Chimes Aviation academy (CAA) and IndiGo have partnered to launch the Cadet Pilot Program (CPP) to source their Junior Flying Officers (JFOs). This program is designed to train aspiring pilots selected by IndiGo to attain their Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL-MEIR) and A320 Type Rating.

Course Outline

The CAA IndiGo CPP caters to individuals with no previous flying experience, and who would like to make their careers as a pilot with IndiGo. This program consists of Ground School training to appear for the DGCA and WPC exams, Flying and Type Rating training for the cadets over a comprehensive full-time 20-month Program which includes DGCA documentation and endorsements.


Chimes Aviation Academy (CAA) is one of the leading aviation training academies in India. Approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and established in June 2008, the Flying School of CAA was launched in Dhana, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh to provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art flying training for aspiring students and flying enthusiasts.

The Academy is fully equipped with the following:

CAA has its own Airfield for flying operation with our self-managed ATC Tower

CAA enjoys unrestricted local air space

CAA Fleet: (i) Cessna 172 – 9 nos (ii) Diamond DA 42 – 2 nos. The fleet is fitted with Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpits

CAA Dhana airfield is equipped for Night-Flying operations.

CAA has an experienced team of Flight Instructors

CAA is a CAR 145 maintenance facility ensuring minimum downtime of our fleet

CAA assists all students with DGCA related paperwork and documentation

CAA provides an on-campus complete air-conditioned boarding and lodging Hostel for 100 students

CAA has IT-enabled Classrooms for our Ground School, with qualified Ground School Instructors

CAA uses Flight Logger Software to digitize the Flying Training operations.

Cadet Selection & Assessment Process


The basic eligibility requirements to become a pilot applies to the CAA IndiGo CP program are as follows:

  • Education & English language

    Fluent in English (verbal and written) Minimum Education Qualification:
    10+2 with minimum score of 51% / Grade Point 6 / Grade C1 –
    Individually in each subject i.e. Physics / Mathematics / English or a Higher Degree that includes these subjects with minimum passing score of 51%.
    An Engineering Graduate with an aggregate score
    of 51 % or more, (the eligibility criterion of 12th with
    51% except in English can be overlooked).
  • Age

    Must be between 18 and 32 years of age.
  • Medical

    Able to obtain and maintain Indian DGCA Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  • Passport

    Have a valid Indian passport and the unrestricted right to
    live and work in India, with the ability to travel
    unrestricted worldwide
  • Background & Selection

    Able to produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    Basic Disclosure Certificate and pass all
    IndiGo and CAA referencing checks
  • Funding

    Must have access to the full funding required for this course

Candidates who have cleared DGCA written exams will not be given any
advantage/preference/priority at selections or during CPL flight training.

Assessment & Selection

The Cadet Pilot Program selection will be conducted in different stages as given below. Training partners will review applications and advise the eligibility status to assess whether the eligibility criteria for IndiGo cadet pilot training program are met. Eligible candidates will be invited to CAA and IndiGo assessment centres for selections.

Selection Process - Stage 1

Once the applications are received the shortlisted applicants will be required to appear for the following:

Compass Tests - Quantitative, Logical Reasoning and Psychometric

Group Discussion

Personal Interview

Stage 2

IndiGo Group Task Assessment

Stage 3

IndiGo Personal Interview

Chimes Aviation Academy (CAA) will share the results with the Candidates after completion of interviews.

The Candidates who are not successful in the selection process will be briefed by the Chimes Aviation Academy team regarding a 2nd attempt. This will be in accordance with IndiGo’s Guidelines.

CAA IndiGo CPP Program Module

The CAA IndiGo CPP Program will cover the following during the period the Program

CAA provides each student with 500 hours of Ground Training. The modules included are:

  • Air Navigation
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Air Regulations
  • Technical General
  • Technical Specific (SE)
  • Technical Specific (ME)
  • Theory and Practicals of Radio Telephony
Single Engine

180 hours on Cessna-172 aircraft, equipped with Garmin-1000 glass cockpit.


20 hours on Diamond DA - 42 aircraft.

Flight Simulator

30 hours on FNPT1 (10 Hours on Single Engine Cessna 172 and 20 hours on Multi-Engine Diamond DA-42 Simulators).

  • The CFI or a DGCA authorized examiner will conduct the Flying Tests in accordance with Indian DGCA rules and regulations.
  • Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducts the written tests in accordance with the published schedule.
  • The Department of Telecommunications of the Govt.of India conducts the Test for Radio Telephony Restricted License, as per published schedule.
  • Type Rating at IndiGo approved TRTO Partner(s) in India or overseas. This is based on the TRTO capacity availability when the Cadet finishes their Flying Hours

All DGCA, WPC, Medical, Regulatory paperwork and clearances.

Boarding and Lodging in clean and high quality facilities for the full period of the CPP Program.

All Program related conveyance and transportation will also be covered by CAA.

All Flying related uniforms and accessories

Chimes Aviation Academy CPP Fee:

The program Fee: The all-inclusive CAA IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program Fee is INR 82,50,000 .00 (Rupees eighty two lakhs fifty thousand only). The Fee will be payable in 4 (four) instalments over a period of 14 (fourteen) months from the date of Cadet enrolment confirmation for the CPP Program.

CAA IndiGo CPP Program Fee Structure

Phase Training Activity Fee (INR)
1 Induction, Ground classes, SPL, Flight Training Program at CAA Dhana, MP 56,50,000.00
2 Advanced Training of Airbus A320 with MCC/JOT, UPRT, etc. at CAA TRTO partner (s) location 26,00,000.00
Total 82,50,000.00

Total Fee: Rupees Eighty Two Lakhs Fifty Thousand only

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