The National Cadet Corps is one of the largest youth organizations in India. National Cadet Corps is a Tri-Services Organization comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force, engaged in grooming the youth “The Leaders of Tomorrow" into disciplined and patriotic citizens. After independence the present day NCC is under the Ministry of Defence. NCC came into existence on 16 Apr 1948 through NCC act XXXI, 1948. It is a youth movement. It has enormous potential for nation building and has developed into a valuable auxiliary to the education system. Today the NCC has more than 16 Lakh strength. National Cadet Corps (NCC) day is celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday in the month of November.
The National Cadet Corps is headed by a Director General, an Army Officer of the rank of Lieutenant General, who is responsible for the functioning of the National Cadet Corps in the country through the National Cadet Corps Headquarters situated at Delhi. At the State Level, the country has been divided into 17 Directorates covering all States and Union Territories. Each of the State National Cadet Corps Directorate Headquarters controls two to fourteen Group Headquarters. While Directorates are commanded by Brigadiers or their equivalents, the Groups are commanded by Colonels or equivalents. Army unit is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent, Air Force unit is commanded by Wing Commander or equivalent and Navy Units is commanded by Captain or their equivalents. In college and school NCC troop is controlled by Associated NCC Office (ANO).