The National Cadet Corps is the Indian military cadet corps with its Headquarters at New Delhi, Delhi, India. IT is a Tri-Services Organization 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 British 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. History

After independence the present day NCC under the Ministry of Defense came into existence on 16 Apr 1948 through NCC act XXXI, 1948. In 1950 Air Wing was added on 01 Apr with one Air squadron each at Bombay and Kolkata. The Naval Wing of the NCC was raised in Jul 1952, thus completing the true representation of all services in the Corps. Presently, NCC has approximately 13 Lakhs Cadets under its fold.

NCC Motto

The motto of NCC is ‘Unity & Discipline’ which was adopted on 23 Dec 1957. In living up to its motto, the NCC strives to be and is one of the greatest cohesive forces of the nation, bringing together the youth hailing from different parts of the country and molding them into united, secular and disciplined citizens of the nation.

NCC Flag

In 1954 the existing tricolor flag was introduced. The three colours in the flag depict the three services in the Corps, red for Army, deep blue for 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 colourful look and a distinct identity. Each lotus represents one NCC Directorate (Dte.). Organization

At Headquarters level, the NCC is headed by a Director General with the rank of lieutenant-general. He is assisted by two Additional Director Generals (A and B) of two star ranks (major-general, rear-admiral or air vice-marshal). Five Brigadier level officers and other civil officials also assist him. The Headquarters is located in Delhi. There are 17 Directorates located in the state capitals headed by an officer of the rank of Maj. Gen from the three Services. Depending upon the size of the state and growth of NCC in the states, Directorates have up to 14 Group Headquarters under them through which they exercise their command and control of the organization in the state. Each group is headed by an officer of the rank of Brigadier or equivalent known as Group Commander. Each NCC Group Headquarters control 5-7 units (Bns.) commanded by Colonel/Lt. Col or equivalent. Each Battalion consists of companies which are commanded by the Associate NCC Officer (ANO) of the rank of lieutenant to major. In all there are 95 Group Headquarters in the country who exercise control over a network of 667 Army Wing Units (including technical and girls unit), 60 Naval Wing Units and 61 Air Squadrons.


  1. Job Opportunities: Many government and private sector organizations in India give preference to candidates who have participated in NCC during their college years. Graduates who have completed the NCC training and have obtained certificates may find better job opportunities, especially in sectors such as defense, paramilitary forces, and public services.
  2. Reserve Forces: Graduates who have been part of the NCC may have the option to join the reserve forces of the Indian Armed Forces. Depending on their qualifications, skills, and preferences, they may choose to join the Army, Navy, Air Force, or other paramilitary forces as commissioned officers.
  3. Further Training and Specialization: NCC graduates may have the opportunity to undergo further training and specialization in various fields related to defense, leadership, and outdoor activities. This could include specialized courses in mountaineering, sailing, aero modeling, and more.
  4. Leadership Roles:Graduates who have been part of the NCC often develop strong leadership skills, which can be valuable in various professional and social settings. They may be encouraged to take up leadership roles in their workplaces, communities, or other organizations.
  5. Continued Participation: While NCC participation is typically associated with college students, graduates who have a passion for the organization may continue to be involved as volunteers, mentors, or instructors. They can contribute their skills and experience to guide and mentor younger cadets.
  6. Networking and Community Engagement: NCC alumni networks provide opportunities for graduates to connect with fellow alumni, share experiences, and contribute to the NCC community through various initiatives and activities.