a commercial pilot below are some points that definitely help you achieve your goal.

Subject Requirements to Become a Commercial Pilot

To become a commercial you must have to take the PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Math) being a compulsory subject in the higher secondary.

If you do not have these subjects, especially Physics and Maths in your higher secondary, then there is an option for you to complete these subjects from the National Institute of Open Schooling.

Once you complete these subjects from open schooling, you can start the pilot training course, which allows you to take off the flights approved by the flying clubs of the country.

Entrance Examinations to Become a Commercial Pilot

To get admission for the pilot training course, you need to give the entrance exam, the exam includes a written test, a medical examination, and an interview.

One thing to note here is you must have to obtain a minimum of 50% in the 12th class to join the flying school, else you won’t able to appear for the exam.

Also, there are age restrictions to get the pilot license

  • Student Pilot License is 16 years
  • Private Pilot License is 17 years
  • Commercial Pilot License is 18 years

How Do You Become a Commercial Airline Pilot in India?

You need to follow the below steps to become a commercial pilot in India:

Join a Flying School and Attempt B.Sc. in Aviation

To get admission you need to give follow the procedure given below

Step 1. Written Examination

The written test includes general English, Maths, Physics subjects, and general logic. It is mandatory for to aspirants have math and physics in the higher secondary.

Step 2. Pilot Aptitude Test

The aptitude test is conducted to check the knowledge of the aspirants in the field of aviation. The knowledge in the field of aviation like aviation meteorology, aircraft and engine technology, navigation

Step 3. Personal Interview and DGCA Medical examination

The personal interview can by anyone done by the authorities of the DGCA (Directorate Generate of Civil Aviation) or can be done by the official of the college.

The medical examination can be taken only by the doctors who are assigned by the DGCA. This is taken to make sure that the aspirant is in their best physical and mental health.

Once you get the student pilot license, the student pilot is expecting to spend a minimum of 250 hours for a ground experience.
Whether to grant the license or not to the candidate will be decided only by the council of DGCA.

The test will be the oral test taken by the DGCA representative or by the chief instructor at school.

The license permits you to get flying training and allows you to take off the flights on gliders.

But additionally to this, if we come to the price, you need to spend to become a pilot in India is quite high. You need to spend around 15 to 20 lakh rupees to become a pilot in India.

If you want to become and pilot and not willing to spend that much amount, then you can choose to join the Indian Defense Forces (Airforce )

How to Become a Pilot in the Indian Air Force after Class 12th?

NDA Entry to the Air Force

To join the flying branch and to be a part of this respected institute, the NDA (National Defence Academy) is the first opportunity that you would get.

In this, the all selected candidate has trained in the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasle, Pune.

Once you complete the training successfully, aspirants get selected as permanent commission officers and posted as a Pilot at one of the Air Force Stations.

But the question here is how to get Admission for the NDA, below is the procedure which might help you.

NDA Admission Process

To get an Admission you need to give the written examination, SSB Interview, Aptitude Test, and medical examination.

Written Examination

The written test involves a maths-based paper and a general ability test. which contains the portion of various subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, General Knowledge, History, Geography, and Current Affairs.

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview contains two stages.

Stage 1 – Stage contains visual perceptions and an Officer Intelligent rating.

If you were able to clear stage 1 then only you can able to attempt the second stage.

Stage 2 – Contains the psychological test, personal interview, and how you can work as a team.

Pilot Aptitude Test

This test is most important for every aspirant because if you got failed in the test, then you can never be eligible to appear for it again.

It contains the written and machine tests to evaluate your ability to read all instructions, control your actions, and mental strength.

Medical Examination

The medical examination will examine the height, weight, eyesight.
The minimum height required is 152cm for NDA aspirants (correlated weight).

Eye Vision
Eye vision should be 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye, only for hypermetropia 6/6.

How to Become a Pilot in the Indian Air Force after Graduation?

There are 3 ways you can become a pilot in the Indian Air Force

  • CDSE Entry to the Air Force
  • AFCAT Entry to the Airforce (SSC)
  • NCC Entry to the Air Force

1. CDSE Entry to the Air Force

The aspirants who want to join the Indian Air Force after graduation can attempt CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination).

