Pilot Training based entrance exam, applicable to the RAGAAT – PPL, CPL and Ground Class Only courses, for students who want to join the course to obtain licenses and become commercial pilots.

RAGAAT (Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation and Technology) is one of the premier institutes of the country that provides courses for aspiring Pilots. It is situated in Trivandrum, Kerala. It is owned by the Government of Kerala and is approved by the DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation). It offers the following courses:

A Private Pilot License course for 1 year (PPL).

A Private Pilot License + Commercial Pilot License course for 3 years (CPL).

A Ground Classes course (PPL level) only for 6 months.

Apart from the above courses, it also offers training for a Student Pilot License course and a Flight Radio Telephone Operators’ License course. Candidates are admitted to the above courses through a 3 stage selection procedure which includes a written examination, an interview and a pilot aptitude test. You will only be selected if you qualify in all the three stages. It is a very competitive examination as the number of seats available is very small compared to the amount of applicants.

For the Commercial Pilot License course, there are a total of 10 seats available. The reservation for SC/ST candidates is as per Govt. norms. There are 5 seats (each) available for the PPL as well as the Ground Classes only course. Please keep in mind that you will only be admitted if you qualify all the three stages of the entrance test and pass the medical examination conducted by the DGCA, New Delhi.

What are the eligibility criteria?

You should be an Indian citizen.

For the CPL (Commercial Pilot License) course, you should have passed your Class 12th or equivalents examinations with English, Physics and Math as your main subjects from a recognized board.

Also, you should not have scored not less than 45% aggregate in the above 3 subjects.

You will also be eligible for the CPL course if you have appeared for your Class 12th or equivalent examinations in the same year as the entrance exam, provided that you can submit your mark sheet before the commencement of flying.

For the PPL (Private Pilot License) and the Ground Classes only course, you should have passed your Class 10th or equivalent examinations with English as one of your main subjects. Also, you should have scored not less than 60% on an aggregate.

It is to be kept in mind that candidates who have a graduate degree in Math/Physics/B.E/B.Tech will be preferred and given a 10% weightage.

Fluency in English is a major plus for admission into either of the above courses.

You should not be not less than 17 years of age as on the 30th of June of the year of admission.

For any further information, please visit the following website: http://www.rajivgandhiacademyforaviationtechnology.org

How to apply?

Application forms and the prospectus are available on the following website: http://www.rajivgandhiacademyforaviationtechnology.org

Once you download the application form, please take a print out and fill the form carefully.

You will have to paste a recent color photograph of yours on the form and sign the form.

Please note that you will have to get your form signed by a parent/guardian as well.

Enclose 2 recent passport size photographs of yours along with a Demand Draft of the specified amount in favor of the ‘Executive Vice Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Academy for AviationTechnology, Thiruvananthapuram’, payable at Thiruvananthapuram.

Please note that you will have to write your name and date of birth on the reverse of the demand draft and the enclosed photographs.

Please send the completed application form, along with the Demand draft, photographs and attested photocopies of necessary documents ( Birth Certificate, 10th and 12th mark sheet, Caste certificate) at the following address:

Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology
‘Radhasree’, TC No: 36/1200(1&2)
Enchakkal, Vallakkadavu P.O
Thiruvananthapuram- 695 008
Kerala, India

For any further information, please visit: http://www.rajivgandhiacademyforaviationtechnology.org

What is the pattern of the examination?

Candidates are selected on the basis of a 3 Stage selection procedure that includes a written test examination, an Interview and a Pilot Aptitude Test.

The first stage of the procedure is the written examination. It consists of Objective type questions in the multiple choice format. Each question will have four options with only one correct answer.

The written examination will look to test you on your knowledge in the following subjects: Physics, Math, English, Geography, IQ and General Awareness (including aviation).

The duration of the written test will be 3 hours.

You will only qualify in the written examination if you score more than 50%.

Candidates who qualify in the written test will have to appear for an interview.

In the interview, you will have to submit all original documents of your qualifications including your birth certificate, caste certificate, 10th and 12th mark sheet etc.

The interview will aim to test you on your ability to communicate, think quickly and make wise decisions. Please keep in mind that a parent/guardian has to be present at the time of the interview.

Candidates who pass in the interview will have to appear for a Pilot Aptitude Test.

The Pilot Aptitude Test will look to evaluate you on your ability to read instruments, your reflexes, control over your movements and the ability to stay calm during extreme situations.

Candidates who qualify in the Pilot Aptitude Test will be subjected to a medical examination conducted by the DGCA.

The admissions will be based on the merit list that will be created keeping in mind your performance in all the three stages and the medical exam report. Please keep in mind that you will only be admitted if you pass in all the stages and the DGCA medical exam considers you fit for flying.

Please keep visiting the following website regularly for important dates, results and admit cards:


What are the prospects?

The Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation and Training (RAGAAT) is one of the prestigious and reputed flying training institutes in the country. Located in Trivandrum, Kerala, it provides students with excellent infrastructural facilities to learn how to fly aircrafts and earn licenses. The examination helps you gain entry into one of the only flying training institutes in India. Please keep in mind that the exam is very competitive. Licenses are sanctioned by the Director General of Civil Aviation, New Delhi. The training will be conducted at the Trivandrum International Airport and other airports as and when required.

Important Dates for the RAGAAT Entrance Exam 2013:

Last Date of Receipt of Application Forms


Date of Written Entrance Exam


Candidate Should Not Be Less Than 17 By


Interview and Pilot Aptitude Test

July - August

Date of Reporting for Admission


Course Commences From


Pilot Training Entrance

Entrance Exam


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