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This programme is for people with the unrestricted right to live and work in India

This programme is for people with the unrestricted right to live and work in India

Programme Type
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

Type Rating training


CAE is proud to partner with IndiGo in the delivery of a new pathway for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme – International Pathway. Selected cadets will train across two of CAE’s academies in India and the USA. This self-sponsored International Pathway is jointly designed by CAE and IndiGo to enable you to train for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and an Airbus A320 Type Rating with CAE before going on to fly as an A320 First Officer with IndiGo.

Course Outline

The unique IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme is specifically designed for individuals with no previous flying experience who would like to embark on a career as a pilot.

The programme comprises two phases of training.

Phase 1 - Commercial Pilot License with ME IR (CPL ME IR)

Domestic Pathway

  Footprint Total Duration
Ground Theory 750 Hrs. 4 months

Total Flight Training – DGCA CPL

(Single & Multi-Engine)

200 Hrs.

14 months

Simulator Training

30 Hrs.

International Pathway

  Footprint Total Duration
Ground Theory 750 Hrs. 4 months

Total Flight Training – FAA CPL

(Single & Multi-Engine)

200 Hrs. 14 months

Conversion Training – DGCA CPL

10 Hrs. 2 weeks

Phase 2 – A320 Type Rating with Jet Introduction Training (JIT) & Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)

JIT & MCC Footprint  Total Duration
Ground School 5 Days

70 Days

 Simulator 32 Hrs.
 A 320 Type Rating
 Ground School 12 Days
 CPT 36 Hrs.
 Simulator  44 Hrs.

The above training duration are excluding but not limited to DGCA licensing, visa applications, weather disruptions and remedials that might extend the duration of the cadet training.

Course Fee
Phase Price*


(Course fee includes additional conversion training cost for the International Pathway)

(USD 56,000 – USD 100,000)
A320 Type Rating USD 31,500


What’s included?

  • Uniform
  • Transportation between campus and the training airport during CPL training.
  • Training Material
  • 24/7 medical nurse support available at campus
  • Accommodation during Flight Training for International Pathway.
  • Meal during Flight Training for International Pathway.
  • Medical insurance during Flight Training for International Pathway.

Note: These items will be included in during your CPL, MEIR training phase

What’s not included?

  • Medical certificates
  • Visa Charges
  • Accommodation (Domestic Pathway)
  • Food (Domestic Pathway)
  • DGCA Exam Fees
  • Other license charges

Need more information about funding?

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the IndiGo Programme:

  • Must be between 18 and 32 years of age
  • Have a valid passport and the unrestricted right to live and work in India, with the ability to travel unrestricted worldwide
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • Able to obtain and maintain Indian DGCA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Minimum education qualification: 10+2 with minimum score of 51% / Grade Point 6 / Grade C1 – individually in each subject i.e. Physics / Mathematics / English or a higher degree in these subjects with minimum of 51%*
    • Note-Engineering graduate with 51% or more aggregate exempt from score requirements for Physics and Mathematics in 10+2.

* Candidates not possessing an Indian Class 1 medical can apply for the IndiGo Programme with a Class II medical, however they must possess an Indian Class 1 medical prior to commencing on the Programme.

Please click here to download the checklist for the necessary document submission

Assessment & Selection

If you meet all the entry requirements you can submit your application. Our team will review and verify your application IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program and if all the entry criteria are met you will be invited to undertake the CASS assessment tests with our assessment centre.

Stage 1: Online Assessment test

This assessment day will cover:

  • Computer-based testing
  • Pilot aptitude, including hand/eye co-ordination motor skills and spatial awareness
  • Academic, mathematical and technical capacity
  • A multiple-choice test of technical reasoning
  • A dynamic multi-task test

Stage 2: Group activity

Once you have passed the initial online assessment test, you will be invited to a group activity assessment that will be conducted in the presence of a selection panel from IndiGo. This will test will assess your communication skills and team coordination.

Stage 3: Personal interview

The next stage is a 1-to-1 personal interview with the IndiGo selection panel.

Upon successfully completing the entire assessment process, we will share the assessment results with you and then will invite you a LOI signing event.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any other questions on the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program, download our FAQs or contact our team (listed on the right hand side of this page)

NOTICE: Intakes for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme are temporarily on hold. Register your interest below for when intake resumes!
CAE Gondia
National Flying Training Institute (NFTI), c/o Airport Authority of India, Birsi Airport, PO Paraswada, Gondia, 441-614, Maharashtra, India
9545457558 / 9545456266 / 9545456143
[email protected]

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