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Man power imbalance in Indian military
Indian Express, India Saturday, March 29, 2008

Devesh Kapur
Press reports in early 2008 indicate that admissions to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) have dropped sharply. While standards for recruitment have remained the same for 30 years, at the NDA only 172 of the available 300 seats were filled. NDA cadets go through a three-year degree course for all three armed forces after which they go into the IMA, Air Force Academy or the Naval Academy for a year before being commissioned into the services. At the IMA, only 90 cadets enrolled for the 250 available seats, writes Devesh Kapur in Indian Express

Press reports in early 2008 indicate that admissions to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) have dropped sharply. While standards for recruitment have remained the same for 30 years, at the NDA only 172 of the available 300 seats were filled. NDA cadets go through a three-year degree course for all three armed forces after which they go into the IMA, Air Force Academy or the Naval Academy for a year before being commissioned into the services. At the IMA, only 90 cadets enrolled for the 250 available seats. The following figures have been compiled from various parliamentary questions.

 

Shortage of officer in the armed forces (as of August 2007)

 

 

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

Authorised Strength

46615

8797

12128

Positioned Strength

35377

Author : Mr Kapur teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
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