Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

is where the bodies and minds of the trainees are moulded to have the tensility of the finest tempered steel together with qualities such as camaraderie, team-spirit, critical appreciation of a given or emerging instinct with an inbuilt urge never to


  • The Academy became functional from 01 October 1932 with a course strength of 40 Gentlemen Cadets.
  • Brigadier L P Collins, DSO, OBE was the first Commandant.
  • The first course had on its rolls Sam Manekshaw, Smith Dun and Mohd Musa. All of them later became the Chiefs of the armies of their respective countries namely India, Burma and Pakistan.
  • In 1934, even before the first course had passed out, his Excellency Lord Willingdon the Viceroy of India, presented the Colours to the Academy on behalf of His Majesty the King-Emperor, as not merely a mark of royal favour but also as acknowledgement of sacrifice and common endeavour. The parade was commanded by Under-Officer GC Smith Dun.
  • In consonance with national aspirations, the Indian Military Academy was redesignated as the National Defence Academy in January 1950.

ACADEMICS Curriculum

  •  Entry to IMA
Type of Entry Age(yrs) Qualifications Mode of Selection
Ex NDA and Ex ACC
Direct Entry 19-24 Degree or equivalent Combined Defence Services Examination through UPSC
Engineering Graduates 20-27 Engineering Degree in notified discipline Direct SSB Interview
10 + 2 PCM(Tech) 16.5-19.5 10+2 with 70% aggregate Apply directly to Recruiting Directorate
University Entry Scheme 19-25
Final and Pre Final year BE/B Tech students Campus Interview SSB

The Indian Military Academy presently has the following entries:-

Cadets Ex National Defence Academy and Ex Army Cadet College.
Graduate Direct Entry Scheme.
Technical Graduate Entry Scheme for Engineering graduates.
UES Entry for Final and Pre final Engineering graduates.
10+2 PCM (Tech) Entry.

The duration of training is one year except for the Direct Entry Scheme, for which it is one and a half years. Direct Entry is to be made through a written examination conducted by the UPSC and the final selection is by the Services Selection Board. The age limits for them is from 19 to 24 yrs at the time of entry. Ex-NDA and ex-ACC cadets join after completing a three year degree course. The former enter NDA through UPSC examination and SSB whereas the ACC cadets join through the ranks after qualifying an examination conducted by Army Headquarters and facing the SSB. The technical graduates, who are engineering graduates, do not have to take a written examination but pass through SSB.

Candidates selected for 10+2 Technical entry scheme are inducted for one years’ Basic Military Training at IMA. This is followed by a four years’ degree course in Engineering from College of Military Engineering, Pune / Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow / Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad. The total duration of training is five years. On completion of four years of training, commission in the rank of a Lieutenant is granted. For a degree in Engineering, there is a need to complete the stipulated five years of training.

At IMA GCs are trained in all aspects of combat and tactics using computers and other modern training tools. This coupled with exciting adventure sports like River rafting, Para jumping, Rock climbing, trekking and mountaineering ensures all round development. A GC is commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army.

Antedate seniority of two years is given to Engineering / Technical Graduates inducted through technical entries. This is to compensate for the extra time and energy spent to earn the Engineering Degree before training. With the antedate seniority, there are opportunities for faster promotions, in addition to pay benefits.

Foreign Cadets

Ever since 1948, cadets from friendly Afro-Asian countries have been joining IMA for pre-commission training. Up to 1987, 568 foreign gentlemen cadets from 18 countries received training at the Academy. These are Angola, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Iraq, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.


  • Leadership is an essential requirement in all fields of life. What distinguishes the military leadership from other kinds is that it is a leadership of a kind that demands tapping of the last ounce of individual’s physical and psychic resources on the battle field. It has only compounded the criticality of the crisis in all its aspects – physical, mental, moral and emotional.
  • Those who come to the Academy as Gentlemen Cadets are groomed to develop and acquire the character that will enable them in the near or distant future to assume responsibility to see the country through the crisis.
  • Some of these foreign alumni of the Academy have done exceptionally well. In June 1966 GC Lokot Zamani of Nigeria was appointed Academy Cadet Adjutant who later went on to win the Gold Medal. GC, YB Tun Hussain Bin Onn, rose to the position of Prime Minister of Malaysia. Another Malaysian, Ibrahim bin Ismail, rose to the rank of General. Three Nepalese alumni namely Arjun Narsing Rana, Bharat Kesar Singh and Rishi Kumar Pandey, rose to the rank of General in the Royal Nepalese Army.

Contact Info

Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Dehradun, Uttaranchal