How To Become A Commercial Pilot


Minimum age for CPL issue is 18 years, one may enroll for a pilot training program at around 17 years as it takes 1-1.5 years to complete a comprehensive CPL course (Ground School, Flight Training & submission of documents for CPL issue)



For CPL issue, passing 10+2 with Physics & Maths/Diploma Equivalent is Mandatory.



In case your educational background is from other streams such as Arts, Commerce etc, one must appear for Physics and Mathematics separately from a recognised open school such as NIOS – National Institute of Open Schooling, IGNOU and other recognised boards.


DGCA Medical Examination

A healthy mind & body is mandatory to acquire a license to fly. To ensure safety of the passengers on board and the surrounding environment, aspirant is required to be physically and mentally fit.

First and foremost, one must apply for an eGCA ID. The medical assessment has been divided into two segments.


A: Class II Medical

It is the first step to acquire SPL(Student Pilot License) and join an Indian flying school. It is a prerequisite to apply for class 1 medical.


B: Class I Medical

Class I medical is a prerequisite to apply for a CPL. The initial class I medical is currently carried out at the following cities, namely – Bengaluru, Chennai, Kanpur, Ghaziabad, Jorhat, Mumbai and New Delhi. The Class I medical assessment date can be applied post receiving the Clas II assessment from DGCA.


PMR file number is generated during the class II medical, and it is a permanent and unique file number issued to each individual. An individual’s medical documents are sent to DGCA and stored in a relation to this file number.


 English Language Proficiency 


One must be able to understand, read and write in English to pursue the CPL course.

An aspirant can start their flying career as early as 16 years by getting a Student Pilot’s License. SPL is the first license which is issued by the flying school before getting a PPL/CPL. An oral examination is conducted by a representative of DGCA on the following subjects for the issuance of a SPL –Aircraft Technical (General & Specific), Air Navigation, Air Regulation and Aviation Meteorology.


 Ground Training


  • Theory Subjects to be cleared for CPL Issuance:

First and foremost, one needs to apply for a computer number before applying for the DGCA examinations. The exams are held each quarter & one may also appear during the on-demand exams.


  •  Flight Training Carried out in India: 

Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Air Regulations, Technical General, Technical Specific, RTR (A) – prerequisite for FRTOL and English language proficiency.


  •  Flight Training Carried Out in a Commonwealth

such as South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, etc. Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Air Regulations & English Language proficiency.


  •  Flight Training Carried Out in a non-Commonwealth country

such as USA

Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Air Regulations, RTR (A) & English Language Proficiency.

You may join AVIATIOS for a comprehensive understanding and passing of the DGCA ground subjects.


Flight Training

The institute will guide you on the most appropriate flight schools in India & Abroad.



There are many flight training schools in India which provide good quality & economical flight training.


  • No conversion of license required
  • Experience to fly in Indian climatology
  • Training in line with Indian CPL requirements
  • Most flying schools having round the year conducive flight conditions barring monsoon season.


  • No dual pilot license issuance
  • Lack of exposure to international flight airspaces and communication procedures.



Multiple commonwealth and non-commonwealth countries have training schools that provide international standard exposure to the aspirants.

Aspirants must be careful to choose a flying school which is approved by DGCA. Cost of flying abroad & India is similar. AVIATIOS will guide you all along the way.


  •  Exposure to international airspace & standards
  • Interaction with multi-ethnic people.
  • Dual pilot license acquisition.


  • Additional flight training process for pre–Indian CPL application
  • License conversion process in stipulated time frame
  • Flight training abroad may not be tailor made to Indian DGCA CPL requirements.


  1. We at AVIATIOS ensure that the complete training process is in sync with the Indian DGCA CPL guidelines.
  2. Flight training conducted in a commonwealth country, there is a simple RTR conversion whereas in a non-commonwealth country, RTR(A) exam has to be cleared in India.
  3. A student’s course fee is protected by a public trust in New Zealand.


FRTOL – Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s License. 

FRTOL is issued by DGCA which is a prerequisite mandate to handle radio equipment on board an Indian registered aircraft.

RTR (Radio Telephony Restricted) exam is mandatory to be cleared by an aspirant before FRTOL application. It is conducted by the WPC (wireless planning & coordination) under the ministry of communications along with DGCA India.


Process: for RTR (A) issuance


Flying Done in India 


2 stage process

Stage 1: Practical assessment of communication capabilities.

Stage 2: Direct interview with WPC representative & DGA representative


Flying done Abroad 


Commonwealth country
  • RTR endorsement on license which can be converted in India
  • Non-Commonwealth country: Same process as flying done in India



  • 10+2 in Physics & Maths
  • 10th & 12th Board verification certificate
  • eGCA ID
  • Class II Medical
  • Computer Number
  • Theory exams/Ground School
  • Flight training from an Indian DGCA registered flight school
  • Class I Medical
  • RTR (A) (Radio Telephony Restricted Aeronautical)
  • Flying skills check with examiner approved by DGCA
  • English proficiency check
  • Submit all documents to DGCA for issuance of Indian CPL



Sequence may vary as per individual aspirant profile and flight school selection. Post Indian CPL issuance, aspirant will apply to various scheduled/non-scheduled operators for their respective selection process.

  • 10+2 in Physics & Maths
  • 10th & 12th Board verification certificate
  • eGCA ID
  • Class II Medical
  • Computer Number
  • Theory exams/Ground School
  • Flight training for commonwealth/ non-commonwealth country flight schools as per DGCA approval and syllabus
  • CPL abroad
  • Class I Medical
  • RTR (not required if flying done in a commonwealth country)
  • Flying skill checks with examiner approved by DGCA
  • English language proficiency check
  • Submit all documents to DGCA for issuance of Indian CPL

*FTROL issuance explained in point no. 7



Sequence may vary as per individual aspirant’s profile and flight school selection. Post Indian CPL issuance, aspirant will apply to various scheduled/non-scheduled operators for their respective selection process.

One may view the current DGCA circular for conversion of foreign CPL to Indian CPL by referring “this link”


Airline Screening

Every Indian airline conducts very stringent selection process of applicants holding minimum:

  • CPL
  • Valid Class I medical.


Situational awareness, presence of mind, flying skill (tested through various hand eye coordination techniques), personality, confidence, knowledge, leadership skills, teamwork, decision making, self-discipline and psychometric assessment are a few factors which airlines assess each applicant for.

Various aspects of airline job training will be assessed and covered at AVIATIOS ground training institute.


AVIATIOS will cover various aspects of airline job training. Each aspirant will be handheld to ensure that all steps are achieved with the highest quality standards in the most optimal and economic way.

It is not a training institute to help aspirants obtain just a CPL, we provide a comprehensive platform to handhold our aspirants in achieving their dream job with an airline and not just fulfill the mere criteria for application.