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How to Join OTA Chennai ?

“I have no doubt that when History comes to be written, it will be
said that our young men of today did not fail to rise to the
occasion and they came forward in thousands for the defense of
our great Nation.

How to Join OTA Chennai

These are the words from the Speech which was given on September 1962 when  Brig Ram Singh the first Commandant along with Shri C Subramaniam, the then Union Minister for Steel and Heavy Industries  Formally Inaugurated the OTS at Chennai and since then every word of the Speech has been proven true by the Officers Training Academy. In 1985 The school was granted permanent status and On 1 January 1988, the school was renamed as the Officers Training Academy (OTA), on a par with the NDA and IMA.

OTA Chennai Provides a 49 week training program  that trains officers for the Short Service Commission (SSC). Graduates from all branches of army except the Army medical Corps are trained at OTA. every year approximately 750 graduates are transformed into talented skilled and brave officers at the OTA.

At OTA a cadet is subjected to physical, psychological ,and military training in a 49 week Training program, The cadets undergo a full stack development from personality, communication to every facet that is essential for carving out a able leader and a supreme Human being , In this Article we will be discussing ways to join OTA Chennai.

How to Join OTA Chennai: CDS Exam

CDS is conducted twice a year by UPSC to Men and Women can join OTA Chennai for SSC Non-Technical Branch through Combined Defence Services Exam held twice a year.

Academy Educational Qualification
Indian Military Academy Graduation Degree
Indian Naval Academy B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
Air Force Academy Graduation, B.E/B.Tech (10+2 with Physics & Maths)
Officers’ Training Academy (Men) Graduation Degree
Officers’ Training Academy (Women) Graduation Degree

Examination Pattern

CDS follows a three-stage recruitment process it consists of:

  • Written Test
  • SSB Interview
  • Medical Examination
  • Merit List

How to Join OTA Chennai: SSC-Tech

SSC tech entry is conducted for enrollment of Short Service Commission (Tech) Men and Short Service Commission (Tech) Women into officer ranks in armed forces.

Educational Qualification

Post Name Educational Qualification
For SSC (Tech) – 58 Men & SSC (Tech) – 29 Women Entries Candidates who have passed the requisite Engineering Degree course or are in the final year of the Engineering Degree course are eligible to apply.
Candidates studying in the final year of Engg degree course should be able to submit proof of passing Engg Degree Examination along with mark sheets of all semesters/years by 01 Apr 2022 and produce the Engg Degree Certificate within 12 weeks from the date of commencement of training at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Such candidates will be inducted on Additional Bond Basis for recovery of
the cost of training at Officers Training Academy (OTA) as notified from time to time as well as stipend and pay & allowances paid, in case they fail to produce the requisite degree certificate.
For Widows Of Defence Personnel Who Died In Harness Candidates having Graduation in any stream (Non-Tech & Non-UPSC applicants) & Applicants having BE/B.Tech in any tech stream (For Tech Applicants) will be eligible for this entry

Exam Pattern

The exam Pattern consist of the following steps

  1. Shortlisting for SSB interview
  2. SSB interview
  3. Medical Examination
  4. Merit List

How to Join OTA Chennai: NCC Special Entry Scheme

Graduate with an aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured minimum 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years of three/four years degree course respectively. Such students will need to secure an overall aggregate of minimum 50% marks if selected in the interview, failing which their candidature will be CANCELLED.

The candidate should have served for minimum two academic years in the senior Division/Wing of NCC and should have obtained minimum of ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam of NCC.

For Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel:

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. NCC ‘C’ certificate NOT required for Wards of Battle Casualties

Exam Pattern

The exam Pattern consist of the following steps

  1. Shortlisting for SSB interview
  2. SSB interview
  3. Medical Examination
  4. Merit List

How to Join OTA Chennai: Judge Advocate Entry

JAG entry is for the candidates holding A law degree, Here candidates required to give SSB interview for getting inducted.

JAG Educational Qualification.

Post Name Educational Qualification
JAG Entry Scheme 28th Course Minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB Degree (three years professional after graduation or five years after 10+2 examination). The candidates should be eligible for registration as an advocates with the Bar Council of India/State. The candidate should be from a College/University recognized by the Bar Council of India.

JAG Exam Pattern

The selection is done on the basis of

  1. Shortlisting of candidates
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Medical examination
  4. Final merit

How to Join OTA Chennai: FAQs

Q1. How can I join OTA after 12th?

Ans. You need to be a graduate to join OTA.
Q2. What is the salary of OTA officer?
Ans. In terms of CDS salary, the stipend given to the gentlemen or lady cadets during the entire duration of training in the respective academies i.e IMA and OTA is Rs 56,100 per month.
Q3. How long is training in OTA?
Ans. The Passing-Out-Parade at the Academy marks the formal completion of the 49 weeks training of an OTA Cadet.
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