New Delhi: Hailing from Sundana village of Rohtak, Shanan Dhaka, 19, has topped the Pune-based National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance examination among women. It would be the first women’s batch of the NDA.
She stood 10th in overall rankings in the NDA entrance exam result that was declared on 14 June.
According to The Indian Express, the NDA course will have 19 female cadets: 10 for the Army, 6 for the Air Force, and 3 for the Navy. The academy has stated that the three-year course will be “gender-neutral.”
Who Is Shanan Dhaka?
According to The Indian Express, Shanan, 19, has studied in the Army Public Schools at Roorkee, Jaipur and Chandimandir (Panchkula). She enrolled in an undergraduate programme at Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi last year. She “wanted to apply immediately” after hearing about the chance for women at NDA.
Dhaka, who currently resides in Punjab’s Zirakpur, reveals that she studied five hours a day for 40 days and made it a point to solve past years’ papers.
“Growing up in cantonment areas, I saw the respect being accorded to Army officers. Plus the trust everybody has in Army personnel really motivated me to join the service. It’s an opportunity to serve the nation with unparalleled pride and honour,” she said, as quoted by The Indian Express.
Dhaka also said that she took inspiration by the late President APJ Abdul Kalam’s life. “He began his career from the ground up and rose to prominence via his skill, persistence, and honesty.” “Despite becoming President of the country, he remained grounded.”
The report said that for the Services Selection Board, she was mentored by Colonel Ashokan, a veteran at his Olive Greens institute, for two weeks.