Gaurav Yadav of Jaror Bas village in the Alwar district of Rajasthan passed from the NDA seat in Khadakwasla. Inspired by his father, Gaurav has achieved his dream of striking the President’s gold medal.
Many youngsters dream of serving the country by joining the army forces, but this rarely comes true. The journey of entering the armed forces as a soldier is not everyone’s cup of tea. Many teenagers get career opportunities in many fields, yet they choose the path of the Army. Here starts the arduous journey of their life. Gaurav Yadav, who has recently passed out the NDA with a gold medal, is one among the youth.
From a village in Rajasthan to the gold medallist, Gaurav Yadav was honoured with the President’s gold medal at NDA (National Defence Academy) on Wednesday. The family shed tears upon seeing the respect. Gaurav has also cleared the IIT entrance exam, but he hid it from his family and enrolled in a Delhi college to strive to walk in the path of his dream of serving the country just like his brother.
Being a farmer’s son, Gaurav has achieved what he wanted to enter the NDA. Having done schooling at Kerala Public School in Rewari, Gaurav had an A+ grade in Std X and topped with 96%. He has cleared the NDA entrance exam twice but was unable to get in after faltering at the Services Selection Board interview. Finally, the third time proved to be the charm. “I would stand in front of the wall in my room and imagine being interviewed by the SSB panel,” Gaurav said during the NDA’s passing out parade on Wednesday.
Gaurav Yadav’s military career
Gaurav worked tirelessly toward his goal of joining the NDA and serving the country, and his brother Vineet is also serving the country in the army. “Gaurav has done a great job by completing his training with a gold medal. We are all proud of him.” Vineet praised Gaurav by saying that his career has had a golden start. At that time, he was filled with pride. Gaurav’s performance during the NDA training was outstanding. He achieved great success on all fronts.
“I never thought I would get a gold medal. Initially, I was struggling to balance the curriculum and military training. But, I encouraged myself, Gaurav explained the secret of success in these words.
After passing his third attempt to enter the NDA, he made his struggles count by excelling in his academics and military training- and bagged the most sought-after gold medal. Being allowed to command the parade was the icing on the cake.
“We were confident about his success and never stopped him from doing what he loved. He has been excellent in sports and academics since school. Watching him leading the parade in front of all these people gave us goosebumps.” Gaurav’s parents said proudly.
Cadets Sourav Sharma and Vivek Mahla bagged the silver and bronze medals for their outstanding performance. Both their families have a military background.
“I got inspired by my father to pursue a career in the army. My teachers also encouraged me to join the NDA. My coursemates helped me during the training. I learned about team spirit from the night camp at Torna Fort. It was the most exciting activity that I will always cherish in my life.” Sourav Sharma shared his experience.
Mahla said, “I am proud to continue my family legacy further. It is a dream come true moment not only for me but for my family also.”