Dehradun, 10 Dec 2007
Amid emotional scenes and chants of patriotic couplets, 606 bright young men on Monday stepped into the Indian Army as commissioned officers.
Uttar Pradesh led the tally among the states in terms of representation among the new lieutenants, with 116 of the recruits belonging to the state passing out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
And while UP’s neighbouring state Uttarakhand, despite its small size, was at second spot in the list with 69 officers, a larger state like Gujarat could boast of only two officers.
States from the North-east had a mixed bag, with Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim drawing a blank, while Manipur had eight officers, Assam five and Tripura one.
Haryana with 54 officers was at third position, followed by Maharashtra with 46 and Rajasthan with 36.
Twenty-eight of the officers belonged to the capital and while Kerala had a representation of 24.
Twenty of the officers belonged to militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
Of the 606 officers who passed out today from the IMA, five were from foreign countries — one each from Bhutan, Lesotho, Kazakhstan and two from Kyrgyzstan.
While 197 of the officers will be streamed into infantry, 105 are being absorbed into artillery and 76 into engineering.
Of the 1,470 cadets in the IMA, the largest number, 271, is again from UP, and the second-largest, 140, is again from Uttarakhand.
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