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NCC Special Entry Scheme 55 Course 2023 - Apply by August 03

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NCC Special Entry Scheme 55 Course 2023 - Apply by August 03

The Indian Army has issued an official notification for the NCC 55 Special Entry Scheme for both male and female candidates, including the children of Battle casualties of Indian Armed Personnel). Interested and eligible candidates with an NCC C certificate can apply for this course through the Indian Army's official website between July 5th and August 3rd, 2023. The course will start in April 2024 at the Officer's Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai. More information about the Indian Army's NCC 55 entry can be found in this article.

NCC 55 Special Entry Notification 2023

Through this notification, the Indian Army is inviting applications for the Short Service Commission (SSC). Unmarried male and female applicants may apply for the recruitment drive. The programme will begin in the month of April 2024. Other important information and links about this job are provided below.

Important information related to NCC Special Entry 55 Course 2023

Recruiting Organisation

Indian Army

Name of Course

NCC Special Entry Scheme 55 Course

Application Dates

5th July to 3rd August 2023

Total Vacancies


Application Mode


Job Location

All India

Important Dates of NCC Special Entry 55 Course 2023

All of the important dates for NCC Special Entry 55 Course 2023 are given in the table below:



Notification Released on


Application Start Date


Last Date to Apply

03-08-2023 (till 1500 hrs)

Important Links for NCC 55 Special Entry Examination 2023

Official Notification

NCC 55 Special Entry 02-2023

Apply Link

Click Here



NCC 55 Special Entry 2023 Vacancy Details

Applicants who wish to apply for the aforementioned position must first check the official notification for the number of available positions. In this cycle, both male and female special entries are made, with a different number of vacancies for each. You can find them here: 



Wards of Battle Casualties of Indian Army Personnel






NCC Women








Eligibility Criteria for NCC 55 Special Entry 2023


According to the official notification, the candidate must be:-

  1.  an Indian citizen, or

  2. A subject of Nepal, or

  3. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

Age Limit

  • The applicant's age must be between 19 and 25 years as on January 01, 2024 (which means the candidate is not born earlier than 02 Jan 1999 and not later than 01 Jan 2005; both dates inclusive). 

Educational Qualification

Candidates applying for the aforementioned position must meet the educational qualification requirements. Check all the details in the table given below:


Educational Qualification

Service in NCC 

NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders

Degree from a recognised University or equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in all years.

Note: Those in their final year of study are also eligible to apply, provided as they have received 50% in the first two/three years of their three/four year degree course. 


Should have served in the NCC's Senior Division/Wg for at least two/three years.

Wards of Battle Casualties of Indian Army Personnel 

Degree from a recognised University or equivalent with an aggregate of at least 50% marks across all years.

NCC Certificate not required.

NCC 55 Special Entry Online Application Process

Applicants who wish to participate in the recruitment drive must first visit the Indian Army's official website. We have provided some steps below for you to follow in order to apply for the recruitment drive. 

  • Go to the Indian Army's official website. 

  • Following the selection of "Officer Entry Appln/Login," click "Registration." (This does not apply to applicants who have already registered.)

  • Now, fill out the registration form with all of the necessary information.

  • Once you've registered, navigate to the "Apply Online" section of the Dashboard.

  • Before proceeding to the next step in the process, fill out the application form completely and click Save & Continue each time.

  • After completing the last segment, you will be taken to the 'Summary of your information' page, where you can review and edit the entries you have already made. Only after you have double-checked that all of your information is correct, click the 'Submit Now' button.

  • Download the final application form for future reference.

Candidates must print two copies of their application with their Roll Number 30 minutes after the online application closes on the last day.

NOTE: Candidates must note that they can only attend one of the Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews, i.e. NCC (Spl) Entry-55 Course (Apr 2024) OR SSC (NT)-119 Course (Apr 2024) / SSC (NT) (Women)-33 Course (Apr 2024) as CDSE candidate. Candidates must provide an undertaking to this effect in the declaration section of the online application.

