Air Asia Cadet
Pilot Program


Air Asia India launched its Cadet Pilot Program in June 2019. At its core, it is one of the most Quality and cost conscious cadet pilot programs currently running in India. Let us cover the Minimum requirements, selection process and brief outline of the program.

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Minimum Requirements



Must be of Indian Nationality or hold an overseas citizenship of India



17 years - Should have completed 10+2 upto 33 years on the date of application



10+2 with Physics & Maths or any graduate with a science background with an aggregate of 60%in English, Maths & Physics



Ability to hold unrestricted Class 1 & 2 medicals

Air Asia Cadet Pilot Program Selection Process

The selection spreads over 4 phases as listed below



Education, Personality, Medicals, Work preferences



Language & Verbal understanding, Numerical proficiency, Critical thinking, Psychological screening



Hand eye coordination, Multi tasking, Spatial orientation, Memory.



Panel/Personal Interview

Stage 1

Personality Assesment

Harrison is a talent management company to have partnered with Air Asia to carry out personality assessments. This is the 1st stage of your assessment and takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the questions. A quick tip for the Harrison assessment, Be yourself when answering the questions. Read the questions carefully and answer them with a calm mind. There is no right or wrong answer, Be Honest while answering the questions as the system is able to detect if you are falsifying .This a completely Non Technical personality assessment.

Stage 2

Quantitative Critical Thinking & Personality Assessment Screener Test

Quantitative Critical Thinking is a simultaneous equation maths test, by Harrison team to evaluate the candidates about their understanding, justification, decisiveness and critical thinking.

A fixed time is given to attempt as many questions as possible. Candidates begin the test at basic level, which is simple. Difficulty keeps gradually increasing for each correct answer, similarly the time allowed to answer each question also keeps increasing with the difficulty level . By the time you reach Level 10, you will be given 12 minutes to answer each question. The system auto jumps to the next question if you don’t answer within the given time.

The system will stop you when you fail to answer correctly for 3 consecutive attempts, So utilize the time allotted for each question properly and double check your answers.

Personality Assessment Screener Test is similar to the Harrison Test. These are simple statements which you need to agree or disagree with. Answer it honestly and you will be able to sail through.

Stage 3

Psychomotor, Spatial Orientation & Physics Test

After 2 to 3 weeks of waiting you will get called to appear for stage 3 if you successfully clear the first 2 stages.

Psychomotor is where your multitasking and hand-eye-coordination skills are tested. There is a Primary Task along with Secondary Tasks to be completed in allotted time.

For Example : you need to maintain a cross with a joystick as your primary task while remembering numbers, performing basic math problems, typing numbers that appear on your screen or responding to instruction on your headset as secondary tasks. Quick tip - you will get a 2 to 3 mins practise run before the test so use wisely to understand the test. Spatial Orientation is a cube rotation to test your focus and memory.

For Example : An initial position will be displayed at the beginning of the test that you need to memorize. Post which you will be given multiple commands (left, right, front, back) and you need to come up with the final position of the cross in compassion to its position before the commands. Physics is pretty straight forward. Make sure you’re equipped with Physic knowledge at SPM level. There are about 12 to 15 questions in all.

Stage 4

Personal Interview

For the personal interview you may be allowed to pick a slot from the available ones. Your interview will be conducted by a panel comprising people from HR and Flight Operations mostly a Captain to understand and evaluate you. The questions are more non technical in nature and may revolve around a brief on yourself, Like why you chose to apply for a cadet pilot program, Why do you want to be a pilot, Where do you see yourself in 5 years, important events of your life etc. Your interview can generally last anywhere between 20 to 30 mins.

Once Selected for the Air Asia India Cadet Pilot Program

Now’s the time to put in all the hard work for the next year and half to get your Commercial Pilots license. We must say that learning to fly a plane is one of the most exciting things you will do in your lives. Once the selection process is complete you will be invited with your parents by Air Asia India for an Induction session to share course details, outline, syllabus, fees timelines etc and how to go about each phase/process of the program.

Pre Process - Flight Training - Post Process

From here now you will spend a few months finishing your PreProcess, attend ground classes and prepare for your theory papers to give your DGCA exams. Next you move to Partner flight training school and start your lessons to learn how to fly a plane. Once you complete the syllabus and successfully clear your required flight checks, you're almost there and will recieve your New Zeland CPL. Post your return to India and clearing all your theory papers and your skill checks, your documents will be submitted for the issue of Indian Commercial Pilot License.(CPL).

  • ThePilot Admission
  • Class 2 Medicals
  • Class 1 Medicals
  • Police Verification
  • 10th & 12th Educational Verification
  • Issue Of Computer no
  • Visa medical
  • Visa Application
  • Offer of place
  • Flight Training in NZ
  • NZ CPL to Indian CPL license Conversion
Airbus - A320 Type Rating

With your Commercial Pilot License issued you will be sent to one of Air Asia’s Sim training centre to train & certify you on the Airbus 320 aircraft. The Type Rating course lasts anywhere between 30 to 45 days once you get your slots. Type Ratings are Fun at the same time power packed and need your 100% to assimilate the working of such advanced aircrafts. Visit our page on Airbus A320 Type Rating for more general information the same, here’s the link https://www.thepilot.in/pages/airbus-320-type-rating Now as a A320 rated Pilot you will join Air Asia India as 2nd Officer and start your journey of an Airline Pilot.