How To Join IMA? Indian Military Academy – Indian Army

IMA Dehradun

IMA stands for Indian Military Academy. It is the dream of many defense aspirants. This article is for those who don’t know much about IMA. After reading this you will have a better idea about what IMA is and How to join IMA through different entries of the Indian Army.

Other than IMA there are various other academies like the NDA (National Defence Academy), Officers Training Academy (OTA), INA (Indian Naval Academy), and AFA (Air Force Academy). All of these provided training to cadets and make men out of boys. After passing out from any of the above academies, the candidates can join the Indian Army as commissioned officers.

Also Read: How to Join CDS?

How to Join the Indian Military Academy?

Vacancies Per Course 250 (Twice a year)
Notify in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct
Eligibility Criteria
Age 19 to 24 yrs
Born Between 2nd Jan to 1st Jan for Jan Course.
2nd Jul to 1st Jul for Jul Course.
Qualification Graduation from Recognised University.
Marital Status Unmarried
Application to be Received by May and Oct
Likely SSB Date Sep / Oct and Mar / Apr
Date Commencement of Trg Jan and Jul
Training Academy IMA Dehradun
Duration of Trg 1 ½ Yrs

How to Join IMA? 

There are different ways to join the Indian Military Academy.

  • CDS Exam

Category Details
Exam Name Combined Defence Services (CDS)
Conducted by Union Public Service Commission
Mode of Paper Offline
Application Mode Online
Conduct in Year 2 Times
Level of Exam National Level (Pan Indian)
Fees Structure for application
  • General/OBC:- 200
  • SC/ST/- Exempted
  • Female:- Exempted
Timing for Paper 6 Hours (4 Hr for OTA)
Languages of Paper Both (Hindi and English) expect an English section)
Official Website
  • 10+2 TES (Technical Entry Scheme)

Vacancies Per Course 85 (Twice a year)
Notify in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper Apr and Sep Notified by Additional Directorate General of Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria
Age 16 ½ to 19 yrs
Born Between 1st Jul to 1st Jul for Jan Course and 1st Jan to 1 Jan for Jul Course
Qualification 10+2 Physics, Chemistry & Maths (aggregate 70% and above to apply)
Marital Status Un Married
Application to be Received by 30 Jun and 31 Oct
Likely SSB Date Aug to Oct and Feb to Apr
Date Commencement of Trg Jan and Jul
Training Academy IMA Dehradun
Duration of Trg 5 Yrs (1 Yrs IMA & 4 Yrs CTWS) Permanent Commission after 4 Yrs

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  • TGC (Technical Graduate Course)

Events Comments
Exam Name Technical Graduate Scheme Entry 2023
Conduct by Indian Army
Type of Entry 136th Entry 2022
Total Vacancies soon
Applied By Engineering Degree Carrier Candidates
Course Start From January 2023
Location IMA Dehradun
Appointment As Lieutenant
Types of Commission At Starting:- Grant of Commission
After Complete Course:- Permanent Commission
After One Year in Service:- 
Ante Date Seniority
Starting Salary 56,100-1,77,500 / month
Official Website
  • NDA Graduation (National Defence Academy)

Name of Exam National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Periodicity Twice a year
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Rounds 3 Stages (Written + SSB + Medical)
Expected Candidates 2 lakhs approx.
Available Seats 400
Job Location Across India
Official Website

NDA/NA online course

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Difference Between IMA and OTA

Best NDA Coaching in Allahabad

Many times candidates are confused about whether they should attend coaching for Combined Defence Services Exam preparation or not. So, let me tell you that self-study is important but coaching institutes provide you with the right guidance and the right path, by going on that path you can achieve your dream of becoming an officer in the armed forces through CDS entry.

So, the Best NDA coaching in Allahabad is Major Kashi Classes which provide the best guidance for the preparation of various defense exams whether it is NDA, CDS, AFCAT, or other Agnipath recruitment entries. Major Kalshi is the Best CDS Coaching in Prayagraj that offers experienced faculties and study material by MKC publication. 

MKC Offline Classroom Course Unique Features:

  • “Trend Analysis” based unique “Teaching Plan” 
  • Most experienced faculty of MKC, 
  • Doubt Counter facility 
  • Spoken English Classes, 
  • Physical Training Sessions at Malviya Stadium,
  • Best Study Material by MKC Publication 
  • Weekly and Monthly Testing System 
  • Special Current Affairs Sessions 
  • Sunday Extra Classes 
  • Best SSB Interview guidance by Retired Officers 
  • Fully Equipped GTO Ground 
  • Huge Computer Lab 
  • Comfortable Hostel & Mess for Nutritious food 

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