The Indian army on Saturday got 423 new officers who graduated from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun.

Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat was the Reviewing Officer at the Passing out Parade (PoP) ceremony.

This year 423 Indian and 67 foreign Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) from 10 neighbouring countries graduated from the academy.

Addressing the GCs after the parade, the Army Chief congratulated and welcomed them in the team, boosting up their confidence and enthusiasm to serve in the army.

Army Chief General Rawat attends passing out parade ceremony; UP tops the list of pass out cadets“I congratulate all 423 cadets who became a part of the Indian party and want to thanks the families and friends for sending their children to be a part of this.  I hope these new numbers of the Indian Army will maintain the status and reputation of the Army and make us all proud,” Army Chief Rawat told media.

Out of 423 Indian cadets, 40 are from Uttarakhand. The State with the highest number of cadets is Uttar Pradesh, which has 74 cadets.

The cadets took their ‘antim pag’ or final step out of the academy in front of a large crowd of family and friends.

Yesterday, at the ceremonial commandment’s parade, IMA Commandant Lieutenant General S.K. Upadhyay addressed the cadets, saying the Army’s reputation rested firmly on their shoulders.