After NDA was established at Khadakwasla, Pune in 1954, it was observed that though NDA was in Maharashtra, Maharashtra was not in NDA as the number of Maharashtrian boys getting in to NDA was minuscule. The Government of Maharashtra decided to form a committee to study the issue in depth and suggest the solutions and methods that could address this issue. Accordingly a committee was formed under the chairmanship of Lt Gen SPP Thorat, (Retd), Kirti Chakra, Padmashree, DSO, D’Lit.
On the recommendations of the committee the unique Services Preparatory Institute was established at Aurangabad in 1977 with the aim of preparing boys academically, mentally and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy and other Defence Academies.
SPI is a dedicated feeder to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Naval Academy (NAVAC). The Institute aims to send maximum boys to the NDA / NAVAC. Hence the stress is on complete education and all-round personality development.
The Institute provides personalized coaching for UPSC (NDA) written entrance examination. The training and the curriculum at the SPI is formulated in such a way that, they are automatically prepared to appear before the Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews.
To prepare the Cadets to succeed in UPSC (NDA) written Entrance Examination, SSB interview and to build their physical and mental abilities, so as to be an asset to the nation.
The SPI is located at Sector N – 12 CIDCO, Aurangabad in a well established & green Campus of 10 acres.
Organisation of SPI
The Institute comes directly under General Administration Department (Desk – 28) of the Government of Maharashtra. It has a dedicated and experienced staff of 24 who looks after the training, discipline and also the welfare of the cadets all the time and provides a caring and homely atmosphere.
SPI is headed by the Director who is a retired Armed Forces Officer of the rank of Lt Colonel and above and the equivalent ranks of Indian Navy & Indian Air Force. The unique feature about the SPI organisation is that it works under the exclusive guidance of a governing body which comprises of very senior retired officers of Indian Armed Forces i. e. Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.