Career Prospects

The Aviation Industry has reached new heights and is continuing to reach even higher with time as the development of Technology and the economic conditions of countries have improved significantly.

Here we are going to talk about the career opportunities for candidates who have completed the following courses:

Engineering in Aviation Fields like AME or Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering.

Pilot: Career of Candidates having a CPL or Commercial Pilot Licence.


Career Options after completing Engineering in Aviation Fields (Aerospace Engineering/Aircraft Maintenance Engineering etc.):

Here we are covering various career options after completing Engineering in the Aviation field including:

Higher Education in the same Field

Higher Education in Alternative Fields


Higher Education after B. Tech or B.E in Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering:

After the completion of the Engineering course, the candidates can definitely go for pursuing the Higher Education in their field of Engineering as in this case fields related to Aerospace, Aeronautical and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering by taking admissions into the M.Tech or Master of Technology and M.E or Master of Engineering courses.

The Major Entrance Examinations for M.Tech in India are as follows:

  • GATE: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is the biggest entrance examination conducted by the IITs and IISc, Bangalore in rotation for admission into the M.E/M.Tech and various other MSc., Integrated PhD and other related postgraduate courses offered at all the IITs, IISc Bangalore, etc.

This is the most important entrance examination for the M.Tech/M.E and other Postgraduate courses in Engineering and Science in India as the score of GATE is used by almost all institutes in India for granting admissions into their M.Tech courses.

The GATE score is valid for 1 year and is also used for admissions by all the NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, state government, and private engineering colleges, etc.

This examination score is used for admissions by almost every engineering college in India for the M.Tech/M.E admissions and also is used by various Public Sector Undertakings or PSUs as one of the selection criteria for recruitment in various positions.

Read more about the exam here: GATE

  • BITS HD Entrance Exam: The Birla Institute of Technology and Science Higher Degree Entrance Exam or BITS HD Entrance Exam is conducted for admissions in the various postgraduate and integrated doctoral programmes offered at the three campuses of BITS, Pilani namely at Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa respectively.

Since BITS, Pilani stands almost equivalent to the top IITs in India and is one of the very few colleges that take admissions into the M.Tech/M.E courses through its own entrance test and not through GATE, therefore this is also one of the most important entrance examinations for M.Tech and M.E admissions in India.

Read more about the examination here:  BITS HD Entrance Exam

Higher Education in Alternative Fields:

Some of the various alternate higher education courses that a B.Tech or B.E in Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering can choose are as follows:

  • MBA: One of the most common post-graduation options in India is MBA/PGDM or Masters in Business Administration/Post Graduate Diploma in Management. As a matter of fact, this remains a much more preferred option after B.Tech or B.E in India than going for an M.Tech or M.E.

After a 4 year B.Tech or B.E course, going for an MBA can be a very good option for students who want to try entrepreneurial or managerial skills in their career.

The most important MBA Entrance Examinations in India are as follows:

CAT: The Common Admission Test or CAT is the biggest MBA entrance exam in India. This examination is used for admissions into the various MBA, PGDM and other post-graduate management courses in various Management Colleges and Universities all over India including the 20 IIMs or Indian Institute of Management which are the best MBA colleges in India.

             Read more about the examination here: CAT

XAT: Xavier Aptitude Test or XAT is the second biggest MBA entrance examination after CAT in India. The score of XAT is used by many MBA colleges in India including XLRI, Jamshedpur which is equivalent to the oldest IIMs in reputation, XIM, Bhubaneswar and Loyola Institute of Business Administration

             Read more about the examination here:  XAT

NMAT: The NMIMS Management Aptitude Test or NMAT is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) for admissions into the MBA and various other post graduate management courses offered at NMIMS, Mumbai (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Sciences) and various other participating colleges.

The Narsee Monjee Institute of Management is among the top MBA colleges in India so this is an important examination.

              Read more about the exam here: NMAT

IIFT MBA (IB): Indian Institute of Foreign Trade takes admissions into its famous MBA in International Business or MBA (IB) course via the entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

IIFT is among the top MBA colleges in the country and also has high global importance.

             Read more about the examination here:  IIFT MBA (IB)

SNAP Test:  Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Computer based Test is conducted for admissions into the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and other constituent colleges of Symbiosis International University for admissions into their MBA and various other Post Graduate Management courses.

            Read more about the examination here:  SNAP

Jobs after completing B.E or B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering etc.:

  • Civil Services: To join the Civil Services and become an IAS or IPS has always been one of the most thought of dreams in every Indian household. A graduate in Engineering/Technology is also eligible for joining the civil services.


