As per the IBEF (India Brand Equity Foundation), the civil aviation industry in India is on a high-growth trajectory. India aims to be the third-largest in the global aviation market by 2020 and the largest by 2030. These predictions have increased due to the growth of low-cost airlines. The aviation sector has opened doors for extremely lucrative salaries in both Indian as well as international airlines.
This is also a volatile industry, as seen from the recent cost-cutting and salary problems in various airlines. In India, aviation is an industry that has to follow stringent government rules and regulations, which also keep changing from time to time. You need to be willing to take this risk if you want to be a commercial pilot.
You could also choose to take up something more exciting, but riskier than flying a regular aircraft. You could choose to be employed as a test pilot to evaluate new and experimental aircraft prototypes. These jobs are hard to come by and will need more flying hours than a fresher has in his/her pocket. However, if you find it dull to fly along domestic routes after a few years, this is an option you could try out.
If you choose to become a commercial pilot, you can begin training from the age of 17. In a span of around two years, you can acquire your license and start as a trainee, then become a captain by the time you are 25.