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Malaysia Airways Cadet Pilot Trainee Interview Course of and Levels (2018)


Malaysia Airways Berhad (MAB) got here again with their cadet pilot programme after 10 years, and that is what it was like going by every stage. All info displayed right here is of my very own private.

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Earlier than making use of you’ll have to ensure you meet their necessities:

Academic Qualification:

  • SPM (or its equal qualification recognised by Malaysian authorities) with minimal
    • (A-) in Arithmetic OR Add-Arithmetic and English;
    • (A-) in Science OR (B) in Physics; and
    • (B) in different two (2) topics


  • Diploma / Bachelor Diploma in Engineering or Science associated disciplines with minimal
    • CGPA of three.00; and
    • SPM (or its equal qualification recognised by Malaysian authorities) with minimal (B) in Arithmetic OR Add-Arithmetic, Science OR Physics and English


  • A Malaysian Nationwide
  • Most 28 years previous at date of choice
  • Minimal peak of 158cm
  • Good command of Bahasa Malaysia and English, each written and spoken
  • Medically and bodily match with good eyesight and visible acuity of no less than 6/60 with out optical aids, correctable to six/6 and never color blind

Supply: https://betteraviationjobs.com/job/mab-cadet-pilot-trainee-2019/

After utility, it should take some time for the invitation e-mail to be despatched out.

The Malaysia Airways Cadet Pilot Trainee recruitment course of consists of 4 levels:

  1. Written
  2. Interview
  3. Psychometric
  4. Psychomotor

Upon completion of all these levels, the profitable cadet can be referred to as up for the monetary briefing and likewise for the medical.


A written examination that consists of Arithmetic, Physics and English questions. Every paper consists of 30 goal questions. Using calculators are licensed for each paper.


We began off with Arithmetic paper. Allotted time was half-hour & calculators have been allowed.

There have been only a few questions that resembled SPM previous years and there have been extra cognitive IQ associated questions. One way or the other I got here throughout 2 logs questions (fundamental add maths syllabus) out of 30 questions, I solely encountered 2 add maths questions. So for those who’re not an add maths pupil, you wouldn’t have to fret, simply try your paper nicely with the opposite questions.

General, the maths paper wanted just a little additional consideration as a result of a lot of the questions requested have been cognitive based mostly questions that are also called difficult questions. So we needed to perceive the questions at one studying and be fast to resolve these questions at a restricted period of time. You’ll be able to follow for these cognitive questions on-line beforehand to familiarize your self with the idea.

Hooked up pictures beneath resemble the cognitive questions requested;


The simplest a part of examination was English part. Truthfully there isn’t any particular preparation required. Many of the questions handled grammar and vocabulary. Examination additionally had phrases and Idioms and we have to discover the reply which has the identical that means/synonyms. It shouldn’t be a problem if you’re uncovered to English talking atmosphere and indulge your self in English media. Simply focus and try the paper maintaining a tally of time.

I’d not say the paper was simple although it wasn’t too robust both. There have been calculations & concept based mostly questions on the similar ratio. 30 goal questions & time give was 35 minutes. Calculators have been allowed.

Professional tip; once more simply spam previous 12 months SPM questions & don’t put your deal with aviation associated chapters solely just like the Bernoulli’s, Archimedes. cowl each doable chapter together with mild & radioactivity. Don’t even trouble to follow SBP & MRSM papers, truthfully previous 12 months SPM papers are greater than sufficient so that you can do nicely for this written take a look at. Not having the ability to resolve 2-4 questions shouldn’t be an issue for those who’re assured sufficient with the opposite solutions.

Just a few questions that I can recall:

Forces & movement:

  • (calculate the impulsive pressure)
  • (impulse)
  • (calculate the whole momentum)
  • (Hooke’s Regulation – calculate the spring fixed)


  • (what’s the distance between the item and its picture)
  • (traits of a magnifying lens)
  • Logic gates

Electrical energy:

  • (calculate the ammeter studying)
  • (E=vIt)
  • (resistance)


  • (variety of neutron in a component)

In a nutshell, the MAB’s Physics written examination resembled loads 2009-2013 Previous 12 months SPM based mostly the place questions have been slightly fundamental. And no additional effort was required.
However once more put together your self so nicely until you might be assured sufficient of each reply being appropriate. The SPM physics paper consists 50 questions, concept & calculations. Simply spam on these paper 1 questions from the previous 3-6 years & you don’t have to fret. With all this follow, you’re already ready with 150-300 query banks earlier than making an attempt for the actual problem.

