The Hush Post: It seems unbelievable in today’s times, but it is a sweet reality to be believed. Cracking the JEE Advanced exam, a precursor to enter any of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and also topping entrance examination to the country’s elite armed forces institute, the National Defence Academy (NDA), and that too without taking any coaching classes makes Shivansh Joshi, a 17-year-old youth from Uttarakhand, an ideal choice to reckon with for youngsters. Shivansh, who hails from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, had earlier this year cleared Class XII examinations from Little Scholar’s School in Kashipur with a score of 96.8%. He got admission in the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu but left it after the NDA results were declared.
Proud to belong to the hills, he said that serving the country has been his objective since childhood. This is probably the first time when a youth from Uttarakhand has topped the NDA entrance examination. He thinks the key to cracking competitions is control over your routine. Shivansh’s schedule did not include only long hours of study, he played football and used to read books. The way to his success is a right mix of play and study and an overall balanced life, he said. He did not possess a mobile phone till Class XII and even when he got it, he did not use it much, he added. His father works with LIC India and mother is a government primary school teacher.On November 24, when the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared the results for NDA, his name featured at the top of the merit with 370 others in tow. The written test for entrance to NDA was held on April 24, the interview was conducted by the Services Selection Board in the first week of September and results announced on November 24.