Flying : Medical test for Commerical Pilot license by DGCA in India

To become a pilot or to continue pilot license, most import thing is medical fitness. If you are not medically fit you cannot start pilot training or continue with you job. The prove you are medically fit, you need a certificate from DGCA approved doctor.

There are 2 categories of medical – Class 2 which is basic or simple and class 1 which is a little more strict. To start pilot training you need class 2 and after that you must a class 1 medical fitness certificate to obtain / continue a valid commercial pilot license.

Click this DGCA link for more details about medical (for student pilots )



Here are few details for the same :

1. What medical do you need to undergo. Check whether the intended medical is an initial or a renewal medical.
(a) Initial Medical. Initial medical is done when a person with a valid Class-II
medical applies for the first time for a Class I Medical (a requirement for commercial
license). Also, in case the last medical date (Class-I) is more than two years old, a
fresh initial Class-I medical is to be conducted only at the IAF centres, alongwith
NOC (see below).

(b) Renewal Medical. Class-I Medical Assessments are valid for one year
(persons less than 40yrs. of age) or six months (persons above 40yrs of age). The
renewal medical may be done anytime from 04 weeks before date of expiry of validity
of Medical Assessment to the date of expiry of validity. If done earlier or later than
that, an NOC is required. Renewal Class-I medical may be done after expiry of
validity of previous (but not beyond two years since date of last medical) alongwith
NOC. Renewal medical exam is conducted in IAF centres (list below) and by DGCA
empanelled Class I Examiners (list below).

2. Appointment & Previous Medical Record (PMR) Forwarding.

(a) IAF Centres. After ascertaining type of medical, kindly seek appointment well in
advance keeping in view the time required for grant of appointments and PMR
forwarding from DGCA. The procedure for seeking appointment can be accesses in the
DGCA website under the Medical Section (or copy and paste the link

(b) Civil Centres & Class I Examiners. For Civil Hospitals (initial Medical) and
Class I Examiners (renewal medicals), kindly contact the centres/ examiners directly
at the addresses given below. PMR forwarding is not required for Class I initial
medicals conducted at Nanavati & Apollo Hospitals and for renewal medical
examinations conducted by Class-I Medical Examiners.

3. PMR Status Query. PMR files are forwarded to IAF Centres 2-3 weeks prior to date
of appointment (even if applications are received early). PMR forwarding status can be
accessed from DGCA website ( one week prior to medical date.

4. No Objection Certificate (NOC). For delayed/ early/ special medicals only, kindly
obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Medical Cell DGCA, New Delhi. The procedure
and form for seeking NOC is available on the DGCA website
( Applications for NOC are to be made after obtaining confirmed appointment.

5. Contact DGCA. In case of any further queries, kindly contact DGCA at 011-24622495
Extension 526/453 or by email at

Flying : How to choose a good Flying School

Becoming a Pilot is not just a dream, it’s a passion, a goal that many wants to cherish. It’s a well-laid path that you have to follow with dedication and discipline.

Every aspiring Aviator who ever became successful in achieving a career in Aviation has surely come across lots of doubts, questions and confusions while choosing the right institute for CPL training. Today we are busting all those fears and doubts that you have in your mind. Let’s go through the questions one on one to make it easy for you to take the decision of choosing the right pilot training academy in India.



  1. Is the Institute where I am taking admission is accredited or not: Make sure that the Institute you are choosing for you is approved by DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India)to provide CPL training and PPL Training related to Aviation. Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd. (ACAPL) is not only DGCA approved but also an ISO 9001:2008 certified Pilot Training Institute.
  1. Does it offer enough Practical Training: Next thing that you need to check is whether the aviation academy has enough resources in terms of aircrafts, labs and experienced faculty to impart hands on practical training. Flying school you pick should have experienced pilot instructors and training faculty with the sole aim to provide simultaneous theoretical and practical training to help you learn, visualize and understand the things better.

You should have the fatality to learn under an Interactive Learning Environment which encompasses Computer-Based Training(CBT), Flight Simulators, Demo Flight of Aircraft, Working models, etc. along with subject related Audio, graphics, Expert Advices, Q&A sessions, etc.

  1. Does the Pilot Training Institute has enough Aircrafts and other resources to fulfill Flying Hours:Check for the fleet of aircrafts, watch hours, etc. to make sure that you complete your mandatory Flying hours (200 hours for CPL training & 40 hours for PPL training) on time.
  2. Does the Flying School follow all the safety rules and regulations? : One of the major concerns for students (especially pursuing CPL and PPL training) and their parents is Flight Safety. So make sure to ask about the safety measures undertaken. Enquire about the things related to safety.
    Safety has been an integral part of our culture at Carver Aviation. Flying school must have Safety Pilots and officers specially dedicated to take care of Flight Safety. 

    5. Past Placements: Again a major factor that you must consider is the Past Placements. Make sure to know about the past placements of the pilot training institute and the companies which conduct hiring drives.


How to become Commercial Pilot In India: Salary & Career Scope of Pilot

Commercial Pilot is getting one of the highest salary in India, Fresh pilot salary is around Rs 1.5  Lakh per moth for domestic airlines. Salary moves up rapidly with year of experience and on the international route. Experienced pilot on international route can get 5-6 lakh Rupees per month as salary.

To become a pilot, aspirants need to join Air flying schools after completion of 10+2, they should pass the 10+2 exam with physic, chemistry, math. Minimum marks should be 50%.


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Here is some of the flying schools for training in flying from where SPL, PPL, and CPL training can be completed:

  • Madhya pradesh Flying Club –
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Flying Training Institute, Behala, Calcutta
  • Government Aviation Training Institute, Civil aerodrome, Bhubaneswar
  • Karnal Aviation Club, Kunjpura Road, Karnal, Haryana
  • Government Flying Club, Aerodrome, Lucknow
  • School of Aviation Science and Technology, Delhi Flying Club Ltd, New Delhi
  • State Civil Aviation, UP Govt Flying Training Center Kanpur and Varanasi
  • Rajasthan State Flying School, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur
  • Govt Flying Training School Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore
  • Andra Pradesh Flying Club Hydrabad Airport, Hydrabad
  • Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Airport, Guwahati
  • Bihar Flying Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Patna, Bihar (More details are here)

This link will help you to choose a good flying school :-

They need to clear the entrance test exam of the flying schools in India, they also need to clear the physical fitness (Which is tough one). Only totally fit person can get opportunity to get admission in flying schools.

The cost of education is very high, it is around Rs 20- 25 lakh. Many banks can give loan up to 50%.

After completion of education, they get the licence of pilot. Airlines companies hires the successful candidates as trainee.

The salary of trainee is less. After successful completion of training periods they are posted as pilot.

Even after becoming commercial pilot, they need regular medical check up, any problem in health can cause cancellation of the license of the pilot. To read more about medical test click this link :

So, over all, job as a pilot is too challenging as well as very high rewarding .

Don’t confuse with the job of pilot of Indian air Force. IAF pilot is selected through NDA exam, training is free and pay is based on Indian gov salary (Air Force) which is around 40-50 K Rs per moth. IAF pilot can not to leave their job to become commercial pilot easily.


This picture was taken in 2004 during my flying training in Madhya Pradesh Flying Club in India (Indore)

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