The next entrance examination for admission into the prestigious RIMC, Dehradun, for July 2011 course, would be held on December 1 and 2. Additional Director of School Education N. Khevito Sema in a press note stated that interested candidates could obtain the application forms, prospectus and old question papers on payment of Rs 250 by Demand Draft in favour of Commandant, RIMC Dehradun, SBI Tel Bhavan branch (Bank code – 01576) and send it to Commandant, RIMC. Further application in duplicate on prescribed forms can also be obtained from Director of School Education (Kohima) on producing a bank daft drawer at SBI Tel Bhavan, Dehradun, of Rs 50 for general and Rs 5 for SC/ST in favour of Commandant RIMC Dehradun along with three passport size photographs on or before September 30. Birth certificate (in duplicate) from the school or Municipal Board should also be submitted.
Only boys in the age group not less than 11 ½ years and not more than 13 years as on July 1, 2011 are eligible, ie, they should have been born not earlier than July 2, 1998 and not later than January 1, 2000. Moreover they should be either studying or passed class seven by July 1, 2010.
The examination would consist of and English and Mathematics paper (December 1) and general knowledge (Dec 2). Oral interview will be conducted for only those who qualify the written exam and the date for interview will be intimated to them by March, 2011.
Established in 1922 by the British Empire for training native Indian cadets for an entry into the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, it was inaugurated the Prince of Wales on the 13th of March, 1922. Initially named as the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, the college was later re-named in 1947. It now houses a mini township, a mini India with 250 boys selected from every state strictly on merit by a written examination, interview and a medical test.
A feeder institution for the National Defence Academy, Indian Naval Academy; Rimcollians, the name by which alumni of the RIMC are usually denoted, have gone on to hold the highest ranks in the Army, Navy and the Air Force of India and Pakistan.
Administered by the Ministry of Defense through the Directorate General of Military Training (Army), the college is perhaps the only institution in the country where exams for Class X and XII are conducted twice a year and certifications are recognized by CBSE. The college offers the science stream only at the +2 level. However, to prepare cadets for the UPSC examination for entry into NDA, social sciences are also taught. It is also an Inter Services Institute and a Category ‘A’ establishment of the Ministry of Defense alongside institutions like National Defence Academy, Officers Training Academy and Indian Military Academy.
Over the year the alumni has produced many leaders of society, both military as well as civil. Four chiefs of Army staff and one chief of the Air staff in India; one Commander-in-chief of the Army and two chief of the Air staff in Pakistan; scores of officers of General/Flag/Air rank, Commanding corps, fleets, wings and divisions and other distinguished appointments both sides of the border. Besides, many high civilian dignitaries like Governors, Ambassadors, Ministers and captains of industry have passed through the hallowed portals of RIMC.