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Indian Military Academy IMA POP 9 December 2023

In a significant boost to the Indian armed forces, 343 young officers from the prestigious Indian Military Academy (IMA) were commissioned into the mainstream army today. In a grand ceremony marked by tradition and prestige, these officers took the oath to serve the nation with valor and integrity.

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The Passing Out Parade, a hallmark of military tradition, was graced by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Sri Lanka, General Dr. Shavendra Silva, who took the salute. This international honor highlighted the strong defense ties between India and Sri Lanka.

The IMA, renowned for its rigorous training and illustrious history, also celebrated the graduation of 29 cadets from friendly foreign nations, further cementing India’s role as a pivotal military training hub in the region.

Security was tight at the venue, with comprehensive measures in place both inside and around the academy. The parade commenced at 8 AM at the Drill Square, set against the backdrop of the historic Chetwode Building, a symbol of the academy’s rich heritage.

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Following the parade, a Piping Ceremony was held, a significant ritual in military tradition, marking the transition of the cadets to commissioned officers.

The ceremony was not just a testament to the cadets’ hard work and dedication, but also to the academy’s commitment to excellence. Since its inception, the IMA has produced a remarkable 65,234 officers, including 2,914 from various foreign nations, showcasing its global influence and reach.

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The state of Uttarakhand, known for its valiant contributions to the Indian Army, continued its tradition of excellence, with a large number of its youth among the newly commissioned officers. Despite its smaller population, Uttarakhand’s spirit of service and sacrifice has consistently positioned it as a leading contributor of military personnel. This year, it proudly stood second after Uttar Pradesh, which topped the list with 68 cadets joining as officers.

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The ceremony also highlighted the diverse representation of India, with cadets from 27 states participating in the parade, reflecting the nation’s unity in diversity.

The number of cadets from various states showcases the pan-Indian character of the IMA:

  • Uttar Pradesh: 68
  • Uttarakhand: 42
  • Rajasthan: 34
  • Maharashtra: 28
  • Bihar: 27
  • Haryana: 22
  • Punjab: 20
  • Himachal Pradesh: 14
  • Karnataka: 11
  • Jammu and Kashmir: 10
  • Kerala: 09
  • West Bengal: 09
  • Delhi: 08
  • Tamil Nadu: 08
  • Madhya Pradesh: 07
  • Jharkhand: 05
  • Odisha: 05
  • Andhra Pradesh: 04
  • Chhattisgarh: 03
  • Chandigarh: 03
  • Gujarat: 02
  • Telangana: 01
  • Arunachal Pradesh: 01
  • Assam: 01
  • Manipur: 01
  • Meghalaya: 01
  • Nepalese origin (Indian Army): 04

The event was a proud moment for the nation, reflecting its strong military ethos and the commitment of its youth to defend and uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India.

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