The school is a category ‘A’ establishment of the Army and is administrated by the Directorate General of Military Training at IHQ of MOD(Army). The Central Governing Council(CGC), headed by the Defence Secretary, Ministry of Defence is the apex body for the school. The main aims of the school are:
To prepare boys from the age of 10 to 18 years academically for the All India Secondary School Examination and All India Senior School Certificate Examination, New Delhi and also for Entrance Examination to the National Defence Academy.
To provide a healthy and a sound general education without religious inhibitions and prejudices.
To develop in them those qualities of mind, body and character which enable them to become good and useful citizens of India.To make them leaders in any walk of life
Cadets undergo compulsory physical training in morning and play sports in evening. The school has facilities for cricket, hockey, basketball, volleyball, athletics, cross-country, boxing, cycling, hiking and mountaineering. The school is a member of and participates in state as well as national level sports competitions. In 2007, cadets won 6 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze in CBSE cluster XIII Athletics meet held at Chandigarh. All India Military Schools pentagular meet is an annual sports and CCA event where all five military schools and RIMC Dehradun compete in several field. The school has won many medals in annual pentangular meets.
The picturesque resort located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars. The town of Chail was once summer capital of Maharaja (King) of Patiala (Punjab) 86 km from Kalka via Kandaghat and 45 km from Shimla via Kufri at the height of 2150 metres. The Palace was built in 19th century by the King of Patiala and the pretty cottages of the complex that once accommodated the ADCs and guests of Royal party are now part of fascinating holiday resort. Chail is built on three hills the palace is on Rajgarh hill the residency snow view once occupied by British resident is on Pandhewa hill and on the third hill Sadh Tiba where chail is situated. Overlooking satluj valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at at night. Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world. Well kept and well maintained the ground is surrounded by huge trees of deodar and pine. On the other side of massive Himalayan ranges spectacular in the sun and snow covered every thing under it. Away from hustle and bustle Chail is quite peaceful and comfortable place to visit. Once the palace of King of Patiala which is now being run as a Luxury hotel which is run by Himanchal Tourism. Several trek routes lead out of Chail up to the Chur Dhar peak and to Shimla.
The story behind Chail's creation is also unique. It finds its origin in the ego of the Maharajah of Patiala, who refused to succumb to the supremacy of British Shimla or the domineering spirit of the British Empire. Falling out of favour with the British aristocracy that inhabited Shimla, he left with a vow that he would create a hill station that exceeded Shimla in beauty. What he perhaps did not realise was that one day Shimla's popularity would be it's bane and that Chail would survive the ravages of popular tourism, much longer. Today, Shimla is reduced to a claim of beauty that is pass, even though it remains the capital of Himachal Pradesh and the seat of the State Government. And Chail remains on the top of mountain, crowned like a himalayan orchid, with the Chail Palace, which was once the home of a Polo playing Maharajah. The psychological inference is perhaps that 'truth shall prevail'. Chail has prevailed, even though it is tiny. Shimla is a story of glorious past. One that no longer rivals Chail in the sheer beauty of the Indian Himalayas that is typical at an altitude of near 8,000 feet. Furthermore, in the case of Chail, in terms of solicitude and greenery, it is a beauty that it makes one suspect that some surveyor goofed up when ascertaining the altitude.
There is some hard geographical evidence to support the belief that Chail will continue to retain its charm for many years. For starters, Shimla will continue to generate a higher 'top of mind awareness' in advertising terms, thereby attracting hoards of the filth that mass tourism generates. And Chail's proximity to Shimla, will ensure, that Chail gains at the expense of Shimla. The fact that Chail is an A class forest will ensure that no rampant construction can happen in its immediate vicinity. Being at the mountain top and not on a hillside as Shimla has its obvious advantages. Moreover, the surrounding thick forest cover is bound to be conserved better, by the forest department.
The Giri river at Gaura, 29 km away, is an ideal place for fishing.
The Cricket Ground
Surrounded by gigantic deodar and Weeping willows, well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world .Built in 1893, this cricket pitch is at the height of 2144 metres . It is now being used as School playground.
Ghoral, Kakkar, sambhar, red jungle fowl, and khalij, cheer pheasants are some of the inhabitants of the Chail wildlife sanctuary.
This spot is 14 km short of Kandaghat - a beautiful tiny village of Sadhupul, and the bridge over the Ashwani stream, is a popular picnic spot for the school.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had originally intended this to be the site of his palace, and had even started building it, but as is believed, a 'sidh' saintly person appeared in the Maharaja's dream, and declared that this was the place where he had meditated. Consequently, Bhupinder singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot. Janashtami is celebrated with ful fervor here. An yearly mela also takes place in the month of apr/may.
Lt Col. Dilbagh Singh Grewal