Career in Commercial Pilot: Job Opportunities, Job Profiles, Top-Ranked Institutions, Salary, & Eligibility Criteria

Commercial Pilot

The human heart has always craved, yearned and longed to fly high and deep in the sky like birds to breathe its liberating air. Well, human civilisation has to wait until the 20th century, when the Wright brothers with their invention of the aircraft gave human civilisation those wings to rove the sky. And in the 21 century with the emergence of globalisation, the airline industry has grown to an unprecedented level. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry. Around the world air routes have expanded, as it is one of the favourite modes of communication among people.

Career & Job

There is a tremendous career opportunity for candidates who have always harboured a dream to fly. Now, they can fly and earn handsomely as well. Besides the love, for flying a candidate should also have a well-cultivated mind for taking up this challenging job as a commercial pilot. A candidate should have patience, discipline, balance, a high alert mind, a sharp eye and dedication towards the job. This is a challenging job that demands hard work, problem-solving skills, and a cool calculative mind to face any crisis.

Ways to Become a Commercial Pilot

There are two ways by which a candidate can become a commercial pilot -

1- A candidate can join any private commercial pilot training centre which is approved by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). In India, there are 43 private pilot training centres or Flying Clubs.

2- A candidate can become a commercial pilot by joining the flying branch of NDA or CDS. For this, a candidate is required to qualify the competitive entrance exam on an all India level. The exams are conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

Stages of Becoming a Commercial Pilot

A candidate should, first of all, obtain the PPL (Private Pilot License) and after that, he can easily get the CPL (Commercial Pilot License).

The process of licensing is not an easy one. A candidate is required to pass the rigorous physical as well as written test to get the license.

What is PPL?

A Private Pilot License authorises a pilot to fly only privately hold aircraft. He or she is not authorised to draw a salary for the service. The DGCA has specified certain conditions which an applicant is required to qualify to get the license.

What is CPL?

A Commercial Pilot License authorises a pilot to fly aircraft or aeroplanes. He or she is authorised to demand remuneration for delivering his or her service. The DGCA has specified certain conditions which an applicant is required to qualify to get the license. The specified conditions are in consonance with the International Civil Aviation Organization.


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Commercial Pilot 2021 Eligibility

  • A candidate should have done the 12th class in the Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and English subjects.
  • A candidate should have scored a minimum aggregate of 50% marks to become eligible for CPL.
  • The minimum age limit for CPL is 17 years, and the maximum age limit is 60 to 65 years.
  • A candidate is required to pass the class 2 medical test to become eligible for CPL.

In addition, a candidate is required to pass an entrance test to get admission to the PPL and CPL courses. The questions in the entrance exam are from the following subjects -

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. General knowledge
  4. Physics
  5. Chemistry

Commercial Pilot 2021 Application Process

Candidates can get admission to the top training institutes through this entrance exam. Qualified candidates must meet the physical fitness standards as per the aviation industry. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also conducts a national level test known as IGRUA Entrance Test. Candidates are required to apply for the exam through the official website.

How to Apply for Commercial Pilot Courses?

  • Visit the respective official websites.
  • Complete the registration process.
  • Log in using your registration ID and password.
  • Complete the application form with educational, personal, and other details.
  • Upload the required document and make the application fee payment.
  • On successful completion of the application form, take a print of the completed application form.

The application fee will vary among institutes.


Other Details

Government colleges for commercial pilot training:

  • Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Air Force Technical College Bangalore.
  • All India Institute Of Aeronautics Ludhiana, Punjab.
  • Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Skills Required for Becoming a Commercial Pilot

  • Problem-solving skills
  • High IQ
  • Decision-making skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Good Eyesight
  • Physical Fitness

Commercial Pilot Job Profiles

Candidates can work at the following profiles:

  • Chief Pilot
  • Co-Pilot
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Airline Pilot
  • Commuter Pilot
  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Experimental Test Pilot

Top Recruiters

Here are some of the top recruiters:

  • Air India
  • Alliance Air
  • Air India Charters Ltd
  • Air Costa
  • AirAsia
  • India Jet Airways
  • IndiGo
  • SpiceJet

Commercial Pilot Salary

Becoming a commercial pilot in India comes with whopping monetary rewards. For becoming a commercial pilot, one should have a flying experience of 250 hours. As a fresher, a commercial pilot can earn ₹ 1.5 lakh per month and after gaining experience it can be between ₹ 5 and 6 lakh per month on the international route.

