Poonch girl Shagun Sharma cracks CDS exam with a 10th rank, says PM Narendra Modi is her inspiration
(POONCH TODAY NEWS)
POONCH: After Parsanjeet Kour of Poonch, who cracked the IAS with an 11th rank this year, another Poonch girl, Shagun Sharma, brought laurels for the district and J&K UT by cracking the Combined Defense Services exam with an all-India 10th rank.
With this outstanding achievement, Shagun Sharma has become the first girl from the Poonch district to crack the prestigious CDS exam with a 10th rank at the national level. Shagun Sharma, daughter of Subash Sharma and Charu Sharma, a resident of the border village Jhullas, said that despite challenging situations on the border and the lack of developmental facilities in the village, she never buckled under any pressure and always remained dedicated to pursuing her dream of joining the Indian Army. Shagun said, “PM Narendra Modi ji has inspired millions of girls, and I am one of them. We are really feeling proud that he is our Prime Minister and has been doing a lot for the country. Under his leadership, the nation has been witnessing massive changes at the national and international levels. PM Modi ji has made the country proud at the international level, and I have got strong inspiration from him.” While narrating his journey, Shagun said, “I spent my life in this border village of Jhullas, where I saw many women army officers and got huge inspiration from them to serve the country. This was the main reason that, right from early childhood, I decided to serve my country as an army officer. My dream of becoming an army officer and support from my family always encouraged me to move forward despite facing many challenging situations.” A visibly happy Shagun Sharam said that she is feeling extremely happy after seeing her parents and villagers happy. Shagun passed her 10th class in the years 2013–14 from Govt. High School Jhullas and her 12th in the years 2015–16 from Govt. HSS Sheeshmahal. She completed graduation during the session 2016–2019 from the government degree college Poonch and later completed her M.Sc. Botany during the session 2019–2021 from Jammu University. After completing her post-graduation, Shagun qualified NET in the year 2022. As a student, Shagun was highly impressed by the visits of Army officers to her school in Jhullas, and that motivated her to join the Indian Army. As there was no internet facility in the village, Shagun had to work hard to get the study material and other related resources. Shagun said, “Earlier, we had no internet facility in the village, but time has started to change now. Slowly and steadily, we are getting everything, and this all is happening due to the visionary policies of our PM Modi.” Shagun’s father, Subash Chander, is serving in the education department, while her mother, Charu Sharma, is a housewife. Shagun’s younger sister, Vanshika Sharma, who is in her final year of Graduation, is also happy with the historic achievement of her elder sister. Vanshika said that her elder sister Shagun has inspired many girls to compete at the national level with the sole aim of serving the country. Thousands of people have started reaching Shagun’s house to congratulate her on this tremendous achievement. It is pertinent to mention here that PM Narendra Modi has stressed hard on girl children with his slogan of “Beti Padao Beto Bachao,” and his strong efforts have now started seeing positive results with girls students all over the country qualifying for many prestigious exams with high ranks. In Poonch district, Parsanjeet Kour first brought laurels for the district with her historic achievement of cracking IAS with an all-India 11th rank, and now Shagun Sharma, a young girl from the remotest border village Jhullas, has become a new role model for youngsters. Shagun’s bold and courageous decision to serve the country as an Army officer has set a new benchmark of patriotism for other young girls to follow. Back-to-back high achievements by Poonchi girls have put the Poonch district on the national map. Shagun’s remarkable achievement of qualifying for CDS with all of India’s 10th rank is all set to inspire a number of youngsters, especially girls, who are still dreaming of achieving something big to serve the country in any capacity. On the achievement of young Shagun Sharma, who is just 25 years old, celebrations are going on in different corners of the Poonch district as people are seen saying that Prime Minister Modi has inspired millions of girls a lot and now girls are ready to play their role for the nation building in various capacities, be it as a civil, police, army officer, or in any capacity.