Career As a Pilot

A Pilot is a type of Air Crew Officer who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.

It is also known as Aviator, Commuter Pilot, Aircraft Pilot, Airline Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot and Airline Captain.

He is someone who is a part of aviation industry and directly operates the directional flight controls of an aircraft.

Being a Pilot, you can enjoy an exciting, rewarding & fast-paced lifestyle. You can also have an opportunity to experience new cultures and travel around the world.

Pilots are highly trained, experienced professionals who can be eligible to fly different kinds of aircraft and helicopters.

The term aviator was first used in 1887 as a variation in term “aviation” that was coined by G. de la Landelle in 1863.

Who was the first pilot of India & the world?

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy was the first licensed pilot of India.

Wiley Hardeman Post was the first pilot to fly solo around the world.

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Courses & Eligibility

In India, there are various pilot training Institutions that provide various training courses. The training courses that are offered by the institutions are given here. You can pursue for these training courses after 12th.

Training Courses:

  • Student Pilot License: The duration of this course is six months.
  • Private Pilot License: It is one year duration course.
  • Commercial Pilot License: The duration of this course is three years.

Through these training courses, you can only allow to fly as a co-pilot. If you interested to fly as a captain then, you have to need an Airline Transport Pilot’s License.

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The eligibility criteria to become a pilot are given below:

  • You have to complete your 12th/ equivalent examination.
  • You have to secure 50% marks in class 12th & equivalent.
  • Only those candidates pursue a pilot training course that have Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics in class 12th.
  • The maximum age limit is required 17 years.

Skill required to become a pilot:

  • Good IQ and Problem solving skills
  • Physically Fit
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Good Eyesight
  • Good Communication Skills

Some of the famous institution in India that offer pilot training courses:

  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Rae Bareli
  • Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar
  • Government Flying Club, Lucknow
  • Orient Flight School, Chennai
  • Puducherry Thakur College of Aviation
  • Institute of Aviation and Aviation Safety
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Flight Training Institute

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To become a pilot, you can get direct admission in top pilot training institution. But you have to qualify the entrance exam & must be physically fit as per the standards of the aviation induatry.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducts a national level entrance test every year, which is known as IGRUA Entrance Test.

To get training in a private institution, you have to pay fees of  Rs. 15 to 20 lakh approx. The fee will be less or more on the basis of what type of license you need.

I want to join Air Force as a Pilot what should I do?

You have to qualify the NDA Entrance Exam 2024, AFCAT Exam and CDS Exam to join Indian Air force. After qualify these examination you have to undergo SSB process and after Physical and Medical test you will be given a training of 3 1/2 years. After the training period you will serving as a Pilot in Indian Air Force or Navy/Army.

Career & Jobs

Pilot career is one of the finest, exciting & most rewarding career all over the globe.

What does a Pilot do?

Pilots fly helicopters, commercial aircraft, biplanes, bombers, rescue planes, jets and cargo planes.

Pilot may be responsible for transporting commercial products, civilians, private goods, members of the military or other types of cargo.

Before departing, they study the weather condition, check aircraft is airworthy, make sure fuel & cargo are safely loaded and confirm flight plans and navigational route.

Pilots are responsible for the safety of all crew and passengers on board during the flight.

In the private sector, they typically fly smaller planes such as light aircraft or jets.

Most of the time, pilot is carefully checking sophisticated computer-controlled programmed navigational and communications systems.

They keep in touch with the air traffic control and must be ready to deal with unexpected changes in weather and other conditions.

What is the workplace where a pilot works?

Pilot is employed by the commercial airlines and governments aviation departments.  As a Pilot, you can also work as an individual in private sectors.

You can also make your career in the military. Military pilots transport military personnel, soldiers, equipment, or goods for the government.

They are employed as test pilots & evaluate new and experimental aircraft prototypes.

Commercial Pilots are also employed by businessmen or celebrities.

In airlines sector, the job growth is comparatively better. The population growth & economic give boost to the airline sector.