For becoming a commercial pilot abroad, one needs to have a flying experience of 750 hours and a basic license. The salary package is double in abroad and some countries also pay 3 or 4 times better in comparison to India.

In conclusion, being a commercial pilot is a demanding job but it comes with high rewards.

Commercial Pilot - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: What is the minimum eligibility requirement for commercial pilot training?

10+2 level education (Science stream) is the minimum requirement for Commerical Pilot.

Question: What is the requirement of the subject in class 12th?

Candidates must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English.

Question: Is there any minimum percentage requirement in the qualifying requirement?

Yes, the candidates should have secured a minimum aggregate of 50%.

Question: Is there any medical test for pursuing CPL training?

No. However, candidates must meet the physical fitness standards of the aviation industry. The medical test is conducted for the award of Commercial Pilot Licence.

Question: What is the duration of the training?

There is no fixed time limit. However, on average, the training can be completed in 1 year.

Question: Can a commerce or art student get admission?

Yes, only if he qualifies the required subjects through the NIOS.

Question: What will be the fee structure for completing the training?

Commercial pilot training is an expensive programme. The fee will vary between 30 to 40 lakhs as per the institutes.


50 Comments

Shivani Khemka
August 8, 2021
What is the minimum height requirement for commercial women aviation pilot ?
Exams Planner
August 10, 2021
The minimum height must be 64 to 77 inches when standing.
Naveen
May 25, 2021
What to do after 12th
Exams Planner
July 12, 2021
You can check our article for courses after the 12th for different options and detailed information.
chanchal choure
May 3, 2021
can a student after degree of an architecture apply to become a pilot
Exams Planner
May 20, 2021
If you meet the eligibility criteria required in class 12th, you are eligible for the commercial pilot exam.
Exams Planner
May 20, 2021
If you meet the eligibility criteria required in class 12th, you are eligible for the commercial pilot exam.
VIKRANT SINGH
January 28, 2021
Minimum C.P.I required in B.tech for becoming a pilot incase someone is already doing b.tech and is planning to go become a pilot
Francis phiniasi omolo
December 14, 2020
Cool
sri
December 5, 2020
can we become a pilot with eyesight
Jashwanth
December 1, 2020
Is there any scholaorship to general category
anshuman kumar
October 28, 2020
how many times i spent money for being a pilot? total money for being a pilot is.
Exams Planner
November 1, 2020
The fee varies among different institutes. You can check out the fee structure of individual institutes at their respective websites.
Exams Planner
November 1, 2020
The fee varies among different institutes. You can check out the fee structure of individual institutes at their respective websites.
Astitva Singh
October 27, 2020
Which is cheapest institution among all aviation institutes in india
Exams Planner
November 1, 2020
You can check out the Government institutes for a low fee structure.
Abhi
September 22, 2020
can i become a commercial pilot after doing diploma
Exams Planner
October 12, 2020
Which diploma?
Monika Mahajan
September 22, 2020
We live in Punjab. My daughter want to became a commercial Pilot.So pls suggest from which institute she would apply with normal budget.,as we are belong to a medium class family. Pls revert.
Exams Planner
October 12, 2020
You can check out various scholarship schemes provided by the training providing institutes. Also, check out the government institutes for commercial pilot training.
j
September 12, 2020
does height matters??
Exams Planner
September 17, 2020
Yes, there is a specification for height requirement for the commercial pilot course. Do check the official notification for the same.
Dolly
July 20, 2020
Hello, I am BCom holder... If I want to become a Pilot then what is process.... I am at age of 26.5
Exams Planner
July 23, 2020
As for the age limit, you are eligible. However, if you have studied from Science stream in class 12th, only then you are eligible for the commercial pilot course. Satisfying the class 12th criteria is essential for the Commercial Pilot programme.
HARSITA PANCHARIYA
July 12, 2020
HELLO I AM FROM NEPAL. I STUDIED +2 IN COMMERCE, CAN I APPLY FOR THE STUDY OF PILOT. IF YES WHAT SHOULD I DO FURTHER?
Exams Planner
July 23, 2020
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English subjects are compulsory in class 12th for a Commercial Pilot course.
Pranav
July 12, 2020
