National Cadet Corps (NCC)

Capt. (Dr) Shameer A P

NCC Officer

The National Cadet Corps came into existence on 16th July1948 under the NCC Act XXXVI of 1948 under the Ministry of Défense. The Motto of the NCC is ‘Unity and Discipline’ which was adopted on 23rd December1957. In lining upto its motto, the NCC strives to be and is one of the greatest cohesive forces of our nation, bringing together the youth hailing from different parts of our country and moulding them into united, secular and disciplined citizens of our nation.

The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its Headquarters at New Delhi, Delhi, India. It is open to school and college students on voluntary basis. National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization, comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The National Cadet Corps in India is a voluntary organization which recruits cadets from high schools, colleges and universities all over India. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades. The officers and cadets have no liability for active military service once they complete their course but are given preference over normal candidates during selections based on the achievements in the corps.

NCC in the college plays a credible role in shaping the character of students by instilling the values of patriotism, service, discipline and hard work. Training in NCC insists qualities like nationalism, patriotism, discipline, team spirit, leadership, self-confidence and promote overall personality development. NCC gives a tremendous opportunity to one and all betterment, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and economic status. Based on the aims of NCC; the organization has laid down training syllabi for cadets. The syllabus for the Senior Division Cadets covers a period of three years. Except for minor the syllabus for each division is similar for boy and girl cadets. The training year matches the academic and financial year.

National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a youth development movement, provides opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development with a sense of duty, commitment, dedication, discipline, and moral values. A unit of NCC is functioning in the college with 53 cadets under 31 (K) BN NCC Kannur. Enrolment is opened to boys and girls.

Joining NCC develops interpersonal skills of the students. NCC training helps students who want to join Indian Arm Forces but it’s not the compulsion to the trainee to join any part of Indian Army after completion of the training. Benefits of NCC also includes self-discipline and problem-solving skills. The main benefits of NCC apart from personality developing skills, is the certificate you get. After completion of training and fulfilling other conditions like attendance etc, the candidate gets the certificate from the NCC. Based on the duration of the training, NCC offers three types of certificates.

Here is the detail of the NCC certificates.

  • ‘A’ Certificate
  • ‘B’ Certificate
  • ‘C’ Certificate

Here are the detailed benefits of NCC certificates.

‘A’ Certificate NCC : ‘A’ certificate is not as useful in government jobs as other NCC certificates. But the benefit of NCC certificate is that it gives you a glance of Indian army and it clears your way to get the certificate ‘B’. Candidates with NCC certificate ‘A’ gets some benefits of marks in all the test of all the wings of Indian Army. The trainee will be eligible to get the ‘A’ certificate after spending 1-2 year of training in the junior wing and must have attended one training camp.

‘B’ Certificate: A candidate achieves the ‘B’ certificate after attending one training camp and spending 1-2 years in the junior wing. A candidate must have 75% of attendance in NCC training in the senior wing to get the ‘B’ certificate. The benefits of NCC certificate ‘B’ help the students who want to join Indian Army as ‘Jawan’. The biggest benefit of NCC certificate ‘B’ is that now you can enrol for the ‘C’ certificate of NCC which is very useful. Trainees also get some extra marks in the department of telecommunication and few other public sectors after achieving ‘B’ certificate in NCC.

‘C’ Certificate: To get the ‘C’ certificate the candidate must have got a ‘B’ certificate. He/she must have attended minimum 75% of total training parade. He must be in the third year of training and have attended minimum 2 national pieces of training. The ‘C’ certificate is the most important certificate of NCC training. When we talk about the selection procedure of armed forces, the benefits of NCC certificate ‘C’ always give an advantage to the candidate. Indian Defence Services and Civil Services, both are the preferable career options. The reason behind choosing any one of them as a career is that both have high remuneration and a chance to serve the country directly. People working in defence and civil services get high respect, and this also a reason behind joining these two sectors. When an aspirant has a dream to be a part of any one of these sectors, they will have to make an early start.

