AirAsia Cadet Pilot Interview 2017


Notice: Starting 2019 the selection process will not be same as below

Hi guys before I tell you about my assessments. Firstly you should know that I am a 2016 SPM Student which I used my SPM results in 2017 to apply for this Cadetship. I have no any family members or background from an airline industry so this is all my effort and my passion. (Sorry In Advance If There Is Error In My English)

How I Applied?

It was April 4th I was scrolling down the Facebook posts and saw one of my friend shared a post regarding this Cadetship. At first I wasnt really interested to apply. As I know Air Asia’s recruitment is one of the hardest but still I applied for it.

I applied using my SPM Result:

Thats me and my twin bro…was featured in paper for scoring straight As together

At the end of this post I Have attached a link for your preparation. Which is fully sufficient for your preparation. All the links and past interview questions

I received an email immediately stating that they have received the application and in the process of reviewing my qualification against their current requirement.

See here for the requirements:

I was pretty sure that I had no problem with their requirements, and exactly after one week of waiting I received an email from the recruitment team to get ready for the Entrance Exam which is the Stage 1.

If I am not mistaken, Out of 7500 Candidates,  approximately 150 Cadets were selected. So Its not easy but it all depends on your credibility.

The whole recruitment process consist of 5 Stages:

Stage 1:  – Entry Exam
Stage 2: – Harrison Assesment
Stage 3: – Panel Interview
Stage 4: – Psychometric & Psycho-motor test
Stage 5: – Loan Briefing & Medical Test

STAGE 1– Entrance Exam

This is the stage where most of the candidates are kicked out.Its a written exam for four subjects Maths, Physics, and English(MUET).So for English, it is actually a muet paper where you will given three passages and you have to answer based on the passages, this part is known as “Reading” in MUET test. I find it was tricky because I was confused between false and not stated but dont worry all the test are MCQ( Multiple choice Questions) and for the second paper was Physics , it was just basics where you have to do calculations. Just go thru form 4 syllabus and you will find it easy and for those who left SPM long ago I would suggest for you guys to get a physics book . It was easy because the paper was mostly “Simple Physics” Eg: Bernoulli, Pascal Principle, Density and few calculations but no formulas will be given. So for the last paper was Mathematics, and for this test you are not allowed to use calculator…So Be prepared to do mental calculation. Personally I felt English was the HARDEST and after one week of waiting I received an email from Air Asia saying that I passed Stage 1 and to get prepared for Stage 2 which was the Harrison assessment ( HA).Last But not least, the passing mark for all these papers are 75%(Based On The Email).

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18 May 2017 Morning Sessions 8:00AM Waiting…………………………….

STAGE 2– Harrison Assessment (HA)

This stage is the part where they will analyse or identify your character whether you are suitable to be a pilot or not . This is a computer based test and for the preparation there’s nothing much. JUST BE YOURSELF. As soon I reached AACE We were brought to a room where you can see rows of computers and you will be given a id and password to login. In this test you will be given few phrases . For an example: “I love driving” “I like to do jobs that involves the usage of my hand” “I like working on computers” etc. You have to rearrange the phrases that are related to you on the top and rest put it at the bottom. Different phrases of the same meaning will be given so do not CHEAT. The system will know and it will repeat. This session last for about 20-30 Minutes. Just follow the instructions given by the invigilators and it was easy. So the key is, be truthful and don’t challenge  (AI). So after two weeks of boredom I received and email stating that I have been shortlisted for the interview. This was the most exciteful moment.

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The Main Entrance- 2nd June 2017  cc:tan

STAGE 3– Panel Interview

Personally I think this was the hardest part. Where you will be interviewed by 3 interviewers a captain and 2 HR or 2 Captains and 1 HR. Its all based on your luck. So for this stage if you already have knowledge on the Air Asia and Avionics itself then its fine but if you are a newbie I would suggest you to do a full research about this company Eg: CEO’s. Subsidiary Companies, Fleets, Destinations, Latest routes, Call Signs, and etc. Also do some research on latest aviation news because I was questioned on that. So I gained some tips from the previous cadets from an online forum Called “FLYLA” ( The thread has been deleted) but in my opinion the interviewers question you based on your introduction and your personal background. So from this FLYLA  forum I get to know a really friendly and helpful guy, Tan 18 from Johor ( Also Known As Turtles). So most of the time I would throw some questions to him and he would do the same to me and we learned most of it by mistake and had a lot of fun during the preparation.The funny part was both of us learned to draw the air-frame(Structures Of An Aircraft) from the day one and the bad news was the panels did not tell us to draw.

