Career as a Pilot in the Armed Forces India

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Aviation has been a part of military kinetic capability for over a century. If you want to be a Pilot in the Indian Armed forces. Here in this article, I will guide you throughout the process and all the information regarding this. To get complete information about the career as a pilot in the Armed forces. check the complete article below.

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The procedure for becoming or a career as a pilot in the Armed Forces is similar to that of being an officer in any of the services, except for some extra medical criteria and an additional CPSS.

Career as a Pilot in the Indian Armed Forces:

There are basically four Armed forces services in India where one can apply to become a Pilot in the service. The following forces are:

In order to make a career as a Pilot in the armed forces like Indian Army or Indian Navy or Indian Air force etc, The process is pretty much similar. One can apply for the following entries to become a pilot in the service:

NDA (National Defense Academy):

In the Indian Armed force you can become a pilot through the NDA which stands for National Defence Academy you can appear for this exam after the 12th(with mathematics and physics as mandatory) you can also apply for this if you are arising 12th. The age of the candidate must be between 16.5 to 19. years old.

Click Here to Know more about the NDA Entry.

CDS (Combined Defence Service):

Another way is after graduation. If you are a graduate in any stream with physics and mathematics in your 12th standard. You can apply for the CDSE which stands for Combined Defence Service Examination. To apply for this entry, the age of the candidate must be between 19 years old to 24 years old.

Click Here to know more about the CDS Entry. 

AFCAT Entry:

This entry is especially for the Indian Air force, After graduation, you can also go for AFCAT  which stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. To apply for this entry, the age of the candidate must be between 19 years old to 24 years old.

Click Here to know more about the AFCAT Entry. 

NCC Special Entry:

And If you have done NCC Air wings you can directly apply for the flying branch. You will not have to go through the written exam. The Selection will be done through the:

  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Exam

Now once you clear all these exams successfully .. then you will have to clear the merit list of AIR which is (All India Rank). Click Here to know more about the NCC Special Entry.

INET Entry:

This entry is especially for the Indian Navy, All the candidates who have done graduation in B.tech or B.E etc are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The age of the candidate must be between 19 years old to 24-25 years old.

Click Here to know more about the INET Entry. 

How to make a career as a Pilot in the Indian Coast Guard:

In order to make a career as a pilot in the Armed Forces Coast Guard Service, you will have to join this service after that you can apply for the post of the pilot.

  1. There are many entries while applying to the Indian Coast Guard. There is one called GD(PN). Once you are selected after the final round, you will be invited to join INS,  Ezhimala for initial training. Thereafter, you will be under further training for two more years throughout the Indian coasts. You may be posted after this onboard a ship. After a year, a call for pilot exams will come. PABT will follow. Once you clear those exams, you will be inducted as a pilot. Training will follow and then you become a pilot.
  2. If you are a CPL holder, you just have to do the first 6-month training and thereafter you are a pilot.

Remember being a pilot is not an easy task. You will have to be medically fit all the time. You will have to go through medical every year or every 2 years(depending upon your service). And the pilot’s medical is one of the toughest medical in the world. Stay fit, eat healthily and exercise daily if you want to be a pilot.

FAQs For Career As A Pilot In The Armed Forces

What is the salary of Pilots in the Armed forces?

The Salary varies on a number of factors. On average, one gets somewhere between 75,000/- t0 1,15,000/- per month or even more or less.

Can I become a Pilot with Glasses?

Yes, If your eyesight is 6/6 with or without glasses. You are fit to apply for the pilot entry.

At what age, one can apply for Pilot Entry in India?

One becomes eligible to apply for the pilot entry after attending the age of 16 years old.

Is it difficult to make a career as a pilot in the Armed forces?

Maybe Yes or maybe No. But, overall the exams are not that tough but the medical exams are extremely tough. One will have to be fit in all possible manner to become a pilot.

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