Ann Rose Mathew and Sreelakshmi Haridos are all set to join the first batch of women cadets under the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces with the National Defence Academy.
Mathew resides in Kochi and secured 52nd overall rank and seventh among the female cadets. Haridos belongs to Thrissur. She secured 138th overall rank and 12th among the women cadets. The duo has already received a letter from NDA at Khadakwasla to join the training on August 6.
NDA Entrance Exam
In November 2021, approximately 1.77 lakhs of women appeared for the NDA exam. Of these, only 19 seats were given to women, three in the Navy, six in the Air Force and 10 in the Army. The final list of candidates was declared in June, and 443 names were of men.
Ann Rose Mathew
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Mathew hails from Mananthavady, a municipality in the Wayanad district of the state. She is the daughter of a naval officer, Commander MP Mathew. He is posted at the Southern Naval Command, Kochi.
Her mother, Beena Mathew, was among the faculty members at Teachers’ Training Institute, Edappally. She passed away in April while battling cancer. Mathew is currently a first-year B. Tech student at Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara. She gave her 12th board exams in 2021 and secured 98.6%. It was her mother’s dream to see her in the uniform.
In an interview with Manorama, Mathew said she had prepared for her engineering (engineering marvels of the decade) entrance which also helped her qualify the NDA exam. She was glad that it was the first step towards achieving the dream seen by her and her mother.
She also added, “It was always a dream for me to get into defence. So when I came to know of this opportunity (NDAs first batch of women cadets), I immediately applied.”
She said that she grew up looking at her father in the uniform, and it inspired her to serve the nation. Mathew’s mother died before she could see her don the uniform. However, she had cleared the NDA exam and SSB interview while she was still alive.
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The second woman from Kerala to qualify for the NDA exam is the daughter of Haridos Baskaran, HOD B. Tech at Eurotech Maritime Academy, and Jyothy Puthumana, a teacher at Bhavans in Pottore, Thrissur.
She completed her 12th exam in 2022 from the science stream from Kulapathi Bhavans Vidya Mandir and passed the board with 98.8%. She will be joining the women cadets in the air force ground duty stream.
Speaking to Manorama, she said she started preparing for the test only 10 days before the date. She referred to the information available on YouTube and could not believe she cleared the exam. “Now I am grateful and happy,” she added.
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