After a two-year slump, registrations of youngsters to join the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, have seen a rise this time.
The exam, scheduled in December, has seen the highest registrations this time in the last three years, officials of the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations said. The council conducts the examination in the state.
As many as 266 students have registered for one of the toughest examinations for the military training college this time. Students either studying in standard VII or those who have passed the standard are eligible to appear for the examination.
Those who clear the written exam are eligible for interviews and are subsequently selected on the basis of performances.
Along with institutions such as the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai, and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, RIMC is an inter-services institute and a category ‘A’ establishment of the defence ministry.
“We have been creating awareness about the benefits of appearing for the exam and the career opportunities after joining RIMC at different levels across the state. We have conducted meetings in Nagpur and Amravati. One more meeting is scheduled in Nashik. We want to increase the percentage of students from Maharashtra getting selected for the military training through this exercise,” commissioner of the exam council Dattatray Jagtap said.
Since 1999, registrations for the examinations have reached the 400-mark only once. In December 2003, as many as 406 candidates had registered for the exam. But the last three years had seen a dip in the number of registrations. This prompted the exam council to create awareness about it.
Jagtap said, “The examination is one of the toughest tests. For the 25 seats, usually one candidate is selected from each state. We have taken rigorous measures to make the principals and the education officers across the districts aware about why it is important for the youngsters to appear for the test and pursue a career in the defence sector.”
Originally called the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College it was inaugurated on March 13, 1922, by Prince Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales. Over the years, the alumni has produced many leaders of society, both military as well as civil which included four Chiefs of Army Staff, two Chiefs of the Air staff and one Chief of Naval Staff in India; one Commander-in-chief of the Army; scores of officers of general/flag/air rank, commanding corps, fleets, wings and divisions and other distinguished appointments.
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