India Schools : Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun
Founded on 13th March 1922 with the object of providing the necessary preliminary training for boys of Indian birth or domicile wishing to become officers in the Armed Forces of India. It was then named the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College. The boys on completing the course enter the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla (Pune).
Spread over an area of 138 acres of picturesque land in Dehra Dun Cantonment. The college has majestic tudor style buildings in 3 separate complexes namely academic, residential & mess and ante-rooms block. There are seven football and hockey grounds, three cricket fields, three squash courts, two tennis courts and a practice wall, a swimming pool, three basketball courts, and a gymnasium for the use of cadets; self-contained, spacious dormitories that can accommodate 18 to 20 cadets each with modern fittings, cold and hot baths; residential quarters for the staff ; and a fifteen bed hospital; free messing for the staff; and a well-equipped computer lab and audio-visual lecture rooms. Each section (house), is under the supervision of a section master. The college library has approximately 15000 books on various subjects.
The academic faculty has 20 fully qualified civilian teachers and a number of Old Boys also on the instructional staff. The students to teacher ratio 10:1, makes education very personal. The teachers are recruited on the recommendation of the UPSC and enjoy the status and privileges of Gazetted Central Government Officers. Masters in RIMC are on duty 24 hours a day and are involved not only in teaching but also in all other activities related to cadets.
The college is a residential school for boys only. Total number of students is 250.
The college is a category ‘A’ establishment, administrated by the Union Ministry of Defence through the Director General of Military Training, Army Headquarters DHQ, PO New Delhi - 11. The college is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. RIMC is perhaps the only institution in the country where CBSE exams for Class X and XII are conducted twice a year , in May and November. At the +2 level the college offers the science stream only. Besides this, social sciences required for preparing the cadets for the UPSC examination for entry to NDA are also taught.
The total cost of training adds upto nearly Rs. 40000/- per annum. More than four-fifth of this is born by the Govt. of India. Parents have to pay the tuition fees and additional charges, meeting personal expenses. Rate of tuition fees chargeable to parents is Rs. 15000/- per annum for candidates and Rs. 750/- per annum for Scheduled Caste/Tribe students. The additional charges amounting to Rs. 3300/- per annum approximately are payable by all candidates. The fees are payable in two equal installments before the commencement of each term. The rates of fees are liable to change as circumstances require.
The admission to the college is biannual i.e. on 17th January and 18th July each year. Candidates not less than 11 1/2 years of age are eligible for entry. However, they must not have attained the age of 13. Admissions are made to class I (equivalent to class VIII) only. The candidates must be studying in Class VII from a recognised school. They should also be medically fit in accordance with the standards prescribed by RIMC regulations. Candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in an All India Entrance Examination held twice a year comprising a written examination consisting of test papers in English (125 marks), mathematics (200 marks) and General Knowledge (75 marks) and an oral examination consisting of a Viva-voce test (50 marks). Application forms are not to be submitted to RIMC but to respective governments. Seats are allotted to states in the proportion of their population.
Scholarships from the various State Governments are granted to deserving cadets on the basis of the recommendations of the Commandant. These scholarships are admissible on merit-cum-means basis and are awarded in accordance with the rules framed by the State Government. Financial assistance from the Central Government is also available in the form of remission of fees to a maximum of Rs. 500/- per annum per cadet.
The academic instruction imparted is designed to prepare the students for the following examinations:-
- RIMC Secondary School Examination at the end of Class X conducted by Army Headquarters. This examination is recognized by the CBSE.
- RIMC Senior School Certificate Examination at the end of Class XII conducted by Army Headquarters. The CBSE recognizes this as equivalent to its Class XII examination.
- Union Public Service Commission Examination for admission to the NDA.
- RIMC has produced the best results possible over the past years in NDA examinations by sending 75 per cent of its total cadets every six months, which is a marvelous achievement.
Qualified coaches for all sporting activities and ample number of playing fields. Inter house and inter school competitions in various sporting fields are a regular feature. Cadets are trained to participate in state as well as national level tournaments. Virtually all sports and games are played which among others include boxing, football, hockey, squash, tennis and swimming. RIMC is a force to reckon with in squash at the national level. Mountaineering, water rafting, para - sailing and mountain cycling are regular activities
Extra Curricular Activities
The college provides ample scope for the all round development of its cadets. About 14 clubs and societies, as listed, are run by cadets under the guidance of staff, giving the cadets an opportunity for self-expression and recreation :
- Aero modelling
- Young Newtons
- Journalism & Current affairs
- White-water rafting
- Para sailing