NDA topper shuns IIT: The 17-year-old topped the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance examination and has scored very well at the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology. “Serving the country has been my objective since childhood. The love for the country runs in the blood of youngsters of Uttarakhand and I feel fortunate to be living my dream now,” Shivansh told. “My capabilities will be better utilised at NDA rather than at IIT,” says the youngster from Rampur in Uttarakhand. Shivansh takes great pride in the fact that he comes from the land of the brave where almost every village has at least one son in uniform. “I am inspired by those who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for our country. I too want to contribute to the development of my country. I can do that better as a man in uniform,” he says.While the written test for entrance to NDA was held on April 24, the interview was conducted by the Services Selection Board in the first week of September. Son of a Sanjeev Joshi, who works with LIC India, and Tanuja Joshi, a government primary school teacher, Shivansh did not take any coaching. His parents now want their younger son too to join the defence services. “If every son understands his duty towards the country, we would beat any super power. We want our younger son, who is in class 8 to join the defence forces and make the country proud like Shivansh,” Sanjeev said.
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