Government regulations require a license to operate any radio transmitter in India. It is illegal and punishable to possess a radio transmitter without proper license. At present there are four operating licenses and one receiving license available. They are Advanced, Grade I, Grade II and Restricted Amateur Wireless telegraph Station License and Short Wave Listeners (SWL) License. With the SWL license, you can possess only a Communication receiver. But with the other four, you can possess and operate transmitting and receiving set-up. The minimum are is years for Restricted and Grade II, years for Grade I and years for Advanced License.
To obtain any of the operating licenses, you have to take the respective Amateur Station Operator’s Certificate (ASOC) Examination conducted by the Wireless planning and Co-ordination (WPC) Wing of the Ministry of Communications, at any one of the monitoring Stations around the country. For the SWI License, there is no examination - just send the application form and License fee to WPC.
THE FIRST STEP:
The best way to begin is to join an amateur club / society in your area. If you do not have one in your area, form one. Not having the license is the best reason to join the club.
The Requirements for the ASOC Application Guidelines are listed here.