which conducts staff course for the selected officers of the three services and also the officers
      from the central civil services. In addition, defence officers from friendly foreign countries also
      subscribe to the Staff Course conducted by the college. The officers passing out from DSSC are
      awarded Master of Science (MSc) in Defence and Strategic Studies from Chennai University.
      Relevant Website: www.dssc.gov.in
      National Defence Academy
           National Defence Academy (NDA) is a premier tri-service institution which trains cadets of
      all three services before inducting them into their respective pre-commissioning training
      academies. Intake to NDA is organised through UPSC examination which is conducted twice in
      a year in the month of April and September. Applicants are required to be XII Standard pass and
      in the age bracket of 16 1/2 to 19 1/2 years at the time of joining. The three years course at NDA
      is covered in six semesters and cadets are awarded with BA/ BSc Degree. On conclusion of this
      training the cadets proceed to their respective Service Academies for further service specific
      training before being commissioned as officers in the Armed Forces.
      Relevant Website: www.nda.nic.in
      Indian Military Academy
           Founded in 1932, Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun aims at the fullest
      development of intellectual, moral and physical qualities of persons joining the Army as officers.
      The various modes of entry into IMA are: (a) on graduation from NDA.; (b) on graduation from
      Army Cadet College, which is a wing of the IMA itself.; (c) direct entry graduate cadets, who
      qualify the Union Public Service Commission Exam and get through the Service Selection
      Board.; (d) for Technical Graduate’s Course (TGC).; (e) under university entry scheme (UES)
      for engineering college students in Final/ Pre-Final year of studies. The IMA also imparts
      training to Gentlemen Cadets from friendly countries.
      Officers Training Academy
           Established in 1963, the Officers Training School (OTS) was re-designated as Officers
      Training Academy (OTA) from 1988 on completion of 25 years of its existence. Its main task,
      before 1965 was to train Gentlemen Cadets for grant of Emergency Commission. From 1965
      onwards, the Academy trains cadets for Short Service Commission. With the entry of women
      officers in the Army since 1992, around 100 lady officers now get commissioned from OTA
      every year in Army Service Corps, Judge Advocate General’s Department, Corps of Engineers,
      Signals and Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
      Officers Training Academy
           The Academy was commissioned in 2011. The training capacity as of now is around 400
      gentlemen cadets. The capacity will be progressively built up to a strength of 750 gentlemen
      cadets. OTA, Gaya imparts training for the following: (a) 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme; (b)
      Special Commissioned Officers;
           The OTA, Gaya also imparts training to Gentlemen Cadets from friendly countries.
      National Cadet Corps
           The National Cadet Corps (NCC) was established in 1948 as an Indian military cadet corps.