Career in Commercial Pilot: Job Opportunities, Job Profiles, Top-Ranked Institutions, Salary, and 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 highly alert mind, sharp eye and dedication towards the job. This is a challenging job which demands hard work, problem-solving skills, and 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.

Commercial Pilot 2018 Eligibility

  • A candidate should have done the 12th class in 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 in 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 2018 Application Process

Test details for PPL (Private Pilot License)

Test type



  • 60 hours of minimum flying experience.
  • 20 hours of dual flying experience.


Subjective knowledge of-

  • Navigation
  • Aircraft and Engine
  • Seamanship
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Air regulation

Test details for CPL (Commercial Pilot License)

Test Type


Physical test

  • 250 hours of flying experience including
  • 60 hours of PPL experience
  • Medical test

Mental test

Subjective knowledge of

  • Flight planning
  • Cockpit Resource Management
  • Airframes and engines
  • Air regulation
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Air navigation

In addition, a candidate is also required to pass the flying test, to be done under special conditions. He or she is required to pass the solo flying test, Cross Country flying test and height flying test.

Other Details

Some of the Government colleges for the commercial pilot:

  • 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.


Anuradha - January 28, 2020REPLY

What is the fees and total cost for becoming pilot in 2020

Guruprasath G - January 26, 2020REPLY

Sc student scholarships for CPL license

Guru Prasath - January 26, 2020REPLY

Sc students scholarships have in our academy

Srinidhi - December 23, 2019REPLY

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, 2020REPLY

Yes, you can apply for the course.

mahesh - December 4, 2019REPLY

is degree mandatory for cpl course

Exams Planner - January 3, 2020REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

I want to become a ppl And my age is 30 I am graduate in And also pass 12th in math physics and chemistry can I doing this ppl course

Exams Planner - November 9, 2019REPLY

Yes, you can do the course.

Isha bansal - November 2, 2019REPLY

I wanted to know for the scholarship and what is the medical criteria for pilot training program

Shailendra yadav - October 21, 2019REPLY

Pilot fees kitni h

Exams Planner - November 9, 2019REPLY

The course fee for CPL ranges from 12 lakh to 25 lakh.

Chiku - September 11, 2019REPLY

I am diploma in ECE after 10th. Am I eligible for pilot training course

Exams Planner - September 20, 2019REPLY

12th with science stream is the minimum qualification for the CPL course.

Capt Arun Samant - September 6, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

I wear specs (-2.5) so am i eligible to be a commercial pilot

Exams Planner - August 13, 2019REPLY

You must check out the specifications for eyesight in the official notification.

Anurag mishra - July 25, 2019REPLY

Its a very good field by this we can fulfill our dreams

vishal - July 21, 2019REPLY

sir i mane computer sciene m diploma kiya h to ky m pilot ke liye eligible hu

Exams Planner - July 22, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

Salary of comercial pilot

Exams Planner - July 12, 2019REPLY

The initial salary of a commercial pilot varies from 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh per month.

Om - June 28, 2019REPLY

Government colleges fees structure

Om - June 28, 2019REPLY

Fees structure

Sourabh - June 24, 2019REPLY

What is the total expence including all thing?

Exams Planner - September 10, 2019REPLY

The fees may vary among different institutes. It is approximately 25 to 35 lakhs.

Dnyaneshwar rane - September 6, 2019REPLY

what is expence approximately?

Exams Planner - July 2, 2019REPLY

That will vary among colleges.

AISHWARYA - June 15, 2019REPLY

Do we need to clear medical for writing DGCA exams or before joining an institute for CPL?

Exams Planner - June 18, 2019REPLY


Mohd Akram - June 10, 2019REPLY

Sir, i have studied biology, chemistry, physics and english. So can i apply for pilot job..

Exams Planner - June 18, 2019REPLY


Mohd Akram - June 14, 2019REPLY

So sir is there any other way

Exams Planner - June 11, 2019REPLY

Mathematics is a compulsory subject for Pilot License.

Vinayak hebbali - June 9, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

Yes, you can. Check out the eligibility criteria here -

Ayan Ghosh - June 7, 2019REPLY

Hii sir my steam is I got the pilot job

Exams Planner - June 12, 2019REPLY

You can go for AFCAT. Check out complete details -

Mayankjha - June 5, 2019REPLY

When I be a IAS Officer Can I be A Pilot After IAS.

Exams Planner - June 12, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

Which time is better to join after 12th or graduation to get PPL?

Exams Planner - May 22, 2019REPLY

12th would be good as graduation will be treated the same as 12th. 12th is the minimum qualification for PPL.

Ankita Singh - May 5, 2019REPLY

I have completed my graduation and now i wanted to become what should i do ? My steam is PCM and got above plzz suggest me what do to and how ?

Exams Planner - May 7, 2019REPLY

You can join IGRUA or any other flying training academy.

Shaurya - April 27, 2019REPLY

Untill which age can we apply for a flying school?

Exams Planner - April 27, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

Can a biology candidate apply for the post of commercial pilot

Exams Planner - April 13, 2019REPLY

No. You must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English in class 12th.

Raj jain - March 3, 2019REPLY

I m from commerce n I scored 75 % in my Hsc But I didn’t had subjects like maths or physics or chemistry how appear for entrance exam ..... from where to start n how to start pls guide me

Exams Planner - March 5, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

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, 2019REPLY

The conditions for admission will vary among institutions. Check out the admission details of the institute you are interested in taking admissions.