National Cadet Corps popularly known as NCC is the Indian military cadet corps and one of the largest reserve forces of India. The NCC with its headquarters at Delhi is open to all the school and college students. The students can enroll to their nearest NCC units on a voluntary basis. The NCC gives the students a big opportunity which is almost impossible to get outside without a great fortune. The NCC ‘C’ certificate holders get a special entry to all the three branches of Indian Armed forces which are Army, Navy and Air Force.

Continue reading to know how to join the Indian Armed Forces with your NCC ‘C’ certificate:

1. The NCC cadets get vacancies reserved in all the three services of the Indian Armed Forces. Check the number of vacancies below:

OTA or Officers Training Academy in Chennai – 100

IMA or Indian Military Academy in Dehradun – 64

INA or Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala – 6 per course

AFA or Air Force Academy for Indian Air Force – 10% reservation in all their courses (including course of flying training)

2.  A minimum of 3 years of service experience in any one of the three NCC’s wings (Army, Air and Naval) is required to meet the eligibility of attending the ‘C’ certificate exam.

3. Get atleast a ‘B’ grade in your ‘C’ certificate exam. But you should try to get ‘A’ grade because ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade have no value.

4. If you wish to join Army, then you need to apply for the Special Entry Scheme of NCC through your directorate. You can ask your unit CO to forward your Special Entry Scheme application to the directorate which is further forwarded to the recruiting directorate. Once you get shortlisted, you will be called for the SSB interview. All the vacancies through the Special Entry Scheme are filled the NCC cadets only.

5. There is no special entry scheme for joining the Air Force or Navy but time to time some entries get published with reservation for the ‘C’ certificate holders. While applying for those entries you need to mention in your application that you are an NCC ‘C’ Certificate holder.

6. If you are a cadet of the Naval Wing or Air Wing, you get some vacancies in the Navy and Air Force respectively, but still if you wish to join the Indian Army you can apply for the Special Entry Scheme of NCC.

7. If you are from the Army Wing of NCC, then you won’t be eligible for the vacancies in Navy or Air Force.

8. So, the best way is to rather than applying for the Army Wing, opt for the Naval Wing or Air Wing depending upon your preference.

9. If you wish to apply for Air Force then you must apply within 12 months of leaving the NCC but for Army and Naval Force, you can apply till you have the required age limit.

10. Depending upon the type of your NCC certificate, you get extra marks in the SSB which are as follows:

Certificate Army Navy Air Force
A Additional 5% marks on total marks scored in SSB Extra 22 marks Extra 3 marks
B Additional 8% marks on total marks scored in SSB Extra 44 marks Extra 4 marks
C Additional 10% marks + no need for written exam Extra 66 marks Extra 5 marks


You need to secure atleast 50-60% marks in your graduation for the applicability of your NCC ‘C’ certificate. The ‘C’ certificate alone without the minimum required marks has no value.