The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Rae Bareli, of the Union government has invited applications for admission to the 18-month Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training course starting in March. There are 75 seats — 11 reserved for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, six for applicants from the Scheduled Tribes and 21 for Other Backward Classes.

Those who have passed Plus Two with at least 55 per cent marks (50 per cent for the reserved categories) in aggregate in Mathematics and Physics may apply. Applicants should have completed the age of 17 at the time of joining the course.

Selection is through a written test, an interview and a pilot aptitude battery and psychometric tests. The written test will be held in Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Rae Bareli and Kolkata on November 17. The test will be of the Plus Two level, with objective-type questions from General English, Mathematics, Physics, reasoning and current affairs.

The result will be published on November 28. Interview will start on December 16 and its result will be announced on December 28. The pilot aptitude battery and psychometric tests will start on January 21. The final rank list will be published on January 30.

The application fee of Rs. 6,000 should be paid through a demand draft drawn in favour of the Akademi, payable in Rae Bareli. Those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes need not pay the fee.

Download application form and details from www.igru.gov.in. The form should be filled in capital letters. Send it, along with the fee and other documents, to the Director, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Fursatgenj Airfield, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh – 229 302 so as to reach there on or before October 15. Admit cards will be sent by October 30.

The fee of Rs. 32.5 lakh, plus taxes at 12.36 per cent, should be paid in four quarterly instalments.

Another Rs. 1 lakh should be paid towards the cost of uniform, study materials, a navigation computer, headphones and examination and licence fees of the Director General of Civil Aviation. Mess and hostel fees come to about Rs. 8,000 a month. Students can exercise their option for the B.Sc. Aviation course. Visit www.igrua.gov.in for details.

Gopakumar Karakonam