National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organisation comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth – ‘The Leaders of Tomorrow’ – into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The genesis of the NCC can be traced back to the First World War when the Britishers created the University Corps as the second line of defense and to have a large pool of trained youth available for employment into the Armed Forces.
NCC is a voluntary organisation for students of the schools and colleges. School students of the age of above 13 years can join as junior cadets and students from class XI and above, can join this organisation as senior cadets.
NCC trains the cadets to become responsive individuals, sensitive to the needs of the community. This active participation teaches dignity of labour and ignites the creative instinct that lies latent in the youth. This is achieved through the scientifically planned NCC curriculum. It aims at developing a new work of ethos characterised by hard work, sincerity of purpose and the ideals of selfless service with a secular outlook
Value of NCC Certificates and Camps :
There are three types of certificates NCC cadets can secure: ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. You will be eligible for the ‘A’ certificate after you have spent 1-2 years in the Junior Division (school-level) and attended one training camp. For the ‘B’ certificate, you should have attended at least 75 per cent classes in the Senior Division (in college) and one training camp. The most coveted is the ‘C’ certificate. To be eligible for this exam, you should be a ‘B’ certificate-holder, in your third year at college and should have attended at least one outdoor camp and one national integration camp or Republic Day parade or any other outdoor activity organized by the Directorate of the NCC. The tests are held in March-April every year. A ‘C’ certificate-holder has many advantages when it comes to the selection process in the armed forces.
NCC - Advantages
- Develop qualities like social service, team spirit, leadership, discipline and self confidence.
- Since NCC camps are held at different places in the country, cadets get opportunity to visit important historical and industrial places and social centers. Due to this students widen their horizon and develop ambition to do creative work.
- NCC cadets are taught civil defence and self defence. Due to this cadets develop national spirit and confidence.
- NCC cadets are attached with army units every year so that they get acquainted with the army life
- NCC cadets are trained for parachute jumps and mountaineering so that they develop capacity to do courageous work
- Selected cadets are sent to foreign countries every year
- 32 seats are reserved per course in the IMA for cadets who have passed NCC `C` certificate examination. NCC cadets having 50% aggregate marks in graduation with minimum `B` grade in `C` certificate examination are eligible for short service commission( NCC special entry scheme) without qualifying CDS written examination. They will face direct SSB interview
- NCC trained cadets are given preference in recruitment of armed forces
- Many Industrialists give priority in jobs for NCC trained students
- Central and state governments also give priority in job for NCC trained students
- Priority is given to NCC trained students by Universities in B.Ed, MA MSc admition and hostel
- NCC trained students are given priority in recruitment in central reserve force and BSF etc
- NCC cadets are given refreshment on every parade and are given washing allowance for uniform
- NCC cadets are given facility to purchase goods from military canteen
- On death or permanently handicapped of NCC cadet during NCC activities, a sum of Rs. 2,00,000 are paid from NCC welfare society
Various Advantages Given to NCC Cadets
Army-:Thirty-two vacancies in every regular course of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) are reserved for NCC ‘C’ certificate-holders who have passed the CDSE and have been declared successful by the Services Selection Board. They have a distinct advantage during training. A separate merit list is prepared for NCC cadets with ’C’ certificate.The NCC Special Entry Scheme offers Short Service Commission of 5 years (non-technical) in the Indian Army to graduates (50% aggregate) with ‘C’ certificate. You will be deputed for training at the OTA, Chennai.
Navy-: The Indian Navy offers Permanent Commission in the Executive Branch to graduates with NCC ‘C’ certificate.
Air Force-: The Indian Air Force Offers Permanent Commission in the Flying Branch to science graduates with NCC ‘C’ certificate.