The Directorate General, National Cadet Corps (NCC) located at New Delhi controls and oversees various activities of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) through 17 National Cadet Corps (NCC) Directorates spread across the country. There is a Central Advisory Committee for the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to provide overall policy guidelines. National Cadet Corps (NCC) is manned by the service personnel, Whole Time Lady Officers, teachers/professors and civilians. One lecturer/teacher in each educational institution is appointed as Associate NCC officer.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) strives to provide opportunities to the youth of the country for their all-round development with a sense of commitment, dedication, self-discipline and moral values so that they become good leaders and useful citizens.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) aims to develop character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and the ideals of selfless service amongst the youth of the country. It works to create a human resource of organised, trained and motivated youth to provide leadership in all walks of life and to provide a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in the Armed Forces.
AIMS OF THE NCC
To develop character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure and the ideals of selfless service amongst the youth of the country.
To create a human resource of organised, trained and motivated youth, to provide leadership in all walks of life and always available for the service of the nation.
To provide a suitable environment to motivate the youth to take up a career in the Armed Forces.
MOTTO OF THE NCC
The motto of NCC is “Unity and Discipline”. This motto was adopted on 12 Oct 1980.
‘Unity’ implies our basic oneness, the brotherhood of all the Indian people regardless of their caste, colour or creed.
Likewise, ‘Discipline’ is the very bedrock on which any nation is founded.
It is for these reasons that “Unity and Discipline” has been adopted as motto of the NCC.
CARDINAL PRINCIPLES OF THE NCC
Obey with a smile.
Work hard and without fuss.
Make no excuses and tell no lies.
We the cadets of the National Cadet Corps, do solemnly pledge that we shall always uphold the unity of
We resolve to be disciplined and responsible citizen of our nation.
We shall undertake positive community service in the spirit of selflessness and concern for our fellow beings.
THE NCC SONG(Click here to view the vedio)
An Official Song of the NCC titled “Kadam Mila Ke Chal” was adopted in 1963. This was, however, changed to the current NCC Song titled “Ham Sabh Bhartiya Hain” in Oct 1982, which goes as follows:-
Hum Sab Bharatiya Hain, hum sub Bharatiya Hai
Apni Manjil ek hai ha,ha,ha ek hai ho,ho, ho ek hai
Hum sab bharatiya hain
Sadiyon se hum ne isko apne khoon se pala hain
Desh ke raksha ke khatir, hum shamsheer utha lenge
Hum shamsheer utha lenge
Bikhre bihkre tare hain hum, lekin jhilmil ek hain
Ha ha ha ek hai, ho ho ho ek hain
Hum sab bharatiya hain
Mandir gurudware bhee hai yahan, aur masjid bhee hain yahan
Girija ka ghadiyal kaheen mulla kee kaheen hai azan
Ek hee apna ram hai ek hee allatala hain,
Ek hee allahtala hain
Rang birange Deepak hain hum, lekin jhilmil ek hain
Ha ha ha ek hai, ho ho ho ek hain
Hum sab bharatiya hain
Hum sab bharatiya hain
THE NCC FLAG
Flags for various units of the NCC were introduced in 1951, following-up from the Flags of various Regiments in the Army. However, in order to ensure that the inter-service character of the NCC is reflected in its flag, the existing tri-colour NCC Flag was introduced in 1954. There are three colours in the Flag, namely, Red, Navy Blue and Sky Blue, from left to right (when you are facing the flag). The Red colour is for the Army, Navy Blue for the Navy and Sky Blue for the Air Wing. The letters “NCC” written in Golden Yellow colour in the crest are encircled by a blossomed lotus wreath.
The two dots in the middle of the upper end of the wreath represent the two premier training institutes of the NCC, i.e., the
HISTORY OF THE NCC
The origin of the NCC can be traced to the ' University Corps', which was created under the Indian Defence Act 1917, with the object of making-up the shortages of personnel in the Defence services. Boys were enrolled from colleges. School Boys were not included.
After the Indian Territorial Forces Act was passed on 22 Sep 1920, the 'University Corps' was replaced by University Training Corps (UTC) in 1921 wherein part-time military training for student was introduced. This was done to raise the status of the organisation and make it more attractive to the youth of the country. It was also a significant step towards the indianisation of the Indian Armed Forces, since a large number of cadets from the UTC were inducted into the armed forces as officers.
In 1942 the UTC was re-christened as the 'University Officers Training Corps'. The Indian Women’s Auxiliary Corps was also set-up as a parallel organisation.
