IndiGo Cadet Pilot training programs features and fees in India and abroad

Are you looking for information on the cadet pilot training program of IndiGo airlines? This article provides complete information on the NZICPA-IndiGo and the Skyborne-IndiGo pilot training programs for freshers who wish to acquire a commercial pilot license. The programs are held in phases in India and abroad. Details of the phases, program fees, eligibility requirements, and the application procedure have been provided.

For those aspiring to touch the sky in the pilot's seat, IndiGo is providing pilot training programs in India where you start as a cadet and subsequently navigate a career path to the position of a Second Officer, then a First Officer and finally get your Captain's stripes to fly a commercial plane. Let's have a look at two of these programs.

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[Image source: IndiGo cadet pilot training program official website]

NZICPA-IndiGo training program

Under this program, you get training across three nations, namely India, New Zealand, and UAE. On successful completion of this training program, you get employed as Junior First Officer with IndiGo Airlines on their Airbus A320. In case you have been rejected earlier for any IndiGo cadet pilot training program, then you can apply again only after a three-month gap.

Program features

The first phase of the cadet pilot training program includes the application and selection process with a contract with IndiGo. This phase of 12 weeks will include ground theory for DGCA exams, IELTS coaching, assistance with Visa documentation, assistancee with accommodation, etc.

In the second phase covering 68 weeks, you move to New Zealand for pilot training at the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy (NZICPA). This part of the program is to acquire a commercial pilot license, with a multi-engine instrument rating as well. Then you return to India in the third phase to convert the CAA NZ license to a DGCA-approved one. This part of the process will take approximately 16 weeks to complete.

You will then head to the Etihad Training Academy in UAE for Airbus 320 type rating. This includes Jet Orientation Training (JOT), Multi Crew Coordination/Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC), Aircraft All Weather Operations (AWOPS), and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT). This fourth phase will take eight weeks. The rating will later need to get an endorsement in India.

Once the entire program is completed successfully, you will be inducted as Cockpit crew on an IndiGo flight.


Refer to the tables below, the images of which are taken from the official website, to know the break-up of fees for each of the phases of training -

Phase A and B
NZICPA IndiGo Pilot Training Program Phase A and B Fees

Phase C and D
NZICPA IndiGo Pilot Training Program Phase C and D Fees

Who can apply

Nationality: Only Indian nationals or those with Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status having a valid passport, with full working rights and having security clearance are eligible to apply.

Age criteria: You should be minimum 18 years of age and maximum 32 years of age as on the last date of application at the time of selection for Phase 1 of the program.

Educational qualification: You should have passed 10+2 with minimum 51% or have scored Grade Point 6/Grade C-1 individually in each subject of Physics, Mathematics, and English. Also acceptable is a valid higher Degree in these subjects with a minimum of 51% in the qualifying Degree exam.

Medical status: You should possess DGCA Class 2 medical certificate (refer to the link given later in this article for the other training program).

Where to register and apply: Applications will be accepted after indicating your interest at the official website of the IndiGo cadet pilot training program. You can also check out details at

Contact: For any queries call Toll Free 1800 121 00 00 03 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email:

Skyborne-IndiGo program

Earlier this year, IndiGo launched a collaborative venture with Skyborne to select and provide training for potential pilots at Westwind School of Aeronautics in Deer Valley, Phoenix, USA. The IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program provides you with the opportunity to join IndiGo as an A320 First Officer.

At the outset, it should be noted by aspiring cadets that this is an Ab-Initio program only for those with little or no flying experience. If you are already having a current license, then you cannot apply for the program. However, those who have completed only the DGCA written exam are permitted to apply for the cadet pilot training program.

Program features

The 18-month program is covered over three phases. The first phase of 13 months will be the course program for US FAA 141 CPL MEIR (instrument rating for multi engine aircraft) in Arizona, USA. It includes CPL IR Flight training on the Cessna 172 (224 hours), MEIR Flight training on the DA-42 (20 hours) and Simulator training (30 hours).

The second phase spanning two months necessitates the conversion of US FAA CPL MEIR to DGCA CPL MEIR. This will be done in India through a flight test of DGCA and only on successful completion of this phase, will you move on to phase three. The last phase of three months, at a location to be fixed on completion of the CPL phase, will combine a Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC) and a DGCA approved Type Rating on the Airbus A320.


There is no fee to apply for the IndiGo Cadet Programme with Skyborne. However, candidates who are invited to attend the assessment center in Gurgaon will be charged £235 to do so. Please refer to the official brochure to know the fees for the various phases of the training program -

Who can apply

Passport and Visa requirements: In case you do not have a valid passport, you will be allowed to participate in the selection program provided you get a valid passport before starting the program. The passport should enable you to live and work anywhere in India and also travel to any destination in the world. Additionally, you should be eligible to hold an American Visa for study purposes.

Nationality: You must be an Indian national or have OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) status.

Age criteria: You must be aged 18-32 on the first day of the selection process.

Academic qualification: You should have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 51% in each English, Maths, and Physics. You may be exempt from having the criteria for Maths and/or Physics if you hold a higher Degree in Maths and/or Physics with a score of 51% and above, or you are holding an engineering Degree with 51% and above marks.

Note that if you do not have the subject criteria, you can pursue the subjects via the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) program and the NIOS results will be accepted.

Language skills: You must be fluent in English, both written and spoken. You must have sufficient proficiency to achieve IELTS level 5.5 minimum, or equivalent English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) test score.

Fitness You must be healthy and physically fit, with a
DGCA medical certificate and a USFAA Class 1 Aviation medical certificate prior to the start of the training program. It is mandatory to complete a minimum of an Indian (DGCA) Class II Aviation Medical for selection. Those who do not have this certification can arrange to have at least a Class II Medical in conjunction with the application.

Where to apply: Apply at the official website of the Skyborne-IndiGo training program.

Contact: You can make inquiries through the online contact form at

Advisory note to applicants: You should be aware that there is a possibility in the escalation of fees and expenses as per the requirements of the training program. Hence it is advisable to have sufficient funds ready and confirm clearly what are the inclusions and exclusions for the cadet pilot training program which you will enrol in. You could consider taking a loan to fund your training program through SBI Education Loans for Pilot Training.

All the best for your dream to touch the sky!

Article by Vandana
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