Nestled in the verdant splendor of a 138 acre campus is the 90 years old Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun - the 'Cradle of Excellence'. The RIMC is a feeder institution for the National Defence Academy, Indian Naval Academy and subsequently the Indian Armed Forces.
It was established in the year 1922, by the British Empire as a feeder institution to the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst. After independence in 1947, the school continued to train young men to become a part of the Indian Armed Forces. The RIMC offers an excellent public school life, oriented towards joining the National Defence Academy (India) NDA.
The campus has heritage buildings in Tudor Style, some nearly a hundred years old. These elegant buildings house the cadets in dormitories, with a mess and dining hall for meals, apart from the the education block with spacious class rooms and well equipped laboratories manned by a thoroughly professional faculty. The library has been named after one of its alumni Major Somanth Sharma, who was posthumously bestowed the first Param Vir Chakra in 1948. The library has a collection of over 12,400 books. The college subscribes to various Indian and foreign magazines/journals in addition to all the important daily newspapers. It also has some rare and priceless manuscripts.
A new hi-tech state of the art computer centre is also functional where a computer student ratio of 1:2 is maintained.
Sports facilities include a 50-metre Olympic sized swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool, 4 basketball courts, 3 squash courts, and numerous football and hockey fields.
RIMC also has a 15 bedded College Hospital, which has the service of a resident doctor, supported by a matron and a compounder to look after the children. Regular medical check-up of all cadets is carried out during a term. Cases, which require specialist medical care, are referred to the Military Hospital, Dehradun.
The school is divided into four houses Pratap, Ranjit, Shivaji and Chandragupta.
The college is administered by the Union Ministry of Defense, through the Directorate General of Military Training, Army. RIMC (Limca Book of Records confirm) is perhaps the only institution in the country where exams for class X and XII are conducted twice a year, in May and November. These exams/certifications are recognized by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), New Delhi. The college offers science stream only at XI and XII level. However, to prepare cadets for the UPSC examination for entry into NDA, social sciences are also taught.
Extra curricular: Apart from curriculum, RIMC pays an equal importance to sports. Student sports are hockey, football, cricket, basketball, squash, boxing, swimming, athletics and gymnastics. Horse riding and rifle shooting are other popular activities.
25 cadets are admitted every six months. Rashtriya Indian Military College conducts an admission process for admission in class VIII. Candidates are males studying in class VII and the age of the candidate must be between 11.5 and 13 years at the time of commencement of term.
The written examination consists of a test paper consisting of three parts: English, mathematics, and general knowledge. Candidates have to score at least 50% in each subject to qualify. Candidates are then shortlisted through the written test and called for viva-voce which is of 50 marks.
The process for admission starts one year in advance; for January admission, the application form needs to be submitted by March 31st. Entrance exam is usually held on the 1st & 2nd of June andresults declared by mid September. Viva voce is held in mid-Oct and merit list declassified by Dec.
Fees: The total cost of training is nearly Rs. 1.5 Lac per annum, most of it is borne by the Govt. of India. Parents have to pay Rs. 32,300 per annum.
After independence in 1947, the school continued to train young men to become a part of the Indian Armed Forces. The RIMS offers an excellent public school life, oriented towards joining the National Defence Academy (India) NDA.