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National Cadet Corps

The Kashmir War of 1948 taught a very important lesson to India, that freedom needs to be protected by strong Armed Forces. Its immediate manifestation was that the recommendations of Kunzuru committee were placed before the Constituent Assembly (Legislature) on 13 Mar 1948. A draft Bill was sent to the Constituent Assembly (Legislative) on 19 Mar 1948 which recommended the formation of a Cadet Corps which was to be named as "National Cadet Corps."The Bill received the assent of the Governor General on 16 Apr 1948, and the National Cadet Corps came into existence under 'The National Cadet Corps Act 1948'. 

The schools and colleges opened after summer vacation and the NCC of Independent India was inaugurated on 15 Jul 1948. The journey of this Indian youth organisation, which has now become the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world had begun.

Aim of NCC

The ‘Aims’ of the NCC laid out in 1988 have stood the test of time and continue to meet the requirements expected of it in the current socio–economic scenario of the country. The NCC aims at developing character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, the spirit of adventure and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens. 

  • To Provide a Suitable Environment to Motivate the Youth to Take Up a Career in the Armed Forces.
  • To Develop Character, Comradeship, Discipline, Leadership, Secular Outlook, Spirit of Adventure, and Ideals of Selfless Service amongst the Youth of the Country.


How to Join NCC

  • A student desirous of being enrolled in the Senior Division shall apply to the Officer Commanding of the nearest NCC Unit; while a student desirous of being enrolled in the Junior Division should apply to the Headmaster/Principal of the school in the prescribed form.
  • There is provision for students desirous of enrolling in NCC even from educational institutions that are not enlisted as NCC sub-units. In this provision of ‘Open Category’, the student needs to approach the Commanding Officer of the nearest NCC Unit for further guidance. The students can thus avail NCC training from institutions that are already NCC sub-units, subject to following conditions:-
    • The educational institution in which the student is studying should not be having NCC.
    • The educational institution in which the student is desirous of undergoing NCC training should be placed under an NCC unit that has been declared an “Open Unit” by the Competent Authority.

This scheme assists in extending Senior Division/Senior Wing coverage to those 10 plus 2 schools which have only Junior Division functioning in those schools and Senior Division unit cannot be allotted due to some reason or the other. Further, it lends an opportunity to those certificate holders, who wish to obtain ‘B’ and ‘C’ certificates and do not have NCC in their colleges.

Method of Enrollment-

  • If the Commanding Officer does not reject the application, the applicant shall be accepted for enrolment in the Senior Division/Wing, and shall be required to sign a declaration in Form I. If the applicant is a minor, his father or guardian shall also be required to sign a declaration provided in the form.

  • If the Headmaster does not reject the application, the applicant shall be accepted for enrolment in the Junior Division. The applicant shall be required to sign a declaration in Form II and his father or guardian shall also be required to sign a declaration in the Form.

  • If the Commanding Officer or the Headmaster is satisfied that the applicant, or his father or guardian in the case of a minor applicant, understand the questions put to the applicant and consent to the conditions of service, he shall sign a certificate to that effect on the said Form, and the applicant shall thereupon be deemed to have been enrolled.

Enrollment Procedure


Institutions desirous of having NCC are required to apply formally on the prescribed format duly completed (eight copies) to the CO of concerned nearest NCC Unit, where these forms are available. In case of the Private/Self Financing institutions,con currence should be endorsed at Ser 16 of the application form by the Sponsor / Head of the institution for bearing the financial implications.

Institution should fulfill the requisite pre-conditions are as follows :-
  • Availability of students for enrollment.
  • Availability of eligible teachers to be appointed as Associate NCC Officer. One ANO per school/college for Junior Division or Senior Division cadets.
  • Availability of parade ground, storeroom for NCC.
  • Short Range for firing in the vicinity.
  • Supplementing financial resources (in case of Govt aided institutions). Private institutions are required to bear entire expenditure of the State’s share. Details will be available with nearest NCC Bn HQ.
The applications submitted by the institutions are scrutinized by the Unit and feasibility of raising NCC in the institution is also examined. On fulfillment of the conditions, the application is forwarded to Gp HQ for their recommendations. Gp HQ forwards the application to Dte with their recommendations endorsed on the relevant para of the application.

At Directorate level, in case of the State Govt aided institutions, the applications are forwarded to the State Govt for their commitment for bearing their share of the financial implications. Endorsement of the competent authority at para 16 of the applications is required in case of new raisings of NCC sub units. However, in case of withdrawal of NCC sub unit from one institution and it’s re allotment to another one, the endorsement of the State Govt is not mandatory. If no response is received from the State Govt within 30 days , it is presumed that the State Govt has no objection to the proposal of the withdrawal/ re allotment.

In case of the self financing institutions or the institutions sponsored by other than the State Govts (like Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, Military Schools etc), the endorsement of the Head of the institution or the sponsor is required at para 16 of the application for the financial commitment.

Once the commitment to bear the financial implications is endorsed and the cadet strength becomes available, the Dte forwards the applications to NCC HQ for sanction of the raising.

This HQ scrutinizes the applications on the basis of criterion of waiting list seniority, endorsement for financial commitment for the State Govt / sponsor share, availability of cadet str etc, and on being found eligible, sanction is accorded and communicated to the Dte.

The Dte, in turn, communicates the sanction to concerned Gp HQ who in turn communicates to the Unit and after that the process of raising starts.

Dte can recommend out of turn sanction for prestigious institutions.

National Cadet Corps
Safdarjung Enclave, Humayunpur, 
Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029
Office: 011-26194436
E-mail: jdpubhq-ncc@nic.in

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