How to become a pilot in India

How to become a pilot in India
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, presents the Chief of the Air Staff "Sword of Honour" for standing first in overall merit in the Pilots Course to Flying Officer Gajulapalli Navin Kumar Reddy during Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force AcademyIANS

When you become a pilot, you not only get to soar up in the skies, but also in your career and life. Commercial pilots are paid one of the highest salaries in India. Domestic airlines in India pay as much as 1.5 lacs for a fresh pilot. With years of experience as a pilot, the salary goes up on the international routes. Experienced pilots operating on international routes are paid as much as 5 to 6 lacs of rupees per month.

Eligibility criteria

If you aspire to become a pilot in your life, you must first choose your Higher Secondary Course with subjects including Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. You must have scored a minimum of 50% in these subjects to be able to join an Air flying school. Once you complete your plus two examination, you must join an Air Flying School in the country. It is always good to choose the best Air Flying School so that you land on attractive career opportunities even as you get out of your course. The courses and training that you will have to complete in these flying schools include SPL, PPL AND CPL.

List of some top flying schools in India

Flying Training Institute, Behala, Calcutta

Madhya pradesh Flying Club

Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Airport, Guwahati

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Uttar Pradesh

State Civil Aviation, UP Govt Flying Training Center Kanpur and Varanasi

Government Flying Club, Aerodrome, Lucknow

Government Aviation Training Institute, Civil aerodrome, Bhubaneswar

Bihar Flying Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Patna, Bihar

Karnal Aviation Club, Kunjpura Road, Karnal, Haryana

Andra Pradesh Flying Club Hydrabad Airport, Hydrabad

School of Aviation Science and Technology, Delhi Flying Club Ltd, New Delhi

Govt Flying Training School Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore

Rajasthan State Flying School, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur

Entering a flying school in India

To enter a flying school in India, you must take the entrance test offered by them exclusively. In addition, you also need to clear physical fitness criteria specified by these schools. IN fact this is the toughest part of the job. Only perfectly fit persons can get admissions in flying schools. The cost of the courses offered by flying schools is very high ranging from Rs 20 lacs to 25 lacs. Many banks provide loans up to 50% for joining these schools.

Becoming a pilot

After completing the training, the candidates get the license to pursue a career in piloting. Airline companies hire the most successful candidates trained by these schools as trainees. During the training stage, the salary will not be high. After the training period, the regular pilots get paid high salaries. Even after you become a commercial pilot, you will need to undergo a thorough medical checkup. Health problems can lead to the cancellation of the pilot’s license. Hence the job of a pilot can be highly challenging as well as rewarding.

Joining the Indian Air Force

You must not confuse between a regular pilot and a pilot with the India Air Force. INF pilots are recruited through the NDA examinations. These trainings are offered free of cost. Once inducted into the Indian Air Force, the pilots get salaries on par with the Indian government salaries.