How To Become An Air Hostess In India? (Step By Step Guide)

How To Become An Air Hostess

Welcome to the 2nd topic of our comprehensive guide on air hostess.

In this post, I’ll gonna share with you the step by step process on how to become an air hostess in India.

So, if you have a desire to become an air hostess & want to know the exact process of becoming a cabin crew or flight attendant then you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started.

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    Table Of Content

    Step #1: Getting Qualified Or Becoming Eligible.

    What is the use of spending your hard-earned money on those expensive cabin crew courses if you’re failing in the first step?

    Remember the #1 step to become an air hostess is to crack the eligibility criteria for becoming a flight attendant in India.

    Don’t worry the eligibility criteria is not that much worst.

    Here it is:

    Eligibility Criteria For Becoming An Air Hostess

    1. Education: 10+2 or graduate degree with a diploma or degree in hospitality or tourism management
    2. Passport: Eligible to hold an Indian Passport
    3. Age: 18 – 26 years of age
    4. Height: Minimum 157.5 centimetres i.e 5.16 inches
    5. Weight: Should be proportionate to your height
    6. Martial Status: Unmarried or Married (depends on the policy of the institutes)
    7. Eyesight: Normal vision or minimum uncorrected distant vision of 6/24 in each eye
    8. Medical Fitness: Medically fit having no mental illness records
    9. Language: Proficient in English, Hindi and other foreign languages for additional advantage
    10. Complexion: Fair to a clear complexion

    1. Education

    There are people who asked questions such as How to become an air hostess after 10th standard? or Is it possible to become a flight attendant or steward after 10th standard? 

    The one-word answer to such kind of questions is NO!

    The minimum educational qualification to work as a cabin crew in India is 10+2 or graduate degree.

    Which means you can only become an air hostess in India after 12th standard or after graduation.

    Degree or diploma holders in the fields related to hospitality, aviation, travel and tourism management are usually preferred by Airlines.

    2. Passport

    Becoming eligible for an Indian Passport is one of the most important criteria for working as cabin crew (especially if you want to work for an International Airlines).

    So, if you’re eligible for holding an Indian Passport then you will be good to go.

    3. Age

    Age matters in cabin crew jobs!

    Normally, airline training institutions allow candidates to enrol in their training programs that lie between the age group of 18 – 26 years old.

    4. Height

    To become eligible your height should be of minimum 157.5 centimetres that are approx. 5.16 inches

    It’s better to start working on your height especially if you are below 5.2 inches or 157 cm.

    5. Weight

    Not only for height but there are norms available for your weight also.

    And that norm is your weight should be proportionate to your height… hence body mass index will be calculated.

    6. Marital Status

    It is totally fine if you are a married woman, there are institutions that accept girls whose marital status are married.

    But, to be on the safest side I must say if you’re a girl and not yet married then there are high chances of getting you selected.

    7. Eyesight

    For eyesight requirement, normal vision will work or if it is correctable to at least 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other eye then also it is totally fine.

    So, it will be good news for you if you wear contact lenses.

    8. Medical Fitness

    Your overall body physique and fitness will play an important role in this stage.

    You need to go through from various test such as blood test, urine and stool test, hearing ability test, AIDS test, hepatitis B test etc.

    9. Language

    Your success rate will also depend upon how good you are at speaking different types of languages.

    You command over some of the common languages like English & Hindi should be really impressive.

    10. Complexion

    Cabin crew jobs put so much stress on a person’s natural colours or appearance of a person’s skin.

    Hence it is better if you’ve fair to a clear complexion.

    Step #2: Developing Additional Skills

    Becoming an air hostess in India is not that much tough if you put some efforts on yourself.

    Remember these two terms self-development and self-investment… these are the terms that will help you to chase your dream in the long run.

    Being an air hostess you’ll require dozens of varieties of skills in yourself in order to compete with your competitors & fulfil your dream.

    I’ve put together a list of things that you need to work out on.

    Here you go:

    1. Build Interpersonal Skills

    Strong interpersonal skills are the backbone of the jobs related to the airline field.

    A person owning good decision-making, listening, team-working, communicating skills is nothing less than a goldmine to the airline industry.

    Don’t waste time if you really passionate about this career option then I highly recommend you to start growing your interpersonal skills.

    2. Destroy Languages Barrier

    You can successfully put that “cherry on the top” if you crush the language barrier and put some little efforts to learn a new language.

    Now, I don’t mean you should go can grab all those courses available on the internet for each language that exists.

    But, you should at least try to master these two languages => 1) Hindi (help you to communicate within the country) & 2) English (help you to communicate in the International market).

    3. Become More Presentable

    Your external look will always take into consideration first when you penetrate yourself in this work profile.

