Captain Suneha Gadpande On Her Splendid Journey In Merchant Navy I Interview
In 1995, when Captain Suneha Gadpande was in class seven, she used to watch a television serial starring Pallavi Joshi titled Aarohan. The show was about the Indian Navy and the three women joining the Indian Navy after their graduation. Captain Gadpande also wanted to join the Indian Navy.
To make the dream a reality, she started preparing for the National Cadet Corps (NCC). According to her, if one has this, then one does not have to appear for an exam and can directly be called for an interview.
But in Class 10, she got to know that girls cannot join the Indian Navy after class 12 through the National Defence Academy (NDA) like the boys. (Girls are now allowed from this year onwards).
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Captain Suneha Gadpande
It was a major shock for Captain Gadpande because if she cannot get into NDA and then get into the navy, then what should she do? Then I got to know that I can complete my graduation and then give SSB-SC and after that, I can get admitted into the navy, she said. However, fate had other plans for her.
In 2002, she cleared her class 12 by August same year. She got selected for the engineering test and scored the seventh rank amongst girls in Madhya Pradesh. She then got the mechanical grant for NIT Bhopal. In class 12 she had also took the IIT exams and qualified for the screening. However, she could not get into an IIT because she was not able to qualify for the cut-off.....