The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), is an Inter Service Category 'A' establishment, administered through the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Christened the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, it was inaugurated on 13 March 1922 by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales. It was then located on the premises of the erstwhile Imperial Cadet Corps (also called Rajwada Camp), set amidst 138 acres of lush green countryside, adjacent to Garhi Village in Dehradun Cantonment. During his Address to the first thirty-seven Cadets, the Prince of Wales said, "It is the first few blows on the anvil of the life that give the human weapon the set and temper that carry him through life's battles". The Prince also made reference to the old Indian tradition of 'Guru and Chela'. This relationship of mutual love and reverence has formed the rock bed of RIMC ethos.
RIMC has a long history and rich heritage. Over the years the College has produced many leaders of the society, both military as well as civil. These include four Chiefs of Army Staff and two Chiefs of the Air staff in India; one Commander-in-Chief of the Army and two Chiefs of the Air Staff in Pakistan; scores of officers of General/Flag/Air rank, Commanding Operational Commands, Fleets, Corps , Wings and Divisions and other distinguished appointments on both the sides of the border. Besides, many high ranking civilian dignitaries like Governors, Ambassadors, Ministers and Captains of industry have passed through the hallowed portals of the RIMC. Portraits of such luminaries adorn our walls at strategic places as inspiring beacons for young students of the day.
The purpose of this Institution was to provide Indian Boys with suitable education and training to ensure a high pass-rate for the Indians being sent to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, as part of the Indianisation programme of the Officer cadre of the Indian Army. RIMC was not, in fact, a College, but a pre-Sandhurst institution run along the lines of an English Public School. The British believed that to become an Army Officer, if an education in Britain was impossible, a Public School education in India was an absolute necessity. The British believed that a Public School education was particularly necessary for Indian Boys, whose upbringing made them suitable for the rigours and discipline of army life. Hence, with this vision to lay the foundation for the selected young men, the College makes an endeavour to groom young cadets to become selected military leaders of tomorrow. I n keeping with this, it fulfils its role of a feeder institution to NDA, NAVAC, and also enable Cadets to apply for CME & Technical entry (CTW) and any other schemes from where Cadets can join the Defence Services.
WHY RIMC ?
The Rashtriya Indian Military College is a 'Nursery of Leadership' for institutions like National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Officers' Training Academy, Chennai, and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The College provides Public School education to young boys in the age group of 11½ to 18 years, specially selected through an All India Competitive Examination. A dedicated feeder to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Naval Academy (NAVAC), the College aims to send maximum Boys to the NDA/NAVAC. Hence it lays utmost emphasis on complete education and all round personality development of the cadets. However, if the cadet is unable to join the NDA due to rare or unavoidable reasons, he attains the requisite proficiency to go on and do well in any field that he so chooses. There have been a bevy of cadets who have gone on to become bureaucrats, lawyers, engineers, coporate leaders, captains of Industry and journalists, holding the RIMC Flag aloft in all the endeavours they chose to pursue.
Approximately 25 cadets are admitted every six months. Candidates should not be less than 11½ years of age or must not have attained the age of 13 on 01 (Jan) or 01 (July) of the Term they join in. Admissions are made to Class VIII only. The candidate must be studying in Class VII or have passed Class VII from a recognised school at the time of joining. Application forms are to be submitted to the respective State Governments. Candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in an All India Entrance Examination held twice a year comprising a written examination of question papers in English (125 Marks), Mathematics (200 Marks) and General Knowledge (75 Marks), Successful candidates are called for Viva-Voce test (50 marks).
The College provides education on the lines of residential Public Schools, principally for boys who desire to join the Defence Forces of India. Those who do not succeed in this aim are well qualified to join a College or professional institution on graduation from the RIMC. However, the College advises only those to apply who are interested in taking up the challenge of serving the Defence Forces of India.
The prospectus-cum-application form and booklet of old question papers can be obtained from the Rashtriya Indian Military College, Garhi Cantt, Dehradun, Uttarakhand Pin Code 248003 through Speed Post by forwarding self addressed slip and an account payee Bank Demand Draft of Rs 600/- for General Candidates Rs 555/- for ST/SC Candidates along with Caste Certificate. The Demand Draft will be made in favour of "THE COMMANDANT RIMC DEHRADUN", BRANCH SBI TEL BHAWAN, DEHRADUN BANK CODE 01576, UTTARAKHAND . The Address should be typed / written clearly in capital letters with Pin Code and Contact Number. RIMC will not be responsible for any postal delay and loss in transit of prospectus caused by illegible or incomplete address. Alternately, the payment may be made by clicking on the link provided on the main page of the website and the Prospectus shall be sent to the address provided.
1. The application forms issued only by the RIMC shall be valid. Locally printed/ photocopied and without RIMC hologram(Seal) forms shall not be accepted.
2. No refund of the application fee on any condition will be made.
The Admission to the College is bi-annual i.e., in January and July each year. Candidates (Boys only) should not be less than 11½ years of age but must not have attained the age of 13 on 01 January or 01 July of the Term they join in.
Note:- The actual dates notified from time to time, by the Government of India, in all the National/leading newspapers will be adhered to.
Admissions are made to Class I (equivalent to Class VIII) only. The candidates should be studying minimum in Class VII in a recognized school at the time of Admission to the RIMC. They should also be medically fit for entry to the College, in accordance with the medical standards prescribed.
Generally, one vacancy per State is allotted. However some States with larger population have up to two vacancies allotted.
The Examination comprises of:-
A. Written Examination Written Examination The written part of the examination consists of three subjects i.e. English (125 Marks), Mathematics (200 Marks), and General Knowledge (75 Marks). Maths and General knowledge papers may be answered either in Hindi or in English. To qualify, a candidate must obtain a minimum of 50 % marks in each subject.
B. Viva Voce Viva Voce The oral examination consists of a Viva Voce test of 50 marks, which is designed to assess a candidate's intelligence, personality and confidence. The minimum passing marks will be 50%.
C. Medical Examination Medical Examination All the candidates, qualified after interview, will undergo a medical examination at selected Military Hospital and only those candidates found medically fit, will be considered for selection and admission to the RIMC. Medical Examination of the candidates forms only a part of the system of selection and does not guarantee the final selection.
The candidate can be withdrawn at any time on the request by parent or by a decision of the College by refunding total amount incurred on training calculated at the rate of Rs. 2876 / week (plus the scholarship amount).