Joining NCC helps the cadets in the recruitment in Indian Defence services.

Let’s get more information about it from the below given sections.

Indian Army

  • In every regular course of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), 32 vacancies are reserved for the ‘C’ certified NCC candidates. But to join IMA it’s a must for all the candidates to be declared successful by the Services Selection Board.
  • The cadets with ‘C’ certificate are exempted from CDS examination conducted by UPSC. But for this, the cadet must have ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in ‘C’ certificate.
  • NCC ‘C’ certification offers you 10–15 bonus marks in paramilitary forces recruitment i.e. BSF, CISF, CRPF, SSB etc.
  • If you have NCC ‘C’ certificates then your written exam will be waived off for the post of Soldier GD.

Indian Navy

  • In Indian Navy, the NCC ‘C’ certified candidates get 6 extra marks for sailor’s job and 15 extra marks for Artificer Apprentices.
  • Up to 9 vacancies in navy are reserved for NCC ‘C’ certified candidates. To get the recruitment done on these vacancies the candidate must have done his/her B.Sc. in physics or maths. B.E. candidates are also eligible for these vacancies. The age group of the candidate must be 19 to 24 years. He/she must have passed by SSB exempted from CDS examination of UPSC.

Indian Air Force

  • In Air Force, the NCC ‘C’ certified candidates get the advantage of 5 marks.
  • In Pilot course total 10% vacancies are reserved for NCC cadets. Public Sector
  • Many organizations from the public sector give advantages to the cadets with ‘C’ certification like Indian Airlines, Pawan Hans Ltd, The National Small Industries Corp. Ltd. And many more. Apart of this, many companies from private sector consider the NCC certificates as an advantage. When you mention the NCC certified or achieved NCC ‘C’ certificate in your resume, it gives a hint about your personality. So we would suggest the students should join NCC not only to join Indian Armed Forces but to be a disciplined person.

    More over

  • Preference is given to B & C certificate holders in Defence Services, Police services, Para-Military forces, Fire forces, BSF, Territorial Army, Industrial Security Forces, Public Sectors, and all uniform services.
  • 60 Engineering Seats, 16 Medical Seats, 6-7% of post-Graduation seats are reserved for NCC cadets in all Indian Universities.
  • Number of vacancies created every year through UPSC & SSC for ‘C’ Certificate holders and the selected only on interview basis.
  • NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders are given preference in the recruitment of Civilian Gliding Instructors/Girl Cadet Instructors /NCC whole time lady officers and Aero/Ship modelling instructors.
  • For Army soldier recruitment, NCC cadets get bonus marks.
  • NCC Cadets have reservation in many Government jobs, especially in the State and Central
  • Police and in paramilitary forces.
  • NCC cadets have a lot of academic incentives too.
  • University provides grace marks Provided Bonus marks at the time of PG admission

    • Sense of discipline and poise in the trainees
    • UAC (unarmed combat)
    • Self defense against miscreants


    • Physical stamina, burn out extra weight


    • Concentration, ability to fire and build self confidence


    • To acquaint with the basic knowledge for day to day life


    • Confidence in reaching new places with help of map


    • To provide first aid and help at time of emergencies and natural calamities

    ORG & ADM of NCC

    • Awareness of the system of functioning of NCC


    • Basic infantry tactics at section and platoon level


    • Construction of field defenses


    • Imbibe a spirit of adventure and camaraderie


    • Establish outdoor camp and functioning


    • Development of better environment


    • National integration and community development


    • Anti dowry
    • Anti leprosy Drive
    • Tree Plantation
    • Old age Homes
    • Repairing wells and Village tracks
    • Disaster Relief
    • Adult Education
    • Blood donation
    • AIDS Awareness


    • Mountaineering
    • Sailing expedition
    • Rock climbing
    • Para sailing
    • Trekking
    • Camel safari
    • Motor cycle/ Cycle expedition
    • White water rafting
    • Scuba diving


    • To visit and participate in various NCC activities of the exchange country, and create among participants increased ng and appreciation of each other’s socio-economic and cultural realities.

