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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.
Career Path
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
Top Colleges
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.
Opportunities for Further Studies
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
Course Fees
CPL: INR 20,00,000 to INR 50,00,000

Air Force Pilot Training: Free, post selection
Steps to get a Commercial Pilot License
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
Entrance Exams
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)
Role Models
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
Career Prospects
Pilot/Trainee Pilot

Helicopter Pilot
Airhostess/Flight Steward
Flight Purser
Supervisor/Administrative Staff
Ground Job
Flight and Ground Instructors
Flight Despatchers
Factor Facilitators
Scope/Recruiting Industries
Pilot Training

Corporate Aviation
Agricultural Flying
Defense (Air Force)
Private Aircrafts and Helicopters
Domestic and International Airlines
Tentative Starting Salary Range
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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