OTA Gaya: How to Join It, Difference b/w OTA Gaya Vs OTA Chennai

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

Know all about OTA Gaya: OTA Gaya, which was established in July 2011, is the Indian Army’s third pre-commission training (PCT) school, with a targeted training capacity of 750 cadets. The academy’s goal is to prepare Gentlemen Cadets to join the Indian Army’s professionally competent commissioned officer cadre. The academy is situated on an estate of approximately 870 acres in Paharpur, Gaya’s hilly terrain. A flag hoisting ceremony was held to commemorate the academy’s opening, and the consecration of the academy’s rising was carried out in the real secular spirit of the Indian Army, with readings from holy texts of all religions.

The school has state-of-the-art training facilities comparable to those found in other pre-commissioning training institutions. The Officers Training Academy (OTA), Gaya’s emblem has a two-colour based background, with the upper half grey in colour and the lower half in blood-red colour, with the two cross swords overlaid on the Dharmchakra. The academy’s motto is written in Devnagri on a scroll below: Shaurya, Gyan, Sankalp.

The academy trained the first batch of 149 trainee-officers from July 2011 to June 2012, and the inaugural passing out parade was held on June 8, 2012. The second class graduated on December 8, 2012, after successfully completing their course (January 2012 to December 2012). On December 8, 2012, 176 cadets from the TES 26 and SCO 29 courses graduated.

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What is the difference between OTA Gaya and OTA Chennai?

OTA, Chennai offers training to the candidates for Short Service Commission (SSC) on the other hand OTA Gaya trains candidates for the Permanent Commission (PC). In the following table we are sharing the difference between OTA Gaya and OTA Chennai.

Criteria OTA Gaya  OTA Chennai
Entry for OTA Gaya & OTA Chennai 10+2 (TES) Entry
  • SSC Non-Tech- CDSE
  • SSC Tech (Male and Female)
  • SSC JAG (Male and Female)
  • NCC (Special Entry for Male and Female)
Age Criteria for OTA Gaya & OTA Chennai Only Male Candidates between 16.5 to 19.5 years
  • CDSE: Male & Female Candidates between 19 to 25 years 
  • SSC Tech (Male and Female): 20 to 27 years
  • SSC JAG (Male and Female): 21 to 27 years
  • NCC (Special Entry for Male and Female):19 to 25 years
Education Qualification for OTA Gaya & OTA Chennai Physics, Chemistry and Maths (total 70% or more to apply) at 10+2 level.
  • CDSE: Graduate from recognized university
  • SSC Tech (Men and Women): BE/B.Tech graduates in the advised streams
  • SSC JAG (Men and Women): Graduates with LLB 55%passing marks
  • NCC (Special Entry for Men and Women): Graduation with minimum  50% marks and 2 years administration in NCC Sr. Div Army/Navy/AirForce Wing with least ‘B’ grade in NCC ‘C’ Certificate Exam.
Training Period of OTA Gaya & OTA Chennai 5 years (1 year at OTA, Gaya and 4 years at CTWS). OTA Chennai has the training period of 49 weeks

How to Join OTA (Officers Training Academy) Gaya?

The aim of OTA Gaya is to provide pre-commissioning training to 10+2 TES and SCO entrance Army cadets.

10+2 TES Entry to Join OTA Gaya

This entrance is available to male candidates who have completed 10+2 (or are about to complete) and have a minimum PCM aggregate of 70%. This is what Engineering Entry is all about. In May or June and October or November, ADG Rtg AG’s branch IHQ of MOD(Army) issues a notification.

Candidates aged 16 ½ to 19 & 1/2 years as of the first day of the month in which the course is to begin should apply to the Additional Directorate General (DG) of RTG TES Section, AG’s branch IHQ of MOD (i.e., of Army), West Block III, RK Puram, New Delhi-110066.

SCO Entry to Join OTA Gaya

This is a special entry reserved exclusively for Indian Army troops. Soldiers can apply immediately from their units as soon as the notification arrives.

The training begins in January and July, with SSB dates in September and October, and April and May, respectively. The training is categorized into 2 parts.

  • Phase I: Pre-commissioning training at OTA Gaya for one year, followed by three years at CME Pune/MCTE Mhow/MCEME Secunderabad.
  • Phase II: It consists of a one-year post-commission training program at CME Pune, MCTE Mhow, and MCEME Secunderabad.


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