The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its headquarters at New Delhi. 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 Flag Contains NCC crest in gold in the middle, with the letters “NCC” encircled by a wreath of seventeen Lotus with a background in Red, Blue and Light blue. Red depicts the Army, Deep Blue depicts the Navy and Light Blue depicts the Air Force. The seventeen Lotuses represent the 17 State Directorates. 

“UNITY AND DISCIPLINE” (EKTA AUR ANUSHASAN) – is written at the bottom of the NCC Flag.

DG’s four Cardinal Principles of Discipline

  • Obey with a smile.

  • Be Punctual.

  • Work hard and without fuss.

  • Make no excuses and tell no lies.


The National Cadet Corps (NCC) has its genesis in the University Corps, which was created under the Defense Act, 1917 with the object to make up the shortage of the Army. In 1920, when the Indian Territorial Act was passed, the University Corps was replaced by the University Training Corps (UTC) in 1942, the UTC was renamed as the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC). The need to create a youth organization at National level to train the young boys and girls to be better citizens and future leaders of our great country in all walks of life, including Defence forces, was rightly realized by our leaders. A Committee under Pandit H.N. Kunzru was set up in 1946 at the behest of our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The NCC came into existence on 16th July, 1948 under the NCC Act XXXVI of 1948 under the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

NCC Motto

The Motto of the NCC is ‘UNITY AND DISCIPLINE’ which was adopted on 23 Dec 1957.

Selection of NCC Flag

In 1954 the existing tricolor flag was introduced. The three colors in the flag depict the three services of the Corps, Red for the Army, Deep Blue for the Navy and Light Blue for the Air Force. The letters NCC and the NCC crest in gold in the middle of the flag encircled by a wreath of lotus, give the flag a colorful look and a distinct identity. Each lotus represents one NCC Directorate(Dte).


The aims of NCC as approved by MOD in Mar 2001 are as under:

  • To develop character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, secular outlook, spirit of adventure, sportsmanship and ideals of selfless service among the youth of the country.

  • To create a human resource of organized, trained and motivated youth, to provide leadership in all walks of life and always be 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.


“I do hereby solemnly promise that I will serve my motherland most truly and loyally and that, I will abide by the rules and regulations of the National Cadet Corps. Further under the command and control of my commanding officer I will participate in every camp most sincerely and wholeheartedly. We the cadet of the National Cadet Corps, do solemnly pledge that we shall always uphold the unity of India. 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”.


  • YEP: Youth Exchange Programme

  • RDC: Republic Day Camp

  • TSC: Thal Sainik Camp

  • AAC: Army Attachment Camp

  • NIC: National Integration Camp

  • RCTC: Rock Climbing Training Camp

  • SNIC: Special National Integration Camp

  • EBSB : Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

  • All India Shooting Camp

  • All India Parasailing Camp

  • All India Mountaineering Camp

  • All India Trekking Expedition

  • All India Paragliding And Scuba Diving

  • IGC: Inter Group Camp

  • ATC: Annual Training Camp

  • BLC: Basic Leadership Camp

  • CATC: Combined Annual Training Camp

  • SSB Training

Training Activities

  • Drill

  • Cross Country

  • Yoga

  • Physical Training

  • Weapon Training

  • Games

  • General Awareness Lectures

  • Camp Fire

  • Cultural Activities

  • Map Reading

  • Field Craft & Battle Craft

  • Social Service And Community Development Programmes


Senior Division and Senior Wing:

  • ‘C’-Certificate is the highest recognition of training and qualification of a Senior NCC cadet.

  • ‘B’-Certificate is the initial recognition of training and qualification of a Senior NCC cadet.



During the pre-independence days there was a great demand from the public that some sort of military training should be imparted to young boys and girls of India.

After India became independent in 1947, the prime minister of India Late Shri Jawaharlal Nehru decided to create an organization to mould to youth of the country into better citizen of tomorrow. He, therefore, appointed a committee headed by Dr H.N. Kunzru, an eminent educationalist to suggest such ways and means of inculcating discipline in the youth of the country and to impart them service training so as to help expansion of the Armed Forces in a National emergency. Kunzru Committee submitted its report in March 1948 which was accepted by Govt. the parliament passed the NCC Act and Rules in 1948. The NCC came into existence on 16th July 1948 under the NCC Act XXXVI of 1948 under the Ministry of Defence with an initial strength of 3835 cadets. Today its strength has risen to more than Fifteen lakhs, from the outlying Andaman and Lakshadweep in our oceans to the highest of Leh, up in the Himalayas; there is hardly a town or a village with a school or college which does not have the NCC. In 1948, the Girls Division was raised in order to give equal opportunities to school and college going girls. NCC was given an Inter – Service outlook in 1950, when the Air Wing was added followed by the Navel Wing 1952. Since the underlying aim of creating National Cadets Corps was to induce discipline amongst the youth of the country, the task of running this organization was entrusted to the members of the Defence Services.

  1. The Indian Army and Navy and Air Force are an attractive avenue for employment and National Service (Indian Defence).

  2. Students with NCC Certificate (C) get an extra credit while seeking opportunities for higher education and employment.

  3. Reservation seats for students through CET (Common Entrance Test).

  4. Employment preference in Police Department, Security Officers in leading industries and factories.

  5. Direct Special Entry Scheme for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders in Defence Force.