ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY: Boys and girls dreaming to become an air hostess/steward, cabin crew member or a pilot need to make sure of their eligibility before enrolling themselves for the workshop/membership. Click here to see eligibility worldwide-airlines

For national airlines in India: 

  • Age should be between 18 – 35 years
  • Minimum Height: Men – 170 cms and Women – 157 cms
  • Weight: In proportion to height (BMI – Body-Mass-Index)
  • Educational Qualification: HSC (10 + 2). Candidates who are appearing for their HSC examinations can also apply
  • Physical features: medically fit, pleasing personality, clear complexion (scars, pimples and blemishes not acceptable) and good eyesight of 6/6 uncorrected in both eyes or a certificate from opticians/ophthalmologists about corrected vision as per the airlines requirements
  • Marital Status: Unmarried
  • Language skills: Fluency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of other foreign languages preferred. Proficiency in basic computer and internet.
  • Interactive skills: Excellent communication and good interpersonal skills
  • Nationality: Indian citizens only for national carriers. For international airlines open to all nationalities, the concerned airline eligibility criteria would apply.
  • Passport: Must possess a valid Indian passport or should have applied for a passport
  • Mandatory Documentation : Must possess a valid ID – identification proof.

For other foreign and international airlines: open to all nationalitites

  • Minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years
  • Minimum arm reach of 212 cm (without shoes for the ladies, on tip toes) and minimum height of 160 cm, which will enable you to reach emergency equipment on all aircraft types
  • 160 cm (ladies) and 188 cm (gents) tall with weight in proportion to height
  • Educated to at least high school level (Grade 12) 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (additional languages are desirable). 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills
  • No visible tattoos while in uniform (cosmetic and bandage covering is not permitted)
  • Medically fit to meet aircrew requirements
  • No dental braces
  • Clean criminal record
  • Able to swim unaided
  • Positive attitude with the natural ability to provide excellent service in a team environment, dealing with people from many cultures
  • Strong cultural awareness and the ability to adapt to new environments and people
  • Flexibility and the motivation to manage a demanding work schedule
  • Qualities -Professional, Empathetic, Progressive, Visionary, Cosmopolitan, Passionate & friendly 
  • Willingness to relocate

ELIGIBILITY: FOR PILOTS – Flying branch of Indian Air Force

The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch of Indian Air Force:  Fighter Pilot, Helicopter pilot or a Transport pilot.
CDSE (COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION) (FOR MEN ONLY)
Men can enter through this mode of entry and will get a Permanent Commission.
Eligibility criteria:
Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course)
Nationality – Indian
Marital Status – Single
Gender – Men only.
Educational Qualifications
Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level)/BE/B Tech (Four Year Course).
Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
No Percentage Bar for CDSE entry.
NCC SPECIAL ENTRY (FOR MEN ONLY)
(Through NCC Air Squadrons / DG NCC)
As an Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ Certificate holder of the National Cadet Corps, you can apply to the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force. Men & women can join the Air Force through this mode of entry. Permanent Commission offered for men and Short Service Commission for men and women.
Eligibility criteria:
Age –20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course). Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course).
Nationality – Indian
Marital Status – Single
Gender – Men only.
Educational Qualifications
Graduate (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent and have passed Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level
OR
BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks or equivalent
OR
Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
Final Year/semester students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any present backlogs at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
NCC Air Wing Senior Division ’C’ certificate and validity of the certificate would be two years before the date of commencement of the course.

SSC (SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION ) ENTRY( FOR MEN AND WOMEN)
You can apply through AFCAT for Short Service Commission (SSC) in the Flying Branch.
Short Service Commission in Flying branch is for 14 years with no further extension.
Eligibility criteria:
Age – 20 to 24 years (at the time of commencement of course).Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxed up to 26 years(at the time of commencement of course).
Nationality – Indian
Marital Status – Single
Gender – Men and Women.
Educational Qualifications
Minimum of 60% marks each in Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.
Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks or equivalent OR BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognised university with minimum 60% marks or equivalent.
Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.
The valiant boys could be part of the Indian Air Force family by applying for NDA (National Defence Academy)
Candidates, short-listed for Indian Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, followed by specialised training at one of the AF Training Establishments. On successful completion, they are Commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.
You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

Eligibility Criteria
Age – 16 ½ to 19 ½ years (at the time of commencement of course)
Nationality – Indian
Gender – Men only
Educational Qualifications – 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. Students appearing in final year are also eligible to apply.

