What is NCC Special Entry Scheme in Indian Army (NCC Entry)

What is NCC Special Entry Scheme?

NCC Special Entry is a Short Service Commission entry for the NCC Cadets through which male and female NCC Cadets can join the Indian Army. Once, every year, Indian Army release the notification for NCC Entry for NCC ‘C’ Certificate cadets.

Eligibility for NCC Special Entry Scheme


A candidate must either be:

  • (i) A citizen of India, or
  • (ii) A subject of Nepal, or
  • (iii) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Educational Qualification

For NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured minimum 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years of three/four years degree course respectively.Such students will need to secure overall aggregate of minimum 50% marks in degree course if selected in interview, failing which their candidature will be CANCELLED.

For Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel

Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years.

NOTE: NCC ‘C’ certificate NOT required for Wards of Battle Casualties.

NCC Special Entry Scheme – Tenure of Engagement

Short Service Commission is granted to Male and Female in the regular Army for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years extendable by a further period of 04 years. Male & Female officers who are willing to continue to serve in the Army after the expiry of period of ten years of Short Service Commission may, if eligible and suitable in all respects, be considered for the grant of Permanent Commission (PC) in the 10th year of their Short Service Commission in accordance with the relevant policies as issued from time to time.

Those SSC officers (Male & Female) who are not selected for grant of PC but are otherwise considered fit and suitable, will be given options to continue as SSCOs for a total period of 14 years (including the initial tenure of 10 years) on expiry of which they will be released from the Army.

Termination of Commission

An officer granted Short Service Commission will be liable to serve for ten years but his/her Commission may be terminated at any time by the Government of India for:-

  • (i) Misconduct or if his/her services are found to be unsatisfactory, or
  • (ii) On account of medical unfitness, or
  • (iii) If his/her services are no longer required, or
  • (iv) If he/she fails to qualify in any prescribed test or course.
  • (v) An officer may on giving 03 months notice be permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds of which the Government of India will be the sole judge. An officer who is permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds will not be eligible for terminal gratuity.

Promotion Criteria and Salary Structure

Promotion Criteria

RankPromotion Criteria
LieutenantOn Commission
CaptainOn completion of 02 Yrs
MajorOn completion of 06 Yrs
Lt ColonelOn completion of 13 Yrs
Colonel (TS)On completion of 26 Yrs
ColonelOn selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions.
Major General
Lt General /HAG Scale
HAG+ Scale (*Admissible to 1/3rdof total strength of Lt Generals)
VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lt Gen (NFSG)

Salary Structure

RankLevelPay (in INR)
LieutenantLevel 1056,100 -1,77,500
CaptainLevel 10B61,300-1,93,900
MajorLevel 1169,400-2,07,200
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 12A1,21,200-2,12,400
ColonelLevel 131,30,600-2,15,900
BrigadierLevel 13A1,39,600-2,17,600
Major GeneralLevel 141,44,200-2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG ScaleLevel 151,82,200-2,24,100
Lieutenant General HAG + ScaleLevel 162,05,400-2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General(NFSG)Level 172,25,000/-(fixed)
COASLevel 182,25,000/-(fixed)

Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF)

The Gentlemen/Lady Cadets when in receipt of stipend are insured for ₹ 75 lakh as applicable to officers of the regular Army. For those who are invalidated out by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided ₹ 25 lakhs for 100 percent disability. This will be proportionately reduced to ₹ 5 lakhs for 20 percent disability.

However, for less than 20 percent disability, an Ex-Gratia Grant of ₹ 50,000/-only will be paid. Disability due to alcoholism, drug addiction and due to the diseases of pre-enrolment origin will not qualify for disability benefit and Ex-Gratia Grant.

In addition, Gentleman/Lady Cadets withdrawn on disciplinary grounds, expelled as undesirable or leaving the Academy voluntarily will not be eligible for disability benefits and Ex-Gratia.

Subscription at the rate of ₹ 5,000/-will have to be paid in advance on monthly basis by Gentlemen/Lady Cadets to become member under the main AGI Scheme as applicable to regular Army Officers. The subscription for the relegated period would also be recovered at the same rate.

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