    Make sure you know how to dress well and how to look fresh so that you will be ready for looking fairly neat and attractive during working hours.

    Basically, your overall goal should be not looking dull or untidy (messy) on the board throughout the journey.

    4. Control The Patience Level

    Long working hours means MORE STRESS and if you lose out your patience level at that moment then you’ll end up losing everything.

    If you’re an impatient person and can’t handle stress for a long time or hate doing multi-tasking then you should start practising it now.

    This will definitely help you in the future. 🙂

    5. Work On Your Willpower

    Being an air hostess your willpower must be strong enough to tackle any upcoming unusual situation in the flight.

    If you have amazing or unshakable willpower then it will not only help you to clam down the unstable situation but also you will easily able to cool down all other hyper passengers.

    So, how much you rate your willpower on the scale of 0 to 10 tell me in the comment section.

    6. Improve Team-Working Skills

    You will not be the alone girl roaming inside the plane managing all your passengers… there will be your teammates too!

    And, you must know how to effectively work as a team.

    Teamworking is a very important skill in the cabin crew because you can’t stay present in two different places at the same time.

    7. Develop A Positive Attitude

    Even though external beauty takes so much credit… you can’t just ignore your real behaviour from inside.

    It’s better to balance everything & start polishing your personality or overall behaviour.

    Just be like a person who can bring positivity, build relations, take responsibility for the given work & spread happiness among all the members present on the board.

    Step #3: Completing Relevant Courses

    Time to put some light on all the courses available that are required to finish off in order to get recruited by airline companies.

    You don’t need to complete each and every course that is mentioned below… but YES! The curriculum of the course that you’ll gonna choose should match to your own personal interest.

    Air hostess or flight attendant courses are broadly divided into 3 major categories.

    • Certificate Courses
    • Diploma Courses
    • Degree Courses

    Let’s discuss each category in detail.

    1. Certificate Courses

    Air hostess certificate courses are also known as short term courses because these types of courses do last for only 6 to 12 months.

    There are even some institutes that provide certification within 3 months, such types of courses are known as fast track courses.

    You can pursue a certification course right after completing your 12th standard. 

    Below is the table containing details about some well-known air hostess certification courses…

    Course NameCourse Duration
    Certificate Course In Air Hostess/Flight Purser8 months
    Certificate Course In Aviation & Hospitality Services4 months
    Certificate Course In Aviation Hospitality & Travel Management9 months
    Certificate Course In Aviation Management9 months
    Certificate Course In Hospitality Travel & Customer Service6 months
    Certificate Course In International Airlines & Travel Management6 months

    2. Diploma Courses

    The training period of flight attendant diploma courses is somewhat similar to the flight attendant certificate courses i.e 6 to 12 months.

    There are also post-graduation diploma courses available… that you can take after graduation.

    But, If you do not want to go for the PG diploma courses then you can pursue diploma courses after completing your 12th standard.

    Below is the table containing details about some well-known air hostess diploma courses…

    Course NameCourse Duration
    Diploma In Air Hostess Training12 months
    Diploma In Aviation & Hospitality Management12 months
    Diploma In Aviation Hospitality & Travel Management12 months
    Diploma In Global Aviation & Hospitality Management12 months
    PG Diploma In Aviation & Hospitality Services12 months
    PG Diploma In Airport Ground Services12 months
    PG Diploma In Aviation, Hospitality, Travel & Customer Service12 months

    3. Degree Courses

    Air hostess degree courses are what I personally recommend you to go with. Why?

    Because flight attendant degree courses not only carry in-depth knowledge but also they hold more value.

    The duration of degree courses are normally 3 years and can pursue one of them after completing your 12th standard from any stream.

    Below is the table containing details about some well-known air hostess degree courses…

    Course NameCourse Duration
    B.Sc. In Air Hostess Training3 years
    B.Sc. In Aviation3 years
    Bachelor Of Hospitality & Travel Management3 years
    Bachelor Of Travel & Tourism Management3 years
    BBA Aviation3 years

    But… from where you can complete those courses?

    Check out below. 🙂

    Best Air Hostess Training Institutes/Academies In India

    Sr No.Training Institute NameLocation
    1Frankfinn Institute Of Air HostessNew Delhi & Mumbai
    2Air Hostess AcademyPune, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi & Mumbai
    3Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College Of AeronauticsJaipur
    4Universal Aviation AcademyChennai
    5Raj UniversityAhmedabad
    6Wings Air Hostess & Hospitality TrainingGujarat
    7PTC – Aviation AcademyChennai & Bangalore
    8Indira Gandhi Institute Of AeronauticsJaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad & Ghaziabad
    9Jet Airways Training AcademyMumbai

    Step #4: Getting Recruited By Companies

    This is the most important section of the article… in this section, you’ll learn how top airline companies recruit people and the exact selection process of becoming an air hostess.