For those aspiring to be pilots, physical standards and medical certification requirements need to be complied with as specified by the airlines/employers.  Click here: Career in Indian Air Force – Flying Branch

Helicopter Pilot Eligibility-For Private Helicopter Pilot’s License (PHPL):

Age: Not less than 17 years on the date of application for DGCA license. Allowing for the course duration, the student may not be less than 16 1/2 years on the date of joining the course.

Educational Qualification: Candidate should have passed Class 10 or its equivalent from any recognized Board.

Medical Fitness: Medically fit class II as certified by a DGCA empanelled doctor or Medical Establishment for issue of Student Pilot License, FRTOL(R) and PHPL license.

For Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s License (CHPL):

Age: Not less than 18 years on the date of application to the DGCA for licence after completion of flying training. Allowing for the course duration, the student may not be less than 17 years on the date of joining the course.

Educational Qualification: Aspiring candidate should have passed in Class 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics or its equivalent from any recognised Board / University. 

Medical Fitness: Class II medical fitness as certified by a DGCA empanelled doctor or Medical Establishment is adequate for issue of Student Pilot’s Licence and to commence flying training, he/She should preferably obtain class I medical status prior to commencement of flying training or soon thereafter to avoid becoming ineligible for issue of CHPL Licence should he/she be declared UNFIT Class I during the middle of his/her flying training resulting in wastage of flying fee paid. 

Helicopter Pilot Required Skills

  • Helicopter Pilots have excellent hand-to-eye co-ordination and spatial awareness; the ability to take responsibility for the helicopter, crew and passengers.
  • They should have good concentration skills; the ability to remain calm in a crisis and act decisively; clear written and spoken communication skills.
  • They should have the ability to work alone and as part of a team and sound judgement.

How to become a Helicopter Pilot?

There are two different way to get a Helicopter pilot license and pursue it as a career.

The first way is to join Defence Services i.e. Army (flying branch), Navy (flying branch) or Indian Air force and opt for Helicopter flying services.

To join Defence service one has to clear either NDA (after +2) exam or CDS exam (after Graduation)

The other option to aspiring Helicopter pilots is to join some flying club/institute and get the required minimum hours training to be eligible for Helicopter Pilot’s license.

Step 1

As a first step the aspiring candidates have to get admission into a DGCA approved Helicopter flying institutes. The admitted candidates are subject to Aircraft Act 1934, Rules 1937, DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements and HAL Security / Admin regulations, procedures and norms.

Step 2

To start with the candidates will put to ground training. Candidates for PHPL and CHPL will be put through 100 hours of ground training to make them eligible to appear for student pilot license viva test to be held at the academy.

Thereafter CHPL students will undergo further 250 hours of ground training to be eligible to appear for examinations in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, and Technical (aircraft and engines) subjects as per the syllabus prescribed by the DGCA.

The Academy will coach the students on these subjects. Passing of the ground subjects is necessary before he/she qualifies for issue of Pilot’s Licence by the DGCA besides completion of 150 hrs of flying training.

All students will be issued Fight Radio telephony Licence Restricted (FRTOL (R)) after they qualify for SPL. The test will be conducted at the academy but the licence will be issued by the DGCA after due scrutiny.

CHPL Students will thereafter need to qualify in Radio Telephony Restricted to Aviation RTR (A) test conducted by the Wireless Planning Cell (WPC) under Ministry of Communications, at different centres in the country every alternate month of the year. On passing this test called a Certificate of Proficiency in RTR (A), issued by the WPC, the DGCA issues FRTO license         

Step 3

After getting the necessary ground training the candidates are subjected to flying training required for getting the PHPL and CHPL. This includes requirements(for PHPL) of not less than 10 hrs of flying to be eligible to appear for DGCA conducted ground subjects examinations and there after further 30 hours of flying as per the prescribed syllabus.

