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National Cadet Corps

“Life is not measured by the number of breathe we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away”

In 2021 Mangalam College of Engineering has established active NCC company under 16 Kerala Battalion NCC Kottayam. Mangalam offers training to 160 SD/SW boys & girls cadets under the Army Wing of the National Cadet Corps.

Mangalam College of Engineering, besides being a premium College of Engineering Studies, is also a training ground for cadets of NATIONAL CADET CORPS. The NCC cadets of Mangalam are enrolled under 16 Kerala Battalion. Regular drill sessions are conducted in our ground, where the senior cadets impart their skills and Josh to Junior ones. The session starts with a light warm up including two-three rounds of 400 meter track and jumps. Drill sessions are always a delight to watch, where some cadets could be seen marching in proper sync and coordination, where defaulters could be seen facing gruelling RAGDA.

The RAGDA make the cadet stronger and sparks his/her inner strength. The senior always tries to bring their cadet out of their comfort zone so that they can grow a step every day. Also, PI (P.T. instructor) and ANO visit the ground to ensure the proper functioning of the drill parades. They interact and solve the problems of cadets. Students brought up like cadets, build good friendship with other cadets.

Along with the outdoor drill, indoor sessions are held in which cadets exercise various tasks to inculcate the OFFICER LIKE QUALITIES. Senior share their experiences of growing out of this organization as a leader and building inter-personal skills to lead a group of men. We got to do more and more of extra-curricular activities, we dance, we sing, we go out on road rallies, we give lectures, we discuss the highlighted topics of concern, we go for camps, we learn and above all we perform our duty as NCC CADETS.

Camps are always exciting and a transforming phase in a cadet’s life. There he/she is shown the real schedule of a defence personnel. Here his overall dimension of personality shines from doing parades in scorching heat to performing cultural events in events, from competing with other cadets in obstacle race to shooting in bird’s eye, from delivering his roles as a guard and at times a linesman in the range to serving food and refreshment and earning those smart looking badges that decorates one’s uniform. We get in touch with soldiers and learn the art of shooting, giving commands and carrying out one duties with accuracy and precision. We live in one house and make its a home of above 100 cadets and defence personnel. In Mangalam scholars are made and NCC makes them SCHOLAR WARRIORS...

About NCC

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.

History of NCC

NCC was firstly started in 1666 in Germany. The NCC in India was formed with the National Cadet Corps Act of 1948. It was raised on 15 July 1948. The origin of NCC can be traced back to the ‘University Corps’, which was created under the Indian Defence Act 1917, with the objective 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). The aim was to raise the status of the UTC and make it more attractive to the youth. The UTC Officers and cadets dressed like the army. It was a significant step towards the Indenisation of armed forces. It was rechristened in the form of UOTC so the National Cadet Corps can be considered as a successor of the University Officers Training Corps (UOTC) which was established by the British Government in 1942. During World War II, the UOTC never came up to the expectations set by the British. This led to the idea that some better schemes should be formed, which could train more young men in a better way, even during peace. A committee headed by Pandit H.N. Kunzru recommended a cadet organization to be established in schools and colleges at a national level. The National Cadet Corps Act was accepted by the Governor General and on 15 July 1948 the National Cadet Corps came into existence.

In 1949, the Girls Division was raised in order to give equal opportunities to school and college going girls. The NCC was given an inter-service image in 1950 when the Air Wing was added, followed by the Naval Wing in 1952. Same year, the NCC curriculum was extended to include community development/social service activities as a part of the NCC syllabus at the behest of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who took keen interest in the growth of the NCC. Following the 1962 Sino-Indian War, to meet the requirement of the Nation, the NCC training was made compulsory in 1963. In 1968, the Corps was again made voluntary.

During Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 & Bangladesh-Pakistani war of 1971, NCC cadets were second line of defence. They organized camp to assist ordnance factories, supplying arms and ammunition to the front and also were used as patrol parties to capture enemy paratroopers. The NCC cadets also worked hand in hand with the Civil defence authorities and actively took part in rescue works and traffic control.

After 1965 and 1971 wars NCC syllabus was revised. Rather than just being second line of defence, NCC syllabus laid greater stress on developing quality of leadership and officer like qualities. The military training which the NCC cadets received was reduced and greater importance was given to other areas like social service and youth management.


