How To Become A Pilot?

Are you seeing yourself in an airplane in which you are flying? How many times have you seen this dream? Maybe many times and we know, to give answers in numbers it is almost impossible. But flying a plane, in reality, is a possible probability. If your potential and preparations are emphatic.

Would You Like To Be A Pilot?

A pilot’s job is not that easy as you think. You should have lots of potentials, and the ability to do hard work. It doesn’t matter which line you choose, civil or military. Both services are honorable at their own place. In this article, we will solve all the queries related to being a pilot from beginning to end.

How to become a pilot in India

Options In Pilot Services

In the pilot profession, you have two choices:

  1. Commercial Pilot (for civil aviation)
  2. Air Force Pilot (for military services)

They both have different jobs, their works are different even their costumes also. But as we said both services are honorable. Now let’s begin with flying commercial flights.

How To Become A Pilot For Commercial Airlines

If you like traveling then a Commercial Pilot job will prove satisfactory. As a domestic pilot, there are chances for you to travel to different provinces or states. While as an International pilot many countries are waiting for you.

Step By Step Process To Becoming A Commercial Pilot

Have you passed your intermediate (class 12th) with the Science stream? Are you good at Mathematics and Physics? If you answered yes, so congratulations you have crossed one stair. A candidate should clear the twelth standard from any recognized board to join the flying school.

Note: Your passing marks must be not less than 50% in every subject. Your English conversation skill is a must. NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) students can also appear.

Step 1: Prepare yourself for the written examination. The syllabus subjects would be Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM), and Reasoning. According to the preparation, the exam will be hard or easy.

Step 2: Develop the grooming and communication skills for the personal interview which is conducted by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). DGCA is a government body which is under the Ministry of Civil Aviation Government of India. But before this interview, the pilot aptitude test is compulsory to clear.

Step 3: A medical examination is also necessary to complete, like personal interviews and written examinations. A pilot should have good eyesight and all other physical requirements. If you are a patient of Acrophobia (phobia of height), we request you not to attempt this for a time only. With this fear, flying an airplane is impossible. It can harm you and others also.

Step 4: Good to see that you have cleared all the examinations and medical tests. Now it is time to start the training, but immediately a plane would not give to you for flying. Theoretical knowledge about airplanes and their functions will start.

Step 5: When you will be aware of all parts and their functions of the plane. It is time to take a student license, which is an approval that you are eligible for flying training. To take this license, pass the viva test. This test will be held under the Chief Instructor of the school or DGCA. If you have a student license you are allowed to fly the small airplanes.

Step 6: The course will complete when you get a commercial pilot license and for this, you should complete at least 250 flying hours practice. Once you get the commercial license you are authorized to take off the flights.

How To Become A Flying Officer In Indian Air Force

As a pilot in the defense route is a golden opportunity to serve the nation. Not only alive but also after death, you will be treated honorably.

Every year UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts NDA (National Defence Academy), CDS (Combined Defence Services) and AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) exams for the 12th passed and graduated candidates.

Join IAF (Indian Air Force) Through NDA

For the 12th passed every year UPSC conducts exams twice NDA I and NDA II for the defense aspirants. This exam is for the tri-services Army, Navy, and Air Force. But this article is about the pilot so we will discuss only IAF. Every time the total number of vacancies is round off 400 where 120 seats are for Air Force (28 seats including ground duties).


Appearing candidate must be:

a citizen of India, or a subject of Bhutan or Nepal, or A refugee of Tibbet who migrated to India before 1 January 1962

  • Your age must be between 16 to 17½ years.
  • 12th passed or appearing candidate from any recognized board.
  • For the Air Force branch, your science stream is compulsory with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Step By Step Process To Become An IAF Pilot

Step 1: Prepare yourself for the written examination. The syllabus subjects would be Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM), Reasoning, General Awareness, and Current Affairs.

Step 2: Fill the form of NDA from the UPSC official website when the form or notification will be released.

Step 3: Clear the written exam, SSB interview, and medical and physical tests.

Physical Requirements For Flying Branch

  • Height: 162.5 cm at least
  • Weight: As per Body Mass Index
  • Vision: 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other, correct for 6/6 only for hypermetropia.

Step 4: After clearing all the tests and exams you will go to the NDA Pune in Maharashtra where you will complete the graduation for Air Force Academy. It will take three years to complete.

Important Note: The upcoming process is for CDS passed aspirants also, physical fitness norms are the same for those but to appear this exam your educational qualification B. Tech or B.E passed. Aggregate marks must not less than 60%. Final year students can appear also. You will also have to give SSB interview and other tests. AFCAT is also to join the AirForce but it is different because women can also apply in this.

Step 5: After passing the NDA from Pune or CDS or AFCAT exam, your selection will be in the Air Force academy. IAF academy is located in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Step 6: Take the training of 74 weeks for the flying branch. In this period you will get a single strip badge on your shoulder and rank would be Flying Office.

When it all will clear you will come out from training as a Flying Lieutenant. If you are passionate and have the ability to do something, the Air Chief Marshal rank post will not be impossible for you.
For the IAF aspirants must be capable of sacrificing for everything. When you decide to join the military your everything, even your breathing, is dedicated to the nation only.

Also Read: Top 10 government job in India.

The Bottom Line

A pilot’s job is not that easy as you think. You should have lots of potentials, and the ability to do hard work.

I know watching birds fly in the sky gives you kick and you wish to fly too. Why don’t you become a pilot?.

Yes, it will give you wings. if you are passionate and have an idea of responsibilities in the context of the job. Then don’t wait and fully indulge yourself in the preparation of the job. Honest labor never goes in vain.

Hope is that the above article on how to become a pilot in India will help a lot and fulfill your dream to fly in an airplane. I would like to know that you want to first fly in an airplane or helicopter. Answer below in the comment section. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family.

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