Due to COVID 19 no applications, pre-registrations or registrations are being accepted at this time till further notice from IndiGo

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18-32 years on Stage 1 of the testing/selection process.
  • Indian National or OCI holder.
  • Minimum Academic Qualification – 10+2 with at least 51% ​/ Grade Point 6 / Grade C1 individually in each ​subject i.e English, Maths and Physics.
    Note: The eligibility criteria for Maths and/or Physics can be overlooked if someone holds a higher Degree in those subjects with 51% and above, or an Engineering Degree with ​an aggregate of 51% and above. ​Any B.Tech (4 year programme) meeting the above scores will be considered favourably. NIOS mark sheet and certificate are accepted with 51% in Maths and Physics. Recognised International School/Board/University situated in India and Abroad with 51% in Maths, Physics and English is acceptable.
  • Fluent in English, both written and verbal.
  • Eligible to hold an American Visa for the purposes of study.
  • Hold or eligible to hold, an Indian passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in India and travel worldwide.
  • Physically fit and healthy.
    Note: You will be required to hold an Indian DGCA Class 1 and US FAA Class 1 Aviation Medical certificates prior to the commencement of training. A minimum of an Indian (DGCA) Class II Aviation Medical will be required to complete the selection process. If you do not already hold one, Skyborne recommends all candidates to arrange at least a Class II Medical in conjunction with the application. Cadets are recommended to remain within the globally recognised BMI range of 18 to 25 (normal weight category).

I do not meet the Minimum Academic Qualification, what can I do?

If you do not meet this requirement, you can pursue these subjects via the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). NIOS results are acceptable.

I have not turned 18 yet and/or have not got my 10+2 results yet, can I still apply?

You are required to meet the selection criteria while filling in your online application which includes the educational scores and meeting the age criteria. We have our selections scheduled all through the year which means you can apply with us as soon you turn 18 and have your 12th results on hand.

Do I need a valid passport?

Yes. In case a candidate does not have a valid passport, he / she will be allowed to participate in the selection program but the candidate will need a valid passport before starting the program.

I already hold a Pilot’s licence, can I apply?

This is an Ab-Initio program designed for those with little to no flying experience. Current licence holders are not eligible for this program. However you can apply if you have completed your DGCA written exams only.

What happens after I apply?

Skyborne will process your application and advise if you are eligible to be considered for Stage 1 assessment or not. This process will generally occur within 14 working days of application.

If your application is accepted you will join the candidate pool of those who are eligible for consideration when pre-selection of candidates for the next round of testing takes place.
When the assessment dates are announced, Skyborne will pre-select candidates for Stage 1 assessment.

Pre-selected candidates will be offered a position for Stage 1 assessment.
Once all positions on the assessment schedule are confirmed, all remaining candidates in the pool will be advised. If you did miss out on this occasion you might be to reapply. The Skyborne team will advise on your eligibility to reapply.

What does the selection process involve?

Initially, Skyborne will pre-select candidates from the eligible pool that they believe are most likely to be successful. This pre-selection takes place when assessment dates are finalised.
The Skyborne/IndiGo assessment and selection process all happens in the same location, Gurgaon-Delhi.

Stage 1 of the assessment consists of a suite of online tests through a company called cut-e who are a highly professional online test provider. The tests are made up of 2 types – aptitude tests, such as numeracy, English and spatial orientation, which look for the skills required to be a successful pilot; and behavioural questionnaires which profile a candidate in relation to preferences and behaviours important to being a cadet in training, and also a pilot of the future.
You can find some practice tests provided by cut-e at: https://www.cut-e.com/online-assessment/free-assessments/

Stage 2 consists of a 1:1 interview with a member of the Skyborne team to explore further your responses to the behavioural profile completed as part of the testing.

Successful candidates through the above process will then be submitted to IndiGo for them to complete the final stages of selection.

If you are successful in Stages 1 & 2, you will be offered an interview with IndiGo. IndiGo conduct the interview stages. Interviews are generally scheduled 2-3 weeks following Stage 1&2 dependent upon IndiGo staff availability.

The interview process consists of a short group exercise (Stage 3) followed by an individual interview (Stage 4). IndiGo Flight Operations and Human Resources staff will be present at these interviews.

What is the assessment fee?

There is no fee to apply for the IndiGo Cadet Programme with Skyborne; however, candidates who are invited to attend the assessment centre in Gurgaon, will be charged £235 to do so.

If you are travelling to Delhi for testing, travel, accommodation and other expenses are at your own cost.

How can I prepare for online testing?

It is in your best interest not to prepare for the online testing. They are designed to identify whether you have the basic aptitude to successfully complete your course of training with Skyborne. Preparing for the test will increase the risk of masking your true aptitude (natural ability to meet the competencies required to pass the course).

However, having said that, you can look at the types of tests you will be undergoing by accessing the cut-e testing site at: https://www.cut-e.com/online-assessment/free-assessments/ These are not the exact tests you will be attempting, but they will give you an idea of what to expect

When is Skyborne next assessing?

Approximately 1 month prior to assessments, current applications will be frozen and Skyborne will pre-select candidates for assessment. New applications from this date will be carried forward to the next round.

applicants not selected for Stage 1 testing will be notified and can reapply for the subsequent round.

When you apply, you are always applying for the next round of testing.
Our selections are scheduled every Month commencing from March 2019

What happens if I have a confirmed assessment slot and I don’t appear?

If you have a confirmed booking to attend an assessment and you do not appear, you will be not eligible to test with Skyborne at any time in the future.

We will accept cancellation up to 72 hours prior to testing without penalty.

Why does Skyborne pre-select candidates for IndiGo assessment?

There are always many more candidates than IndiGo assessment positions available, as much as we would like to progress every eligible candidate, this is not possible.

Skyborne has introduced a pre-selection process to ensure that the candidates that we assess are the candidates that we feel are most likely to succeed. This is NOT a case of pure academic achievement, many factors are considered by Skyborne when pre-selection takes place.

If you do miss out once, it does not mean you will necessarily miss out next time.

Should I complete the DGCA written exams or RTR prior to start of the program?

The advantage having completed the DGCA 3 exams (Navigation, Meteorology & Air Regulations) and having the Radio Telephone licence is that you can commence flight training in the upcoming course which we have scheduled every month. However, for all those of our selected cadets who haven’t appeared or completed the DGCA exams and the RTR, Skyborne will advise you accordingly prior to your start.

What happens if I am unsuccessful through any stage of the process?

Candidates who are not successful through Stages 1 or 2 of the process with Skyborne are required to wait a minimum of 3 months before they are given a second chance. This is in accordance to the airline guidelines on the cadet pilot programme.

Does Skyborne have any funding or scholarship for the programme?

As of now we do not have any funding scheme or scholarship for the programme. Banks in India have recognised the importance of the cadet pilot programme and do extend loans at their discretion to trainees on the basis of individual financial circumstances. The Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by IndiGo and the Skyborne contract are two very important documents required towards the loan processing.


Due to COVID 19 no applications, pre-registrations or registrations are being accepted at this time till further notice from IndiGo