Officers Training Academy (OTA) Recruitment

Officers Training Academy (OTA) plays a vital role in providing training to Men as well as Women of Indian Army to make them a good leader in the future. The training at the academy aims at to give Leadership Qualities, Moral Values, Mental And Physical Toughness, A Spirit of Adventure and A Will To Win In The Cadets.

With the successful completion of the training, the cadets are commissioned in the Indian Army with the Short Service Commission and Permanent Commission.

There are two officers training academies in India
i. OTA, Chennai
ii. OTA, Gaya (Bihar).

Officers Training Academy (OTA) Training

The academy transforms young men and women into strong officers who can serve their nation at the time of war and peace. The officers are trained for 49 weeks in which they learn to perform effectively while guarding national borders, assisting civil administration during natural calamities, overcoming internal disturbances, and participating in peacekeeping missions.

Officers Training Academy (OTA) Cadet Life

Both men and women cadets enjoy a very good life. Leading a disciplined life is the top priority at OTA. Both OTA Chennai and OTA Gaya academies provides top class facilities and cares for overall development.

Officers Training Academy (OTA) Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: The candidate should belongs to India and should not have any criminal back ground.

Age Limit: The Age of the candidate should be between 19-25 years

Marital Status: The Candidate Should Be Unmarried/Single.

Physical Health:
The candidate should have a perfect physical and mental fitness. They should free from any kind of diseases.
The candidate should have a good eye vision without any defect.

Officers Training Academy (OTA) Selection Process

The candidates are selected for Officers Training Academy (OTA) through the following exams:


The CDSE or Combined Defence Services Exam is held twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. Candidates who have successfully completed their BSc/BA/BCA/B.Com or any any other undergraduate course from a recognized university are eligible to apply for CDSE. They are required to qualify the UPSC written exam, followed by an SSB interview and medical examination. The successful candidates can join the OTA for SSC Non-technical branch.

SSC Technical:

Candidates (men and women) who are BE / B Tech final appearing & degree holders in the following branch of Engineering are eligible for SSC Technical entry.
  • Electrical/ Electrical & Electronics
  • Civil
  • Mechanical
  • Computer Sc & Engg/ Computer Technology/ Info Tech/M.Sc Computer Sc
  • Electronics & Telecom
  • Aeronautical/Aviation/Ballistics/Avionics
  • Electronics/Opto Electronics/Fibre Optics/Micro Electronics & Microwave
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Production Engineering
  • Architecture/Building Construction Technology: Architecture Engineering
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. Short listed applicants are later called for SSB interview followed by medical check up. The finally selected candidates can join OTA for a 49 weeks training

NCC Special Entry Scheme:

Educational Qualification: Candidate should score a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in their degree from a recognized University. Candidates in their final year of degree courses are also allowed to apply, provided they have scored a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in their first two/three years. Such students will need to secure overall aggregate of minimum 50% marks if selected in interview failing which their candidature will be cancelled.

Service in NCC: Candidates should have served for a minimum of two academic years in the senior Division/Wing of NCC.

Grading: Candidates should have obtained a minimum of ‘B' Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam of NCC.

There are two stages of selection for NCC Special Entry Scheme:
Stage 1: SSB Interview
Stage 2: Medical Examination

(a) All applications are forwarded to Rtg. Directorate (NCC Entry) through HQ DG NCC. The NCC Units/Gp HQs will forward the applications to State Directorates who in turn will forward the same to HQ DG NCC.

(b) Thorough Screening/Short-listing of applications based on qualifications of the candidates will be carried out by the NCC Directorates & HQ DG NCC.
The finally selected candidates can join OTA for a 49 weeks training

Judge Advocate Entry:

To be eligible to apply for Judge Advocate Entry the candidate must have scored 55% marks in LLB graduation degree (3 years professional after graduation or 5 years after 10+2) and the candidate must be eligible for registration with Bar council of India/ State. Candidates having studied in the college/ university which are not recognized by the Bar council of India will not be accepted. Selected candidates are called for interview and medical test.

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