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 2021, 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 31/2 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.

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 153 Comments
  1. yogesh rajak says:

    other than nda no other course less than 15-20Lakh

  2. Fiza bano says:

    Tell me clearly that what’s the process to become a pilot after the 12th?
    Is any government schemes for girls to reduce this highly expenses

  3. Alavudheen says:

    I am passed out 12th in 2015… So, I can apply poilt post…

  4. Shreya says:

    Hey my couse was commerce in clss12th without maths, i m doing eng hons now . I m a girl can i apply for pilot?

  5. Mubasshira shaikh says:

    I am grade 10TH STUDENT i want to make my career as a pilot as in the artical above it is mention that the all round for becoming a pilot is about 15 TO 20 lakhs is there any goverment collage or scholarship ..which take less amount then this.

    • Mohit Negi says:

      For commercial pilot the fee is generally high. You can also become Pilot in indian air force after cracking NDA exam.

  6. Vasundhara says:

    I m a bipc student and completed degree.can i eglible in pilot job.

  7. Rahul says:

    Sir I what the placement scenario after getting an CPL licence from IGRUA

  8. Ganesh says:

    Is there any maximum age limit for becoming pilot and while applying for job.

  9. Deepak says:

    Can a person treated by LASIK operation became pilot

  10. Shasank says:

    Sir…Commerce se nhi kr skte ..

  11. Naseeb says:

    Iam passed in 12th class.what are the study in next stage.

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      You have go for course options for your training to become a pilot. Details of course is given in the article.

  12. Mukesh Mali says:

    I want to do commercial pilot.
    what is the procedure to become commercial pilot?

  13. Smriti says:

    I’m in 10th now and I wanted to become a pilot.. But there is a problem..I’m suffering from myopia, so i have to ask that it is not a major problem to become a pilot…. Myopia is a problem to become pilot for me or not…

  14. simran singh says:

    now currently i am doing bsc cs soo can i do cpl now also

  15. Raushan kumar says:

    Sir my question is that if I will qualify NDA exam than what will be the fees to get admission in good college for airline pilot ??

  16. charitan apuri says:

    after 2+…………….in which field of aviation shld i take?

  17. Vishika says:

    I did my 10+2 in commerce with 70 marks , now I m in 3rd year. Am I eligible for it ??

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      No, only those candidates can pursue a pilot training course that have Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics in class 12th.

  18. Manoj says:

    I did my +2 in Commerce with 50 percent marks, now I am in last semester of BA and my age is 21 can I apply for transport Pilot?

  19. adarsh says:

    I am passed 12th in up board

  20. Pragati Vasant Rathod says:

    sir I am 12th class in science my dream is pilot.

  21. subham says:

    sir i am a student of class 10 what can i do for going in indian air force

  22. CHINMOY ROY says:

    I’m passed 10+2arts 56% marks so apply for pilot course

  23. Pradnya says:

    Can totally one ear deaf girl become commercial pilot?

  24. Parampreet Singh says:

    Sir what will be the total cost for commercial pilot including bachelor’s degree

  25. k.venkateswara reddy says:

    what is the fee structure to become a pilot.

  26. Thiudimpou Gonmei says:

    I am 12(scn) standard student and I wanted to become a pilot .. please tell me some tips about how to become a pilot..

  27. Sambhaji shinde says:

    I am 12th science marks is 70per in a above but abo solution please

  28. Tanzi says:

    I have completed my 12 and I’m pursuing a degree course in computer sci..and I’m 18+ .Am I eligible for any of the pilot training course

  29. Madhav says:

    sir,im studying diplomo 3rd year mechanical engineering .My dream to become a pilot .My age is 18 and we are poor family .can i eligible for pilot job and that much investmest my family cant bear.please sir give me a suggestion to become a pilot

  30. Vaibhav salve says:

    Sir,I am 12th pass with PCMB subject what I do for becoming

  31. Lovepreet says:

    I am in 12class and my age is
    18yrs .
    Can I eligible for pilot ??

  32. Shubham says:

    Sir I am tenth class student what I do for take job of pilot

  33. akash biswas says:

    sir, how can i prepare my self for become a comercial pilot

  34. Ritika says:

    My height is 60 cm can I apply for commercial pilot

  35. Akansha says:

    I want to become an pilot. I am pursuing in bsc maths 2 nd year what should i do for pilot

  36. priyanshu wahekar says:

    I am 12th standard student. I dreams to becomes piolet. Please suggest to format the piolet

  37. Rishik Kurikelly says:

    How much does it cost to become a private pilot?

