Topper picks Indian Army over NIT

Shivansh Joshi, the topper of National Defence Academy examination is all ready to quit his engineering course at NIT Tiruchirappalli and join the Indian Army. The results of NDA exam was released last week and this 17-year-old boy is all set to take up a more challenging career in order to serve his country. Shivansh belongs to Ramnagar in Uttarakhand. His father Sanjeev Joshi works with LIC India while mother Tanuja Joshi is a government primary school teacher.

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Shivansh said joining Indian Defence Forces is the best way to serve the nation. Although Shivansh scored 96.8 percent in class 12 exams and cracked the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) in the first attempt he always wanted to join the Indian Army as it offers honour, respect and pride. He was preparing for NDA, JEE and board exams all at the same time. He said the syllabus of JEE and class 12 exams are quite similar but NDA picks more generic topics so he ensured three hours of preparation for this exam and two hours of football and other physical activities.

How did he manage a perfect balance between sports and studies?

He said he stayed away from social media and smartphones till he cleared his exams though he is very fond of them. He feels sports and patriotism are in the blood of people from Uttarakhand.

He does not have a defence background, but he was very inspired by the stories on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, National security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army. He also draws his motivation from books "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" and Paulo Coelho’s "The Alchemist".

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