August 01, 2022
Shanan Dhaka stood first among the female candidates in the National Defence Academy’s (NDA) entrance examination. Women were allowed to appear for the NDA entrance exam for the first time in November last year. According to government figures, out of 5,75,856 applicants, 1,77,654 were women. Dhaka secured the 10th rank overall in the examination. The 19-year-old, who currently resides in Zirakpur in Punjab, was inspired to join the army because of her family background. Her grandfather was a subedar, her father retired as a naib subedar from the Indian Army Service Corps and her elder sister is in the Military Nursing Service.