Candidates who aspire to become a pilot can find opportunities in Indian Armed Forces, Indian Navy, Airline Industries, Drone providers and manufactures etc.

If some pilots have an enough experience in the industry, they may eventually decide to establish or work in an aviation school.

Job Profiles:

  • Co-Pilot
  • Chief Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Airline Pilot
  • Captain
  • Commuter Pilot
  • First Officer
  • Experimental Test Pilot

Top Recruiters:

  • Air India
  • India Jet Airways
  • Alliance Air
  • Air Costa
  • Air India Charters Ltd
  • SpiceJet
  • IndiGo
  • AirAsia

Getting a job as a pilot is not enough!

Note that even after becoming a commercial pilot, they need to have a regular medical checkup. If any problem occurs in their health, it may cause cancellation of the pilot license.

So, Overall, the pilot job is too challenging  but highly rewarding.


“Sky is limit for Private Jet Pilot & Commercial Pilot“

In India, if one should have a flying experience of 250 hours they can work as a commercial pilot. The salary of commercial pilot is high in India. As a fresher, they can earn Rs 1.5 Lakh per month. After gaining experience, they can get Rs. 5 to 6 Lakh per month on International route.

The starting salary of a private jet pilot is same as commercial pilot, but after an experience they have paid Rs. 50 lakh per annum.

If you work with the Indian Army and Indian Navy, than you can earn in between Rs. 5 Lacs to 8 lacs per year.  It is a respect & honor for any pilot to work with the Indian Air Force.

To be a commercial pilot in abroad, one has a flying experience of 750 hours & have a basic license experience. In abroad, the salary package is double than India. In some countries, the salary is increased 3 or 4 times better than in India.

How many hours they work?

Rarely, pilot can work 40 hours in a week. They can work late at night, on weekends & even on holidays. If they work as a commercial pilot, 8 hour break is gives them between shifts. Most of the pilots fly between 85 and 100 hours per month. They are limited to a total of 100 hours per month, or 1000 hours in one year.

Books & Study Material

  • How to Become A Pilot: The Step-by-Step Guide to Flying by Federal Aviation Administration
  • Adventure of Becoming an Airline Pilot by George Flavell
  • Your Pilot’s License, Eighth Edition by Jerry Eichenberger
  • To Be an Airline Pilot by Andrew Cook

For more information about Career As a Pilot, you can ask query below.

Displaying 44 Comments
  1. Abubakar aliyu says:

    I have finish high school with good ssce result can i be admit

  2. Abubakar aliyu says:

    I wish everybody goodluck

  3. sharma vijal says:

    can we apply for commercial pilot if we are pcb student

  4. E.JAYANT says:

    what is the eyesight requirement to join pilot course. how much percentage need in 12th exam.

  5. Tanvi says:

    I have passed my 10th

  6. BHAKTHI NAIK says:

    and can girls give nda exams

  7. BHAKTHI NAIK says:


  8. pintu kumawat says:

    biology student can apply for pilot

  9. Deep hadiyal says:

    I am in last semester of class 9 and I soon going to class 10 my dream is to become a commercial pilot what should I take in class 11 science or Commerce and what is 10+2 maths and physics method I can’t able to understand please explain me and what is. Overall fees for course and training and colleges in Gujarat

    Thank you….

  10. Deep Dave says:

    I am in last semester of class 9 and I soon going to class 10 my dream is to become a commercial pilot what should I take in class 11 science or Commerce and what is 10+2 maths and physics method I can’t able to understand please explain me and what is. Overall fees for course and training and colleges in Gujarat

    Thank you….

  11. Shreya says:

    Sir,can’t the fees be reduced below 15lakh?and i am currently in 9th so when should i give the nda exam in 10th or 12th?i want to work with indian army.

  12. Shreya says:

    Hi,can you plz send all information in steps like first do this then that …

  13. jvvl says:

    IATA is the best course for the students!

  14. Amit gidde says:

    How to become a commercial pilot after graduation in bachelor of computer science?

