How to become a Pilot?


If you are fascinated by the dynamics of flying and dreamt to fly airplanes someday, then becoming a pilot is the righteous choice for you. The job of a Pilot requires high skills and a good state of mind. One should have a fair knowledge of all the subjects (which I will be covering later on).

Since the pilot has a responsibility of more than 200 passengers, he/she should be medically fit. They have a routine medical check-up every year.


To possess a Student Pilot License-

  • The candidate should be a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • candidate should pass 12th with Physics, Maths, and English by scoring at least 55% in each subject.
  • The candidate must hold a class 2 or 1 medical certificate (preferably class 1 as it is more complicated and should be cleared before starting flying). There is a list given on the DGCA site for doctors conducting class 1&2 medical tests.

The biggest myth is that you cannot become a pilot if your eyesight is weak. Even if you wear spectacles, you can still become a pilot. The requirement is that you should have a corrected vision of 6/6.

To get a Commercial Pilot License (CPL)-

  • One should clear DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) exams-
  1. Air Navigation
  2. Air regulations
  3. Technical General
  4. Meteorology
  5. Technical Specific ( This exam is specific to the type of aircraft you want to fly.)
  • It is necessary to clear RTR (A) examination which is conducted by WPC (Wireless Planning and Co-ordination). It is conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad.
  • Apart from the above-mentioned exams, the candidate has to complete 200 hours of flying training in India out of which at least 100 hours should be PIC (pilot-in-command).


Some best flying schools in India are-
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriye Udaan Akademi, Fursatganj.
  • National Flying Training Institue, Gondia.
  • Chimes Aviation Academy, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Redbird Aviation, Baramati.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Hyderabad.
  • Ambitious Flying Club, Aligarh.
  • OFAA -Orient flight aviation academy, Mysore.
  • Indian aviation academy, Vasant Kunj.
  • Gujarat flying club, Harni, Vadodra, Gujarat.
  • Dean international flight school, Chennai.
  • Bluebird flight academy, Gurgaon.
  • National college of aviation, Chennai.
  • Mams air private limited, Mumbai.
  • Fortune aviation academy, Delhi.
  • Bihar flying Institute, Patna, Bihar.
  • Asia pacific flight training academy Limited, Hyderabad, Telangana.

Flying training Organisations are being set up across Karnataka, Maharashtra, MP, and Assam to prevent aspiring pilots from having to receive training abroad

Ministry Of Civil Aviation has announced to open new airports in Belagavi and Kalaburagi in Karnataka, Jalgaonin Maharasthra, Khajuraho in MP, and Lilabari in Assam. 


The cost of training is quite expensive and due to increased fuel prices, it has hiked a lot. As of 2018, the training cost was 38 Lacs, now it has increased to 46 Lacs. The data depends on the institute to institute. At some FTOs, the cost of training is less.