Few Queries: 1. Whats the max age limit to get CPL if one starts its preparation at 38? Am I eligible or not? 2. I am from commerce background. First need to clear 12th Physics and Maths from NIOS. Looking at the current scenario of Pandemic. It will stretch further. Is it possible for Me to apply/fill/register with my commerce marksheet of 12th and later pass physics, maths from NIOS. Is this acceptable or not? 3. Lets say if the Max age limit for getting a pilot job is 40yrs and I finish my o
Exams Planner
July 23, 2020
You will not be eligible for the course till you have cleared Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English in class 12th. You must clear the subjects first.
Grata
May 16, 2020
Is therevaby scope in commercial pilot
Exams Planner
May 23, 2020
Yes, there is a scope in the commercial pilot.
Shaikh Amaan
May 16, 2020
If ill score 95+ in my 12th so i can get scoholarship??? Plz reply me fast.
Exams Planner
May 23, 2020
Check the scholarship details here https://www.examsplanner.in/scholarship-schemes-for-pilots/.
Veeru
April 29, 2020
Any people have rupture eardrum then he can become a commercial pilot plz tell me
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
No. You must get treatment if possible.
Hitarth
April 14, 2020
JEE is required to become a Pilot?
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
No
Hitarth
April 14, 2020
How to become a pilot in abroad?
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
You can join any international CPL training academy and complete the other formalities. However, the international pilot training costs too much So, consider all the costs viz. training, food, accommodation, etc.
KamalJot
April 9, 2020
Helo Sir, I did my +2 in commerce stream. After that 1 year diploma of Aviation & Hotel Management from Frankfin Institute. Now Am pursing my graduation in B.A Economic & this is last year. And I want to know Am I eligible for this course or Can I get job after completing my course ?
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
You can pursue a CPL course after qualifying the required subjects from NIOS.
Sushant Narnaware
April 3, 2020
What are the physical standards required for CPT
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
Candidates need to get Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificate. First, they need to get the class 2 certificate and after that class 2 certificate.
Shiva
March 20, 2020
Hello I iam now doing degree 2nd year and I wanted know the details of how much it will cost for PPL and CPL course and which is the best couching center in banglore how many years it will take to complete this course please tell me
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The duration of PPL course is 1 year and that of CPL is 2 to 3 years. The fee varies among institutes. The fee for PPL can vary from 1 to 50 lakh and for CPL 30 to 50 lakh. The fee is less in government institutions.
Snehaaa Dass
March 13, 2020
I wanna become a commercial piolet ..but I belong to a middle class family ....how can I get scholarship for fullfill my dream...ans me please
Exams Planner
March 14, 2020
You can check out the scholarships here - https://www.examsplanner.in/scholarship-schemes-for-pilots/.
Anuradha
January 28, 2020
What is the fees and total cost for becoming pilot in 2020
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The course fee varies among the colleges. So, you must check out with the institute you are interested in.
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The course fee varies among the colleges. So, you must check out with the institute you are interested in.
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The course fee varies among the colleges. So, you must check out with the institute you are interested in.
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The course fee varies among the colleges. So, you must check out with the institute you are interested in.
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
The course fee varies among the colleges. So, you must check out with the institute you are interested in.
Tannu
April 5, 2020
But someone told me that we need 80 to 90 lakh
Exams Planner
March 14, 2020
The fee of becoming a commercial pilot in India is approximately 30 to 40 lakhs.
Srinidhi
December 23, 2019
I’m a Bsc IT student and aged 32, can I apply for this course or is there any alternative solution for this.
Exams Planner
January 3, 2020
Yes, you can apply for the course.
mahesh
December 4, 2019
is degree mandatory for cpl course
Exams Planner
January 3, 2020
No. The eligibility for the course is class 12th pass with PCM and English subjects. The minimum percentage required is 50.
Shobhit verma
November 2, 2019
I want to become a ppl And my age is 30 I am graduate in b.com And also pass 12th in math physics and chemistry can I doing this ppl course
Exams Planner
November 9, 2019
Yes, you can do the course.
Isha bansal
November 2, 2019
I wanted to know for the scholarship and what is the medical criteria for pilot training program
Shailendra yadav
October 21, 2019
Pilot fees kitni h
Exams Planner
November 9, 2019
