Air India recruits 150 fresh graduates as Cadet Pilots

No flying experience needed

National carrier Air India today released advertisements inviting applications from Engineering/Science graduates with no flying background to induce them as Cadet Pilots. This unprecedented move is to tide over the acute shortage of pilots the airline (like all other carriers in India) experiencing.
The present number of vacancies is 150.
Engineering graduates with first class and age not more than 23 years (for GEN), 26 years (for OBC) and 28 years (for SC/ST), or Science graduates (Major in Mathematics and Physics/ Aviation) with 75 % marks in final year and age not more than 22 years (for GEN), 25 years (for OBC) and 27 years (for SC/ST) can apply.
On successful completion of the selection procedure, Air India will facilitate them in obtaining Commercial Pilots License (CPL), according to the advertisement.
The ad further says this obtaining will cost the cadets approximately Rs. 20 lakhs.
On successful completion of the training, Air India will appoint the cadets as Trainee Pilots and after obtaining relevant endorsement, they will be placed as Co-Pilots.
The aaplications are to be sent online, from the company’s web site.
The candidates are required to deposit Rs.1000/- (for General and OBC candidates only) with any of the core banking branch of State Bank of India to the credit of Air India Account
No.30060652259 and obtain a Host Trace Number which will be provided by the core branch of the bank.
The candidate is required to mention in the appropriate column in the application form,
the SBI branch, date, city and the Host Trace Number. The candidate should also submit a
photocopy of the pay in slip indicating name of the SBI branch, date, city and Host Trace
Number at the time of appearing for the written test along with the call letter.
The web site gives further clarifications regarding the cost of training. Here it is made clear that, the cost of training (approximately. Rs.20 lacs) will entirely have to be borne by the selected candidates.

The website further says:
The selected candidates can avail bank loan to the extent of Rs.15 lakhs as per the existing
Education Loan Schemes of various banks. Some banks may consider increasing the amount of loan.
As a collateral security, the banks may need a co-obligation of parents/guardian/3rd party and
/ or other documents as required by the individual banks as per their schemes. The banks
would also require commitment from the candidates to repay the loan after they are employed
with Air India. While Air India would assist the candidates in obtaining bank loan, Air India
would not stand guarantee for the loan taken by the candidates.
The loan installment will be directly deducted from the candidate’s emoluments in Air India
after they have been placed as a Co-pilot on probation, in monthly equated installments that
has been worked out between the Bank, the candidate and the Company.

For full details see Air India’s notification.

See Also:
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A-I to give Rs 100-cr salary hike
Govt, airlines to address pilot shortage

Indian seeks to recruit 200 pilots for the new fleet
Indian hikes pilots’ salaries by 45%

11 thoughts on “Air India recruits 150 fresh graduates as Cadet Pilots

  1. Greetings Sir,
    Sir what is Cadet Pilot program?
    In this program is it necesssary that we will get a job easily.

  2. I want to become a pilot with Air India. Kindly let me know the process & next date of joining.
    I am a fresher & have no previous flying experience,however I am too passionate and crazy for this job.
    Awaiting your reply..
    Thank you.

  3. I was waiting for such initiatives…which has been done by air India..I can see my dream will be coming true…thaks a lot..

  4. I want to be a Cadet Pilot of Air India amd I am a fresher I don’t have any flying school.
    Kindly help me to go through with the process.

  5. I want to join cadet pilot training.Can you give me surity about job? can you giveing ATPL ?

  6. Hi good evening sir / mam please let me the process of becoming a commercial pilot of such a award winning airline.

  7. Recently there was an advertisement from Air India regarding the same but with a 5 year bond also like above they dont need prior experience to join this programme. What I need to know their isnt much proper information . I wish to join the same but not getting any proper information on that. also had asked an Air India employee but She also has no clue. What to do ? where to find this information? Also, this time it was mentioned that for SC/ST candidates the age limit has been increased to 40yrs. Is it so? please help I am now 37 and would heartly wish to join this programme.

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