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 rank (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 a Brigadier 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 organisation in the state. Each group is headed by an officer of the rank of Colonel or equivalent known as Group Commander. Each NCC Group Headquarters control 5-7 units (Bns) commanded by Lt. Colonel/Major 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. There are two training establishments namely Officers Training School, Kamptee (Nagpur, Maharashtra) and Women Officers Training School, Gwalior.

NCC Directorates

• Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
• Bihar & Jharkhand
• Delhi
• Gujarat Dadra & Nagar Haveli
• Jammu & Kashmir
• Karnataka & Goa
• Kerala & Lakshdweep
• Maharashtra
• Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh
• Odisha
• North East Region (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura)
• Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh
• Rajasthan
• Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar
• Uttar Pradesh
• Uttarakhand
• West Bengal & Sikkim


The NCC Day is observed on the four Sunday of November. The NCC was formed on 15th July 1948, However, the NCC day is observed throughout the country, on the fourth Sunday of November, because, it was on that day in 1947 that the first units raised in Delhi.

Benefits of NCC

• Preference is given to B & C certificate holders in Defence Services, Police services, Para-Military forces, Fire forces, BSF, Territorial Army, Industrial Security Forces, Public Sectors, and all uniform services.
• 60 Engineering Seats, 16 Medical Seats, 6-7% of Post Graduation seats are reserved for NCC cadets in all Indian Universities.
• Number of vacancies created every year through UPSC & SSC for ‘C’ Certificate holders and the selected only on interview basis.
• NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders are given preference in the recruitment of Civilian Gliding Instructors/Girl Cadet Instructors /NCC whole time lady officers and Aero/Ship modeling instructors.
• For Army soldier recruitment, NCC cadets get bonus marks.
• NCC Cadets have reservation in many Government jobs, especially in the State and Central Police and in paramilitary forces.
• NCC cadets have a lot of academic incentives too.
• NCC ‘C’ Certificate cadet taken part in Republic day parade at New Delhi, they are exempted from CEE and be awarded 100 marks in lieu.
• Sahara India and many other top industries pick up NCC Cadets possessing ‘C’ certificate for various job in their companies.

Cadet Participation in Camp:
Different Camps participation by Mangalam Cadets and ANO

• Cadets and ANO of Mangalam institutions are regularly participating in different camps organised by different levels.
• Cadets of our Mangalam institutions always plays a key role in these camps and were awarded continuously at different camps some of them are:
1. Republic Day Camp (RDC)
2. Combined Annual Training Camps (CATC)
3. National Integration Camp (NIC)
4. Advance leadership course (ALC)
5. Army Attachment Camp (ATC)
6. Hiking and Trekking Camp
7. Thal Sainik Camp (TSC)
8. (Inter Group Competition) IGC
9. OTA (Kamptee) 2021

Cadet Ranks:

Army Wing
Senior Under Officer (S.U/O)
Junior Under Officer (J.U/O)
Company Quarter Master Sergeant
Lance Corporal

Enrollment Criteria
General Criteria for Enrollment

1) Age limit for a student to join NCC: 18 to 24 yrs of age.
2) Criteria for Enrolment: Only first year graduate students are eligible to enroll in NCC.
3) Quantitative Requirement: No student of any University offering himself/herself for enrolment in the senior division shall be eligible for enrolment.
1. Unless he/she is of good character
2. Unless he/she is a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal: provided that the central Govt. may in any suitable case, relax the provision of this clause.
3. Unless he/she is under age of 24 years; provided that the central Govt. may in the case of any student or class of student relax the provisions in this clause.
4. Unless he/she is on the roll of the college which is providing the unit or part there of
5. Unless he/she satisfies such standard of physical fitness in height, chest measurement and other respects as may be specified by the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India
6. If he/she has at any time been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude and a sentence other than one of the fine or imprisonment in default of payment of fine has been passed in respect of such offence, such sentence not having been subsequently reversed or remitted or the offence pardoned. Provided that a person who is ineligible under this clause shall be eligible for enrolment if he produces a certificate from the state Govt. that he is a fit person to be enrolled.


