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Best Aviation Courses in Top Training Institutes (Part 1)

Are you looking for a job-oriented course after class 12? Aviation courses offer employment opportunities. This article provides relevant information on job-oriented aviation courses and details of institutes with the best placement records. Also, find info on eligibility.

If life gives you wings, a career in aviation makes you fly. Cliché as it may sound, there is no denying the truth behind this statement. Aviation is a field that opens a plethora of career options. Be it working on the ground as an air ticketing staff or flying in the skies as a flight attendant. 'What does air ticketing staff do?' you may ask. Read the details of air ticketing job profile and acquaint yourself.

The aviation industry is flourishing. Over the years, the number of people who have taken to flying has increased many folds, especially post the introduction of budget airlines. Overseas travel is on the rise too, and the best mode of transportation to a foreign country is no doubt and aircraft.

There has been a spurt of new airlines, joining the business, and existing airlines adding more planes to the fleet and newer destinations on their map. The aviation industry has always been appealing in terms of employment, offering attractive remuneration and perks and a promising and glamorous lifestyle. Travelling and flying, on the job, are its most significant bonuses.

This article throws light on various aviation institutes, that offer a range of programmes to help aspirants start a career in this line. The shortlisted institutions offer only aviation-based programmes. They also have placement cells to ensure that accomplished candidates are picked by recruiters, on completion of the course.

Eligibility criteria for aviation courses

The best aspect of aviation courses is that they are job-oriented programmes. Candidates are trained and made ready for specific roles in the industry. They develop skillsets during training and are hence employable, straight after training.

  • Education qualification: Technical courses require a minimum qualification of 10+2, with 50% scored in Physics, Chemistry and Maths, in +2
  • Age limit: Candidates must be aged between 17-24 years to be eligible for the entrance test

Best aviation institutions in India

We have collated the best aviation colleges, from across the country. The institutions listed here have an excellent track record, regarding the standard of training, course material, infrastructure, faculty and placements.

Indian Institute of Aeronautics (New Delhi)

Indian Institute of Aeronautics official website proudly announces that 50% of the technical workforce in the industry is an alumina of colleges belonging to its group of institutions. That itself speaks highly of the institution. It is one of the oldest Aeronautics institutions in the country, and approved by the Govt., and recognised by every entity in India's aviation industry. It stands out primarily for its reputation for campus placements with leading aviation groups.

Courses offered

The Indian Institute of Aeronautics offers a 3-year long programme in Aviation Maintenance Engineering (AME). It is a professional course that balances theoretical classes with practical hands-on experience. Two-and-a-half years of the programme are dedicated to theory classes and practical training, and 6-months are devoted entirely to on-the-job training.

The latter instils tremendous confidence in students and makes them professionally adept. At the end of the course, students earn the basic AME License (BMEL), proffered by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) of the Govt. of India.

  • Educational Qualification: Aspiring candidates must have completed 10+2 with PCM or done a diploma course in electrical, mechanical and electronics from a competent institution
  • Course fee: The annual fee for the programme is Rs. 1,70,667 and works to Rs. 5,12,001 for the entire course
  • Recruiters: Each year, the best company's in the industry recruit students from the AME batch. Prestigious names in the industry such as the Indian Air Force, Honeywell, Air India and Bell have hired students from IIA

Website: Indian Institute of Aeronautics – New Delhi

Indian Institute of Aeronautics Science (Jamshedpur)

The Indian Institute of Aeronautics Science – Jamshedpur is recognised by the DGCA to offer a License Course for Maintenance and Certification of aircraft. It is a three-year full-time course, and admission takes place in July each year.

  • Education Qualification: Candidates desirous of joining the course should have qualified 10+2 with PCM, with an aggregate of 50%. Alternatively, they should have a degree or diploma in any engineering branch with a 50% aggregate
  • Age Limit: Candidates must be between 17-24 years of age
  • Admission Test: Aspirants must register for a qualifying exam, conducted annually pan India. Admissions are merit-based, depending on the marks scored in the written test. Candidates may also seek admission through the management quota, which is a paid seat. 20% of seats are reserved under this scheme, while another 20% of the seats are reserved for girl students
  • Course Fees: The tuition fees for girls is Rs. 76,000 per annum and Rs. 95,000 for the boys for the same period. Meritorious students can receive scholarship
  • Recruiters: The best names in the aviation industry hire students from the institute. They include private aircraft owners, Govt., units and other commercial airlines

Website: Indian Institute of Aeronautics Science (Jamshedpur)

Indian Institute for Aeronautical Engineering and information (Pune)

Established in 2001 the aviation institute has come to be recognised among the best aviation colleges in the country. Computer-based lessons and improved and current study programmes are the institution's primary forte. Additionally, the institute has experienced and qualified faculty and well-appointed labs.

Courses offered

Presently the institution is offering four courses in aviation. These are –
  • BTech, Aerospace Engineering: This is a four-year degree programme. However, candidates with a Diploma in Engineering are admitted directly into the second year of the programmes (lateral admission), provided they meet the eligibility factors
  • Integrated programme: This dual programme offers a Diploma in mechanical engineering along with the B Tech Aerospace Engineering degree
  • BSc. Aviation Administration: An undergraduate degree programme
  • BSc. Aeronautics (course affiliated to the University of Mumbai)


  • Admission to the B.Tech. Degree is based on the scores in class 12, and the results of the Entrance Test, conducted by Sandip University
  • Students should have mandatorily studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in +2
  • General category students should have scored at least 45% in +2 and candidates belonging to the reserved category should have obtained a minimum of 40%
  • General category students seeking admission through lateral entry should have secured minimum 50% marks in the diploma course and the reserved category candidates should have secured minimum 45%

Placement cell

The institute's placement cell affords opportunities for its alumina to find employment with some of the most reputed names in the industry. Companies, where past students were offered jobs, are L&T, Gas Turbine Research Establishment, HAL, HiTech, TVS Group, National Aeronautical Laboratory, Sulzer India Ltd., Safran Engineering and many more.

Check the website for more details: Indian Institute for Aeronautical Engineering and information (Pune)

Indian Aviation Academy (Mumbai)

An ISO 9001:2000 institution, the Indian Aviation Academy is the most trusted name in aviation training. The academy was started by the dynamic and highly accomplished Rizwan Kadri, who has 25 years' experience in the aviation industry. He has held senior management positions in some of the top international airlines and brings to the table his years of expertise.

Courses offered

  • Airline Fares and E-Ticketing: Is a Virgin Atlantic approved course. Minimum qualification is 10+2
  • Airline passenger Services and Airport Management: A job-oriented course, which is approved by IATA. Good command of the English language is a prerequisite. Education qualification is 10+2/graduation
  • Aviation Management: A year-long intensive course in Airline passenger services, Aviation security, Airlines fares and E-ticketing, Cabin crew and in-flight services, Cargo and ramp operations, CRM, Management skills. Candidates must be 10+2 or graduates
  • Aviation security awareness courses: Minimum education requirement 10+2
  • Cabin crew and in-flight services: An IATA approved course. Age requirement is 17-27. Eligibility 10+2 or graduate
  • Basic Flight Dispatch: The course entails intensive training in DGCA Regulations, Air Traffic Control System, Meteorology, Aircraft Systems & Performance, Global Navigation Systems and Emergency etc. Minimum qualification is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Maths
  • Commercial Pilot License: Applicants must undergo a medical test, through DGCA and FAA approved medical centres

Website: Indian Aviation Academy (Mumbai)

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