We all want to fly high. But, literally, how many of you want to ‘fly high’? Well, the simple question is: Do you wish to make a career as a pilot?


If yes, this page is for you. In this blog, we delve into what Commercial Pilot License training is, its eligibility criteria, course duration, career opportunities, salary packages, and more.


Let’s get started.

What is CPL Ground Training?

Well, before we go to the training side of it, let’s understand what CPL, Commercial Pilot License, is all about.


The way you need a driving license for a two-wheeler and four-wheeler, you must have a license for flying airplanes too. Another close analogy is with the medical profession. Just like doctors need a license to practice, a commercial pilot also needs one. That said, a Commercial Pilot License is a type of pilot license offered by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA)  that authorizes the holder to act as a pilot of an aircraft and be paid for their work. 


Now, to achieve the goal of becoming a commercial pilot, you must undergo professional training. The CPL ground training is essentially the theoretical/academic classes on various subjects conducted at the flying schools or institutions.

What are the eligibility criteria for CPL?

You must fulfill certain criteria to be eligible for the training. They include:


  • You must be at least 18 years old at the time of issuance of the License.. 
  • You must have completed 10 + 2 education.
  • You must have physics and mathematics as compulsory subjects in 10 + 2.
  • Commerce and Arts students need to appear for On-Demand-Exams for Physics and Mathematics through NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) or any other recognized open board.
  • You must qualify for two medical tests.Medical Class II and Medical Class I.

What is the admission process to CPL?

Admission to CPL Ground classes is fairly simple. All you need to do is select a good Ground school, based on the services they offer. take a demo class and if the candidate likes the demo class, then can go ahead with admission. 

How to select CPL Ground School/Institute?

There are few pointers one must go through to finalize the School/Institute. For example:-

  • Experience of Instructors
  • Services like Computer number assistance, Medical Assistance and Accommodation assistance.
  • Study Material is being provided or not.
  • Number of students in a batch.
  • Whether students are allowed to have One-on-One sessions with instructors
  • Guidance after ground classes in finalizing the Flying school
  • Airline Preparatory classes after getting CPL and before going for Airline Interviews.

What is the CPL Ground fee structure?

The CPL fee structure varies from institute to institute depending on various factors like training faculties, facilities, and other infrastructure. The course fee ranges between INR 1 Lakh and INR 3 lakhs depending on the institutes.

What is the course duration?

Commercial Pilot License (CPL) training takes 5-8 months to clear the DGCA exams and to ensure a candidate is prepared for the next phase of training – Flying.

What is the CPL course curriculum?

The CPL course offers in-depth knowledge of aircraft operations, systems, how to navigate from point A to point B, understanding the earth’s atmosphere and rules and regulations a pilot has to adhere to. There are several subjects covered in the syllabus with the approval of DGCA to support the thorough understanding of essential concepts. These subjects include-

  • Air Navigation
  • Air Regulation
  • Technical General
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Radio Telephony
  • Technical Specific


What are CPL Career Opportunities?

The airline industry offers lucrative career opportunities to CPL holders. Once you get the license, you stand a chance to be recruited by top-notch airlines being operated in India. Apart from airlines, a CPL license holder can also be recruited in Aviation companies who are into Charter flight ,help and rescue operations, As a flight instructor in a Flight training organization,  as a CPL Ground Instructor

How is Career Growth in an Airline?

Upon completion of CPL Training (Ground and Flying) and getting Commercial Pilot License (CPL), candidates have to appear for the Airline Interviews. If selected through such Interviews, said candidates are hired as a Trainee Pilots, also known as Second officers. 

Next career growth comes in the form of being promoted as a First officer and this is when the Pilot starts operating the flights under and by the left side of the Captain of the aircraft. 

Once the first officer completes 1600 flying hours and has received ATPL (Airline transport pilot license), He/She becomes eligible for becoming a Captain.

What is a CPL Holder’s Salary?

Commercial Pilot License holder salaries vary across companies and are commensurate with your experience as a CPL holder. Depending upon market conditions, Airlines financial health, you can earn anywhere between INR 1.5 Lakhs and INR 3 Lakhs per month. Apart from the salary, a commercial pilot enjoys some other perks, including –


  • 1000 working hours in a year
  • Free pick up and drop
  • Free food
  • Free tickets to travel anywhere in the world for family.
  • Free stay in five-star hotels on stayovers
  • Free medical insurance
  • Prestige in the society

And much more!

Closing thoughts

Commercial Pilot Licence training holds immense potential and offers a lot of scope for the aspirants. Once you secure the license, an ocean of opportunities opens up, and the sky’s the limit. In addition to a handsome salary package with top airline companies, you gain a lot of prestige and respect among your family and society.


Join us here and take the world in your stride.

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