New Delhi: The Indian Military Academy (IMA) is India's premier military training institution which imparts training to officers of the Indian Army. It was on Oct 1, 1932 that the first batch of trainees came to the academy.
The academy has a long and distinguished history. It started from a building where the Railway Staff College was housed.
During the Indian independence struggle, Indian leaders recognized the need for a local military institution to meet the needs of imparting training to an armed force loyal to sovereign India.
The British Raj was reluctant to commission Indian officers or to permit local officer training. Until World War I Indians were not eligible for commission as officers in the Indian Army.
Following the experiences in World War I, where Indian soldiers proved their mettle, the Montague-Chelmsford Reforms facilitated ten Indians per year to undergo officer training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.