The Indian Military academy is located in the beautiful foothills of Himalayas, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, the land of god itself. The campus is situated on National Highway 72, which separates the North and South campus.
The Indian Military Academy became functional in the year 1932 on 1st October. It commenced with course strength of 40 gentlemen cadets. Brig. L.P. Collins, DSO, OBE was the first commandant. The first course had enrolled Sam Manekshaw, Smith Dun, and Mohd. Musa. All of them later achieved the ranks of Army Chief of India, Burma, and Pakistan respectively. The course was designated as ‘PIONEERS’. The government acquired the estate of the Railway Staff College at Dehradun, which had perfectly appropriate buildings and an extensive campus to meet the requirements of the Academy. The campus originally when acquired was spread across 206 Acres, now has increased to 1,400 Acres (5.72 sq. km).
Embellished in 1930, the Chetwode Hall on the Drill Square houses the administrative headquarters of the IMA and is also the hub of academic training with lecture halls, a cafe, and computer labs. On the opposite side of the Drill Square is Khetarpal Auditorium, unveiled in 1982, has a seating capacity of over 2000.
The has been a newer wing of Chetwode hall that was set up in 1938, houses the Central Library. It has over 100,000 volumes and subscriptions to hundreds of periodicals from across the world best modern multimedia sections. There are two branches of the library that have been fashioned closer to the cadet barracks across the campus. The Commandant’s residence is a stately colonial structure with a landscaped garden of 6 Acres. It offers a beautifulpanoramic view of the stunning Tons River silhouetted by the Himalayas. The Tons Valley in the Northwest of the campus is where the IMA helipad is located.
Being one of the best of the establishment of the Indian Army there are plenty of Athletic facilities. The south campus, developed in the 1970s includes facilities for the Somnath Stadium and the Salaria Aquatic Centre. This campus also has a stud farm and a small-arms shooting range. The North campus covers the Polo Ground along the Tons River. The Tons Valley to the Northwest of the campus is bounded by the forks and bends and is used for para-dropping, para-gliding, and battle training.
The IMA War Memorial, pays homage to the alumni who started their career to serve the country. At the sanctum sanctorum of the memorial is a bronze statue of a Gentlemen Cadet with a sword presenting arms. The Memorial was inaugurated by Field Marshall Manekshaw on 17 November 1999, just weeks after the Kargil war. IMA officers led and fought the war, with some of them putting their names high in the list of gallantry.Two ParamVir Chakra recipients and eight MahaVir Chakra recipients were among their ranks.
The trainee admitted to the IMA are referred to as Gentlemen Cadet. The academy expects its graduates to uphold the highest morals and ethical values. The Freshmen GCs hail from different backgrounds but here under this roof they are one. And the academy plays a vital role to anchor them into a common bonding and molding those differences. Doing things together brings a sense of comrade feeling. There is no preferential treatment for any cadet. They are allowed to shape together, together they break, together they play together they receive the same kind of training. The bonding inculcates in them values such as camaraderie, spirit de corps, and a belief of being one that goes a long way and shows in their personality of being officers in the Army.
They are trained in such a way that helps them acquire finer graces of life in the future and living which invests them with personal dignity. IMA encourages Gentlemen Cadets to express on the greatness of India’s diversity, the secular foundation, and honor its traditions and customs. The Academy trains its officers to become an all-rounded personality.
This a way to help them keep up with the situations they face in the future. From grueling route marches to photography, painting, seminars, term-papers, tours, and sports nurture their mental and physical growth. Every GC is allowed equal space for their growth and development in the environment of the academy. They are prepared to face every situation in the battlefield from wars to toughest decision makings where there is no scope for explanation and rationalization for failures. This short stay of the academy turns their life to something no civilian can imagine.
There are 5 ways to join the Indian Military Academy:
1. National Defence Academy (NDA)
2. Combined Defence Academy (CDS)
3. Technical Graduate Course (TGC)
4. University Entry Scheme (UES)
5. Army Educational Corps (AEC)
The candidates have to undergo various exams depending on the way through which they are interested in joining the academy.
1. National Defence Academy examination is organized by UPCS twice a year. Only male candidates who passed or appearing in class 12th can make a career in the Indian Armed Forces. The candidates have to undergo 3 years of educational training at NDA Khadakwasla and 1-year military training at IMA after clearing this exam.
2. Combined Defence Examination is organized by UPCS twice a year. Both male and female candidates who passed their graduation or appearing for graduation final year can make a career in the armed forces. But only male candidates can join the IMA when they choose Army as preference while female candidates get training at OTA Chennai.
3. Those who are studying in the final year/ have completed BE / B.Tech in the stream like mechanical, electrical, civil, electronics, and computer science can also join the IMA through Technical the Graduate Course with a training duration of 1 year.
4. The UES entry is for those who are willing to apply for the Army in the Pre-Final Year of Engineering.
5. You can join this branch of the army after Post Graduation. You can receive the notification for this entrytwice a year in May/Jun and Nov/Dec. The qualification is MA / MSC in the 1st or 2nd division.
Rashtriya Military Schools are other establishments which were originally established to take care of the education of the sons of defense personnel. But later in 1952 these schools were reorganized as Public schools that admitted sons of both the defense personnel and civilians. This school has several alumni occupying high positions in the Armed Forces and in other sectors doing stellar service for their motherland.
Common entrance tests are held for entrance to these schools for admission in class VI and IX. The exams are held in December and are automated OMR based in subjects mentioned under the head “ADMISSION TEST”. Admission to class XI is based on the results of class X board exams.