NCC 55 Special Entry 2023 Selection Process

After being shortlisted based on eligibility, applicants who wish to apply for the Indian Army NCC Special Entry recruitment will be invited for an SSB Interview. The SSB Interview will be conducted in two stages. Candidates who pass Stage I move on to Stage II. Candidates will be placed on a merit list based on their performance in the SSB Interview. Those who are recommended by the SSB and are medically fit will be issued a training joining letter. Candidates can review the selection process outlined below:

  • Shortlisting of Application

  • SSB Interview 

  • Medical Exam 

NCC 55 Special Entry 2023 Training Period and Tenure of Engagement

NCC SES 55 Training

Subject to meeting all eligibility criteria, selected candidates will be detailed for Pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai based on their position in the final order of merit, up to the number of available vacancies. Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai provides 49 weeks of training.  The University of Madras will award a 'Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies to all candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai.


Candidates must obey the following conditions:

  • Candidates will not be permitted to marry during their training period, nor will they be permitted to live with their parents/guardians until they have completed their full training at OTA. 

  • Even if a candidate is successful at the SSB interview or medical examination, he or she will not be inducted for training if he or she marries after the date of his or her application. 

  • If a candidate marries while in training, he or she will be discharged and must reimburse the government for all expenses incurred on his or her behalf. It also applies to the wards of Army personnel who were killed in battle.

NCC SES 55 Probation Period

An officer is on probation for six months from the date he or she receives his or her commission. If he/she is reported as unsuitable to retain his/her commission during the probationary period, his/her services may be terminated at any time, whether before or after the probationary period expires.

NCC SES 55 Tenure of Engagement

Regular army personnel, both male and female, will be granted a short service commission for 14 years, i.e. for an initial period of 10 years that can be extended by four years. Male and female officers who wish to continue serving in the Indian Army after the expiration of their ten-year Short Service Commission may be considered for the grant of Permanent Commission (PC) in the tenth year of their Short Service Commission in accordance with the relevant policies as issued from time to time.

Promotion Criteria Under NCC Special Entry 2024


Promotion Criteria


On commission


On completion of 2 years


On completion of 6 years

Lieutenant Colonel

On completion of 13 years

Colonel (TS)

On completion of 26 years


On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions  


Major General

Lieutenant General/HAG Scale

HAG + Scale (*Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lieutenant General)

VCOAS/Army Commander / Lieutenant General (NFSG) 


NCC Special Entry 2024 Salary and Allowance

Stipend for Gentlemen or Lady Cadets for the duration of their training in Service Academies, i.e. during their time at OTA will be ₹ 56,100/-p.m. Following successful commissioning, the officer's pay will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10 of the Pay Matrix. Check the detailed information in the table below:



Pay in INR


Level 10 

56,100 - 1,77,500


Level 10B 

61,300 - 1,93,900 


Level 11 

69,400 - 2,07,200

Lieutenant Colonel

Level 12A 

1,21,200 - 2,12,400


Level 13 

1,30,600 - 2,15,900


Level 13A 

1,39,600 - 2,17,600

Major General

Level 14 

1,44,200 - 2,18,200

Lieutenant General/HAG Scale

Level 15 

1,82,200 - 2,24,100

HAG + Scale (*Admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lieutenant General)

Level 16

2,05,400 - 2,24,400

VCOAS/Army Commander / Lieutenant General (NFSG) 

Level 17 



Level 18 



Q. How many NCC special entry attempts are there?

Ans. Candidates may appear in the examination for years until the maximum age limit is reached.

Q. What is the educational requirement for NCC 'C' Certificate holders to enrol in the NCC Special Entry 55 course in 2024?

Ans. Holders of NCC 'C' Certificates mus have a degree from a recognised university or equivalent, with a minimum of 50% overall grade marks.

Q. Is NCC membership a permanent or temporary commission?

Ans. The NCC Special Entry is a short service commission entry for NCC Cadets that allows both male and female NCC Cadets to join the Officers Training Academy Chennai.

Q. I completed NCC training and received a 'C' certificate. What options are available to me?

Ans. Certain NCC 'C' certificate holder vacancies are reserved for IMA and OTA. For IMA, you must apply through the UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), and for OTA, you must apply through the NCC Special Entry Scheme, which is advertised in June/July and November/December each year. NCC Special Entry is a non-UPSC entry scheme.

Q. How can I apply for the Army NCC Special Entry Scheme 2023?

Ans. Online applications can be through the official website if Join Indian Army @joinindianarmy.nic.in/. The detailed steps are outlined in the preceding article.

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