Mission NDA 2020: Everything you need to know about IMA, Dehradun

Updated Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:23 AM IST

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While we live peacefully in our surroundings, the nation’s brave hearts stand and face with utmost dignity and valour the most cruel inevitability of life, that is, death.Our soldiers dedicate themselves forthe safety and security of the nation and it’s inhabitants with pride.

IMA, Indian Military Academy is a national institution which train these brave hearts to meet any situation with courage and patience. IMA, Dehradun was established in the year 1932 with a motto of 'Valour and Wisdom'. Indian Military Academy, IMA trains cadets to join Indian Military by strengthening them both physically and mentally and also imparts qualities of patriotism, dynamism, character, moral, etc. The cadets at IMA also known as Gentlemen Cadets go through a strenuous training period of 18 months. The Institute began with only 40 gentlemen cadets in year 1932 and today over 400 cadets are being trained at Indian Military Academy.

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How to join IMA?

If you have the burning flame of serving your nation and aspire to become a soldier then apply for IMA. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun takes admission through different portals with slight changes in the eligibility criteria. Mentioned below are the ways to get into IMA:


National Defence Academy, NDA is a national level exam that recruits candidates in all the three wings of defence, namely, Army, Navy and Air force. It is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice every year.
• Eligibility Requirements to Apply for NDA- The candidate must be a citizen of India, candidate need to be unmarried and if he gets selected he could not get married during his training tenure, candidates wishing to join the army wing need to have completed their class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognised Institute whereas candidates who wish to join the air force and navy need to have passed class 12th with Physics and Mathematics from a recognised Institute, candidates appearing in class 12th final exam are also eligible to apply and candidates between 16.5 to 19 years of age are only allowed to apply.

• Paper Pattern- The NDA paper is divided in into two phases, which are, written and SSB interview. The written exam is conducted offline. The paper consists mainly of two sections Mathematics and General Ability. Each section is provided two and half hours duration for completion. For the convenience of students the paper is set in both English and Hindi language. The paper might seem a bit lengthy as the whole paper is for 900 marks, with Mathematics consisting 300 marks and General Ability 600 marks.


Combined Defence Services Exam, CDSE is conducted twice every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The CDS exam happens in two phases namely, written and SSB interview. Candidates can apply online for the exam on the official website of UPSC. The age of the candidate applying should be between 19 to 24 years. The mode of this exam is offline.

• Technical Graduate Course

Candidates in their final year of BE/B.Techof specific streams can apply for IMA through this course. The age for the candidates applying through this should be between 19 to 25 years.

Salary and Perks

The IMA offers several perks to it’s cadets and officers for their hard work and devotion. Cadets during their training get a stipend of ₹21,000 per month.The salary of officers vary as per their posts. The starting salary is around ₹56,100 per monthfor officers at the posts of a Lieutenant and it reachesupto ₹2,25,000 per month for the officers at the post of Lieutenant General. The officers are also entitled to dearness allowance, transport allowance, uniform allowance, children Education allowance, etc. They also get pension after their retirements.

Salary Structure
Post Grade Pay Salary
Lieutenant ₹5,400 ₹15,600-₹39,100
Captain ₹6,100 ₹15,600-₹39,100
Major ₹6,600 ₹15,600-₹39,100
Lieutenant Colonel ₹8,000 ₹37,400-₹67,000
Colonel ₹8,700 ₹37,400-₹67,000
Brigadier ₹8,900 ₹37,400-₹67,000
Major General ₹10,000 ₹37,400-₹67,000
Lieutenant General - ₹67,000-₹79,000

Allowance structure

Dearness Allowance It is similar to civilian gazetted officers
Kit maintenance ₹400
High altitude allowance ₹1,060
Uniform Allowance Initially they are provided ₹14,000 and eventually get ₹3000 for every three months
Transport Allowance 1,600-₹3,200

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun is the officer training academy that looks after the all round development of the cadets to prepare them for the Indian Army. It’s the academy that trains the future warriors and saviours thus it is not easy to qualify the written examand the physical and medical tests. Candidates dedicated enough need to work real hard on themselves to get into this military academy, situated in the foothills of Himalayas over 1400 acres of land.

The Indian Military Academy is full of glorious history. It’s first ever cadet was calledThe Pioneers. The cadet produced future Army Chiefs of three countriesManekshaw, Smith Dum and Muhammad Musa. And it is still continuing to produce great officers.

If you look at your nation above all and claim to save it from every ill and harm then IMA is a place that will sharpen your skills, intellect, mental and physical strength. The Academy is quite strict and disciplined and follows strict rules. Anyone wishing to join IMA first need to make his mind tough enough so as to be able to go through all the demanding and arduous trainingthat is offered at the Indian Military Academy without any mercy.

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