IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Award Ceremony Conducted at Indian Military Academy’s Khetarpal Auditorium; Check Full List

The awards are a true recognition of the tremendous achievements of the Gentlemen Cadets and acknowledge their pursuit for excellence not only confined to academics but encompassing the whole range of activities that make for a well-rounded and balanced training. The Award Ceremony of Autumn Term-20 Passing Out Courses comprising 147 Regular Course and 130 Technical Graduate Course was conducted at the Khetarpal Auditorium, IMA on December 9, 2020.

Gentleman Cadets were felicitated by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Commandant, Indian Military Academy. He bestowed medals and awards to the outstanding Gentlemen Cadets who excelled in various fields during their pre-commission training at the Academy.

The training imparted to the Gentlemen Cadets at Indian Military Academy is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of military fundamentals and leadership, as well as proficiency in basic military skills. It aims to develop the qualities of character, intellect, fitness and competence needed by future ready officers, who at all times in their career must be prepared to lead. IMA POP Autumn Term 2020: Deputy Commandant And Chief Instructor’s Parade Held at Indian Military Academy.

While the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted training in most educational institutes in the world, Indian Military Academy implemented an effective COVID action plan integrating all preventive guidelines outlined by Ministry of Health, Army Headquarter and Army Training Command. It was however ensured that there was no dilution in training standards of the Gentleman Cadets, even as all precautions were taken and a healthy routine evolved for them.

It is pertinent that IMA showcased its standards in an impressive Passing Out Parade during June 20 despite all COVID constraints, which was widely streamed across media including record live viewership on social media. Parents and relatives are this term looking forward to being present for the Parade and share the joy of this ‘Once in a lifetime experience’.

The Commandant Prize distribution and award ceremony is an important event which recognizes and encourages the Gentlemen Cadets to achieve excellence at individual level and contribute constructively in team effort to infuse a sense of camaraderie amongst them. Accordingly, Medals and Rolling trophies have been instituted at IMA, in recognition of the highest standards achieved at individual and company level.

On the occasion the following Gentlemen Cadets and Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from Friendly Foreign Countries were felicitated:



S No Award/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To
1.PARACHUTE Regt MedalGC adjudged best in Endurance and Physical Toughness of the POCACA Watandeep Singh Sidhu
2.9 GR MedalGC standing first in Mil Studies of the POCBUO Ashish Kumar
3.SIKH Regt Silver MedalGC adjudged best Sportsman of the POCBUO Nidesh Singh Yadav
4.MARATHA LI  MedalGC adjudged best in PT of the POCACA Watandeep Singh Sidhu
5.RAJPUT Regt Silver MedalGC adjudged best in Academics of the POCBUO Ashish Kumar
6.SIKH LI Silver Medal (General Bhagat Memorial Medal)GC adjudged best in Turnout and Drill of the POCAUO Majji Giridhar
7.RAJ RIF MedalGC adjudged best in Tactical Ability of the POCACA Watandeep Singh Sidhu
8.JAT Regt Silver MedalGC adjudged best in OQ of the POCAUO Majji Giridhar
9.Corps of SIGNALS MedalGC standing first in Science and Warfare of the POCBUO Ashish Kumar
10.Brigade of the GUARDS MedalGC adjudged best in Service Subjects of the POCAUO Majji Giridhar
11.8 GR Medal “Sam Manekshaw Medal”GC adjudged best in WT of the POCGC Ishwar Gurung
12.5 GR (FF) MedalGC adjudged best Shot  in LMG of the POCJUO Palden Dukpa
13.Grenadiers TrophyGC adjudged best Shot in INSAS Rif of the POCCSM Nadeem Ahmed Wani
14.Motivation TrophyGC adjudged Most Motivated  GC of the POCCSM Khagendar Pun
15.Col HH Raja Sir Harindar Singh Brar, Bans Bahadur, KCSI, Raja of Faridkot TrophyGC Adjudged  Best in INSAS LMGGC Jafar Khan S
16.Maj Shaitan Singh,  PVC(Posthumous) Trophy presented by 30thReg CourseGC Adjudged Best in WTCQMS Patil Shivaji Dattatrya
17.Deccan Horse TrophyGC Adjudged  Best Rider of POCGC MS Jamwal
18.8th Course Re-Union TrophyGC Adjudged  Best in ITJUO Praveen


S/ NoAward/ Medal/ Trophy Awarded For Awarded To
1.AcademicsGC of POC (Both Reg and TGC) standing second in AcademicsBCA Abhishek Kumar



S No CountryNo of Eligible FGCs for Course Completion Cert / DiplomaGC Earmarked to Receive
Course Completion Certificate 
1.Afghanistan 41GC Samim Shorash
2.Bhutan 17JUO Tandin Dorji
3.Maldives01GC Mohamed Sidheeq
4.Mauritius01GC Chiranjeev Bungsy
5.Myanmar01GC Thet Oo Lin Tun
6.Nepal02GC Biplav Jung KC
7.Sri Lanka01GC DPS Peiris
8.Tajikistan03GC Khasanov Dzhamshed
9.Vietnam03**Already handed over in a Ceremony


S NoAward/Medal/Trophy Awarded For Awarded To Coy
1.Sir Alwyn Ezra TrophyCoy Standing First in Weapon TrgCassino
2.The Nawab of Jora TrophyCoy Standing Second in Weapon TrgKohima
3.Inter Coy Physical Trg CupCoy Standing Overall First in Physical TrgBasantar
4.3rd GORKHA Regt TrophyCoy Standing Overall second in Physical TrgHajipir
5.Burma Army TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in SportsAlamein
6.Air Chief Marshal Dilbagh Singh TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in SportsCassino
7.Admiral Sushil Kumar, AVSM, NM, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Professional CompetitionBasantar  
8.Governor of Uttarakhand TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in AcademicsAlamein
9.ADG AE TrophyCoy Standing Overall Second in AcademicsHajipir
10.Army Cdr ARTRAC BannerCoy Standing Overall Second in Inter Coy ChampionshipBasantar 
11.KUMAON TrophyCoy Standing Overall First in Inter Coy ChampionshipCassino
12.Comdt’s BannerBn standing overall first in Inter Bn Championship Bhagat Bn

The Commandant in his address mentioned that the country demands willing, unhesitating, unfaltering obedience and loyalty from each young Officer. He further elaborated that leadership is composite of a number of qualities. Among the most important are self-confidence, moral ascendancy, self-sacrifice, fairness, initiative, decision, dignity and courage. In his address to the award winners, the Commandant also said it is important for an officer to maintain a competitive streak within the parameters of sportsmanship and fair play at all times.

He mentioned that the urge to win and excel as a team should always be there. In the profession of arms, it is always a collective and a team effort that is important as there are no runners up in war. He commended all for having achieved such high standards despite the constraints and challenges due to the spread of COVID-19. He complimented the parents and dear ones of the award winners for being their strength and assured the course that their parents shall be sharing these proud moments of the POP with them. The Commandant wished the course all the success and glory ahead in the various arms and services alloted to them.

Published by Sumit Sharma

Journalist and passionate for Indian Defence forces.

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