Ace it nicely aspiring pilot.

Personally, I’m a 2017 SPM graduate & I had no issue recalling the SPM syllabus. Trying SPM based mostly questions after 9months of leaving the syllabus was not a giant deal for me. I roughly had a day to organize for MAB’s written examination. Obtained the stage 1 invitation e-mail 5 days prior however I used to be away for a trip thus solely had a day to organize. I simply grabbed my previous 12 months SPM maths & physics books the night time earlier than my stage 1 & simply skimmed by the pages. So if you’re a current SPM graduate, don’t fear a lot. Belief your efficiency throughout SPM and provides it your finest shot.
To those that had been some time leaving SPM, I recommend to roughly examine the SPM syllabus chapter by chapter another time, skimming by the reference guide with a SPM candidate for steerage. Solely you then try fixing these previous years questions. Hehe sure it looks like a workload however no ache no acquire proper. So proper after your utility, straightaway begin finding out everywhere in the SPM syllabus. It could take roughly a month-2 months for the MAB admins to ship out the invitation e-mail for Stage 1 until that you’ve got sufficient time to cowl the entire syllabus and depart no stone unturned.

All the very best.


Buckle up your seatbelt as a result of it’s showtime now.

So the interview stage was held in a gaggle interview for me. It actually varies. Some folks obtained a one to 1 model for the interview panel.

We have been required to deliver the associated paperwork:

  • Up to date resume/CV
  • SPM certificates & a replica
  • NRIC & a replica
  • MAB job utility type

Put together these paperwork & current them nicely. Get to know & curiosity with different candidates nicely to calm your nerves.

Will resonate with them loads higher after we work together with folks of comparable scenario with us. (nervous internally)

Personally mine was a gaggle Interview, there have been 2 different candidates with me. There was one male recruiting captain and a feminine HR consultant. The three of us, candidates have been seated on 3 chairs roughly 2 metres away from the desk.

It was kinda nerve-wrecking as a result of there was no approach we may cover our anxiousness. Our fingers have been on our lap and it was apparent I used to be twiddling with my fingers, nervous. The interview began off with introducing ourselves & then attending to know extra about our educational {qualifications}. In a while, the rationale why you wish to grow to be a pilot. I did obtain just one technical query, which occurred to be my most favorite haha. How does an a/c fly. I needed to clarify it on the whiteboard & current to the entire room. In between the recruiting captain threw just a few inquiries to me to distract myself. The questions have been slightly fundamental & easy similar to after I defined Bernoulli’s & Newton’s idea on the wing design, the recruiting captain in between threw questions like ‘who’s Bernoulli & what he contributed’ hehe it was enjoyable & gratifying over all. Me neither the opposite candidates have been provoked or put beneath stress or in any respect.

There was some extent the place the captain requested us about MAB and the query was directed to this one candidate. This candidate did his analysis nicely and commented on stuffs like MAB’s CEO, variety of fleet, locations, kind of fleet and likewise subsidiaries. And after that the interviewer requested if I had anything so as to add in. In between we have been additionally requested few common interview questions like why have been we carrying the color of our shirt. And in addition the place will we see ourselves within the subsequent 10 years from now. What are our strengths & weaknesses.

The interview ended by us asking just a few questions that we had in our thoughts.

In conclusion; Solely converse when required and if it’s a gaggle interview take note of what the opposite candidates has to say. Cease focusing in your anxiousness and take part nicely within the dialog.

Virtually all of the candidates have been requested the frequent query ‘why piloting’ prepare for a nicely deliberate reply. And in case your are saying it’s since you dream and fervour then you possibly can count on for few technical questions. Although don’t fear a lot because the tech questions requested are slightly fundamental and would favour aspiring pilots.

Say that you simply noticed this as a possibility and also you would possibly as nicely escape from the tech query half.

So it doesn’t matter for those who’re not an aspiring pilot & are trying the levels since you noticed this as a possibility. Inform the interview panel and you’ll relieve your self from these technical questions. Although if you’re coming from an aviation background, you possibly can count on for technical questions. Perform some research in regards to the firm earlier than hand, eg; historical past, board of administrators, fleet kind, fleet dimension, locations, subsidiaries, newest routes.

