AHMEDABAD: Aastha Laheru, studying B.Tech at Ahmedabad’s famous Nirma University, has become the first Gujarati girl to get admission in the National Defense Academy. Astha has been selected in NDA after clearing the UPSC examination and going through the complex selection process of Astha Army, a direct recruitment organization for officer posts in various wings of the army serving the nation. Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel has also met Astha and applauded his devotion to the army and the country.
Living in Maninagar area of Ahmedabad city, Aastha wanted to make her career in the Indian Army since her childhood. During his studies in Class IX, he made up his mind after watching a television program about the Navy. For this he also started preparing for NDA and Short Service Commission. Meanwhile, the way for Aastha to achieve her goal was eased by the central government opening the doors for the recruitment of women in all three wings of the Indian Army.
After clearing the preliminary examination of the National Defense Academy conducted by UPAC, he has also cleared the tough five-day examination. 400-400 officers are recruited twice a year for NDA. This time seven lakh candidates gave this exam. Out of which nine thousand candidates were called for Service Selection Board.
Candidates have to go through the process of psychometric method in addition to medical in the five days test of Service Selection Board. It has criteria including leadership qualities, decision-making skills, sense of community among the candidates. Aastha Sangopang has passed this test held in Bhopal. Experience as NCC cadets has also helped them for this test.
Out of 400 seats, 10 in Army, 6 in Air Force and 3 in Navy are for women. Faith ranks 59th out of four hundred. Astha has been selected on the Army seat as per his demand.
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