A CHPL student must complete 25 hours of flying to be eligible to appear for all the ground subjects examination conducted by DGCA and thereafter further 125 hrs of flight time as per the syllabus laid down.

However a holder of CPL or higher license (ATPL) with minimum of 500 hrs of flight time as Pilot in Command (PIC) on Aeroplanes, will need 30 hrs of flight time on helicopter to qualify for Commercial Helicopter Pilot License. A CPL with minimum of 300 hrs of flight time Aeroplane shall require to complete a minimum of 20 hrs of flight time on helicopter to qualify for Private PHPL.       

Note: On an average it takes nearly 20 to 24 months to get the Helicopter Pilot training for Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence (CHPL) and 8 to 10 months for Private Helicopter Pilot’s Licence (PHPL).

Fee Structure and other Expenses till getting a Commercial Helicopter pilot License.

Fee for pilot training Rs. 30,000 per hours up to Rs. 65,000 depending upon the type of Helicopter one is training in.

Fee for Proficiency Check/Skill Test Rs. 30,000 per hours up to Rs. 70,000 depending upon the course

One time Registration Fee for Pilot’s Training Course Rs. 20,000

Training Kit, onetime payment of Rs. 7,500

Library Fee, onetime payment of Rs. 5,000

For a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License the estimated cost could go up to Rs.13 lakh (Rs.1.3 million).