The selected candidates undergo training in the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. Once the aspirants complete the training, the commissioned officers are appointed to their flying units.

CDSE Entrance Procedure

The entrance exam has a written examination, SSB Interview, Medical Examination, Pilot Aptitude Test.

Written Examination

written examination consists of English, Maths, and some GK (General Knowledge).

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview is the same as you attempt after the 12th, it contains the phycological tests, picture perception, rating test.

It contains the two stages and you can able to appear for the second stage only if you clear the first stage.

Pilot Aptitude Test

This test is most important for every aspirant because if you got failed in the test, then you can never be eligible to appear for it again.

It contains the written and machine tests to evaluate your ability to read all instructions, control your actions, and mental strength.

Medical examination For

For the medical examination, there are some rules regarding height and eye.

Height

  • Male – 162.5 cms (correlated weight)
  • Female – 148 cms (correlated weight)

Eye Vision
Eye vision should be 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye, only for hypermetropia 6/6.

CDSE Eligibility Criteria to become a pilot

Only the male graduate aspirants in any system from a recognized University with the Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level / BE / B Tech.

The aspirants must have an Indian Passport.
The applicants should be unmarried at the time of applying.

While filling the application form for both the NDA and CDSE, you have to mention your preference for your wing – Air Force.

2. AFCAT Entry to the Airforce (SSC)

The SSC here stands for the “Short Service Commission”

Under SSC the aspirants cannot be served more than 14 years in the Indian Air Force.

The aspirants have to qualify for the AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test ) to join this branch.

If you get selected then you have been sent for the training course of 74 weeks, at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal.

SSC Entrance Procedure

Written Examination

– contains numerical, verbal ability, reasoning, military aptitude, and general awareness.

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview contains two stages.

Stage 1 – Stage contains visual perceptions and an Officer Intelligent rating.

If you were able to clear stage 1 then only you can able to attempt the second stage.

Stage 2 – Contains the psychological test, personal interview, and how you can work as a team.

Pilot Aptitude Test

This test is most important for every aspirant because if you got failed in the test, then you can never be eligible to appear for it again.

It contains the written and machine tests to evaluate your ability to read all instructions, control your actions, and mental strength.

Medical examination

For the medical examination, there are some rules regarding height and eye.

Height

  • Male – 162.5 cms (correlated weight)
  • Female – 148 cms (correlated weight)

Eye Vision
Eye vision should be 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye, only for hypermetropia 6/6.

SSC Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate should be a graduate from a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level / BE / B Tech.
  • The candidate should be a graduate with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate.
  • Allow for both male and female candidates to apply
  • minimum age required between 19 years to 23 years.

3.NCC (National Cadet Corps)

If you are in NCC in the school and having the Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate, Then you can able to join the Indian Air Force through the DGNCC (Directorate General National Cadet Corps) or your respective NCC Air Squadrons.

If you have secured an “A” or “B” grade in the “C” certificate then you can directly appear for the SSB Interview.

NCC Entrance Procedure

SSB Interview

The SSB Interview contains two stages.

Stage 1 – Stage contains visual perceptions and an Officer Intelligent rating.

If you were able to clear stage 1 then only you can able to attempt the second stage.

Stage 2 – Contains the psychological test, personal interview, and how you can work as a team.

Pilot Aptitude Test

This test is most important for every aspirant because if you got failed in the test, then you can never be eligible to appear for it again.

It contains the written and machine tests to evaluate your ability to read all instructions, control your actions, and mental strength.

Medical examination

For the medical examination, there are some rules regarding height and eye.

Height

  • Male – 162.5 cms (correlated weight)
  • Female – 148 cms (correlated weight)

Eye Vision
Eye vision should be 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye, only for hypermetropia 6/6.

NCC Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should have an NCC Air Wing Senior Division “C” certificate to be eligible for this entry.
  • Only Male candidates apply for NCC entry
  • The candidate must be unmarried
  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • Age should be between 19 to 23 years.

The candidate should be a graduate from a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level / BE / B Tech.
The candidate should be a graduate with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate.

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