This is his blog, So feel free to read it and his is much more interesting and fun to read:

Turtlesflytoo-By Tan ( Click Here)

Previous Batch Cadet

Yusry’s Interview Experience (Click Here)

Then We had a Whatsapp group where  we all shared lots of useful information and trust me they were really useful. We were over-prepared actually . But its better to be over prepared than to be not prepared at all because during the day of the interview you will meet other candidates as well. Some of them did not prepare much and some them just came for the sake of experience and they were not chosen. And my advice is don’t lie because they will know whether you are lying are not as they have a device fixed to your chair to detect your pulse rate. Nah just kidding. They will know by your body language and facial expression . So be confident because they are good in provoking.

My questions were mostly technical & hard:

Introduce Yourself
Destination (listed about 35)
Fleets and Difference
Rudder Aileron
Why is landing gear retracted after take off?
Can an airplane fly without retracting its landing gears
What is the latest weather that affected Air Asia ( Screwed This Part)
How far news is important to a pilot?
Who are the partners of Tony Fernandez
Which AA subsidiary company operates A321NEO ( Tricky Question ,The Ans: None)
What do you know about AA
How AA operates
Difference Between Engines(Airbus)
How Reciprocating Engine Works ( In Detail )
How Gas Turbine Engine Works ( In Detail )
Explain how the NEO engine is Fuel Efficient
What is the function of ECAM and the further procedures
Air Asia Main Aircraft and Fleets
Type Of Engine Used and their Differences
Situation about Engine Failure
How would You handle stress
Why do you want to be a pilot?
How far Air Asia have Succeeded?

AA= Air Asia Berhad

You might think that these questions are pretty hard for my level, So the key is just be prepared and answer but if you don’t know just say so and don’t try to be a smart ass.

I was able to answer all the questions perfectly except the news part. So don’t take it easy, this interview is not like what is similar to JPA or MARA Scholarship interview. It is one of the hardest selection around the globe.

My interview lasted about 40-45 minutes but I felt like it was about 10-15 minutes. NERVOUS!!!

These are the top 3 books I read for an extra knowledge for my interview. I also told them I read this books which showed my enthusiasm . I also read 4 more books which I prefer to keep it private and confidential to avoid third party problems.


  • Wear Whites & Ties ( Not necessary to be Red tie)
  • Tuck In your shirt
  • Prepare Resume Neatly
  • Greet them and give a big smile
  • Don’t argue back
  • Sleep early the night before ( No Panda Eyes)
  • Re-check your documents
  • Practice a good introduction about yourself ( Make It Short & Simple)

So exactly on the same day , I received an email from Air Asia to get prepared for my Stage 4. At this period I felt like it was a dream.


Hehehe- Thats me(Left) with other candidates  (Adam & Afiq)- 25 August 2017


So after going thru the first three stages this is the stage where your skills are tested and out of 3000++ people who were interviewed only 200+ candidates made it thru. QCT stands for Quantitative& Critical Thinking where you have to do calculations within a given period of time. These tests will be done on a computer again and with a small briefing by the captain itself. This is basically a school level maths where you have to do simultaneous equation calculations within a given time . So after a number of wrong answers the system will stop automatically. So the more the number of questions you succeed the harder it gets and the longer you will be in the room. So the longer the better. And after completing QCT you will be directed into another room where your motor skills are tested. Here you will be given a joystick, a pair of headset, a keyboard and a number pad, and a screen with a PFD( Primary Flight Display).


A simple idea on how it looks.But it has an altimeter and a heading scale.

So here it goes, you have to do multiple task at once:

  1. You have to maintain the purple cross around the center of the display
  2. A sequence of  number will be played in your headset so you have to press 3 for 3 consecutive odd numbers or press 2 for 3 consecutive even numbers on the joystick.
  3. You will also given two sets of 6 digit numbers and you have to memorize it until the test pauses by itself and prompts you to key in the numbers.
  4. A 3×3 square tiles will be next to the PFD. So when one of the tiles illuminates you will required to press the corresponding tile by using the number pad.

That’s what you will see at AACE  & next to it is mine.

