The sprawling Andhra Loyola College ground wore a khaki look on Saturday as hundreds of boys and girls getting trained in National Cadet Corps (NCC) from various colleges affiliated to 17 Andhra NCC battalion descended on the campus to take their ‘C' certificate examination – both practical and written. The open space reverberated with “Hazirhun Sriman” and “Jai Hind Sriman” as the cadets introduced themselves to the officers before taking part in the drill.

“This is a crucial exam, for ‘C' certificate will help students appear for the interview of the SSB officers directly without appearing for the written exam. They also get weightage in professional colleges – like medical and engineering - if they achieve good grades,” said Col. T. Hussain.

As part of the practical drill, the cadets exhibited their skills in battle craft, field craft and map reading. “Field craft is an art using the ground and the weapon available to the best of one's own advantages. Battle craft deals with field signals, section formation, fire control orders, fire movements and battle drills,” said Mr. Hussain.

Map reading helps the cadet to make his way out when struck in an unknown place like a jungle and a desert.

“NCC helps youngsters grow in a confident manner and shapes him or her into a good human being and citizen. More and more rural students are showing interest in joining NCC. They show a lot of commitment than their urban counterparts,” he added.

Along with the march past, the cadets were asked to identify the various parts of rifles including an assault one. “It is very important for the cadets to master the various characteristics of the rifles”.

Teenager Satyanarayana from Jaggayyapet is in awe of the NCC and has decided to pursue a career with the Indian Army. “Right from childhood I took fascination to army and NCC is a stepping stone to achieve my ultimate dream,” said the youngster, who, along with hundreds of fellow cadets, will be appearing for the written exam on Sunday.

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