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National Cadet Corps NCC
The National Cadet Corps came into existence on 16 July 1948, under the 31st NCC Act of 1948, based on the recommendation of Pundit H Kunzru Committee. NCC was started with strength of 38,500 Boys Cadets. Girls Cadets were added in the Army Wing in 1949, Air Wing in 1950 and Naval Wing in 1952.
In the initial stages, NCC was confined mainly to the urban areas. Today NCC has spread to every corner of the country, having more than 13 lakhs Cadets. The National Cadet Corps, which has both Boys and Girls as cadets, has the basic aim of developing the character qualities in the youth to make them good citizens of the society and worthy leaders of the future in every walk of life.
The National Cadet Corps is the only organization of its kind, which imparts Leadership, Discipline, Integration, Adventure, Military, Physical and Community Development training to over 13 lakhs youth of the country. The Youth of the country are the future of India. NCC is the organisation to install the values of “Unity and Discipline”- the Motto of the National Cadet Corps.
The NCC has a total of 765 units in India which encompasses 586 districts in the country, covering 6985 schools and 5159 colleges.
The NCC is staffed by 1697 Armed Forces Officers, 11093 junior and non-commissioned Officers of the Defence Forces, 34 whole time Lady Officers and 10351 Associate NCC Officers i.e. college professors and school teachers. In all, NCC has 92 Group Headquarters, 647 Army Wing Units, 58 Naval Wing Units and 58 Air Wing Units.
For training of the staff, it has an Officers Training Academy at Kamptee and Women Officers Training Academy at Gwalior. NCC is funded by the Central Govt. and the respective State Govts. The Central Advisory Committee is headed by Defence Minister and the State Advisory Committee give impetus to the activities in NCC.
Categories in NCC
There are two divison / wing in NCC-Junior Division / Junior Wing at school level & Senior Division/ Junior Wing at both school & college level.
NCC cadet must be a student of either a school or college. ‘A’,'B’ &’C certificates are given to cadets after qualifying for these exams.
National Cadet Corps Incentives
NCC cadets are granted with some incentives in the form of scholarship.
These incentives are as follows:
Incentives provided by NCC Headquarters.
NCC Scholarship Scheme:
150 Scholarships to JD / JW and 100 scholarships to SD / SW of 200/- each awarded annually to meritorious NCC Cadets who have undergone two years training with minimum 60% attendance.”
- JD / JW-10th pass with minimum 70% marks in aggregate.
- SD / SW-10+2 or Pre-Degree / Pre-University / Diploma in Polytechnic, with 70% in aggregate of science stream & 60% of art / commerce stream.
Note: Relaxation of 5% marks for SC / ST. Bonus 10% marks on securing minimum percentage as above to SC / ST / OBC. Financial help is given to the cadets & their families if they are injured during the training.
Delhi: 1.25 lakhs (Due to high risk NCC activities). 1 lakh (During other NCC activities).
- Injury Reimbursement of upto 1 lakh for specialized treatment in case of permanent disability and upto 50,000/- for normal treatment.
Financial Support to NCC
Funding of the NCC is the dual responsibility of Central and the State Governments. Financial support from both these government is therefore a mandatory requirement to ensure functional efficiency of the organization. The State Government bears the liability for the following expenditure.
- Pay and Allowance of State Government Employees in NCC Organization.
- Office Accommodation, Furniture, POL etc. in respect of Gp HQ and units.
- Refreshment, Washing and Polishing Allowances for NCC Cadets.
- Outfit and Outfit Maintenance, and Honorarium for ANOs.
- Pre-Commission and Refresher Training for ANOs.
25% of NCC Camp expenditure is bear by the State Government.
The other 75% is reimbursed by the Central Government.
Bonus marks are given in following vacancies:
At the time of recruitment in the ranks in the Defence Forces, Cadets get bonus marks.
Soldier GO Category: In this category bonus marks are based on total marks secured in physical and written examination.
- NCC ‘A’ Certificate-5% NCC ‘B’ Certificate-8% NCC ‘C’ Certificate-10%Soldier Tech / Clk / SKT / Nursing.
Assistant Bonus marks will be based on total marks obtained in written examination.
- NCC ‘A’ Certificate-5% NCC ‘B’ Certificate-8% NCC ‘C’ Certificate-10%.
- Navy: Under mentioned marks are added for recruitment in Navy Direct entry Sailor and Artificer Apprentices Certificate Sailor Artificer Apprentices. Certificate ‘A’ 02 marks 05 marks Certificate ‘B’ 04 marks 10 marks Certificate ‘C’ 06 marks 15 marks.
- Air Force: Under mentioned marks are added to selection test marks of certificate holders: NCC ‘A’ Certificate-3 marks NCC ‘B’ Certificate-4 marks NCC ‘C’ Certificate-5 marks.
Military Nursing Service:
One seat is reserved for B.Sc (Nursing) Course and 24 Probationer Nursing Course for NCC trained girls, possessing G-2 Certificate in order of merit.
Many incentives provided by the NCC cadets by Para Military Forces are as follows: BSF (Border Security Force) NCC ‘A’ Certificate-4 marks NCC ‘B’ Certificate-6 marks NCC ‘C’ Certificate-10 marks.
CISF (Central Industrial Security Force):
Preferential marks to NCC certificate holders for recruitment in CISF NCC ‘B’ Certificate-1 mark NCC ‘C’ Certificate-3 marks.
Coast Guard: Weightage of 15 marks to NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders for recruitment in officer cadre or ranks depending on education qualification.
ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police): Preference to NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders for recruitment in officer cadre of ranks, depending on educational qualification. Commission of cadets in Armed Forces as officers.
NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders in age group 19-25 years are required to compete in UPSC examination for commission though IMA (Indian Military Academy) or OTA (Officers Training Academy).
32 vacancies are reserved in regular course of IMA for ‘C’ Certificate holders irrespective of position in merit, subject of passing UPSC examination and clearing SSB Interview.
NCC Special Entry Scheme for SD Wings graduates in OTA in age group 19-25 years with 50% marks, through DDG of states for direct SSB Interview every year.
The Cadets are exempted from CDS examination conducted by UPSC. The Cadets should have ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in ‘C certificate examination.
Upto nine vacancies per course for commission in Navy are reserved for NCC ‘C’ certificate pass graduate cadets with B.Sc (Physics & Maths) or BE in the age group of 19 to 24 years and passed by SSB exempted from CDS examination of UPSC.
Indian Air Force
Pilots Course: 10% vacancies reserved in each branch for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders. Not processed through UPSC examination.
Girl cadets also can get different jobs. Girl cadets may choose career as Army Officers, Whole Time Lady Officers and Girls Cadet Instructors (GCIs).
NCC cadets can get a good job more easily as compared to others, private and public Sectors give preference to the holders of ‘A’,'B’ &’C’ certificates.
Many reputed companies like Reliance Group, Ambuja Group, Tata, Birla, Infosys and other MNC prefer NCC Cadets for different jobs. In this way NCC improves the status of the cadets in job market and helps them in achieving the aim of their life.
One can easily identify the NCC cadets in a job because an NCC cadet looks confident, disciplined, helpful and easily accepts the additional responsibilities.
The author is Joint Director (Trg),
Old Sectt. Building,
Delhi – 110054.