How to become a Pilot in India after 12th if you had Commerce or Arts

How to become a Pilot in India after 12th if you had Commerce or Arts

How to become a Pilot in India after 12th standard even if you had Commerce or Arts

Ever dreamt of an office at 36,000 feet with the best views in the world? If you guessed it right we are talking about choosing Airline Pilot as your career. Many of us had a childhood dream somewhere to wear the Captain’s uniform and fly that mighty bird but many times the goal seems unreachable. Along with various reasons, one of the most prominent ones which we hear most often is that you
can’t be a pilot if you had Commerce or Arts in your 12th standard.

Time to break this myth it’s a complete hoax. If you are also one of the aspiring pilots trapped in this web of lie and confused about whether to follow your dream or not this blog is for you. Here we are going to tell you how you can pursue commercial pilot training despite having commerce or arts in your 12th class.

DGCA Requirements-

As directly quoted on the DGCA website on requirements for the issue of Commercial Pilot License- “He shall have passed class ten plus two with Physics and Mathematics or its equivalent examination from a recognized Board / University.” The candidate aspiring to become a commercial pilot must have Mathematics and Physics in his class 12 or have passed the equivalent subject papers from a
recognized board or university. Even if you didn’t have Mathematics, Physics in your class 12 you can sit for the exams individually through open schooling and clear them. This is where NIOS (National Institute

Of Open Schooling) comes to play. NIOS is directly constituted under the Ministry Of HRD and stands as the third-largest board after CBSE and ICSE with equal weightage, which is recognized by DGCA.

Allotment of Computer Number-

A computer number is a unique identification number for each pilot which is issued by the CEO (Central Examination Organisation) and required by DGCA. To apply for the allotment of a computer number along with several other documents a verification certificate is needed. Verification certificates for subjects passed under the NIOS board can be easily availed online on the NIOS website or from the NIOS headquarters in NOIDA by paying a nominal fee of INR 200.

Applying for NIOS Exams-

The National Institute of Open Schooling conducts “ON DEMAND EXAMINATIONS” of various subjects both for the Secondary and Senior Secondary level. To be eligible to apply for the exams an admission under the NIOS board is required. The “ON DEMAND
EXAMS” are conducted by NIOS throughout the year in fixed months. Pass results and certificates are published online as well as dispatched to all the regional centers. Aspiring pilots need to sit for the Senior Secondary Level exam of Mathematics( Subcode 311) and Physics( Subcode 312) by applying through the NIOS online portal according to DGCA guidelines and secure pass marks. The verification certificate for the same can be collected from NIOS headquarters in Noida or through an online portal by paying nominal fees. For more

information on admission under the NIOS board please visit the NIOS website.


Hope the above article busts all the myths regarding Commercial Pilot Training for the ones having commerce or arts in their 12th standard and gives them a clearer picture about the whole scenario. For any queries regarding How To Become A Pilot In India, admission procedures under the NIOS board or how to apply for the NIOS exams feel free to contact us at or visit us at
Wishing you all the best in your Commercial Pilot License training. Happy landings.

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