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IndiGo Frequently Asked Questions


IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program


Can I join if I have a diploma, without 51% in 10+2?

In case the candidate has scored less than 51% in 10+2 he/she cannot be considered for the program even if he has completed a diploma with higher score.

Note: The eligibility criteria of 10+2 with 51% individually in Physics and Maths can be overlooked if someone has graduated with Physics and Maths with 51% and above, or Engineering with 55% and above. If you do not meet this requirement, you can pursue these subjects at the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

Can my training be terminated once I start a course?

Yes. Even though a candidate must successfully complete a stringent selection process in order to be accepted into a course, this is merely an indication of the likelihood whether they will pass the course and no guarantee that a student will complete the course. The course is a competency based program and requires aptitude and dedication by the candidate to demonstrate to the training team that you are capable of meeting the various competencies. Needless to say, FTA’s instructors will give you the necessary training to achieve the competencies, but should your instructor and ultimately the Director of Training feel that you are not capable of achieving the necessary skill level, then FTA will recommend course termination.

Do I need a valid passport?

Yes. In case a candidate does not have a valid passport, he / she will be allowed to participate in the selection program but the candidate will need a valid passport on starting the program.

Do I sign a bond with IndiGo?

IndiGo does not sign a bond with the candidate, instead it is called a training agreement which will be for 5 years from the time a candidate joins IndiGo as Junior First Officer.

How can I prepare for Stage 2 – PILAPT?

It is in your best interest not to prepare for the PILAPT test. This test was designed to identify whether you have the basic aptitude to successfully complete your course of training with FTA. Preparing for the test will increase the risk of masking your true aptitude (Natural ability to meet the competencies required to pass the course).

The consequence of this is you will be selected to attend the course based on an a misleading PILAPT result, which means you are at greater risk of failing the course. If you are selected based on this result, an increased risk of failure while on course could ultimately cost you a lot of money for no reward and no future job with IndiGo.

Although it is highly recommended you do the test without prior preparation, that does not mean you cannot test with FTA if you have done the test before. For your own benefit please just inform FTA’s appointed tester so we can take that into account when assessing your test result.

I have an non-Australian pilot licence, can my previous training count towards the cadet program?

No. All successful candidates will need to start from the beginning.

Is the job guaranteed?

All candidates that successfully complete the course are absorbed in IndiGo as Junior First Officers. So far 100 cadets have completed an IndiGo cadet program.

Shall I complete written exams, RTR, medical prior to start of the program?

We do not encourage any candidate to complete CPL exams or RTR prior to commencing the program. It is an airline cadet program and not an individual CPL course. However, it may be prudent to get a medical done early in the process for obvious reasons.

What are the age limits?

Candidates need to be between 18 and 32 years at Stage 1 of selection.

What are the agreements involved?
  • Between Provider and IndiGo. This is the TSA.
  • Between the candidate and IndiGo HR, whereby the candidate agrees to join IndiGo after completion of the program and work for a minimum period of 5 years + with their ‘sureties’ and UDC.
  • And between the cadet and the training provider.
What are the payment schedules for the Indigo Cadet Program?
What are the payment terms for the Indigo Cadet Program?

Phase 1 – DGCA Ground Theory (India)

Course Duration – 3 Months – 1 Instalment Payment:

  • 1 Instalment due two weeks prior to commencement of Phase 1

Phase 2 – CPL and MECIR (Australia)

Course Duration – 46 weeks – 8 Instalment Payments:

  • 1st  Instalment due four weeks from commencement of Phase 1
  • 2nd Instalment due two weeks prior to commencement of Phase 2
  • Instalments 3 to 8 due at specified periods throughout Phase 2

Phase 3 – MCC & Type Rating (Australia)

Course Duration – 11 weeks – 2 Instalment Payments:

  • 1st  Instalment due two weeks prior to commencement of Phase 3
  • 2nd Instalment due on 1st Day of Week 5 of training Phase 3

Phase 4 – Licence Conversion Flying Module (India)

Course Duration – 2 Months – 1 Instalment Payment:

  • 1 Instalment due two weeks prior to commencement of Phase 4
When do I submit the undated cheque of 30 lakhs (UDC)?

This is part of the agreement with IndiGo, the candidate will need to submit an undated cheque of 30 lacs, which could be en-cashed by IndiGo if the candidate does not complete 5 years with IndiGo after joining us.

Where is the licence conversion done?

Licence conversion will be in India. Cadets must pass ground exams and flight tests.

Which class medical certification should I have before the course starts?
  • Prior to departing for Adelaide, you should be in possession of a valid Indian DGCA class 1 medical certificate with no limitations. Please see list of approved DGCA Medial Centres here
  • Prior to the flying component of your CPL course in Adelaide, you will be required to hold a valid CASA class 1 medical. FTA will organise the class 1 medical license on your arrival at FTA’s facilities.

* Please note that cost of the Indian Class 1 medical license is at your own expense. Cost of attaining the CASA class 1 medical licence is included in your course price.

Will I need to stay at the FTA campus for the duration of the course?

Yes, it is an IndiGo requirement that students stay at the FTA Campus for the full duration of the course.

Will I receive a stipend during the training program?

Yes, a stipend will be given as follows:

  • INR 15000/- per month per cadet during the CPL phase
  • INR 25000/- per month per pilot after CPL phase till Type Rating. After Type Rating as they get employed – the terms and compensation will be per contract

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