Scholarships and Free Training For Pilots – Secure 100% Scholarships

Modified on : 13 Jan 2022    Author : Tanvi Mittal
Commercial Pilot

To ride the man made metal bird is the dream of many youths. In other words, to rove, the sky as the pilot is the dream of many young hearts.

But many students fail to achieve their dream despite the fact that they are immensely talented, hardworking and most deserving candidates to become a pilot. One of the most common reasons is their inability to pay the high fee required in the pilot training. Besides, due to their poor back ground, they are not able to avail the benefits of educational loans also.

But as stated in the beginning if, you have will there is a way also. If a candidate has talent, merit, and confidence then he can fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot by joining the flying branch of NDA or CDS. In additional there are some other government and private institutes of Aviation scholarships for well-deserving students. Find out the complete details below.

Free training of Pilot at NDA

A candidate can fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot by joining NDA with merit. For that, a candidate is required to clear the NDA entrance exam. A candidate should have done class XII in science stream with subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and English as one of the language papers. If a candidate comes out with flying colours he will be given training of the pilot at the National Defense Academy. After that, a candidate will be imparted specialized training at the Air Force Academy. The training is given for 3 years during which a candidate is given a decent stipend to sustain himself. When the training gets completed candidate is commissioned as a Flying Officer. He is posted as a pilot at the Air Force Station.

It should be noted that a candidate cannot quit the job of Flying officer until or unless he is not required by the Indian Air Force. It will be purely in the discretion of the Indian Air Force that candidate serving as a Flying Officer will be relieved from his job.

Some Institutions grant scholarships to selected candidates for their pilot training. The IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi) is responsible for administering the scholarship grant amount to deserving candidates.

Scholarships given by various institutions for commercial pilot training are as follows -

Scholarship by Saraswati Aviation Academy

Candidates whose annual income is less than 1 lac are eligible to fill Saraswati Aviation Academy Scholarship form by online mode. More than this, candidates need to submit a copy of following documents along with the application form at [email protected]

  • Income Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Caste Certificate
  • Two passport size colored photographs

Scholarship by Air India

Two scholarships each of amount 4 lacs are given to deserving candidates on the basis of their merit in every batch.

Scholarship by Indian Airlines

Two scholarship each of 4 Lacs are given to deserving candidates in every aviation batch. Eligibility to take admission is based on your 10+2 marks in Physics and Mathematics subject.

Scholarship by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Two scholarships of 3 lacs amount are given to two women pilots in every batch on the basis of their merit.

Scholarship by JRD Tata Memorial

  • Every year the board of directors of the JRD Tata Memorial gives 10 lakhs in scholarship to pilot trainee.
  • 4 Students are given scholarships of rupees 1 lakh each for pilot training.

Scholarship by Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI)

GATI also known as Government Aviation Training Institute is known to offer flying and pilot training programme for Indian students. The institute offers fellowship ground for meritorious students of SC and ST students. Candidates will be selected based on their +2 marks in the board.

Scholarship to reserved category candidates SC or ST

  • A reserved category candidate belonging to SC or ST is given rupees 2 lakh as scholarship for their training as a pilot.
  • An additional amount of rupees 2 lakh is given to three candidates belonging to the reserved category of SC or ST on the basis of their merit.

Those SC/ST candidates who are receiving their pilot training at the IGRUA are given scholarships from their respective state governments. Candidate should enquire from the SC/ ST welfare department of their state.

Pilot Training Scholarships at International Level

Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship

The scheme is eligible only for those whose parents are medically retired, long-term disabled or deceased pilot members of the Air Line Pilots Association. Selected students will receive a total monetary value of 12,000, with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years provided that a 3.0 GPA is maintained.

OBAP Scholarships

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals facilitates their financial aid to exceptionally talented high school graduates who wants to take a pilot training program from the institute. Under the scheme selected 38 students will receive $179,000 and experience a fully sponsored pilot training program.

GAPAN Scholarship for Pilot Training

The Honourable Company of Air Pilots formerly known as the Guild of Pilot & Navigators (GAPAN) invites opportunity seekers in the aviation industry. This is a fully sponsored program, which invites applications from across the globe. Talking about the benefits, selected ones will receive the following benefits:

  • Gaining Private Pilots Licence
  • Free Theoretical Air Transport Pilots Training programs
  •  Flight Instructor Ratings
  • Jet Orientation Courses

I hope, this article helps you in every aspect of information that you are looking to become a pilot. Stay tuned with ExamsPlanner to get latest updates on national and state level examinations.

Also Read : 5 Best Flying Colleges Of India

About the Author: Tanvi Mittal


Krishna Das
November 25, 2021
Please I want to become a pilot in my life so please ????
Exams Planner
November 25, 2021
We have provided all the options for becoming a Pilot in the above article. You must go through the options and select the best suited.
Levin k
November 11, 2021
sir can there be a concession in the fees for flying schools ,if parents are working under central government ?
Exams Planner
November 25, 2021
That you must check with the respective flying school.
Rup Sarkar
October 19, 2021
Sir can commercials pilots wear spectacles ? I am having specs will that be a problem in the future ? My age is 15 years as in 2021
Exams Planner
November 25, 2021
Yes, pilots can wear spectacles. However, you must check the conditions.
Immanuelle G. Bornales
June 26, 2021
Can you support students taking Commercial Pilot in the philippines?
Exams Planner
July 12, 2021
Sorry, the scholarships are only for Indian students.
May 18, 2021
Hi sir... Is NDA exam necessary for joining the air aviation academy???
Exams Planner
July 12, 2021
NDA exam is for joining the Indian Air Force. If you want to join the aviation industry, you can go with diploma/ degree courses that do not require to appear for the NDA exam.
Naresh Gohil
January 1, 2021
Sir mera name naresh Gohil hai sir meri age abhi 25 ki hai aur mai 10th mai hu to sir mai 10th ke baad science lene vaala hu to kya mai pilot ban shakta hu
April 23, 2020
My dream is to become a commercial pilot. But i have problem. Iam poor family. So please help.
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
The scholarship details are provided above in the article. You must follow the procedure for getting a scholarship.
April 6, 2020
Can give a scholarships obc d
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
No, the CPL scholarship is generally provided only to the SC/ST category.
behzad ahmad
October 8, 2019
hello: I am Behzad Ahmad I thank you for being an in touch with you I want to be com a pilot in the future it is possible for me to have information from your resources thanks from your previous cooperation with respect Behzad Ahmad
Exams Planner
October 10, 2019
You need to tell us what information you want. We will surely provide help.
October 2, 2019
Want to become a pilot
Exams Planner
October 11, 2019
You must check out the NDA or CDS exam at ExamsPlanner for detailed information.
Wasim Akram
September 4, 2019
Guys my self Wasim Akram from Delhi I want to become commercial pilot but I face some financial problems please guide us for any type of scholarships
Exams Planner
September 10, 2019
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January 17, 2019
Myself Harshali from Mumbai. I want to do CPL but I am facing financial problem. Is there any way to help me out?? please guide me.
January 17, 2019
Hello gentlemen, i want to become a commercial pilot. Do i get some scholarships??? I completed my schooling and professional airport management course(NON-TECHNICAL). can i get the information about the eligibility to become a commercial pilot and what we have to transform ourselves to become a pilot...