Quite a few of the leaders of our Independence Movement had been cadets of the 'University Corps’ or the ‘University Training Corps’ or the ‘University Officers Training Corps’ and other youth organisations during the pre-independence era. After our independence in 1947, the first Prime Minister of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru desired to create an organisation whose primary purpose was to mould the youth of the country into better citizens of tomorrow to realise his dream of a vibrant
The National Cadets Corps was born through the XXXIst Act of the Parliament when the Bill for its formation was approved by the Governor General of
Once schools and colleges opened after summer vacations, the NCC of independent
The NCC was started with an authorised strength of 38305 cadets under the Command of Col GG Bewoor as the first Director General NCC. Enrolment was open to both school and college/university students. Initially, the Senior Division (Boys in College/ University) and Junior Division (Boys in School) were raised.
In order to give equal opportunities to school and college going girls, the Girls Division Senior Wing was raised in Aug 1949, when the first Girls Troops were raised at Calcutta, Nagpur and Ludhiana as Ist Bengal Girls, 2nd Central Provinces and 3rd Punjab Girls NCC Troop respectively, with a total strength of 270 cadets.
The NCC was given an inter-service character when the Air Wing was added on 01 Apr 1950 with one Squadron each at Mumbai and Kolkatta, followed by the Naval Wing in Jul 1952, with the raising of a Naval Unit at Mumbai. During the same year, the NCC curriculum was extended to include community development/social service activities as a part of the NCC syllabus at the behest of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who took keen interest in the growth of the NCC.
The Junior Wing was raised in 1954 and subsequently grouped into Companies(Coys) and Batallions(Bns) in other parts of the country.
The first batch of nine Lady NCC Officers (three from each group) was trained at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre,
Training of NCC Lady Officers was conducted at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, 14 GTC, Subathu(Shimla Hills) and Kumaon Regimental Centre, Ranikhet from 1949 to 1959.
The first Junior Wing course of 64 NCC Women Officers commenced on 19 Nov 1954 at the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Delhi Cant.
Following the Chinese Aggression, to meet the requirement of the Nation, the NCC training was made compulsory in 1963. However, on the resistance of students against compulsory NCC training and also on the suggestions of some Vice Chancellors in 1968, the Corps was again made voluntary.
The Corps which started in a small way with a Cadet strength of 1.67 lakhs has now grown to more than 13 lakhs. The network of 774 NCC units is spread all over the country through 4880 Colleges and 7783 Schools.
ORGANISATION OF THE NCC
The NCC functions under the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India. The head of the Organisation at All India level is the Director-General NCC who is an officer from the Indian Army in the rank of Lieutenant General. He is responsible for the functioning of the National Cadet Corps in the country through the National Cadet Corps Headquarters situated at
The NCC is administered directly by the Ministry of Defense. The Director General has a staff which is drawn from the three services - Army, Navy and Air Force.
The NCC is divided into 17 Directorates, similar to Brigades, in which each State or group of States forms a Directorate. The smaller states and union territories are attached with Directorates of the bigger states. Each Directorate is under the command of an officer equivalent to the rank of Commodore, designated as the Deputy Director General(DDG) NCC for that Directorate. The DDG is the Head of the Department in respect of the NCC Directorates. The DDsG for Orissa and Tamil Nadu, Andaman Nicobar & Pondicherry are naval officers. The DDsG for Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka & Goa are Air Force officers. All other DDsG are Army officer.
The 17 Directorates are further sub-divided into 95 Groups, with each Directorate HQ controlling two to fourteen Group Headquarters, the number of which varies according to the size of the state. Each Group is under the command of an Officer equivalent to the rank of Colonel. Other than the Commanding Officer, known as the Group Commander, each Group HQ has an Administrative Officer and a Training Officer with ranks of either a Lieutenant Colonel or a Major. 85 Groups are headed by Army officers, 4 Groups by naval officers and 6 Groups by Air Force officers.
The 95 NCC groups are composed of 775 Units. Each Group consists of NCC Battalions, NCC Air Force Squadrons and NCC Naval Units. These NCC Units are commanded by Lieutenant Colonel or their equivalents. 5 to 10 function under each Group, the number of which varies according to the size of the Group.
The cadets in these units are drawn from about 200 Universities, 4800 Colleges and 8000 Schools. The exact figure varies as institutions are dropped from or added to various NCC units every year.
Officers & Staff. Officers and Permanent Instructional Staff (PI Staff) are drawn from Army, Navy and Air Force including Central Govt Civilian Staff. Apart from these, Officers, Staff and Associate NCC Officers are drawn from State Govt/Union Territories.