• After two years of training – ‘B’ Certificate
• After three years of training – ‘C’ Certificate

Training Programme

Training held in the Mangalam campus with regular parades include training in drill, map reading, weapon training, obstacle etc. It also includes parades for firing, social service and adventure, parasailing, horse riding, rock climbing, firing, mountaineering, cycle expedition, motorcycle expedition, trekking etc. Parades and theory classes are organized in morning session on parades day of each month.

The Units prepare them for taking up the higher NCC Certificate Examinations. The Cadets are given opportunities for attachment with regular Army Units for specialized training and actual experience of field conditions. NCC Cadets are also groomed for assisting the administration in the proper and orderly conduct of special events and in relief work in civic emergencies. The Units also organized brief programme on Republic and Independence Day Celebrations, and on special occasions such as the NCC day, to provide vignettes of the actual field operations of the Defence Forces.

Types of Camps

Republic Day Camp (RDC)

Before RDC all group headquarters have to face the IGC (Inter-Group Competition) NCC Republic Day Camp is the culmination of all NCC Training activities. RDC is held at Garrison Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt from 01 to 29 Jan. 1850 Selected NCC Cadets from 17 directorates attend the Camp. The Camp is inaugurated by the Vice President of India and culminates with Prime Minister’s Rally on 28 Jan. During the camp visit of Raksha Mantri, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister of Delhi, three Service Chiefs and various State Ministers/VIPs are also organised. During the RDC, various competitions are conducted amongst the 17 NCC Directorates to decide the Champion Directorate for award of Prime Minister’s Banner. Competitions are keenly contested in various events such as National Integration Awareness presentation, Drill, Line & Flag Area, Cultural Programs i.e. (group song, group dance & ballet), Best Cadet of Senior Division (Boys) and Senior Wing (Girls) in each Service – Army, Navy & Air Discipline and Best Cadet Boys and Girls each from Junior Wing. Aero modelling and Ship modelling are also conducted during RDC.

National Integration Camp (NIC)

NIC is to propagate national integration among cadets and society. These camps are considering for SSLC and higher secondary course (+2) grace mark These camps are conducted on All India basis and help bridge the cultural gap among various States of India. In addition, there are six special NICs conducted at Leh, Nagrota (J&K), Chakabama (NER, Nagaland), Srinagar, Lakshadweep and Port Blair.

Advance Leadership Course

Advanced leader ship camp is conducted in many places. In this camp the officers give cadets training for SSB screening and entrance.

Army Attachment Camp

These camps are conducted by the NCC in collaboration with Indian Army, as the willing cadets are attached to the specific regiments undergoing the training period of 10 - 15 days. In this camp, the cadets are trained by the instructors of the particular regiment, in the military tactics including day/night warfare & also get familiar with the weaponry.

Hiking and Trekking Camp

They are full of adventure; Cadets who want to experience something adventurous must attend them. Create memories never forgotten.

Obstacle course – In which the obstacles includes 6-feet wall, zig-zag, double ditch, balancing, 3-feet bar, left bar, right bar, incline, etc. It is done after wearing full tactible gear with rifle.

Firing – It consists of two types – Shooting (Grouping, Snap-shooting & Application) & Advance Firing (Standing, Kneeling & Lying positions). It is done with a standard .22 caliber rifle at the range of 25 meters & 50 meters.

Map Reading – Which includes working with Prismatic Compass, service protector & a map. It is conducted in the day or at night for finding ‘North’, ‘Grid Positions’ & ‘Own Position’, with the help of landscapes at the unknown location in which cadets are dropped.

Home Nursing – It consists of medical activities, as how to aid & heal a soldier in war. The directorates also get marks by the inspection of their respective accommodations, dressing and some extracurricular activities by the inspecting squad. Arranging the numbers, the winning directorate gets a cup with decorations from the Director General, NCC on the closing day of the TSC. Two concurrent TSCs are conducted at RD Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt every year. i.e. S D / JD boys and SW / JW girls. 640 Boy and 640 Girls cadets take part in this camps.

Youth Exchange Programme (YEP)

The aim of YEP is a country-to-country exchange of cadets belonging to NCC/equivalent Govt/Youth Organisations of friendly countries and participation in various activities and appreciation of each other’s socio-economic and cultural realities.


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