Officers’ Training Academy was formed in Chennai and started operating from January, 1963. Since then, the academy is actively engaged to create officer materials to lead Indian Army from the front. Considering the type of activities an army officer is involved in, the nation can’t settle on to something lower than the expected OLQs (read Officer Like Qualities). Although respective Service Selection Boards do their part of duties by selecting the raw guys & girls who have that spark, but the academies make them a real soldier.

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How to Join OTA Chennai

Via Judge Advocate Entry: Candidate with a minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB degree (3 yrs. professional after graduation Or 5 yrs. after 10+2) are eligible to apply for Judge Advocate Entry. Selected candidates are called for interview and medical test.

Via CDSE: Men and Women can join OTA for SSC Non-Technical Branch through Combined Defence Services exam (CDSE) which is held twice a year by UPSC. On qualifying the UPSC written exam, successful candidates undergo SSB interview followed by medical checkup. education qualification required is BSC/BA/BCA/B.COM from a recognized university.

Via NCC Special Entry Scheme: Male And Female Graduates with LLB / LLM with 50% aggregate marks, 2 Yrs. service in NCC Senior Div. Army with minimum ‘B’ grade in ‘C’ Certificate are eligible to apply for this entry. Shortlisted candidates who meet the eligibility criteria appear for SSB interview followed by medical exam.

Via SSC Technical: Men and Women who are technical graduates can join through SSC-Technical entries. There is no written exam and the Shortlisting of application is done on the basis of cut-off percentage of qualifying exam, i.e. engineering. Shortlisted applicants are later called for SSB followed by medical checkup.

The advertisement for these entry schemes come up from time-to-time depending on the course commencement & vacancies. You need to watch out Employment News for advertisement notice. These ways give you the option of joining Indian Army as an SCC (Short Service Commission) officer for 10 Yrs. In Short Service Commission you have the option of Joining the Army and serving as a Commissioned Officer for 10/14 years. At the end 10 yrs you have 3 options. Either elect for a Permanent Commission or opt out or have the option of 4 years extension. They can resign at any time during this period of 4 yrs extension.

Source: Join Army, Indian Army