Best Aviation courses after 12th in India: Career opportunities, salary and Hiring Companies (2020 update)

Introduction:

This blog post help you get information about the best aviation courses after 12th in India: Course details, career opportunities, salary and companies hiring. The course details are updated for the year 2020.

I probably don’t need to tell you that aviation career has the potential to dramatically grow your lifestyle. In fact, you must analyse lots of facts before choosing an aviation institution or a course. I have shared course benefits, its eligibility criteria based on the subjects you have studied in 12th , things to consider before selecting an institution or course, common myths and facts about aviation sector

Right choice of an aviation course lets you land on high paying jobs on civil aviation industry. But, it is always important consider the major features of the course and aptitude of the student before choosing it. In this aspect I am really glad, I can help you with this blog.

Lets dive right in…

Summary:

  1. Choosing aviation related courses after 12th is a good decision that can definitely lets you land on high paying jobs in future.
  2. Before you take admission in any aviation course or institution, make sure you check the university accreditation for both. This will help you stay away from the certificate and degree value issues that most of the students face after course completion.
  3. Check the eligibility criteria for each degree/diploma course, subjects taught, job opportunities, roles you will be offered along with initial salary packages in INR that students get just after their course completion.

Aviation Degree Courses:

The career in aviation is safe and highly paid after graduation. Here is a list of 8 degree with aviation courses. These specially designed courses for aviation aspirants lets you save time and course expenditure considerably.

BBA with Aviation and Hospitality Management (BBA with AHM)

BBA with Aviation & Hospitality Management is 3 year degree course which is recognized by UGC and Karnataka state high education council and approved by Mangalore University. The students study add-on course in AHM along with the main course BBA. After completion of the program, student will get a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with advanced diploma in AHM. This will make them eligible to work on aviation or hospitality industry. To raise their qualification further, they can choose MBA or go for Post- Graduation or pick suitable jobs in Govt or private sector.

The core papers of study for the subject include Principles of Aviation, In-Flight Safety and Security, Business Organization, and Marketing Management.

Eligibility

You must have passed 12th board exams from any stream (arts/ science/commerce) and from any educational board (CBSE/ICSE/State Board). There are no minimum marks criteria for admissions in this course. Students with 60% marks are eligible for scholarships

Jobs

  • AirForce Defence Staff
  • Airline Manager
  • Airport Manager
  • Airliner Ticket Booking Manager
  • Airhostess, and a lot more!

Scope & Salary

Students who successfully complete this degree course are offered jobs by major international or domestic airlines at airports. They can work in civil or commercial aviation industries. Starting salary is 3-5 lacks per annum depending upon the company they get hired with.

BCA with Aviation and Hospitality Management (BCA with AHM)

Students from any stream in 12th are eligible to this course. But this is a recommended course to the students who have completed their 12th from computer science background. This 3 year degree course is recognized by UGC and Karnataka state high education council and approved by Mangalore University. Like BBA with AHM, students choose add-on course in AHM along with the main course BCA. After completion of the program, student will get a Bachelor degree in Computer Application with advanced diploma in AHM. This will make them eligible to work on aviation or hospitality industry. To raise their qualification further, they can choose post graduation courses like MCA or pick suitable jobs.

Some of the most important subjects covered in the syllabus include Principles of Aviation, IT Fundamentals, C Programming, Visual Programming, and Artificial Intelligence.

Eligibility

You must have passed 12th board exams from any stream (arts/ science/commerce) and from any educational board (CBSE/ICSE/State Board). There are no minimum marks criteria for admissions in this course. Students with 60% marks are eligible for scholarships.

Jobs

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airline Marketing Executive
  • Airhostess
  • Air Cabin Crew & Ground Staff
  • Ticketing & Scheduling Staff
  • Check in Staff, and a lot more!

Scope & Salary

Students can easily get jobs in major international or domestic airlines at airports after successful completion of degree program. They can also work in civil or commercial aviation industries. Starting salary for the students in aviation field is 3-5 lacks per annum depending upon the company they get hired with.

B.Com with Aviation and Hospitality Management (B Com with AHM)

Like the above described two courses,students who have completed 12th from any back ground can join the course.Any way, this is recommended course to the students who have successfully completed their 12th from commerce background. This 3 year degree course is recognized by UGC and Karnataka state high education council and approved by Mangalore University. Students study add-on course in AHM along with the main course B.Com. After completion, student will get a Bachelor degree in commerce with advanced Diploma in AHM. This will make them eligible to work on aviation or hospitality industry. To raise their qualification further, they can choose M.Com or pick suitable jobs.

The core papers of study for the subject include Principles of Aviation, In-Flight Safety and Security, Business Economics, Financial Accounting, and International Trade and Finance.

Eligibility

You must have passed 12th board exams from any stream (arts/ science/commerce) and from any educational board (CBSE/ICSE/State Board). There are no minimum marks criteria for admissions in this course. Students with 60% marks are eligible for scholarships.