Eligibility for Microlight aircraft Gyrocopter Pilot’s Licence

  • Requirements for the issue of licence – An applicant for the issue of Microlight aircraft Pilot’s Licence shall satisfy the following requirements:
  • Age – He shall not be less than 17 years of age on the date of application for the licence;
  • Medical Fitness – He shall produce on the prescribed proforma a certificate of physical fitness from an approved medical practitioner after undergoing a medical examination during which he shall have established his medical fitness, on the basis of compliance with the requirements as notified by the Director General under rule 39B;
  • Knowledge – He shall pass a written/oral examination in Air Regulations – including flight rules, air traffic control practices and procedures and regulations concerning operation of private aircraft;Air Navigation – Elementary principles, including elementary knowledge and use of aeronautical maps and charts, time, magnetic compasses, simple navigational instruments, radio aids fitted in the microlight aircraft and visual navigation;
  • Aviation Meteorology – Elementary aviation meteorology including significance of aerodrome meteorological observations and warning; elementary knowledge in reading meteorological charts and of meteorological procedures relating to cross – country flights; salient features of Indian climatology; weather limitations including wind components on the operation of microlight aircraft;
  • Aircraft and Engines – including elementary knowledge of aerodynamics and theory of flight, aircraft, engines, instruments, operating limitations handling, care and pre-questions pertaining to the class and the type of microlight aircraft for which microlight rating is desired.
  • Security Clearance – Security clearance from the concerned state police authorities will be obtained by the Director General;
  • Experience – The applicant should produce evidence of having completed not less than 30 hrs. of flight time on microlight aircraft, which shall include;
  • not less than 15 hrs. of solo flying out of which not less than 10 hrs shall have been done within the preceding 12 months of the date of application;
  • not less than 5 hours of cross-country flight time as the solo occupant of the microlight aircraft including a flight over a distance of not less than 40 nautical miles from the point of departure and at least one full stop landing at a suitable aerodrome or landing ground other than the aerodrome of departure.
  • NOTE: 1. Cross-country flight in this section means a flight to a point beyond a radius of 15 nautical miles from the aerodrome of departure;
  • In case of pilots holding a current Glider Pilot’s Licence with at least 50 hrs of glider flying as Pilot-in-Command the experience requirement shall be reduced by 50% except the requirements for cross-country flights. Pilots holding such licence shall also be exempted from examination in Air Regulations and Meteorology;
  • The holder of a current Private Pilot’s Licence (aeroplanes) or higher category of licences shall be required to carry out familiarisation flights of not less than three solo take offs and landings;
  • 50% of solo flying experience acquired during the preceding 24 months from the date of application subject to maximum of 10 hrs, may be credited towards the total flying experience required for other Pilot’s licences (aeroplanes).
  • Skill – He shall have demonstrated the competency to the satisfaction of an Approved Examiner by undergoing the prescribed flying tests on the type of microlight aircraft, to which the application for licence relates, within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of such application.
  • The flying tests shall include preflight inspection and ground handling of microlight aircraft, take-offs, climb and general flying; descent and glide; stalling; spinning and recovery; landing and emergency manoeuvres including simulated engine failure on take-off etc.
  • NOTE: Stalling and spinning shall be carried out only on the types of microlight aircraft approved and from the minimum altitude laid down by the Director General.
  • Validity – The period of validity shall commence from the date of issue or renewal of the licence. The licence shall be valid for a period of not less than 24 months from the date of medical examination, if the applicant is below 38 years of age; not exceeding 12 months from the date of medical examination, if the applicant is of 38 years of age or above, except where an applicant is medically examined for the renewal of his licence during 30 years immediately preceding the date of expiry of the licence, full period of validity, as applicable may be allowed from the date of expiry.
  • Renewal – the licence may be renewed on receipt of satisfactory evidence of the applicant –
  • having undergone a medical examination in accordance with the requirements.
  • having satisfactorily completed not less than 5 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-command within a period of 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for renewal or in lieu thereof, having satisfactorily completed the prescribed flying tests within six months immediately preceding the date of application.
  • Aircraft Rating – The licence shall indicate the class and type of microlight aircraft the holder is entitled to fly. An open rating for all conventional types of microlight aircraft may also be granted to a Microlight Aircraft Pilot who has satisfactorily completed on a microlight aircraft not less than 100 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command.
  • Extension of Rating – For extension of aircraft Rating, which includes an additional type of microlight aircraft an applicant shall be required to produce evidence of having passed oral examination in the aircraft and engines and of having satisfactorily completed the prescribed flying tests in respect of the type of microlight aircraft for which the aircraft rating is desired. The flying tests shall have been completed within a period of 6 months immediately preceding the date of application for extension of the Aircraft Rating.
  • Privileges – Subject to the validity of endorsement and ratings in the licence the privileges of the holder of a Microlight aircraft Pilot’s Licence shall be to act as Pilot-in-Command of any microlight aircraft which is entered in the Aircraft Rating of licence under Visual Flight Rules.

ELIGIBILITY: Those who aspire to fly as an astronaut in India-Beyond the sky – ‘Aim high, aim far; your goal the sky, your aim the star’

Who can apply
Engineering students (any discipline) are generally preferred; however, even those pursuing post-graduate or graduate programmes in science can apply.

How to apply
1. Students can apply directly to any centre associated with ISRO across the country. A few centres are mentioned below.

ISRO Headquarters (ISR HQ), Bengaluru
ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram
ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri
National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad
Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad
Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota
For more centres, visit http://www.isro.gov.in/about-isro/isro-centres
2. Students should send the applications through their respective colleges only. Direct applications will not be entertained.

3. Students should send project proposals with a broad outline of the proposed work to be carried out; the proposals should be within the overall framework of research and operational programmes of the respective centres

4. Students will be selected based on academic merit, availability of projects, availability of supervisors, suitability or fit of the candidate for the relevant profile

About the internships
Nature: Internships can be across various departments (depending on the requirements during specific points of time)

Duration:

For graduate students – 2 to 6 months
For post-graduate and research students – 3 months to 1 year
Each centre may have a set period during the year for internships, which is displayed on its site  Click here:  India Space Research Organization
Stipend: Nil

Note: Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, camera, pen drive, CD/floppy, etc., will not be permitted inside the premises of ISRO centres; so, let your dream unleash!

ELIGIBILITY: FOR THE ULTIMATE GLOBAL AND UNIVERSAL –

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