So all in all, you will be given 2 minutes to practice before the real test (10 Minutes)


  1. If you are right handed control the joystick with your right hand
  2. Number pad on your left hand
  3. I memorized the 2 sets of number by saying it repeatedly along the test until it pauses by itself.

I felt it was not hard because I subscribed to One of the online test and got a Logitech 3D pro Joystick and had a lots of time practicing on it. So as I used to say be prepared. So after another two weeks of waiting, I received an email that I have been selected and will proceed for Loan Briefing  & Medical Checkup.

Softwares: Downloads (check here)

Stage 5– Loan Briefing & Medical Checkup

In this stage we were prompted to do a DCA Class 1 medical checkup at Air Asia’s panel Clinic ( Medi-Utama Shah Alam) and also a full eye checkup at THONEH. We were given discounts for the fee since we are under Air Asia Berhad.

DCA Class 1
Thats my DCA Class 1 Medical Certificate.

Loan Briefing will be given at AACE by one of the Maybank Agents. It is based on the cadet whether they want to be self sponsored, partially sponsored, or fully sponsored and also the bonding with Air Asia is 10 years if I am not mistaken. So after your 18 months training at the flying school and another 6 months type rating you are ready to fly as a junior first officer. So my advice be prepared, and be confident and don’t go for it for the sake of experience, high pay or for the uniform.

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This is the day where I received my Letter Of Offer(LO) and food/drinks were provided by Air Asia. Thank you Air Asia. 9 October 2017

If you want it, strive for it and work hard, finally it will pay off. Do what you love and stop listening to what people say. Jealousy happens but ignorance is the greatest solve for it.

Currently I am studying in Kedah Matriculation and waiting for my intake to flying school.So wish me well, I hope it will be helpful, please pray for me  and leave some comments behind and feel free to contact me. Contacts

Follow me On My Instagram: visnu_a320

74 thoughts on “AirAsia Cadet Pilot Interview 2017

  • December 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    All the best for your future mate!!

    • January 21, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Bro, are u taking the exam this year (2018)?? If so please drop a msg to my Whatsapp no. 0124252811… Because i am planning to take this exam this year and if u r too then we can exchange knowledge… My name is Jordan by the way..

    • February 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Hi bro Owuld you mind to rpovide the link for the software of the online test?

  • February 16, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Nice write up

  • May 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you visnu, for creating a medium where all the pilots aspirants are able to share & discuss well on anything related to aircraft/application knowledge. We wish all the best to you & Thx a universe 🙂

  • October 5, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Hey, it was a great article filled with information I needed. Mind if I ask how long does it took you to get your enrollment letter?

  • October 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

    how are you now Visnu? have you enrolled in any flying school yet

      • October 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        when did you enrolled the flying school?

        • October 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

          4 months ago…. I had to postponed my intake since i was studying at Matrik
          Just finished my phase 1 exam. Checkout my latest post

          • October 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

            thank you Visnu…how many exam phases would you have to pass?

  • October 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Wow! It’s really a nice article.
    I heard online that cadets need to take out loan as much as 400+k.
    Could you give some advice for those who have poor financial background? Thank you 🙂

  • November 14, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Is it okay if got A in math , science and English but didn’t have physics subject . Bcs i just read it and you say the exam has a physic sub .

  • January 19, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Hi Visnu, your blog is informative and inspiring. Do you happen to know how many pilot cadet AA going to hire in 2019, after about 150 in your batch 2017 and maybe around 300 in 2018. TQVM.

  • January 19, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Hi Visnu,

    That is prompt response!! Are you back home for Thaipusam holidays or still in beautiful Langkawi. BTW, do you have any ideas the number for 2019. Enjoy the holidays .. TQVM.

    • January 19, 2019 at 8:48 am

      I am still here at Langkawi
      Currently in phase 3
      Completing ground school soon
      For 2019 I have no idea because the recruitment team is different now since some of the previous recruiters has been promoted
      The numbers I dont really know for every year so best of luck
      If you want to aim for smtg try Air Asia
      The “other” airline will just give you fake hopes

  • January 19, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Ok .. good luck in your remaining phases. At this rate, you should be flying those A320 soon.
    We are inspired by the way you prepare for AA interview despite being top student in secondary school, the blog you participate, investment in books, Logitech side-stick (Airbus term) + online softwares and many more.

