The Officers Training Academy, Chennai (OTA) is a training establishment of the Indian Army that trains officers for the Short Service Commission. The 10 month course at the OTA prepares graduates for the Technical branches of the Army. Established on 15 January 1963, the academy is spread over 750 acres (3.0 km2) about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Chennai, India.
In a move to increase the intake capacity of commissioned officers in Indian Armed forces Army Chief General V K Singh inaugurated Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Gaya, Bihar. This brand new academy in Gaya is in lines of the grand officers training academy in Chennai.
OTA Gaya is the third of its kind and the youngest such institution in the country. In span of just four months the OTA Gaya became fully functional in all aspects.
Earlier, in July 2011 OTA Gaya commenced training with a flag hoisting ceremony carried out by Lt Gen K Surendra Nath, GOC-in-C, Army Training Command. The first batch comprising 149 Gentleman Cadets are undergoing training at the newly formed academy.
With the opening of new training academy Indian Army, which is facing shortage of over 12,510 officers currently, will be able to fill the vacant position at much faster pace.