    Presently a major policy change in NCC syllabus gives emphasis on developing leadership traits, communication skills and soft skills in NCC cadets


    1. 1. Thrill and joy of outdoor and community living
    2. 2. Help in developing camaraderie, team-work, leadership qualities, self-confidence, self-reliance and dignity of labour among cadets.
    3. 3. Promoting national integration.

    Annual Training Camp (ATC)

    • These are held within the State under the aegis of respective NCC Directorates.

    Centrally Organised Camps (COC)

    • These camps are of an All India basis and are planned by this Head Quarters in consultation with the Directorates nominated to conduct them. Selected cadets, as per the vacancies allotted to each Directorate, participate in these camps.

    The following types of centrally organised camps are conducted :-

    • Leadership Camps
    • These camps are conducted on All India basis to bring out the leadership qualities in cadets. There are four Advance Leadership Camps (ALC), one each for SD, JD, SD Naval Wing Boys and SW Girls. Three Basic Leadership Camps are held, one each for SD Boys, SW and JW Girls.

    • Vayu Sainik Camp 
    • This Centrally Organised Camp is organised for Air Wing Cadets. 600 cadets (420 boys+180 girls) from all Directorates attend the camp.

    • Nau Sainik Camp 
    • This is held every year at Naval Base Vishakhapatnam. 560 cadets (400 boys+160 girls) from all Directorates attend the camp.

    • Rock Climbing Training Camps (RCTC)
    • Eight rock climbing camps are held each year to expose the cadets to the basics of elementary rock climbing and to inculcate spirit of adventure amongst cadets. Four of these camps are held at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and other four camps at Neyyardam near Trivandrum in Kerala.

    • National Integration Camps (NIC) 
    • These camps are conducted on All India basis and help bridge the cultural gap among various States of India. In addition, There are five special NICs conduced at Leh, Nagrota (J&K), Chakabama (NCR), Lakshadweep and Port Blair.

    • Thal Sainik Camp ( TSC)
    • Two concurrent TSCs are conducted at RD Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt every year. i.e. S D / JD boys and SW / JW girls. 640 Boy and 640 Girls cadets take part in this camps.

    • Republic Day Camp (RDC)
      1. NCC Republic Day Camp is the culmination of all NCC Training activities. RDC is held at Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt from 01 to 29 Jan. 1850 selected NCC Cadets from all States & Union Territories attend the Camp. The Camp is inaugurated by the Vice President of India and culminates with Prime Minister’s Rally on 27 Jan.
      2. During the camp visit of Raksha Mantri, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister Delhi, three Service Chiefs and various State Ministers/VIPs are also organised.
      3. During the RDC, various competitions are conducted amongst the17 NCC Directorates to decide the Champion Directorate for award of Prime Minister’s Banner. Competitions are keenly contested in various events such as National Integration Awareness, Drill, Line & Flag Area, Cultural items, Best Cadet of Senior Division (Boys) and Senior Wing (Girls) in each Service – Army, Navy & Air. Aero modelling and Ship modelling are also conducted during RDC.

    Some Advantages to NCC Cadets

    • An excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the services.
    • A chance of a lifetime to get trained in scores of adventure activities.
    • A training ground for acquiring iron-will and impeccable discipline.
    • Participation in dedicated teams in service to the nation.
    • Hundreds of Scholarships to those who excel in all activities, ranging from academics to adventure.
    • Opportunity to travel abroad.
    • No military service liability.
    • A cadet holding C certificate in B grade gets entitled to apply for direct commission in the defence services.
    • A cadet holding B or C certificate can aspire to be enrolled in uniformed posts by PSC.
    • Preferential advantage in seeking admissions in professional course at all India level.