Step 1 : 10+2 with physics and mathematics:

This is the basic requirement for becoming a commercial pilot. Make sure you have physics and mathematics in your course. If you have done any other course, you should make sure that it is equivalent to 10+2. If it doesn’t have physics or mathematics, you may appear exams for those and get equivalent certificates from your educational board.


Step 2 : Class 2 medical assessment:

You may call any of the DGCA approved class 2 doctors and fix an appointment for examination.  

The doctor will approve all your reports will send them to DGCA, Delhi for approval.

Once your medical documents reach DGCA, a file will be prepared on your respective name and you will receive a file number. Collect your Medical Assessment from the DGCA Medical Cell, Delhi.


Step 3: Class 1 Medical Assessment:

Initial medical is done when a person with a valid Class 2 medical applies for the first time for a Class 1 Medical.  Class 1 Medical Assessments are valid for one year for persons less than 60 yrs.

For more details kindly refer to our Medical section: (link to medical page)


Step 4: Apply for pilots computer number:

You must register with DGCA for getting a unique computer number, which is essential for your entire pilot career. There is a website to apply for computer number. Details on how to apply for a computer number is given here. After applying, you have to send self attested copies of your 10th, 10+2 certificates, original 10 & 10+2 certificate verification from exam board, self attested copies of Identity proof, address proof and passport (if foreign national); to DGCA.

(link to computer name page)


Step 5: Upload photo and signature in Udaan:

You have to upload  your photo and signature in your udaan account. Username for Udaan is your computer number. Password is user selected one. After uploading your photo and signature, it will be validated by DGCA officials. Once it is accepted, we can move to the next step.


Step 6: Apply for DGCA pilot exams:

It is always better to clear your theory exams before you start flying. Exams are objective. There are 3 theory papers you must clear if you are planning to do your commercial pilot licence training overseas and if 5 theory papers if you do it from India.Results can be seen immediately after finishing exam in online exams.

1.Aviation meteorology

2.Air regulations

3.Air navigation

4.Technical general (only for training in India)

5.Technical specific (only for training in India )

There are 4 sessions every year- January, April, July and October.

Papers are valid for 5 years (except multi-engine specific papers, which are valid for 2.5 years).


Step 7: Radio Telephony Restricted license – RTR (A)

 It is conducted by Wireless Planning Commission of India. It is a license for pilots to use radio telecommunication devices in aircraft. Exams are conducted in 5 centers in India, one at a time- Delhi , Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, every 2 months. Exam consists of 2 parts. First part is a practical trial of communication, upon clearing the first part, you will be called for the second. Its an interview with DGCA official and a WPC official topics covered about general flying, Radio Aids and Navigation.


Step 8: Join a flight school:

Select a flying school as per your requirement from a various affiliated flying schools all around the world, we give you the liberty to select the flying school and country of your choice. We also offer finance options and for your convenience you can pay school fees in easy instalments.


Step 9 : Flight training:

You need total of 200 hours of flying in total for CPL. Out of which 10hrs on multi engine aircraft. Duration will be around 10-16monnths depending on the type of program you choose.

Step 10: Conversion of Foreign CPL License to Indian DGCA CPL license:

Once you have  your CPL from overseas you will have to convert your foreign country CPL license to Indian DGCA CPL License and for that you will have to do the following in India:

1. General flying test by day with three solo take off and landings each

  1. general flying test Night with three solo take off and landings each
  2. 250 NM VFR cross-country test by day with one full stop landing at other aerodrome
  3. 120 NM VFR X-country test by night (returning to point of dep. without landing)
  4. IR test report with two approaches on aircraft for which endorsement on license is


For Multi engine rating is not endorsed on your foreign CPL then:

  1. General flying test by day with three PIC take off and landings each
  2. General flying test Night with three PIC take off and landings each
  3. IR test report with two approaches on aircraft for which multi -endorsement on

license is requested. (for Multi –IR only).

STEP 11:Type Rating:

 Now that you have your Indian Commercial Pilot Licence, it’s time to get a job as soon as possible. Type rating is the best option as airlines prefer candidates with type rating, for joining airlines, it’s better to attend classes on airline preparation which will cover preparation for written exam, Group discussion, Personal interview and Simulator check along with guidance from senior airline captains.


We will be with you in every step of your journey to become an airline pilot.

Wish you the best,

Team Right Source Aviation