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Terms: OTA Chennai

Officers Training Academy, Chennai

Before joining the Academy, a candidate has to agree in writing that:

  • The candidate is not entitled to any compensation for injuries suffered in the training process or for any complications (such as deformity) or even death caused during the treatment for any injuries.
  • If the candidate is dismissed, discharged or withdrawn from the commission because of his actions he will be liable to refund the whole or such portion of the cost of tuition, food, clothing and pay & allowances, received.

Cost of Training

  • The Government pays for the cost of training including accommodations, books, uniforms, boarding and medical treatment.
  • Candidates are expected to meet their pocket expenses themselves.
  • Financial assistance may be granted by the Government for students from lower income families.
    • To receive the financial assistance, income of candidate's parent/guardian should not exceed Rs. 1500/- per month (Rs. 2000/- per month if more than one son/ward simultaneously undergoing training at NDA, IMA, OTA and corresponding training establishment in the Navy and Air Force)
    • Application for financial assistance should be submitted (after the final selection) through the District Magistrate of his District who will forward the application with his recommendation to the Commandant, Officer's Training Academy, Chennai.
  • Monetary Deposit: Candidates finally selected for training at the Academy will be required to deposit the following amount on arrival:

Pocket allowance for three months at Rs. 1000.00 p.m

Rs. 3000.00

For items of clothing and equipment

Rs. 5000.00

Group Insurance Coverage for two months

Rs. 2000


Rs. 10000.00

  • Refundable Amount:
    • For candidates receiving financial aid, the deposit for clothing and equipment is refunded.
    • Outfit allowance may be provided from time to time.
    • Once a commission is granted, articles of clothing and necessaries purchased from this allowance become the personal property of the cadet. Cadets who resign while under training or who are removed or withdrawn prior to commissioning will have to return the items.


  • Candidates finally selected undergo a course of training for about 11 months.
  • Gentlemen/lady cadets are dealt with the ordinary disciplinary purposes under the rules and regulations of the Officer's Training Academy.
  • No candidate are normally permitted to resign while they are under training. However, Gentlemen Cadet resigning after the commencement of training may be allowed to proceed home if their resignation is accepted by Army HQ.
  • A Gentlemen/lady Cadet who is not considered suitable to complete the full course of training may be discharged with permission of the Government.
  • On joining OTA, candidates are not permitted to appear for any examination/interview, for any other type of commission/entry in the Army, Navy and Air Force or any other employment without resigning from the Academy and paying the cost of training.
  • Gentlemen cadets, who may resign from the Officers' Training Academy, Chennai to undergo pre-commission training at the IMA, Dehradun or corresponding cadet training establishment in Navy and Air Force, do not have to pay back the cost of training.
  • Commission is granted only on successful completion of training. The date of commission will be that following the date of successful completion of training.
  • On successful completion of training Gentlemen Cadets are granted Short Service Commission in the rank of Lt. subject to being medically fit, in shape.  


  • Period of probation: An officer is on probation for a period of 6 months from the date he/she receives his/her Commission. If within the probationary period he/she is reported to be unsuitable to retain his/her commission, he/ she may be terminated any time whether before or after the expiry of the probationary period. 
  • Posting: Personnel granted Short Service Commission are liable to serve anywhere in India and abroad on selected appointments as decided by IHQ MOD (Army) from time to time.
  • Tenure of Appointment: Short Service Commission (Male and Female) in the regular Army is granted for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years extendable by a further period of 4 years.
    • However, male officers who are willing to continue to serve in the Army after the period of five years Short Service Commission may be considered for the grant of permanent Commission in the last year of their Short Service Commission.
    • Those SSC officers who are not selected for grant of PC but are otherwise considered fit and suitable, are given options to continue as SSCOs for a total period of 14 years (including the initial tenure of 5 years) on expiry of which they are released from the Army.
    • Women officers are not eligible for permanent commission. However, they can opt for extension of upto 14 years of service.
  • Special Provision for Release for SSC on Completion of 5th Year of Service:
    • SSC(Non-Tech) Male & Female Officers, who have not undergone or are not undergoing Degree Engineering Course or any other specialized course and want to leave the service after completion of five years service may apply to the Army HQs for release during the fifth year of service.
      • Army HQ considers the applications of such officers on merits and their decision is final and irrevocable. On approval, such officers are released from service on completion of 5th year of service.
    • Those SSC (Non-Tech) Male & Female Officers who have undergone or are undergoing Degree Engineering Course or any other specialised course are not released before expiry of full tenure of 14 years unless they pay the cost of training of such specialized course. They are required to sign a bond on being nominated for undertaking such courses/degrees. 
    • Special Provisions during Extended Tenure: During extended tenure, they are permitted to seek release from the Army on the following grounds:
      • Taking up civil job.
      • Pursuing higher education
      • Starting own business/Joining family business.
  • Substantive Promotion: SCCOS and Women granted Short Service Commission under these rules will be eligible for substantive promotion as under:
    • To the rank of Captain - on completion of 2 years of reckonable commissioned service.
    • To the rank of Major - on completion of 6 years reckonable commissioned service.
    • To the rank of Lieutenant Colonel - on completion of 13 years reckonable commissioned service.
    • Mandatory Conditions: Mandatory conditions for grant of above substantive ranks laid down for Permanent Commissioned officers are also applicable to SSCOs and SSC women. 
    • Adjustment of Seniority: To make adjustment for shorter training of SSCO’s and SSC Women officers vis-à-vis PC officers, the seniority of SSC Women officers is discounted by the period corresponding to the difference in training period between the SSC course and the training period of its equivalent PC Course. This adjustment of seniority is carried out at the time of grant of first substantive rank of Captain. The revised seniority does not have any effect on the pay and allowances granted in the rank of Capt., Major and Lt. Col.
    • Reckonable  Commissioned Service: Reckonable commissioned service for the purpose of these orders counts from the date of grant of Short Service commission to an officer.
    • The period of service forfeited by sentence of court Martial or by summary award under the Army Act and the period of absence without leave is not reckonable.
    • The period during which furlough rates of pay are drawn and the period of captivity at POWs rates of pay, are reckonable.
    • The period of service for promotion lost by an officer in consequence of her having been granted leave without pay is also reckonable. Such an officer will, however, become entitled to the pay and allowances of the higher substantive rank granted by the inclusion of this period only from the date on which she would have qualified by service if this period had not been so reckoned and not with effect from the date of grant of substantive rank.
  • Termination of Commission: An officer granted Short Service Commission is liable for five years but his/her Commission may be terminated at any time by the Government of India.
    • for misconduct or if services are found to be unsatisfactory; or
    • on account of medical unfitness; or
    • if his/her services are no longer required; or
    • if he/she fails to qualify in any prescribed test or course.
    • An officer may on giving 3 months notice be permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds of which the Government of India will be the sole judge.
    • An officer who is permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds is not eligible for terminal gratuity.
  • Terminal Gratuity: SSCO recruited from civil side are entitled to terminal gratuity @ 1/2 month's emoluments for each completed six monthly period of service.
  • Reserve Liability: On being released on the expiry of five years Short Service Commission or extension thereof they will carry a reserve liability for a period of five years or upto the age of 40 years whichever is earlier.
  • Miscellaneous: All other terms and conditions of service where not at variance with the above provisions will be the same as for regular officers.