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 reason 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.
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 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 batch.
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 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.