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A Pilot aspirant on joining a Flying Training Institute
will undergo three stages of written/ Oral examinations as given below and a minimum of 200 hours flying training to acquire a Commercial Pilot License (CPL).

1. Student Pilot License (SPL)- Conducted by the Flying Training Institute where the candidate is admitted. This is an Oral examination and covers the following subjects.

  • Air Regulations
  • Air Navigation
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Technical General
  • Specific Aircraft

2. Private Pilot License (PPL) – Written Examinations conducted by DGCA. An SPL holder with 10 hours of flying training is eligible to appear in PPL written Examinations.

3. Commercial Pilot License (CPL) - Written Examinations conducted by DGCA. An SPL holder with 50 hours of flying training or qualified PPL written examinations is eligible to appear in CPL written Examinations.

SPL Examinations are conducted every month and PPL/CPL examinations are conducted four times a year i.e January, April, July and October in a calendar year. The subjects for written papers are same as mentioned in SPL examinations with a comprehensive level of knowledge.

Note : The pass mark for all written examinations conducted by DGCA is 70%.
The examination schedule for the current year published by DGCA is available under the title AVIATION NEWS.