Shanan Dhaka tops NDA Exam among women: Shanan Dhaka has topped the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance examination among women. It would be the first women’s batch of the NDA. Her overall rank is 10th, and she is the topper among women. She is 19 years old and hails from Sundana village of Rohtak, Haryana. She scored 98.2 percent in Class 12 and 97.4 per cent in Class 10. Click here to Join whatsapp/ telegram study group →
She was clear about her aim while pursuing bachelor’s degree in arts (BA) at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi.
Either I was to join civil services or defence services. As it was declared in September last year that women could also appear in the NDA exam, I immediately applied for it. Otherwise, the next window to enter defence services was to come in the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination after graduation, i.e., after three years,” she said.
Her grandfather Subedar Chanderbhan Dhaka (retd) and father Hony Naik Subedar Vijay Kumar Dhaka (retd) have been behind her inspiration to join the Army. “Besides, I stayed in Army cantonments of Roorkee, Delhi, Chandimandir, and N-Area in Chandigarh. People respect Army personnel and trust them. The services help in your holistic development—mental, physical and emotional. You can serve your nation with pride,” she said.
Her elder sister is also in the Military Nursing Service. Presently, the family lives in Zirakpur.
Women Entry in NDA
On September 22, 2021, the Supreme Court ruled that women candidates are allowed to appear for the November exam as “gender equality” issues cannot be postponed. The exam took place on November 14, 2021. “My basics were strong. I was a good student. I didn’t need to prepare hard,” said Dhaka.