The Officers Training Academy is a training establishment of the Indian Army that trains officers for the Short Service Commission. The 10 month course at the OTA prepares graduates for all branches of the Army, except for the Army Medical Corps. Before the establishment of OTA GAYA on November 14, 2011 it has no sister institution. Institutes are affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


OTA Chennai:

In 1962 two Officers Training Academy where setup to fulfill the need of Indian army at Pune & Chennai. The establishment process starts in September 1962 & the institute at Chennai was inaugurated on 15 January 1963, with Brigadier Ram Singh. He was the first commandant of this school too. The Institute got permanent status in the year of 1985. The Institute was renamed on January 1, 1988 to Officers Training Academy earlier it was known as Officers Training Institute. In year 1992 lady cadet training facility was included in the institute & around 1200 such cadets were trained so far. The total strength is 750.

Motto: Serve with Honour

OTA Gaya:    

A new 800 acre academy, with a planned training capacity of 750 cadets has been setup at Gaya in 2011. The institute was inaugurated by Lieutenant General K Surendra Nath on November 14, 2011. OTA, Gaya is the third Military Academy of its kind in addition to the existing ones at Dehradun and Chennai. The first batch of 149 trainee-officers joined the academy in July 2011 and the second batch reported in January 2012. The academy currently has the capacity to train 350 cadets. Lt Gen Jatinder Sikand, VSM is the current commandant of the academy, taking charge in January 2012. The maiden passing out parade was conducted on June 9 2012.TES 25 And SCO course passed out at that time.In the years to come, the total strength will be increased to 750. Presently it is 350.

Motto: Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp

Aim of Training:

OTA Chennai:

The training at the Academy covers a wide range of physical and mental activities like physical training,   weapon training, map reading, drill, tactics, intellectual development and leadership training. Once a Cadet has undergone training at the Academy he or she is transformed into a physically tough, highly motivated and professionally competent person. Unlike in a conventional university, each subject begins with theoretical introduction followed by practical demonstration and exercises for better assimilation of the trainees.

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By the end of training, the successful trainees are proficient in handling all infantry weapons, can endure the rigours of toughest conditions and become leaders who can successfully lead their subunits in battle. The curriculum also lays emphasis on character building and inculcates a sense of honour the most important qualities for being successful as a combat leader.

OTA Gaya:    

The Gentlemen Cadets undergo rigorous military training for a period of one year at OTA, Gaya. A continuous, quantified, structured and systemic training is imparted and GCs are assessed in major discipline such as officer qualities, service subjects, physical training, drill, academics. They also undertake mutual assessment.


OTA Chennai:

The Officers Training Academy is located at Saint Thomas Mount, a suburb of Chennai. It is 18 Kms from Chennai railway station and 2 Kms from the Chennai Airport. The nearest bus stand is at St. Thomas Mount post Office, Which is on the Grand Southern Trunk road and is approximately one Km away from OTA.  The campus is of 750 acres.

OTA Gaya:    

The Academy situated at the picturesque Paharpur Military Station, Gaya amidst lush green surroundings is spread over an area of 863 acres. It is approximately 8 kms from Bodhgaya, a major international tourist attraction. Well connected by road and rail, the Academy is only 100 kms from the state capital, Patna.

Cadet Life:

A trainee on admission to the OTA is referred to as a Gentleman/Lady Cadet. One reason for this is that the academy expects its graduates to uphold the highest moral and ethical values. The GCs/LCs 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. No GC/ LC 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.

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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.

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/LC is allowed equal space for growth within the given time frame. The pace of training at the Academy is fast and intense. 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/LC learns a great deal of values of life during his short stay in the Academy. 


OTA Chennai:

Presently OTA Chennai presently run three kinds of training:

  • SSC(Non-Tech)
  • SSC(Tech)
  • WSES(O)

SSC(Non Tech) & SSC(Tech): In this course the GC/LC is trained in short span of time of about eleven months. The aim of the SSC course is to train and mould the gentlemen cadets to shoulder the responsibilities of officers of the Indian     Army and to imbibe in them the true intellectual, physical and moral attributes essential for their professional growth and career development.

WSES(O): Women recruits are usually taken into the support services, with a large number serving as medical officers and nurses. The WSES for officers offers non-technical, technical and specialist entry for unmarried females or issueless widow or divorcee candidates. The aim of the WSES (O) Course is to train Lady Cadets for commissioning as Women Special Entry Scheme (Officers) in designated arms and services in the Army. Training lasts 49 weeks.

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OTA Gaya:    

The Indian Army instructors provided basic military training attuned with the advancements in the latest technology to enable them to serve as professionally skilled leaders of a modern Army.
To achieve and maintain paramount standards of physical and the mental health of the trainees, various training and sports facilities have been made available in the Academy. The area is equipped with numerous training facilities for weapon training, drill, physical training, swimming, equitation and equestrian sports and adventure/hobby clubs for the all-round development of the Gentlemen Cadets. Training in soft skills like verbal and non-verbal communication, public speaking, interpersonal relationship, leadership, emotional intelligence, team building etc are an integrated part of the curriculum at the Academy.


There are several interesting hobby clubs. Indoor and outdoor, conducted twice a week under the guidance of officers. The clubs are always vibrant with varied activities through out the term. The GC/LC  office bearers manage the activities of club and the Officer in Charge provide guidance to make the most of available time and resources.

OTA Chennai:

  • Yoga Club
  • Archery Club
  • Boating Club
  • Ecology Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Golf Club
  • Photography Club
  • Electronic Club
  • Parasailing  Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Riding Club
  • Shooting Club
  • Music and Dramatics Club
  • Arts and Sculpture Club
  • Driving and Maintenance Club
  • Squash Club
  • Rock Climbing Club

OTA Gaya:    

  • Golf Club
  • Photography Club
  • Cyber Club
  • Riding Club
  • Shooting Club
  • Music and Dramatics Club


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