Twenty-one year old city lad Kirit Nanuan came a step closer torealising his lifelong dream of becoming a part of the armed forces on Tuesday. This DAV College-10 student qualified for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination by securing the 82nd all-India rank. Conducted by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC), the CDS results were declared on Tuesday evening on UPSC’s website.
He will soon begin training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
With this, this student of DAV College-10 will represent the fourth generation of his family in the defence services: his great grandfather and grandfather both served India as military officers, while his father Col DS Nanuan is currently posted at the headquarters of the Western Command in Chandi Mandir. Kirit’s mother is headmistress of the Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh.
Clearing the exam, he said, was no mean feat: the process was lengthy and difficult and it took all his strength and endurance to keep him from buckling under it.
“Qualifying one of the toughest armed forces exams is a like a dream come true,” said Kirit.
To be able to carry forward his family traditions means a lot to the city lad.
“While my parents inspired me to join the army, I was also inclined towards it because of the army’s rich legacy and sense of pride one gets from this institution,” he said.
Sheer determination is what keeps one motivated at every stage of the extremely difficult CDS examination and being an army man’s son is of little consequence, he said.
“It is a common misconception that those having a defence background have a better chance of joining the armed forces. While we are certainly more motivated, I think what you need more is the will to do it,” he said.
Besides a written test and interviews, physiological and physical fitness tests are also a part of the difficult selection process. “To be able to clear CDS, one excel in all departments,” he said.
While Kirit had also secured the 16th rank in the Air Force common admission, the results of which were declared on June 20, he wants to join IMA, Dehradun.
The exam is conducted twice a year for admission to one of the four academies-Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Officers Training Academy, Chennai, Naval Academy in Kerala and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. A person must choose one of the four elite academies to train in while applying for the examination.
Last year, over 5 lakh students appeared for the written exam out of which nearly 5,000 were shortlisted for the interviews and 186 candidates were finally selected.