Most significantly be good to the opposite fellow candidates too & work together with them nicely, portrays the CRM high quality in you. Seem assured together with your solutions and converse good English. Keep away from stuttering or stammering because it’s an indication of nervousness. Hold calm, consider your solutions and mission them nicely when talking.

Final however not the least, for this interview do me a favour and put on a smile prior the interview & in the course of the interview, if doable publish the interview too. Smile portrays the arrogance, releases the mind endorphins and this in return will increase your shallowness naturally.

Ace it nicely aspiring pilot.

Interview questions requested to different candidates:

  • Inform me about your self
  • What are your power & weaknesses
  • Why piloting
  • What do you see within the pilot profession
  • Ideas of Flight
  • Clarify how does an plane fly
  • Wing construction
  • What you realize about MAB
  • Is it good to have competitors between AirAsia, Malindo Air, MAB is it helpful for folks


The psychometric take a look at, a web based evaluation. Candidates needed to deliver their very own laptops and hyperlink was given by the admin.

The evaluation accommodates 5 checks:

  • Motivators (10 minutes)
  • Consideration to particulars (2 minutes)
  • Enterprise spelling (5 minutes)
  • Verbal comprehension (5 minutes)
  • Actual time drawback fixing (half-hour)

The checks have been achieved with breaks in between. As much as us on the period of time wanted for our break.

This evaluation combines a collection of a number of selection questions with 4 timed sections that measure common office expertise. This evaluation as an entire just isn’t timed, however we’ve got to permit for 60-75 minutes to finish it. On the finish of every part, we could have the chance to take an untimed break earlier than starting the subsequent part.

Motivators was the best. It was a character take a look at, there have been phrases given and we had to decide on if we agree or disagree to the phrases.

Consideration to particulars:

There have been 3 units of 6-7 digits quantity and we needed to establish if the numbers are distinctive or duplicate. This part was timed for two minutes.

Enterprise spelling:

Mainly a spelling examine on few sentences. We had to determine if the spelling is appropriate or not. If sure, we will proceed to a distinct sentence and if no we’re imagined to key within the appropriate spelling.

This part was timed for five minutes.

Verbal comprehension:

A sentence is given with a phrase underlined & We’re supposed to seek out the synonym of the underlined phrase. There are few synonyms supplied and we’ve got to decide on the very best that resembles.

Was timed for Quarter-hour.

Actual time Downside Fixing:

This was a multitasking part. We needed to resolve maths query and on the similar time to answer to emails. Wanted most quantity of focus for this one


The psychomotor take a look at

Prior this evaluation you can be briefed on what to anticipate all through this take a look at. Although, a sim follow beforehand will assist enhance your confidence as nicely.

Every candidate has to go for a 10-Quarter-hour simulator session,The kind of plane you can be assigned to is random. B737-800, B737-400, B777-200, B747-400. You may be requested to sit down on the best hand seat / co-pilot and together with the captain in cost and you can be assessed in your flying expertise.

Personally for me stage 4 was essentially the most difficult one as a result of it was flying the airplane. At all times grew up speaking about planes and watching them within the skies and now got here the half the place I needed to fly and naturally I used to be doomed.

The recruiting captain examined me on takeoff and the yoke was heavy and I needed to put additional effort in pulling it and that brought on my shoulders to cram. Subsequent when sustaining centerline making use of the rudders, my legs have been trembling hahahaha. I truthfully didn’t knew that a lot stress needs to be exerted on the rudders to deal with the actions. I used to be new to all this and it took me a while to regulate myself with the yoke sensitivity and rudders.

And when turning I needed to transfer the yoke to left and proper, that contributed to additional painful muscle mass. There was a time the place the captain mentioned he turned off engine 1 and I had to deal with the required actions. Simply adopted the information on the first flight show and likewise utilized the pressure on rudders. However of trigger I do know I messed it up so dangerous. Upon approaching, he tuned on the Localizer and ILS (Instrument Touchdown System), which I had no concept on what to do & that contributed to additional stupidity. And that’s all for my simulator session.

It was a enjoyable expertise, being the kind of airbus fan on a regular basis I by no means favored the Boeing planes, at all times had a distinct notion. However I used to be fascinated with using yoke and switches that tick and the completely different shows that they use ECAM/EICAS.

I can’t actually present a lot assist for this stage, I messed it up myself. I can solely narrate what I went by.

Having the ability to fly this queen of the skies was a dream come true for me. MAB previously often known as MAS used to have B747 in service until 2012, the place it was retired.

Good luck future cadets!

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