  • March 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Visnu,

    Nice write-up, with lots of tips! Hope you are doing great.
    I realize in the loan briefing section it is stated that it is up to the cadet whether to be self sponsored, partially sponsored or fully sponsored. My question is if the cadet choose to be fully sponsored, by whom will the sponsorship comes from? Is this still applicable in the recent Airasia cadet program?


    • March 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      Self Sponsored means
      Your own money

      Partially sponsored means
      Half loan half self funded

      Fully Sponsored means
      Full loan

      Loan provided by maybank
      400k with 8% interest
      880k repayment

  • March 14, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I see.. wow thats crazy repayment if under bank loan. Do you know a lot of cadets who take full bank loans?
    And may I know if you personally know any fellow cadets who manage to secure MARA or PTPTN loans for this program?

    • March 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Alot of cadets take maybank loan
      Thats the only choice provided
      I think you cant get a 400k personal loan unless you have a number of properties and mortgage them

  • March 14, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Visnu, best of luck. The experience and info you shared is very helpful. I’m sure my son will benefit a lot from this. He aspire to become a pilot and scored straight As (9As) in his SPM – just collected today. One step forward…

    Does AA, has any scholarship program? I read that MAS does have Cadet Pilot Program that is full sponsored, off course with bonding.

    Thanks again.

    • March 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      First Congrats on the excellent result
      So yeah,
      None of this cadetship are sponsored now
      They provide maybank loan 400k
      Or you can fund yourself
      These loans repayment is about 880k
      MAS is still in the process of getting the loan and their cadetship is not as stable as Air Asia

      • March 14, 2019 at 11:12 pm

        Thanks for clarifying. When we can start applying for 2019 ?

        • March 15, 2019 at 12:49 am

          The application will be updated soon
          Expected 20/3
          You may join the telegram group to get the latest update

          The link is at the top of this article

          • February 17, 2020 at 1:01 am

            Hi bro, I can’t find the telegram link, can you provide here? Thank you very much!

          • November 9, 2020 at 8:13 pm

            hi! i would like to ask because my spm results aren’t good but all are credited without physics… am i able to apply for it?

  • May 8, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Hi there Vishnu,

    Congrats on your performance thus far, and we here greatly appreciate your generosity in providing us with the insights to the AirAsia Cadet Pilot Program.

    May I ask. The order of phases for the 2019 Cadet Programme have been altered and shuffled, as follows:

    Phase 1: Eligibility & Suitability Online application
    Phase 2: Quantitative Critical Thinking & Personality Assessment Screener tests
    Phase 3: Psychomotor Assessments, Spatial Orientation & Physics tests
    Phase 4: Face to Face Interview

    As for Phase 3, do you mind shedding some light on the ‘Spatial Orientation Test’?
    Also, which online test would you recommend for us to use, which caters more for AirAsia’s evaluation, ie PilotAptitudeTest or SkyTest?


    • May 8, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      As for now
      We are still not sure on
      Stage 2 : Personality Assessment Test
      I guess that it is just to check your mental health and nothing to be prepared

      For Spatial Orientation
      Its new though but a good practice can make you go thru it easily
      Should be smtg similar to Psychomotor

      Physics test
      Not sure weather its based on malaysia SPM syllabus or higher level

      I am trying to get more info as much as possible from internal and external cadets
      Will update soon

      Join the telegram group
      Or dm me in telegram

      • May 10, 2019 at 5:17 am

        Hi Vishnu,

        Thank you very much for your prompt and detailed response to my enquiries.
        Okay, I have already joined the Telegram group. I will DM you if required.

        Thanks. 🙂

  • June 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Visnu,

    You mentioned that you subscribed to one of the Online Test for the psychomotor part, Do you mind sharing the link for the Online Test?

    Thanks in advance,

  • November 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Visnu,
    Congratulations on your Pilot program. I have few questions about this program and I couldn’t find the answer online. Maybe you could help me? 🙂

    Recently, I have finished my Bachelor Degree in Aviation and Management and I’m interested in joining Airasia cadet program.

    My questions is: In my SPM result, I did not score C in Maths. Do you know if I can take an external exam to replace the result in SPM while applying for the cadet program? (If yes, any recommendation)

    Thank you

    • December 3, 2019 at 1:49 am

      Hi bro
      Usually cadets who have problems with their requirements they resit their SPM papers.
      But you can get external exam which is certified by MQA
      But then SPM is still preferable.