The course fee for CPL ranges from 12 lakh to 25 lakh.
Chiku
September 11, 2019
I am diploma in ECE after 10th. Am I eligible for pilot training course
Exams Planner
September 20, 2019
12th with science stream is the minimum qualification for the CPL course.
Capt Arun Samant
September 6, 2019
I was a Short service commissioned officer in Indian Army and have qualified PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battert Test) from Air Force Selection Board Mysore in 1984. I am a retired person now but have a dream of flying. Tell me what should I do? I am medically fit but I wear specs for near vision which is slightly weak. Do I have to take any written tests? Please advise.
Exams Planner
September 10, 2019
For a commercial pilot, you need a license and for that have to appear for the test. While for becoming a pilot, you need to join a flight school.
Vivek Yadav
August 9, 2019
I wear specs (-2.5) so am i eligible to be a commercial pilot
Exams Planner
August 13, 2019
You must check out the specifications for eyesight in the official notification.
Anurag mishra
July 25, 2019
Its a very good field by this we can fulfill our dreams
vishal
July 21, 2019
sir i mane computer sciene m diploma kiya h to ky m pilot ke liye eligible hu
Exams Planner
July 22, 2019
Agar 12th (Science stream) se ki hai to aap eligible ho. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English subjects are a must.
Manvir singh gadda
July 2, 2019
Salary of comercial pilot
Exams Planner
March 14, 2020
Yes, you can apply for the course. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.
Exams Planner
July 12, 2019
The initial salary of a commercial pilot varies from 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh per month.
Om
June 28, 2019
Government colleges fees structure
Om
June 28, 2019
Fees structure
Sourabh
June 24, 2019
What is the total expence including all thing?
Exams Planner
September 10, 2019
The fees may vary among different institutes. It is approximately 25 to 35 lakhs.
Dnyaneshwar rane
September 6, 2019
what is expence approximately?
Exams Planner
July 2, 2019
That will vary among colleges.
AISHWARYA
June 15, 2019
Do we need to clear medical for writing DGCA exams or before joining an institute for CPL?
Exams Planner
June 18, 2019
Yes.
Mohd Akram
June 10, 2019
Sir, i have studied biology, chemistry, physics and english. So can i apply for pilot job..
Exams Planner
June 18, 2019
No
Mohd Akram
June 14, 2019
So sir is there any other way
Exams Planner
June 11, 2019
Mathematics is a compulsory subject for Pilot License.
Vinayak hebbali
June 9, 2019
I have got above 55℅in all sub but I got 48 In maths so I can join for pilot training center.
Exams Planner
June 12, 2019
Yes, you can. Check out the eligibility criteria here - http://dgca.nic.in/schedules/section-a.pdf.
Ayan Ghosh
June 7, 2019
Hii sir my steam is science...how I got the pilot job
Exams Planner
June 12, 2019
You can go for AFCAT. Check out complete details - https://www.examsplanner.in/articles/afcat-2019/
Mayankjha
June 5, 2019
When I be a IAS Officer Can I be A Pilot After IAS.
Exams Planner
June 12, 2019
Yes, you can join any flying school to do a course for becoming a pilot. You can pursue that as a full-time career but for that, you need to leave the IAS officer post.
Suniel Kumar
May 18, 2019
Which time is better to join after 12th or graduation to get PPL?
Exams Planner
May 22, 2019
12th would be good as graduation will be treated the same as 12th. 12th is the minimum qualification for PPL.
Ankita Singh
May 5, 2019
I have completed my graduation and now i wanted to become piolet.so what should i do ? My steam is PCM and got above 50%.so plzz suggest me what do to and how ?
Exams Planner
May 7, 2019
You can join IGRUA or any other flying training academy.
Shaurya
April 27, 2019
Untill which age can we apply for a flying school?
Exams Planner
April 27, 2019
If you want to become a commercial pilot, the maximum age limit is 65 years. And, for an airline pilot, it is 36 years.
Debdatta Chattopadhyay
April 4, 2019
Can a biology candidate apply for the post of commercial pilot
Exams Planner
April 13, 2019
No. You must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English in class 12th.
Raj jain
March 3, 2019
I m from commerce n I scored 75 % in my Hsc But I didn’t had subjects like maths or physics or chemistry ...............so how appear for entrance exam ..... from where to start n how to start pls guide me
Exams Planner
March 5, 2019
Hello, there are some institutions which admit candidates from a non-science background. For such candidates, special programmes are prepared to make them ready for the course.
N M B
February 11, 2019
My aggregate marks are 55.5% in Had, but my PCM is less than 50, can I get admission in BSC aviation?
Exams Planner
March 1, 2019
The conditions for admission will vary among institutions. Check out the admission details of the institute you are interested in taking admissions.