NCC 56 Notification Special Entry Scheme Indian Army

NCC Special Entry 56 Course Notification

The Indian Army invites applications for the NCC Special Entry Scheme 56 Course, scheduled for October 2024. Unmarried males and unmarried females (including Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel) are encouraged to apply for the grant of the Short Service Commission in the Indian Army.

Eligibility Criteria:

Nationality: Candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A citizen of India.
  • A subject of Bhutan.
  • A subject of Nepal.
  • A Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling here.
  • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia) and Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement in India. Candidates falling under categories (ii), (iii), (iv), and (v) must possess a Government of India-issued certificate of eligibility, except for Gorkha subjects of Nepal who are exempted from this requirement.

Age Criteria:

For NCC candidates, including wards of Battle Casualties, the age limit is between 19 to 25 years as of July 1, 2024. Candidates should have been born not earlier than July 2, 1999, and not later than July 1, 2005 (both dates inclusive).

Educational Qualification and Other Criteria:

(i) For NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders:

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must possess a degree from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks, considering the marks obtained in all the years. Applicants currently in their final year are eligible to apply, provided they have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years (for three/four-year degree courses, respectively). These candidates must achieve an overall aggregate of at least 50% marks in the degree course if they are selected for the interview. Failure to meet this criterion will result in the cancellation of their candidature.
  • Service in NCC: Applicants should have served a minimum of two/three academic years (as applicable) in the senior Division/Wing of NCC.
  • Grading: Candidates must have obtained a minimum of ‘B’ Grade in the ‘C’ Certificate Examination of NCC. Those who do not possess an NCC ‘C’ Certificate at the time of application are not eligible to apply for the course.

(ii) For Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel:

  • Eligibility Criteria: Vacancies reserved for wards (unmarried sons and unmarried daughters, including legally adopted children) of specified Battle casualties include:
  • Killed in action.
  • Died due to wounds or injuries (Other than self-inflicted).
  • Wounded or Injured (Other than self-inflicted).
  • Missing.
  • Educational Qualification: A degree from a recognized University or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks, considering the marks obtained across all the years. It’s important to note that the possession of an NCC ‘C’ certificate is not mandatory for Wards of Battle Casualties.

NCC Special Entry Scheme 56 Notification Details:


(a) NCC Men: 50 positions available (45 for General Category and 05 specifically for Wards of Battle Casualties of Army personnel).
(b) NCC Women: 05 positions offered (04 for General Category and 01 specifically for Wards of Battle Casualties of Army personnel).


The training duration spans 49 weeks at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.
(a) Upon selection, candidates will undergo Pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai, in accordance with their ranking in the final order of merit, up to the number of available vacancies, provided they meet all eligibility criteria.
(b) During the training period, candidates are prohibited from marrying or residing with parents/guardians. It’s mandatory for candidates not to marry until they have completed the entire training at the Officers Training Academy.

How to Apply:

  1. To apply, exclusively utilize the online platform available at
  2. Navigate to ‘Officer Entry Appln/Login’ and proceed with ‘Registration’. If already registered on, there’s no need for additional registrations.
  3. Thoroughly read the instructions before filling the online registration form. Once registered, access ‘Apply Online’ from the Dashboard.
  4. Access the ‘Officers Selection – Eligibility’ page.
  5. Click on ‘Apply’ listed for the Short Service Commission NCC Special Entry Course.
  6. Enter the ‘Application Form’ page.
  7. Carefully follow the instructions and proceed by clicking ‘Continue’ to furnish details as requested under different sections.
  8. Provide Personal information, Communication details, Education particulars, and information regarding previous SSB (Service Selection Board).
  9. Always remember to click on ‘Save & Continue’ before moving to the subsequent section.
  10. Upon completing the details in the final segment, you will reach the ‘Summary of your information’ page where you can review and edit the entries made.
  11. Only after confirming the accuracy of all your information, select ‘Submit Now’.
  12. Candidates should click on ‘Submit Now’ whenever they access the application for any further editing.
  13. Following the final closure of the online application on the last day, candidates must generate two copies of their application containing the Roll Number, at least 30 minutes after closure.

NCC Special Entry Notification 2024 – Selection Procedure:

The selection process unfolds as follows:

(a) Initial Screening of Applications: The Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) retains the authority to screen applications without providing specific reasons. Upon the shortlisting of applications, candidates will be notified of their designated Centre via email. Once the selection centers are allocated, candidates must log in to the website to choose their SSB (Service Selection Board) dates, initially available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subsequently, these dates will be allocated by the Selection Centres.

(b) SSB Interview for Shortlisted Candidates: Only shortlisted eligible candidates will undergo the SSB interview at Selection Centres located in Allahabad (UP), Bhopal (MP), Bangalore (Karnataka), and Kapurthala (PB). The call-up letter for the SSB interview will be issued solely via the candidates’ registered email ID and SMS by the respective Selection Centre. The allocation of Selection Centres falls under the discretion of the Directorate General of Recruiting, IHQ of MoD (Army), and requests for changes in this allocation will not be entertained.

(c) Two-Stage Selection Process: Candidates will undergo a two-stage selection procedure. Successful completion of Stage I leads to progression to Stage II. Candidates failing in Stage I will be returned on the same day. The SSB interview duration spans five days, and comprehensive details are available on the official Directorate General of Recruiting website ( Following Stage II, medically recommended candidates will undergo a medical examination.

(d) Joining Letter Issuance: Candidates recommended by the SSB and declared medically fit will receive a joining letter for training based on their merit position, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria and the availability of vacancies.

Merit List Clarification:

It’s crucial to understand that merely qualifying in the SSB interview doesn’t guarantee final selection. The merit list is compiled based on the marks obtained by candidates during the SSB interview. Factors such as higher educational qualifications, previous performances, etc., do not influence this process.

Key Dates:

Commencement of online submissions: January 8, 2024
Closure of online submissions: February 6, 2024
SSB Interview dates: April – June 2024
Course commencement: October 2024

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