      • December 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

        Thanks for the information bro. I will consider what you mentioned.
        Have a clear sky ahead!

  • December 8, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Hey Visnu,I heard that the maybank loan for fully sponsored need rm42.5K as for deposit.Is it true?And if yes can you tell other requirements needed from maybank in order to reach the agreement.

    • December 8, 2019 at 11:36 pm

      Yes bro, that amount used to pay the interest during your training. If training delays more than 24 months
      You have to top up

  • January 9, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Sir, I want to know the total cost of the Air Asia Cadet programme India. Means all about taxes and other expenditures which are hidden ,or not mentioned.
    Please tell me the the overall expenditure till becoming a pilot .
    Thank You.

    • January 9, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      For AA India
      Got it from a friend of mine in India
      It cost about 89lakhs
      The financial wise I am not sure if you guys are provided with loan or scholarship.
      But for malaysia they provide loan
      With 8% interest (400k myr)
      Or you can self pay the 400k.
      We are provided with monthly allowance . Hostel provides us food. So there is nothing much to be spent outside unless you are bored of the food.
      I think this will be similar for india as well.

      You can contact the recruitment team for further info.

  • February 2, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Hi bro Would you mind to provide the link for the software of the online test?

    • February 2, 2020 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Darshini, since I am already under air asia I am sorry to tell that
      We are strictly prohibited to share links which would aid in the selection process

  • March 7, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Hi Visnu, in stage 4 for the psychomotor part, does the purple cross moves extremely fast, or moves subtly?

      • March 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

        Thanks for very quick reply bro. And how much time was given to memorize the 2 sets of 6 digit numbers?

  • April 2, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Vishnu.I have read about your experience and guide for Air Asia Interview sessions and it is quite interesting.So basically this year would Air Asia open their Cadet Pilot Prograame this year since there is an outbreak of coronavirus now.If got when will the cadet pilot programme open for us?

      • April 15, 2020 at 12:22 pm

        What software did you use to practice the psychomotor test? Because I need it to prepare for next year cadet pilot programme. In addition, is there any verbal reasoning questions in quantitative and logical thinking test?

  • April 15, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    What software did you use to practice the psychomotor test? Because I need it to prepare for next year cadet pilot programme. In addition, is there any verbal reasoning questions in quantitative and logical thinking test?

    • April 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      I used PAT bro Pilot aptitude test. I am not allowed to tell the exact software which is against the companies policy

      • April 18, 2020 at 2:29 pm

        Is Pat application last long after I have subscribed it

  • April 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Bcz i plan to prepare for next year Airasia cadet pilot programme from now.

  • June 22, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hello, thank you for telling us about your experience. It is really informative and helpful for me. I finished my SPM in 2017 and im now currently studying Diploma which is not related to science or engineering. It has always been my dream to become a pilot since i was a kid. But sadly the fees are just too expensive and this demotivated me a lot during the last 2 years. I have a few questions if you dont mind answering it.
    1) Can i still apply the cadet pilot program with my SPM results?
    2) Do i need to pay anything if i got selected for the exam or interview?
    3) What if i passed the interview and i didnt have a class I medical. Will they reject me?

    • June 22, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Yes, You can apply using SPM, Diploma, and degree.
      If you take the loan you will be required to do an upfront payment of Rm 30K
      Yes if you pass and fail class 1 medical. immediately rejected.

  • October 3, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, experience you told is great, i wanted to know more about class 1 medical requirement since i can’t get any accurate information on the internet. Thanks.

  • November 9, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    hi! i would like to ask, i have just finished my spm last year which is 2019, i have credited all of my spm subjects but is not as good which is A or B, am i still able to apply for it?

    • November 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Your requirement to be a pilot is 5 credits. Check the requirements in the CAAM approval form

      • November 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm

        thank you for your answer! i would like to ask because i have no physics but all are credits in my spm 2019, can i still be a pilot?

        secondly, i would like to ask when will the cadet programme be opened for registration again?

        thirdly, is there a loan deal with air asia which u have 10 years contract with air asia to pay the bank loan?

        hope to receive your answer soon!

  • November 11, 2020 at 10:07 am

    hi! i would like to ask:

    if i have no physics, am i still able to apply with my SPM results with all credit?

    the loan deal, is there a loan deal which there is a contract with AirAsia 10 years contract to pay the deal?

    when will the cadet programme be opened for registration again?

    hope to receive from you soon!


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