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 into NDA was minuscule. It was decided by the Government of Maharashtra that a committee be formed 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. On the recommendations of the committee the unique SERVICES PREPARATORY INSTITUTE was established at Aurangabad in 1977 with an aim of preparing boys academically, mentally and physically for entry into the National Defence Academy and other Defence Academies.
The Institute has so far trained 1050 cadets out of which 466 have joined the Defence Services in officer cadre (112 fighter pilots in Air Force, 82 in Indian Navy). 2 of our cadets have been awarded Kirti Chakra, 3 cadets Shaurya Chakra and 14 cadets awarded with Sena Medals/ Vayu Medals for their gallantry .