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Officers’ academy ready for parade

Preparations are on at Officers’ Training Academy in Gaya for the passing-out parade of its second batch of 174 gentleman cadets on December 8.

Public relations officer of OTA, Gaya, lieutenant colonel Rajesh Kumar said on Sunday the list of successful candidates in the second batch of basic military training would be ready before a few days of the parade.

The academy trains cadets in two categories — technical entry scheme and special commission officers.

In the second batch, 136 candidates are undergoing training under the technical entry scheme (TES), while 38 candidates are being trained as special commission officers (SCO).

The batch had reported in January this year.

The cadets in the TES category join the academy after completing Plus Two with at least 70 per cent marks and above. After the year-long course, they proceed to various military technical institutions for engineering studies before joining the officer cadre.

The SCO cadets are selected from the ranks of soldier in the OTA. After one year, they are commissioned.

The academy in Gaya is the third pre-commissioning military academy in the country after Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, and OTA, Chennai.

It was started on July 18 last year in a bid to minimise the shortage of officers in the Indian Army.