  38. Yash chavan says:

    Actually I have little stammering problem can I apply for pilot job?

  39. Prachi says:

    Sir which physcial requirements are required n how many times medical test should be passed??

  40. Siddharth sahuji says:

    Which kind of entrance exams

  41. Siddharth sahuji says:

    I’m currently in 12th STD with PCM group. I just want to know that how much is the total amount of fees required to become an commercial piolet. And which and when the entrence exams are conducted?

  42. Prasiddh Patel says:

    Sir I am 18 years old and just Passed HSC board Exams….But problem is that i have specs of -2.75 both eyes.So am i eligible or I have to go for the Laser Surgery or something…Sir Please Help….

  43. Shivam Pandey says:

    Sir. This year I have appeared in my 12th exam. I wear spectacles of power -1.25. Am I eligible for being pilot.

  44. Teena saini says:

    maths is compusalry to become a pilot

  45. Manasi says:

    I want to become a commercial pilot but I am having myopia of-1.25 D in my both eyes
    Am I eligible?

  46. Kiran Mai says:

    can a girl apply for NDA exam???

  47. Nitin says:

    Age requirement for commercial pilot or age limit

  48. Parvinder says:

    Do i apply for CPL after class 10 …as i am already of 16+ ?????

  49. Bal govind mishra says:

    I have passed 12th exam nd I want to become a pilot so plz tell me in detail how I can join as a pilot we can join it by intrance or direct.

  50. Ayushi chouksay says:

    I’m in 12th std currently and i want to become a pilot so plz tell what i have to do after 12th to become pilot

  51. Samarth says:

    Iam studying in 12th class .I want to become a pilot .what should i do to become a pilot

  52. Vijay Singh says:

    Hello i am vijay Singh

  53. Himanshi saluja says:

    I had clear student pilot license so is there any jpb on the base of SPL.. Please let me know

  54. ayush says:

    i am in 12 and want to become a pilot so please can u tell me
    when is IGRUA exam conducted in 2018

  55. Ranju Hansda says:

    I am currently studying in 12th. But I am already 18, so will it pose any problem.
    What are the medical tests performed.
    How many entrance tests are there in total and when it is likely to take place.
    Is the fees amount fixed or is there any scholarship or reservation.

  56. Anonymous says:

    sir i have PCB as my subject…so can i appear for this career or maths is still needed

  57. When is the entrance will be conducted for become pilot in india?? says:

    When is the entrance exam conducted??

  58. Radhika Balkrishna Jadhav says:

    Who is entrance exam for the pilot

  59. Arpna kumari says:

    Sir mujhe ek baat samajh me nhi aati ki commercial pilot license se liye private aur student pilot license ki jarurat hoti hai

  60. Vishwa Singh says:

    Nice to know about my ‘Dream’ Thank you!

  61. manoj says:

    I hav passed puc before 3years with 59% and after I completed diploma in mechanical engineering wat shall I do nxt to become a pilot

  62. Rakshitha says:

    i have finished my pu …nd i have scored 83%..and now am studying enginnering..i wanna become air hostress its my cheared dream.

    • Karthik says:

      If you are too smart and look good and in the same way good communication skills and weight as per height check your bmi if have all the above you can directly attend to walk-in interviews for all the airline

  63. Ankita says:

    Well,it is mentioned that,to get admission in training institute the fee is Rs.20lakh or more for private institute….isn’t there any government institute for pilot training????please reply me if someone knows about it..

  64. govind kumar saini says:

    i am passed 12science in 76%marks so apply for pilot post

  65. pilot says:

    i am passed 12science in 76%marks so apply for pilot post

  66. Prajakt patil says:

    Is there a scope of pilot in future?what qualifications we need after passing our 12 PCM

  67. shraddha says:

    i am passed 10+2 with 55% i able for pilot training process but my age is 19 so i am able for that

  68. Harmandeep kaur says:

    I am a student of ATHM…after graduation. Am I eligible for pilot study

  69. Your Name...Debarchana says:

    I have physics chemistry and biology in my 10+2 course. Having a keen desire i want to join the commercial aviation industry. Am i eligible for it?

  70. harshal rohile says:

    I’m passed 12science in50 percent mark so apply for the pilot post

  71. manjula.n says:

    I have completed in commerce can I able for pilot

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