Jobs

  • Baggage Checking Counter Staff
  • Operations Manager
  • Airport Planner
  • Airhostess
  • Airport Operations Staff, and a lot more!

Scope & Salary

Students can easily get jobs in major international or domestic airlines at airports after successful completion of degree program. They can also work in civil or commercial aviation industries. Starting salary for the students in aviation field is 3-5 lacks per annum depending upon the company they get hired with.

Commercial Pilot Training

Feel Proud in the uniform! This is the most glamorous and highly paid profession, at the same time very costly too. You may know that aviation is one of the top ten careers in India as well as one of the highest paid profession, out of which one is commercial pilot training. This degree course is ideal for those who wish to become a Commercial Pilot. The course curriculum involves practical training along with theoretical subjects. Successfully completed candidates are awarded with CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence).

Some core areas of study include Air Law, Aircraft General Knowledge, Airframe, Flight Performance and Planning, Flight Planning and Monitoring.

Eligibility

Students who have passed 12th board exams with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects(science stream) are eligible to apply for this course. This course involves minimum marks criteria which vary between 45-50% marks. In order to get selected into the training program, candidates have to clear Pilot Aptitude Test which is a written exam along with Interview.

Job Opportunities

  • Commercial pilot
  • Ferry Pilots in Private or Government sector Airlines, Chartered Flights and others.
  • Flight Instructor after gaining experience.

Salary and Scope

On successful completion of course, candidates may become professional pilots with average starting salary vary between INR 5-12 Lakhs per year.

AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineering)

AME is a technical training course with 3 year duration. The course comprises of academic program and internship program. AME license is awarded by the DGCA(Director General of Civil Aviation). Some of the important areas of study as per the syllabus include Electronic Fundamentals, Aircraft Materials and hardware, and Maintenance Practices.

Eligibility criteria

Students who have passed 10+2 board exam from science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as major subjects and minimum 50% aggregate marks are eligible to pursue this course. Diploma holders with minimum 50% aggregate marks are also eligible to join this course.

Jobs

  • Inspection, Repair and Overhauls (MRO) industries
  • Aircraft parts manufacturing
  • Maintenance, Aircraft Manufacturing Companies
  • Aircraft Operation Organizations
  • Salary and Scope

AME professionals are easily recruited by Government Airline, Private Aircraft maintenance firms, Airlines, Aviation Organizations and Flying Schools. Starting salary is around INR 3-5 Lakhs per annum.

Aeronautical Engineering

Apart from other courses listed here, this course is 4 years long.This is also a degree program. The BE/B.Tech degree in Aeronautical Engineering comprises of theoretical subjects and practical sessions. The course helps students land on a job related to the aircraft designing, aircraft manufacturing and aircraft maintenance. Some of the key papers include Elements of Aeronautics, Aircraft Structures, and Flight Dynamics

Eligibility criteria

Students who have passed 12th from science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects are eligible for this course. It is mandatory to clear the entrance tests by the aspirants.

Jobs

  • Chief Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Management in charge

Salary and Scope

BE/B.Tech graduates get jobs in Private and Govt. airlines with average starting salary generally between INR 3-5 Lakhs per year.

B.Sc In Aviation

B.Sc. in Aviation is a 3 years undergraduate degree program. After successful completion, one may choose career in aviation industry .They can also go for PG courses like MBA, M.Sc etc. Some of the important papers include Air Regulation, Navigation, Meteorology, and Aircraft and Engines.

Eligibility criteria

Students who have passed 12th examination with Physics and Mathematics subjects(science stream) from a recognized board are eligible for this course. There are minimum marks criteria in case of many institutes. It is 50% for maximum institutes, but varies from one institute to another.

Jobs

  • Technical Jobs ( Air traffic control, Safety management, and technical ground operations)
  • Management related jobs at Airports

Salary and Scope

Graduates may find a job at Airports or take on technical jobs like Air traffic control, Safety management and technical ground operations. Starting salary could be anywhere between INR 2-4 Lakhs per year.

BBA in Airport Management

This 3 years long undergraduate program lets the students to pursue BBA degree with specialization on functioning and management of airports. After the course the interested students can improve their qualification through post graduation programs like MBA.The course opens great opportunity to work at international or domestic airports.

Top Areas of study covered under the curriculum are Functioning of Airport, Staff Management, Interdepartmental coordination, Safety and emergency management. 

Eligibility criteria

Students who have passed 12th examination (from any stream) from a recognized board are eligible for this course. There are minimum marks criteria in case of many institutes. It is 50% for maximum institutes, but varies from one institute to another.

Jobs

  • Airport Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Cargo Manager
  • Ground Staff Manager
  • Safety and Maintenance Manager
  • Customer Care Executive
  • And a lot more!

Salary and Scope

The graduates are eligible to work at national, international airports. The starting salary could be anywhere between INR 2-6 Lakhs per year.

