25 students to join National Defence Academy

March 5th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by admin  


Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) In an era when the defence services are facing an acute shortage of officers, 25 students from the Sainik School at Kunjpura near Karnal in Haryana have made it to the National Defence Academy (NDA). School principal Group Captain Suresh Kumar said that the achievement — so many students selected from one school for the NDA at Khadakvasla near Pune — was a record. “This is the best result of this school in 40 years,” he said.

All students who qualified studied till Class 12 at the Sainik School. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA entrance examination. Forty-four students had cleared the entrance test and 25 were selected.

The Sainik School boasts of alumni like Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and present army chief Deepak Kapoor. Nearly 600 students from the school have joined the armed forces as officers.

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