Pradeep Singh

Omkar Ashutosh from Odisha’s Puri district who scripted history for the State by topping the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the Naval Academy Examination – 2021, shared his success mantra in securing All India Rank 1 in the prestigious entrance exam.

Omkar told OTV that he got the needed encouragement from many people but the real inspiration came after he joined the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) (a military school for boys and girls situated in Doon Valley, Dehradun) which helped him achieve the feat.  

"Only after going to RIMC, I came to know about the three wings of the armed force. I had the opportunity of interacting with very high ranking defence officials of all three wings, including the then General Bipin Rawat and Lieutenant General C P Mohanty. From them I got to know a lot of things, " he said.

He further said that his father kept inspiring him to walk the extra mile. “The uniform and the lifestyle of the armed forces instilled the interest in me to join the armed forces and lead a disciplined life,” said an elated Omkar.

Omkar’s father Colonel Arun Ray, who is a retired Army officer (Engineers), said that when his son got selected for admission into RIMC, the family was quite sure that his chances of joining the Indian armed forces were quite bright.

"Him (Omkar) topping the NDA exam was a pleasant surprise to all of us. We are happy for his achievement at this young age. It is a proud moment for all of us- not only for my family but for all friends and well-wishers as well," said Ray.