Q. To become a pilot, what branch of education, requirements, eligibility, training, expenses, job prospects etc?

Answer: Academically you need to have completed your 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics or BSc with Physics, Maths and Chemistry.

You need to be:

* A very intelligent person with excellent analytical and reasoning abilities

* Excellent scientific reasoning and comfortable with scientific facts and figures

* Alert in every situation

* Able to maintain your cool in times of crisis and even otherwise

* Quick at taking decisions

* Excellent leadership qualities

* Physically fit

Pilot Training expenses range between Rs 12 Lakhs to Rs 14 Lakhs.

You can look forward to joining

* Government carriers like Indian Airlines; Air India or their subsidiaries

like Alliance Air.

* Domestic private airlines like Sahara India, Jet Airways, etc.

* Foreign Airlines like British Airways, Delta Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Air, Lufthansa, etc.

* Corporate companies that own private jets like TISCO, Kirloskar, Reliance, Tata, Mahindra & Mahindra, etc.

* Cargo companies that own fleets like DHL, UPS, etc.

*    You could also acquire a CPL and apply to the Air Force as a pilot on Short Service Commission for a period of five years