Defence Services Officers. Regular officers of the rank of Col(TS)/
Whole Time Lady Officers. Whole Time Lady Officers have been commissioned in the NCC since 24 May 1980. There are 110 posts of WTLOs in the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Major and
Associate NCC Officers. Professors and teachers from colleges and schools who volunteer to supervise NCC activities in their institutions are appointed as part time NCC officers called Associate NCC Officers(ANOs). They are first appointed as NCC Care-Takers (C/T) for a period of one year, enetedabel by another year. During this period they must appear before an ANO Selection Board and complete a Pre-Commissioning Training Course to be commissioned as ANOs, failing which they would be discharged from NCC service.
1. Should be a permanent member of teaching staff.
2. Should be aged between 21 and 42 years. If an NCC ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificate holder or a female ANOs the maximum permissible age is 45 years.
3. Should be medically fit.
4. Must complete a Pre-Commission Course(PRCN) at
(OTA). If an NCC certificate holder only a a short refresher course of four weeks is to be undertaken. NCC Officers Training Academy
5. Should be Indian or Nepali citizen.
Years of Service
1 to 2, as C/T
PRCN and Refresher Course Part I
Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt)
8 as Lt/
Refresher Course Part II
Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr)
Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr)
Lt & Maj/
S Lt & Lt/
Fg Offr & Flt Lt
Refresher Course Part III
Third Officer (T/O)
1 to 2, as C/T
Second Officer (S/O)
3 as T/O
Refresher Course Part I
First Officer (F/O)
8 as T/O and S/O
Refresher Course Part II
Chief Officer (C/O)
15, as F/O, S/O and T/O
Refresher Course Part III
Central. The Govt of India finances the following expenditure of the NCC:-
Office accommodation and furniture for NCC Directorate.
Pay and allowances of Service Officers and Defence personnel posted to NCC.
Pay and allowances of Defence civilian staff serving in the NCC Directorate.
Mess facilities and living accommodation for Service Officers and Personnel.
Provision of vehicles, arms, ammunition, clothing and necessaries and all the technical equipment.
75% of the camp expenditure for Cadets/ANOs.
State. The Govt of the State/Union Territories finances the following expenditure of the NCC:-
Pay and allowances of all the State Govt/Union Territory Civilian Staff employed in the NCC Group HQ/ Units and the skeleton Officer / Staff serving in the NCC Directorate.
Honorarium for the NCC Senior and Junior Division/Wing Associate NCC Officers and Care Taker Allowance for Care Takers.
Refreshment, washing and polishing allowances for the NCC Cadets.
Contingencies (Office accommodation for NCC Group Headquarters/ Units), furniture, telephones, postage and unit office equipment.
Other expenditures (TA/DA for Pre-Commission/Refresher Training of Associate NCC Officers, POL charges, training grants and other adventure activities).
25% of the camp expenditure for cadets/ANOs.
For the cadets of Govt and Govt-Aided Institutions, the expenditure is borne by the
Central Govtand the State Govt / Union Territory Administrations on agreed basis. In respect of Self-financed Institutions, the State share of expenditure is borne by the concerned Institution as per the Model Budget and NCC Act and Rules, 1948.
Accommodation. The responsibility of provision of Office accommodation to all NCC Group HQ and Units in the State/Union Territories rests with the State Govt. Most of the accommodation for this purpose is hired from civil sources on annual rental agreement basis.
Appointments. The appointing authority for the posts of Junior Assistant, Ship Modelling Instructor, Aero Modelling Instructor, Boat Keeper, Boat Lascar, Store Attendant, Driver, Office Assistant, Sweeper and Chowkidar is the Head of Office, viz., Group Commander or the Commanding Officer/Officer Commanding of the Group/Unit concerned.
Staff. The following staff man NCC units:-
(a) Regular Officers of Army, Navy & IAF.
(b) Whole Time Lady Officers.
(c) Associate NCC Officers.
(d) Girl Cadet Instructors.
(e) Permanent Instructional Staff.
(f) Civilian Gliding Instructors.
(g) Ship Modeling Instructors.
(h) Aero Modeling Instructors.
The NCC has two full-time Officers’ Training Academies, one each at
A Ladies Wing was established at OTA Kamptee in 1959 and the Commissioning and Refresher courses including NCC Rifle courses for lady officers were conducted along with male Officers at OTA Kamptee from 1959-1964.
