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Benefiting from NCC

The National Cadet Corps helps students acquire the much-needed skills that will equip them to face future challenges. About the NCC and the benefits that are extended to its cadets by universities and other institutions.



NCC: inculcating discipline, courage and confidence.

What are the hallmarks of a good citizen? Those who have undergone National Cadet Corps (NCC) training will be easily able to answer this question.

An NCC cadet would only be proud to say that the qualities of leadership, discipline, espirit-de-corps, courage and confidence with a secular outlook are the hallmarks of a good citizen

And rightly, he or she would perhaps add that the NCC inculcates these qualities through a well-conceived programme of institutional training combined with adventure sports and outdoor activities.

Motto

Ever since its formation in 1948, NCC has been upholding the motto of unity and discipline. It has been instrumental in moulding the character of the student community during the last five decades. An NCC-trained youngster is known to have a different outlook towards life and its problems.

Joining NCC

A normal college or school-going student without any physical or mental deformities can join NCC. A cadet should have an average height of 5'5" or above and weigh a minimum of 50 kg. Glasses are allowed. It is not necessary that cadets join the Armed Forces.

Even though there were separate wings for boys and girls, those at the helm of the NCC now have introduced a mixed battalion concept to attract more students to the Corps. "In fact, we have better response from girls after we introduced this concept," said Lt. Col. Sasi Mohan, Commanding Officer of 21 Kerala Battalion.

Over 1 million cadets are currently undergoing NCC training under 16 Directorates in the country. While the junior division (school-going) has a strength of 6.6 lakhs, the senior division (college-going) has 3.65 lakhs in the three wings of Army, Navy and Air Force. The number of cadets under the Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate is 62,000.

Structure

The Corps, functioning under the Ministry of Defence, has its headquarters in New Delhi and is commanded by a Director-General of the rank of Lieutenant General.

The Corps is divided into 16 directorates, similar to brigades, in which each State or group of States forms a directorate. Each directorate is under the command of an officer equivalent to the rank of a Brigadier. The directorates are further divided into groups, each under the command of an officer equivalent to the rank of Colonel. A group consists of NCC battalions and NCC Air Force and Naval units.

"NCC is a wonderful organisation. We train to students in various aspects of leadership," said Lt. Col. G.V. Warrier, training officer at Ernakulam Group. "We groom them to become good leaders," he said.

Ranks and certificates

Cadets who join NCC are also given ranks according to their merit and seniority. The NCC Directorate conducts three certificate examinations for the cadets.

While `A' certificate is for the junior division, `B' and `C' certificates are for the senior division. The cadets who hold these certificates are entitled to job reservations, additional marks and promotions.

In the Army, 32 vacancies per course have been reserved for `C' certificate holders for Permanent Commission, and 50 vacancies per course for Short Service Commission (non-technical).

In the Navy, `C' certificate holders have nine seats per course. In the Air Force, 10 per cent vacancies in all courses, including flying training course, have been reserved for `C' certificate holders.

The cadets can directly attend the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview, except for Permanent Commission Officers in the Army, for which they must take the Union Public Service Commission examination first.

Bonus marks

For Army soldier recruitment, NCC cadets get bonus marks.

A' certificate holders get 5 per cent marks, `B' certificate holders 8 per cent and `C' certificate holders 10 per cent marks.

The bonus marks will be based on the total marks secured in the written test as well as physical fitness test.

Job reservations

NCC cadets have reservation in many Government jobs, especially in the State and Central police and in paramilitary forces such as the Border Security Force, Territorial Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Central Industrial Security Force.

The Kerala Police force has its own set of ex-NCC cadets in the ranks of sub-inspectors and inspectors.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) is one public sector company, which recruits NCC `B' and `C' certificate holders.

Academic incentives

NCC cadets have a lot of academic incentives too. For engineering courses in Kerala, 30 seats have been reserved for them. There are two NCC seats for MBBS and BHMS, one each for BDS, BAMS and BVSc. Besides, 30 seats have been kept aside in polytechnics for NCC cadets.

Irrespective of their certificates, NCC cadets get 10 marks weightage for Plus Two, 15 for degree, 5 for post-graduate, B.Ed. and TTC courses.

If they have `A' certificate, they get an extra three marks. And for `B' and `C' certificate holders, the extra weightage is five marks.

The cadets will get 10 per cent grace marks for SSLC if they participate in a national camp.

Among the universities, Mahatma Gandhi University offers maximum grace marks for NCC.

For Republic Day camp participants, the university offers 5 per cent grace marks and 4 per cent marks for other camps.

The Sree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit at Kalady has reserved a seat in all courses for NCC cadets.

The Cochin University of Science and Technology too has a seat reserved for its MBA and LLB courses.

Training is given through the regular parades conducted at colleges and schools. Cadets get regular training in service subjects as well.

Camps are also regularly organised for them with special emphasis on social service. In camps, cadets understand the merits of community living.

ABDUL LATHEEF NAHA

Photo: Mahesh Harilal

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