Eligibility Criteria for ACC Written Exam
Army Cadet College (ACC) is an institution which trains Officers, for the Indian Army. The Army Cadet College Wing trains soldiers from the regular army for commission as Officers in the Indian Army. The ACC feeds into the Indian Military Academy Dehradun. The nature of training at ACC and NDA is nearly identical, both run a three-year degree course in science and humanities. The added advantage that the ACC cadets bring to the Army as officers are a deep understanding of the soldier life and a consequently better appreciation of the tasking of the men.
ACC has now been rebranded as the Siachen Battalion at the IMA.
The selection for admission to ACC is based on a written test and subsequent selection via Services Selection Board. ACC has been in operation for 80 years now and has graduated some notable alumni. The first course at IMA comprising 40 GCs included 15 from the erstwhile Kitchner College that became the ACC. The first Sword of Honour at IMA was Smith Dun, later COAS Burma.
Unfortunately, the entry criteria for ACC (oft changed) means that most officers would retire before ever becoming the COAS in India, due to age constraints at promotion to higher ranks, irrespective of performance. Many an exceptional officers have graduated from this highly aspirational institution.
The foundation of ACC can be traced to the Kitchener College founded in 1929 at Nowgong, Madhya Pradesh. The Kitchner College became the ACC in 1960, and in 1964 it relocated to Ghorpuri, near Pune, to take over the campus of the erstwhile OTI (merged into OTA Madras). The institute moved again in July 1977, this time to Dehra Dun, to become a wing of Indian Military Academy.
- Gender: male
- Marital status: unmarried candidates.
- Age limit: 19.5 to 26 years
- Nationality: Indian
Graduation from the recognized college also having have Maths,Physics and English as subjects of graduation.
ACC exam syllabus and paper is divided into four parts. Following is the information in detail.
PAPER –I: GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY TEST
General Mental Ability test (GMAT) paper will be aimed at testing the candidate’s intellectual ability.This paper has two types of questions – Argument and data Sufficiency. There will be 150 objective type questions of two marks each. The paper will consists of three sections:
- Reasoning Ability (Verbal): 75 questions: 150 Marks
- Non – verbal Reasoning: 15 questions: 30 Marks
- Numerical Ability: 60 questions: 120 Marks
PAPER – II: CURRENT GENERAL AWARENESS
Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s General Awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. The syllabus designed to include test of mental ability, current general situational and military awareness. This will consists of 150 objective type questions of two marks each.
PAPER – III: INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIVE ENGLISH
Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English language in particular the communicative skill. There will be two papers for Interactive Communicative English. Part I will consists of 120 objective type questions of one mark each for a duration of one hour. Part II will consist of descriptive type questions for 180 marks for a duration of two hours.
PAPER –IV: ACADEMIC CONTENT TEST
There will be only one paper covering Mathematics, General Science and Humanities. There will be a total of 150 objective type questions of 3 marks each Topics to be included in each paper and the distribution of marks will be as under:
- Section A: Mathematics: 50 Questions: 100 Marks
- Section B: General Science: 50 Questions:100 Marks
- Section C: Humanities: 50 Questions: 100 Marks