The decision to establish a separate institution for women was taken due to increased strength of girls’ units and
The NCC is open to all regular students of Schools and Colleges on a voluntary basis. The enrolment commences at the beginning of the academic session, immediately following the completion of the institutional admissions in the academic institutions. For enrolment in the NCC the student, boy/girl must fulfill certain basic conditions as under:-
(a) They must be citizens of
(b) Should bear good moral character.
(c) Must be a bonafide student of a college/university/institution established by law in
(d) Be physically and mentally fit.
(e) Should not have been convicted of any offence involving moral turpitude.
(f) Age for enrolment in Junior Division/ Wing is from 13 years to 18 ½ years and in the Senior Division/Wing candidate is required to be under the age of 26 years.
(g) A student can join any desired wing of NCC i.e. Army/ Navy/ Air Force by filling up form in the NCC unit within their own school/college. In case there is no NCC unit in the school/ college then one can join an open unit of NCC in any other Institute.
(h) Cadets are not required to pay any fee or get any uniforms tailored. It is given free of cost.
(j) Cadets are also entitled to refreshment after every parade, free boarding, lodging and transport for camps and certain other allowances.
(k) Boys/Girls studying in VIII and IX standards are admitted in Junior Division/Junior Wing.
A Cadet must have attained the age of 13 years on the day of enrolment. Boys/Girls studying I/II/III year degree course are enrolled in Senior Division/Senior Wing.
Cadets are divided into the following categories:-
(a) NCC units at the College/University level is known as ‘Company’. It has the following constituents:-
(i) Senior Division - Boys
(ii) Senior Wing - Girls
(b) The NCC in School level is known as ‘Troop’. It has the following constituents:-
(i) Junior Division - Boys
(ii) Junior Wing – Girls
Rank and File. On enrolment in the NCC, a student is designated as a ‘Cadet’. Depending on seniority, efficiency and proficiency in training, a cadet may be promoted to higher ranks. Suitable distinguishing signs are worn with the uniform to indicate these ranks.
Senior Division. Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Company Quarter Master Sergeant(CQMS), Company Sergeant Major(CSM), Battalion Quarter Master Sergeant(BQMS), Battalion Sergeant Major(BSM), Junior Under Officer(JUO), Senior Under Officer(SUO).
Junior Division. Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Company Sergeant Major(CSM).
Senior Division. Leading Cadet, Petty Officer Cadet (
PO), Cadet Captain, Senior Cadet Captain.
Junior Division. Leading Cadet, Petty Officer Cadet (
Senior Division. Corporal, Sergeant, Warrant Officer(WO), Junior Under Officer(JUO), Senior Under Officer(SUO).
Junior Division. Corporal, Sergeant.
It can be seen that certain ranks are not conferred on the Junior Division Cadets. All Junior Division units are affiliated to some Senior Division units. The duties of Quarter Master, Under Officer etc. for the Junior Division units are performed by respective Senior Division appointment holders.
Senior Division. Khaki uniform, shirt and trousers, black boots, black belt, dark green beret and a red feather hackle.
Junior Division. Same as in Senior Division except that JD cadets wear shorts with red pom pom.
Senior Division. White uniform with black shoes, black belt and naval cap/dark green beret with a red colour hackle.
Junior Division. Same as in Senior Division except that JD cadets wear shorts.
Senior Division. Sky blue uniform with black shoes/ black belt side caps/ dark green beret with red feather hackle.
Junior Division. Same as for Senior Division except that Junior Division cadets wear shorts.
Girls Division. Uniforms of the respective Wings except that girl cadets of the Junior
Division are also authorised trousers.
Combat Uniform. Cadets of Senior division Army Wing are also given combat uniform while carrying out field duties.
Flying Overall. Cadets of Air Wing Senior Division/ Wing are authorised to wear blue colour flying overall.
Proficiency Badges. The cadets are authorised to wear different proficiency badges to indicate their attendance in various, camps, courses, attachment with regular army units, para jumps and passing of various certificate examinations.
Cadet Welfare Society
The NCC Cadet Welfare Society(CWS) was formed in Feb, 1985 and introduced the following welfare measures for cadets:
Provides relief up to Rs. 2 lakh to NCC cadets in case of death or 100% permanent disability during organised normal and high-risk activities.
Reimbursement up to Rs. 1 lakh incurred towards specialised treatment in case of injury, which is totally cured.
Scholarship of Rs. 5,000 per annum is paid to 500 deserving NCC cadets who have excelled in academic.
Awards 1st best cadet @ Rs. 3,000 and 2nd best @ Rs. 2,000 to eight cadets in each group.