Scholarships and Free Training For Pilots

Scholarships and Free Training For Pilots – Secure 100% Scholarships

Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024

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 background, 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 fulfil his dream of becoming a pilot by joining the flying branch of NDA or CDS. In addition, there are some other governments 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 fulfil 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 the science stream with subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as one of the language papers. If a candidate comes out with flying colours he will be given training as a 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 a 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 out the Saraswati Aviation Academy Scholarship form in online mode. More than this, candidates need to submit a copy of the following documents along with the application form at [email protected].

  • Income Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Caste Certificate
  • Two passport size coloured 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 scholarships 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 subjects.

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 scholarships to pilot trainees.
  • 4 Students are given scholarships of rupees 1 lakh each for pilot training.

Scholarship by Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI)

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

Scholarship to reserved category candidates SC or ST

  • A reserved category candidate belonging to SC or ST has given rupees 2 lakh as a 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. Candidates 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 want 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 the latest updates on national and state-level examinations.

Also Read: 5 Best Flying Colleges Of India


Reddy Rajula Sanjay Kumar, December 29, 2022

I have been completed my 10+2 and I want to become commercial pilot but with my poor background I can’t so i want help for completing my CPL.

Chris, August 16, 2022

I am looking for anyone who could help to sponsor me so i could fulfill my dream to become a commercial pilot. I am very ambitious and determined person!

Pruthvi, March 22, 2022

Please help me please am very poor in money but I have lot of dreams

Sean Ncube, March 16, 2022

My big dream is to become a successful pilot but due to lack of money please I need your help in getting a scholarship

Olwit pope, March 12, 2022

Hello, am a ugandan aged 20 years and am a pilot cadet student. But my training has been halted because of failure to raise tuition fees. Am looking for anyone who could help to sponsor me and finish.

Priyansu priyadarshi , March 10, 2022

I have spl ,I want to get cpl but financially week so want scholarship for me plz..????

John, March 2, 2022

I wish of getting a chance to fulfill my dreams of a being a pilot

Alabi, February 28, 2022


Nathan , February 28, 2022

Can I get a chance of fulfilling my dream of becoming a pilot being a Zimbabwean who wishes to study with India

Vidushi Jain, February 16, 2022

This is a dream to me and it would be a great honour to serve my country through this .