K.C. Samuel was born and brought up in Kerala. After graduating from the Kerala University, he went to Chennai for higher studies in aeronautical engineering. Along with it he also underwent training in flying at the Madras Flying Club. He is a Member of the Aeronautical Society of India (MAeSI), a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Engineers & Technicians. He is a private pilot licence holder from the Madras Flying Club.