  15. Sushil Rajput says:

    What are the minimum fees of pilot school

  16. Durga says:

    How is the plan to join Avition?
    From 12 class what exam we should have to write for joining Avition.And we have to complete degree for joining Avition.And what types of post’s are there in Avition to select.

  17. Deeksha says:

    Can a skinny girl of height 151cm can do a pilot training or can become a pilot?

  18. Muskan says:

    I want to become a pilot.
    I am in 10 class now what will next step should I choose

  19. Nandagopan says:

    Is there any government collages for becoming a pilot in india.which is the best collage in India for becoming a pilot.

  20. Efel says:

    Iam studying in +2 . May I know that what can I do next to be a pilot ? Which tasks I want to attend for it ? How can I reduce the high fee expenses for being a pilot through my education?

  21. Shahid hussain says:


  22. SHUBHAM MEENA says:

    My.. very aim first was to be a pilot . My doubt was that to become a pilot a man should very much intelligent in physics and math and . Means that man should very very intelligent in studies then can do pilot job please ? reply me…………

  23. afri says:

    I’m currently studying in 12th mathematics and I’m a girl can I apply for the pilot post

  24. krushnesh kale says:

    i want to ask -if we study abroud from anothere country we complete our pilots education then we can do job in india and any other country or only we can do job in the country from which we complete our education

  25. ananya says:

    here in this article above mentioned it is written it takes 15to 20 laks to become a pilot so can you suggest me some aviation schools that take only 15to 20 lakhs

  26. Balkaran says:

    Sir, I will passed my 12th in age of 18 nearby .so, can I go for a pilot.

  27. Kavyanjali says:

    I want to become a pilot after 12 th what can I do ??
    Is any helps to join a flying schools because I have not that much money .
    Plz tell the answer my two questions

  28. Shreya says:

    Hey! I m a girl , currently i m in 11th standard i want to pursue my dream.of becoming pilot either commercial or in IAF but i want to what are courses and processes i have to go through ! And how many years are required? How much money we need to become pilot ? And which kind of exams i have to give

  29. Mohsin khan says:

    I have done 12 class with pcm. Now what do I do to become a commercial pilot

  30. Shalini says:

    Now I am studying my 12th what should I do to after 12th can I take NDA AFCAT and CDA exam to join indian air force. Please reply to this comment I really love to become piolet

  31. Anket Dwivedi says:

    Sir I passed XII with Bio stream. I want to become a pilot. Is it possible. Bio group acceptable or not.

  32. sourabh says:

    what is the main course that we can do to become a pilot?

  33. Aakash says:

    In my case.. I did my diploma in engineering..then btech ..i haven’t done 12th…can i apply for CPL…
    If not, so what will be the solution.
    Plz suggest

  34. prajakta lavand says:

    Is there compulsory of entrance exam like JEE and CET for become pilot? and How a girl become pilot after 12th? what is work do after become pilot for girl?

  35. Danish khan says:

    I got 84% in class 12th(science)..but on my eyes have -0.5 glass… am i able for that..??

  36. Ganesh hire says:

    Sir I have fallen above 70 Mark’s in math physics chemistry but English subject 49 Mark’s can I apply col pilot job

  37. Achol Mayong Tiop says:

    I’m in 12th I want to become a pilot what should I do to become a pilot

  38. Sumit Kashyap says:

    I have completed my graduation also that’s b.pharm.
    For me is there any opportunity to become a pilot.
    What courses i have to choose. Plz suggest

  39. Priyanshi Rawat says:

    How i became a pilot after 12th if i had PCM(science)
    And how much i have to pay fees for all courses

  40. Akash says:

    I am PCB student can i do aviation course?

  41. Souvik das says:

    I am passed class 12 so what was the next to become a pilot

  42. Shubham says:

    Hlo sir my name is shubham ,I m passed 12th class from ldh .i m a commerce student,but I m interested for piolet. Plss sir help me

  43. kiran says:

    sir mene arts mein 12th kee hei..kya mein eligible hoon pilot ke liye ?

  44. manjula.n says:

    I have completed in commerce can I able for pilot

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