Please let me know the Eligibility requirements for Commercial Pilot and what all Courses are available

To qualify as a pilot, you must be over 17 years of age and should have completed Plus Two with physics and mathematics.


Initial training of 60 hours leads to the award of a private pilot licence (PPL). PPL training is available in government sponsored flying clubs and private flying schools all over the country. After acquiring a PPL, you will have to study towards acquiring a commercial pilot licence (CPL) — which requires clocking another 190 hours of flying time. While studying towards a CPL apart from completing the prescribed flying hours, you also have to write the examination conducted by the director general of civil aviation (DGCA). For all this you need to budget approximately Rs.15 lakh. Medical standards are strictly as per rules and regulations of the government of India. The premier flying training institute in the country is the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA), Fursatganj Airfield, Rae Bareli 229 302 (UP) (www.igrua.com) which offers a two-year course ab initio from PPL to CPL and a B.Sc (aviation).

If you were to acquire a CPL from abroad and wanted to look for a job in India, you will still have to write the DGCA examination.