Officers Training Academy or OTA Chennai is a premier institute of Indian Army for training Men and Women into officers for the Short Service Commission into Indian Army. The difference between IMA and OTA is that while IMA trains men for Permanent Commission, all men and women for Short Service Commission are trained in Officers Training Academy (OTA).
The first batch of women consisting of 25 candidates was trained by OTA, the training began on 21 September 1992. OTA excels in providing real life atmosphere for training. It is well equipped to train officers for Counter Insurgency operations giving a real jungle lane shooting range and grenade lobbing area. So far, around 1200 Lady Cadets have already been commissioned into the various Arms and Services of the Indian Army. Officers for all kinds of job who have been appointed for Short Service Commission are trained here, be it administrative jobs, technical jobs or JAG entry etc.