    As I already told you about the eligibility criteria in the #1 step, we will directly head over to the recruitment or selection process.

    After the selection process, I’ll also surprise you with the best cabin crew recruitment companies in India.

    Read on!

    Air Hostess Recruitment & Selection Process

    1. Online Assessment Test

    As soon as you become eligible and meet the requirements for the cabin crew job, you can go to the airline website to know their recruitment process or to submit an online application.

    If your application gets approved, you’ll reward with an online assessment in order to test your communication and reasoning skills.

    If you passed it successfully then you’ll need to face the in-person assessment.

    2. Introduction & Physical Test

    The assessment day is the day where all the dreamers need to prooved themselves that they are suitable for this job profile. 

    Make sure you’re professionally dressed up and well-groomed before going to attend this test because your appearance will be judged.

    Firstly, the airline representative will tell everyone about the airline job system and airline philosophy & then you’ll need to introduce yourself to everyone.

    After that, there is also one small physical test involved that you need to crack.

    3. Group Discussion & Written Test

    Candidates who successfully got selected in the physical test are allowed to perform in group discussion test.

    In this test, you need to complete some activities with the whole team and your overall skills will be get tested… for example communication skills, presence of mind, teamwork, leadership skills, your attitude etc.

    When all the GD exercises get completed you need to face one written test in order to help airline representative judge your language and problem-solving skills.

    4. Final In-Person Interview

    The final in-person interview is hopefully the last test that you need to crack.

    Passing all the tests in the overall selection process is the only way to get selected for an in-person interview.

    It would be one on one interview with any of the airline representative and would be similar to other normal job interviews.

    Here are some questions that you can expect from such an interview.

    • Tell me about yourself
    • Why do you want to work as an air hostess?
    • What are your long term goals as a cabin crew?
    • Why you choose our company?
    • How you react in the case of an emergency?

    Top Airline Companies In India

    As I make you aware of the cabin crew recruitment process it’s my duty to make you aware of some top airlines in India also…

    So, here is the list including that data.

    1. IndiGo
    2. Air India
    3. GoAir
    4. Vistara
    5. AirAsia India
    6. Alliance Air
    7. Indian Airlines
    8. Gulf Air
    9. Singapore Airlines
    10. Lufthansa

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. What qualifications do you need to be an air hostess?

    • Minimum age of 18 to 26 years
    • 10 + 2 with a degree or diploma in hospitality
    • Good eyesight
    • Must be able to swim 25 metres
    • Fluent in English speaking
    • Valid Indian Passport
    • 157.5 cm minimum height
    • Weight proportionate to the height
    • No mental illness or health issues
    • Fair to clear complexion

    2. How many years does it take to become an air hostess?

    After 10+2 it will totally depend on the airline academy or institute… some institutes finish off their training process within 3 to 6 months whereas some within 6 – 12 months.

    3. Which subject is best for air hostess?

    You can go with any stream after 10th in order to complete 10+2, all that matter is how much you’ve honed your communication and interpersonal skills.

    4. How much do air hostesses get paid?

    An entry-level air hostess gets paid around 41k to 66k rupees per month i.e 5 to 8 lakhs rupees per annum.

    5. Is maths compulsory for air hostess?

    No, mathematics is not necessary for becoming an air hostess… the only thing required is that you must be completed 10+2 from any recognised university.

    6. Does air hostess have to be pretty?

    A career as a flight attendant is not just about glamorous face or look, a successful air hostess always known for her friendly, responsible and efficient behaviour.

    7. Can a married girl apply for air hostess?

    Yes, you can… but your age must be under 26 years if you’re a fresher. If you have experience of working then you can relax up to age 32.

    8. What are the subjects for air hostess?

    • Aircraft Familiarization
    • Emergency Situation Handling
    • In-flight Procedures
    • Food & Catering Services
    • Airport Familiarization
    • Personality Development
    • Flight Evaluation
    • Communication Skills
    • Passenger Handling
    • First Aid
    • Passenger Psychology
    • Grooming & Presentation
    • Leadership & Inter-Department Coordination
    • Technical Training

    9. Can air hostess have tattoos?

    No, tattoos are not allowed if it is on your hands or neck (especially when it is visible). If it is not visible then you don’t need to worry about it.

    10. At what age do air hostesses retire?

    In the case of an air hostess, the retirement age is 45 – 50… after that, you will be free to take the ground jobs.

    Now It’s Your Turn

    That’s all for my step by step guide on becoming an air hostess.

    Now, I’d like to hear from you.

    Is this guide helpful for you or not?

    Or maybe you might have any questions?

    Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below.

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