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Indian Military Academy(IMA) – Why you should join it? (Exclusive Images!!)

The Indian Military Academy, Dehradun (also known as IMA) is the officer training Academy of the Indian Army. IMA was established in 1932.

Chetwood Building: Looking-magnificent

Chetwood Building: Looking-magnificent

The academy is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 8 km west of Dehradun in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. The campus is on National Highway 72, which separates the North and South Campus. The campus of the academy originally spanned 206 acres which was transferred to the academy along with existing buildings from the Railway Staff College. The academy area is 1,400 acres (5.7 km2).

Drill Square!

Drill Square!

Built in 1930, the Chetwode Hall on the Drill Square houses the administrative headquarters of the IMA and is also the hub of academic training. It has lecture halls, computer labs and a cafe. On the opposite side of the Drill Square is the Khetarpal Auditorium. Inaugurated in 1982, it has a seating capacity of over 2000.

Chetwood Hall!

Chetwood Hall!

A newer wing of the Chetwode Hall, added in 1938, houses the Central Library. It has over 100,000 volumes and subscriptions to hundreds of periodicals from across the world, besides multimedia sections. In addition, there are two branch libraries closer to the cadet barracks across the campus.

Khetarpal Auditorium!

Khetarpal Auditorium!

The IMA Museum on the campus displays artifacts of historic importance. Among other war relics, it displays the pistol of Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi of the Pakistan Army which he surrendered to Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora after signing the Instrument of Surrender to end the [liberation War of 1971]].

The martyrs resting in peace

The martyrs resting in peace

The Commandant’s residence is a handsome colonial structure with a landscaped 6 acre garden. It offers a panoramic view of the Tons River silhouetted by the Himalayas.

In the earlier years, cadets were accommodated in GC Quarters, consisting of the Kingsley and Collins Blocks. With the growth of the IMA to five battalions of cadets, some battalions are accommodated in barracks in the South and East Campus.

Cadet's Barracks!

Cadet’s Barracks!

The IMA helipad is located in the Tons Valley in the northwest of the campus.

Cadet Life

A trainee on admission to the IMA is referred to as a Gentleman Cadet. One reason for this is that the academy expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical values. Inscribed in the oak panelling at the Eastern entrance of the Chetwode Hall is the academy’s credo, excerpted from the speech of Field Marshal Chetwode at the inauguration of the academy in 1932:


Chetwood Credo!

Chetwood Credo!

The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time.
The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next.
Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.

Cross country run!

Cross country run!

The freshman GCs hail from diverse backgrounds with multifarious habits and grooming. The Academy plays a vital role in moulding those differences and helps them anchor into a common bonding. Doing things together bring a sense of fellow feeling.

Obstacle training!

Obstacle training!

No GC gets preferential treatment, all are allowed to shape up together; together they break bread, together they play and together they receive the same kind of training. This bonding helps them to develop values such as camaraderie, espirit de corps and oneness that go a long way to give a separate identity to the corps of officers in the Army.

5M Dive test!

5M Dive test!

It is simply that the future officers are made to acquire the finer graces of life and living which invests them with a personal dignity and a sense of appreciation for those finer pursuits which distinguish man and civilization.

10M Dive( part of swimming Test)!

10M Dive( part of swimming Test)!

IMA encourages a Gentlemen Cadet to reflect on the greatness of India’s diversity, her secular foundation and to honour the traditions and customs of the Army. In a nutshell, IMA habitat helps him to become a rounded personality.


Making of Indian Army Officer!


From grueling route-marches to photography, painting, seminars, term-papers, tours and sports, the training is an action filled scenario nurturing their mental and physical potential. Each and every GC is allowed equal space for growth within the given time frame. The pace of training at the Academy is fast and intense.

Horse riding!!

Horse riding!!

Therefore, it is no wonder that it becomes a test of one’s mettle and capabilities, and in psychological terms a foretaste of what the trainees would face in the battlefield where there is no room or no scope of explanation and rationalization for failures.



The completion of training is therefore, a sort of self-assessment which awakens and activates one’s self-esteem, sense of honour and dignity. A GC learns a great deal of values of life during his short stay in the Academy.

Dream of every army aspirant: To walk over it..

Dream of every Military aspirant: To walk over it..


13 comments on “Indian Military Academy(IMA) – Why you should join it? (Exclusive Images!!)

  1. nanjeshpatel
    October 2, 2016

    Can someone with a flat foot join the Indian Army?

  2. Rajat
    August 15, 2016

    Thanks alot jai hind

  3. Rajat
    August 14, 2016

    Im graduated and i have got third division so am i able for cds exam ?

    • Sonu
      August 15, 2016

      Yes you are eligible.

  4. Ranjit Kumar Chowhan
    July 23, 2016

    I want to join I’ma

    • Sonu
      July 24, 2016

      All the best.. Go ahead, whoz stoping you..?

  5. K.sai manasa
    June 24, 2016

    Ima is an academy which teaches and helps us to prepare for exam or after attending exam if we r eligible then they give training ?

    • Sonu
      June 24, 2016

      Bro/ Sis… You are lost.

      It’s a institution which trains you to be able to take command of a platoon in war.

      It teaches you survival, Map reading, navigation and use of weapons and a lot more than that.

  6. ankush
    February 12, 2016

    Iam a fitness lover…i workout…and taking protein supplement is part of my regime….if i get into IMA,..will i be allowed to keep eatables and supplement of my own….?

  7. swapna singh
    January 15, 2016

    I love indian military academy I study in 1st year Ba how can I prepare for indian army please give me a right path

    • vaishak
      January 23, 2016

      apply for cds exam and based on your marks you will be shortlisted for ssb interview


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