How can one join Civil Services after completing the 4 year B.Tech/B.E and 5 years Integrated Engineering/Technology courses?

One can join the Civil Services after graduation in Engineering/Technology by successfully clearing the UPSC Civil Services Examination and get selected for one of the Civil services which they choose to join.

Here are the details of UPSC Civil Services Examination:

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.


The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

Note : (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.

(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

             (iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects mentioned in the subject list below out of which two papers will be qualifying in nature.

Evaluation of the papers, namely, 'Essay', 'General Studies' and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test, The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

Personal Interview: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers.

The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.

              Papers to be counted for merit:

             Paper-I Essay 250 Marks

Paper-II General Studies-I: 250 Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper-III General Studies -II: 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper-IV General Studies -III: 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper-V General Studies -IV: 250 Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper-VI Optional Subject: - Paper 1 250 Marks

             Paper-VII Optional Subject: - Paper 2 250 Marks

             Sub Total (Written test): 1750 Marks

             Personality Test: 275 Marks

             Grand Total: 2025 Marks

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given in below:—

            (i) Agriculture

           (ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

           (iii) Anthropology

           (iv) Botany

           (v) Chemistry

           (vi) Civil Engineering

           (vii) Commerce and Accountancy

          (viii) Economics

          (ix) Electrical Engineering

          (x) Geography

          (xi) Geology

         (xii) History

         (xiii) Law

         (xiv) Management

         (xv) Mathematics

        (xvi) Mechanical Engineering

        (xvii) Medical Science

        (xviii) Philosophy

       (xix) Physics

       (xx) Political Science and International Relations

      (xxi) Psychology

      (xxii) Public Administration

      (xxiii) Sociology

     (xxiv) Statistics

     (xxv) Zoology

     (xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.


  • Joining PSUs:  The various PSUs or Public Sector Undertakings recruit candidates who have completed Engineering for various positions on the basis of the result of the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering or GATE. These are very high paying jobs and do provide a candidate with career safety, high growth opportunities and a respectable position in the society. This is one of the most desired career opportunities for any Engineering Student.

Few of these PSUs include BPCL, IOCL, SAIL, BHEL etc.

  • IES: The Indian Engineering Services or IES are one of the best career options for any Engineering Graduate in India. These are Engineers who work under the Government of India and designated as Class-I officers.

To join IES or Indian Engineering Services one must clear the Engineering Services Examination conducted by the UPSC or Union Public Service Commission. The various departments of the government for the Indian Engineering Services are Railways, power, Telecommunications, Central Water Engineering, Defence Services of Engineering etc.

The Engineering Services Examination and the recruitment in the IES are done as per the following steps:

The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:—  (i)  Stage I: Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage?I) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Stage II: Engineering Services (Main/Stage?II) Examination;

(ii) Stage II: Engineering Services (Main/Stage?II) Examination (Conventional Type Papers) and 

(iii)  Stage III : Personality Test

Jobs and Career Opportunities in the field of Aviation after completing B.E or B.Tech in AME and Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering:

Career Options for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in the Aviation Industry:

The working sectors where an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer can do work-

  • Airlines: Airlines is a company which provides regular services carrying people or goods in aeroplanes. Before aircraft fly, a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer has to analyse and solve the problems of aircraft. After signing the certificate an aircraft can fly.
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhauls (MRO) industries: MRO companies are those companies which specialize in performing maintenance actions on aircraft and their components such as jet engines, landing gears etc. To maintain the actions licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are required.
  • Aircraft Manufacturing Companies: Aircraft Manufacturing Companies deal in the manufacturing of aircrafts such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, etc. For maintaining and operating engines, electronics system etc Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is hired.
  • Aircraft Part Manufacturing Companies: Aircraft are made up of numerous parts. To manufacture those parts Aircraft Part Manufacturing Companies have builds. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers can analyse those parts and help them to build better ones.
  • Aircraft Operation Organizations: ICAO, EASA, etc are the Aircraft Operation Organization. Their organization deals with well being and protection of civil aviation. When it’s about Safety in aircraft, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is the first name that came out.
  • Flying Clubs: A flying club is an organization that provides its members with affordable access to aircraft. That aircraft needs to be maintenance which is done by licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.
  • Aviation Training Centres: There are Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who aware another candidate about the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and its scope.
  • Civil Defence Forces: There are many aircraft which defence use for various purposes to protect the country. Defence aircrafts are also maintained by license Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.
  • And any place where an aircraft is used in civil: Wherever aircraft are used, they require to be maintained by an authorised Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.


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