It is the 19th largest of the 29 states of India. With a population of just over a million, the state ranks 20th in the country and has 20 times less the population of its immediate neighbour – of which it was once part – Uttar Pradesh.
At the 2016 passing out parade of young officers at the Indian Military Academy, 52 soldiers were from Uttarakhand.
This year 78 cadets from Uttar Pradesh graduated from the IMA as young Indian Army officers. When seen in the backdrop of the population of approximately 204 million of the state, it comes to around 0.00000039.
Compare this with Uttarakhand’s 0.0000052 per capita of the population.
Haryana too has been sending in very high numbers of brave officers to the Indian Army.
Haryana has a population of over 25 million.
Lt. Rajendra Singh Bisht hugged by his mother after graduating from the Indian Military Academy. He won the coveted Sword of Honour. SSB Crack
Uttar Pradesh leads the numbers of overall recruits in all three wings of the Indian armed forces. One should note here that once the officers cross over the ‘Antim Pag’ they become the sons and daughters of India.