What is B.Sc. Aviation?

BSc Aviation or Bachelor of Science in Aviation (also known as Bachelor in Aviation by some colleges), is an undergraduate degree which deals with the field of Aviation Science. Aviation Science, as the name suggests, refers to the study, design and operation of aircrafts.  It is also required for aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, airport and airline management. 

Aviation science includes all the support systems that keep airlines running in a safe, efficient and orderly fashion, including air traffic control, airport operations, airline management, maintenance and piloting an aircraft. Aircrafts here mean commercial aircraft, helicopters, gliders, jets and even military aircrafts.

Since the course covers a varied area of topics like design, production and management of aircrafts, there are diverse job opportunities for students after graduation. The students can take up various roles such as Aviation Line Technician, Pilot, Diver Dispatch/Load Planner, flight attendants, air traffic controller, cargo manager and airport ground operations manager with major Airlines, Airports and even Educational Institutes.

Duration and Eligibilty Criteria

Like any other Bachelor’s course, it is a three year long course divided into six semesters of six months each. 

  • Students who wish to pursue this course are required to have passed 10+2 (or equivalent level of examination) from a recognised board with Physics and Mathematics as their core subjects. Some colleges allow students to pursue this course irrespective of their stream provided that students from non-science background have to pass the Physics and Mathematics papers (of 12th standard) in their B.Sc. I year in addition to the core papers of B.Sc. (Aviation Science).

  • Students who after passing their 10th have undergone a three year Engineering / Technology, Diploma course with Mathematics and Physics as their subjects.

  • Students who after passing 12th have diploma in Information Technology / Computer Technology / Computer Engineering/ Computer Science/ Electrical, Electronics & Video Engineering & allied branches/Mechanical & allied branches/ Chemical & allied branches/Civil & allied branches from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or any other recognised government body.

  • Few Colleges also have a lateral entry provision whereby the students already holding Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) can be admitted directly into the 2nd year of the course.

  • Age Limit: Minimum age should be 17 years while the maximum age limit is 24 years.


An overview of the subjects taught over the 3 year course: (Please note that the nomenclature may differ from college to college)

  1.  Navigation 

    1. Air Navigation

    2. Aeronautical Maps and Charts

    3. Magnetic Compass and Instruments

    4. Time

    5. Flight Navigation

    6. Radio- Aids (Non- Glider Pilots)

    7. Variometer (Glider Pilots)

    8. Flight Planning

    9. Radio Aids and Instruments

  1. Air Regulation 

    1. Flight Plans/ Distress and Urgency Communication

    2. Air Traffic Services & Procedures

    3. Miscellaneous

  1. Meteorology 

    1. Aviation Meteorology

    2. Synoptic Meteorology

  1. AirCrafts and Engines (General and Specific)

    1. Airplanes

    2. Helicopters

    3. Specific Aircrafts

    4. Performance

  1. Flying/ Project work

  1. Crew Resource Management and Flight Safety 

  2. Aviation Medicine

  3. Aviation Security and The Human Profile

  4. Flight Safety and Human Factors

  5. Air Traffic Control and Management

  6. Aviation and First Aid

Roles and Salaries Offered

  1. Indian Air Force

        One of the most glamorous and well paid job. As a graduate, you can enter the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force through the Air Force Academy. The following are the three modes of entry for Graduates/ Engineers to join the Flying branch:

  • CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination) (For Men Only)

  • NCC Special Entry (For Men And Women)

  • SSC (Short Service Commission ) Entry ( For Men And Women)

Pay and Allowance

  • Even before you are Commissioned as an Air Force Officer you start earning a monthly stipend of approximately INR 56,100/- during the last one year of your training period at any of the Air Force Training Institutions.

  • The following Pay / Allowances would be applicable on grant of Commission to Flying Officers:-

    a. Pay in Pay Band ( Common to all Branches ) – INR 56,100 Per Month ( The officer will be placed in Level 10 in the Pay Matrix of VIIth CPC – 56,100-1,10,700)

    b. Military Service Pay :- INR 15,500 Per Month

    c. Other allowances such as Transport allowance, Children Education Allowance, HRA etc. are also admissible to Officers.

  • In addition the following allowances are admissible to the newly Commissioned Officers in Flying and Technical Branches

    a. Flying Allowance to Flying Branch Officers.

    b. Technical Allowance to Technical Branch Officers.

  1. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

 An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer keeps aircraft in working order through maintenance, repairs and inspections. Major Airlines and Airports have the requirement of an aircraft maintenance engineer.

         Salary Offered: Rs.52,000 to Rs.56,000

  1. Pilot

If you get a Commercial Pilot Licence along with your degree, you can become a pilot with any airlines.

         Salary Offered: Companies like Air India offer a stipend of Rs.22,000 during the training period. After the successful training period, you can expect salary ranging anywhere from INR 1 lakh – 2 lakh per month. In addition to this, layover allowance is also given to the pilots. The salaries differ on the basis of number of flying hours and years of flying experience.

  1. Air Traffic Controller

They manage the flow of aircraft into and out of the airport airspace, guide pilots during takeoff and landing, and monitor aircraft, as they travel through the skies.  The Air Traffic Controllers are hired by Airports Authority of India (AAI). AAI inducts Air Transport Control Officers on the post of Junior Executive (Air Traffic Control) or simply call it JE (ATC).

         Salary Offered:The pay scale for an E-1 grade employee is INR 40,000 – 1,40,000 which goes on to INR 150,000 – 3,00,00 for E-9 grade employee.