Diploma Courses

The diploma courses can pursue even after 12th, but these aviation courses are recommended to do after graduation. Because graduation is compulsory to land on permanent job posts with handsome salary.

Diploma In Airfare And Ticketing Management

This is a Diploma certificate course which can be joined after 12th from any stream. The duration of this course could be anywhere between 6 months to 1 year. Students can join this course in part time as well as full time formats. Core subjects of study include Airline codes, ticketing terminology, Electronic ticketing and Passport and Visas.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed 12th examination in any stream – Science, Commerce or Arts or equivalent from a recognized board are eligible to take on this course.

Jobs

  • Airport Jobs
  • Airline Customer Care and Service

Salary and Scope

Graduates will be able to find a job at Airports. They can work on front office jobs, airline customer care and service and others. Average starting salary is around INR 2-3 Lakhs per year.

Diploma In Airport Management

Diploma course in Airport Management is a 1 year program and focuses mainly on the area of Airport Management. Students will get to learn more dealings with the technical details in just 1 year. Important subjects covered in the syllabus are Airport Strategy and Functioning, Cargo Management and Handling, Staff Management, and Safety and Security Management. 

Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed 12th exam from any stream (science, arts or commerce) are eligible to apply for this Diploma course.

Jobs

  • Airport Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Cargo department Manager, etc..

Scope & Salary

Students with Diploma in Airport Management are easily hired by Domestic as well as International Airports. They are the prime recruiters who provide average starting salary between INR 2-5 Lakhs per year.

Diploma in Ground Staff and Cabin Crew Training

This diploma course varies in duration, but is generally 6 months or 1 year long. In this course, students are trained to take on roles of Air Hostess, Steward on Flights and others. The Core Areas of study include Communication Skills, Customer Services, In-Flight training, Safety and First Aid procedures and Food and Beverage production and serving.

Eligibility criteria

Students who have successfully complete 12th standard board examinations from any stream are eligible to pursue this course.

Jobs

  • Air Hostess
  • Steward
  • Front end Office operator

Salary and Scope

On successful course completion, students can take on various roles such as- Flight attendants, Part of Ground staff, Office operator and others. Starting salary is generally between INR 4-6 Lakhs per year.

Diploma In Aviation Hospitality

This diploma course is ideal for those who are capable of taking care of Hospitality needs of the Aviation sector. Students who have passed 12th from any stream are eligible for this course which has 1 year of duration. The important subjects to study in the course are Introduction to Aviation Hospitality, Communications Skills, Management and Food, and Beverage production. 

Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed 12th examinations from any stream are eligible to apply for this course.

Jobs

  • Cabin crew
  • Ground staff
  • Office operators

Salary and Scope

Successful candidates may land on jobs positions like- Cabin crew, Ground staff, Office operators and others. Average starting salary is between INR 4-6 Lakhs per year.

Important Things To Consider Before Choosing An Aviation Institution Or Course

  1. Aptitude of the candidate: The first thing is the candidate’s interest and capability. If you think you can do well in an aviation career, then move ahead.
  2. Reputation of Institution: It is always necessary to check the quality of the education institute offering your course of interest. Check if there are qualified faculties, placement assistance from this institution.
  3. College Accreditation : College accreditations is a necessity and always check from which university the college is accredited. Log in the website of that university and confirm it has got accreditation from the university. Also, check if the aviation course they are offering has also got accreditation or approval by the university.
  4. Prefer Regular Courses over part-time: Always prefer choosing regular courses over part-time courses as career prospects greatly depend the way course has been completed. If it is full-time regular mode, then you are always preferred over part-timers or distance educators.
  5. Placement activities of college: Thoroughly analyze the previous history of campus placement of the institute and the companies their students have got placed with. Never forget to check salary range students are offered. Check the number of companies visiting then annually.
  6. Grooming and personality development training: Institutes that seriously offer aviation courses also, make their students top-notch in communication and personality development. Check if the institute is offering grooming and personality development classes for their students.
  7. Students from different parts of the country:  A reputable institute has students from different parts of the country or from the world. This is also the best way to learn more languages when you have classmates who speak different languages. 

Aviation career: Myths and Facts

12th with Science Stream Is Not Mandatory: It is not mandatory for all aviation courses that a candidate should have a science background. For a few courses like CPT, Aeronautical Engineering, etc. 12th in science stream is compulsory.

Importance of Graduation: There is a big myth about aviation that airline companies hire both graduates and non graduates as their permanent staff. People think that graduation is not compulsory to get a good salary and have better career opportunities in the future. Non-graduates are preferred only when the graduate candidates are unavailable. This is a fact that, undergraduates are hired on a contract basis and given comparatively a low salary.

Unaffordable Course Fees: Another common myth among people about aviation courses is that all aviation courses are costly. The fact is that some of the professional courses have high fees but the Government supports students by providing educational loan assistance with flexi-payment options. Meritorious and SC/ST students are also provided with scholarships . Some institutions supports Meritorious students with fees wave-offs. 

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