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Two women in Kerala will join the first batch of female cadets at the National Defense Academy.

Ann Rose Mathew and Sreelakshmi Haridos are set to join the first batch of female cadets at the Indian Armed Forces’ joint defense service training institute with the National Defense Academy.

Mathew resides in Kochi and was ranked 52nd overall and 7th among female cadets. Haridos belongs to Thrissur. She was ranked 138th overall and 12th among female cadets. The duo have already received an NDA letter in Khadakwasla to join the training on August 6.

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In November 2021, about 1.77 lakhs of women sat for the NDA exam. Of these, only 19 positions were awarded to women, three in the Navy, six in the Air Force and 10 in the Army. The final list of candidates was declared in June and 443 names were from men.

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Mathew hails from Mananthavady, a township in the Wayanad district of the state. She is the daughter of a naval officer, Major MP Mathew. He is stationed at Naval Command South, Kochi.

His mother, Beena Mathew, was among the teachers at the Teacher Training Institute, Edappally. She passed away in April while battling cancer. Mathew is currently a first year B. Tech student at Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara. He took his 12th board exams in 2021 and got 98.6%. It was her mother’s dream to see her in her uniform.

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In an interview with Manorama, Mathew said that she had prepared for her entry into engineering (engineering wonders of the decade), which also helped her qualify for the NDA exam. He was glad that it was the first step to achieve the dream seen by her and her mother.

He also added: “It was always a dream of mine to go into defense. So when I found out about this opportunity (first group of female NDA cadets), I applied immediately.”

She said that she grew up watching her father in uniform and that inspired her to serve the nation. Mathew’s mother died before she could see her put on her uniform. However, she had passed the NDA exam and the SSB interview while she was still alive.

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The second woman from Kerala to qualify for the NDA exam is the daughter of Haridos Baskaran, HOD B. Tech at Eurotech Maritime Academy, and Jyothy Puthumana, teacher at Bhavans in Pottore, Thrissur.

He completed his 12th exam in 2022 from Kulapathi Bhavans Vidya Mandir science branch and passed the board with 98.8%. She will join the female cadets in the air force ground service stream.

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Speaking to Manorama, he said that he started preparing for the test just 10 days before the date. She referred to the information available on YouTube and couldn’t believe that she passed the exam. “Now I am grateful and happy,” she added.

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