THIRD SESSION With Col.(Retd.) Gopal Karunakaran

Where he talks about career possibilities in Indian Armed Forces. So how’s the josh!


The session started on a high note with Col. Gopal meeting the children after a long time. Students were really excited to see him. He introduced NDA (National Defense Academy) as one of the most prestigious & respected careers in the country and the first tri-service academy in the world where all the three forces (Army, Air-force and Navy) are trained. He talked about his training and learning in NDA stating his real life stories which were exciting and relatable for the students to understand the expectations one should have if he/she chooses to be a part of NDA.

There was also a video showcase which brought alive ‘Life as a Cadet’. The video elaborated on the reasons on why one should choose Indian Armed Forces as a career and how youngsters can fulfill all their professional expectations by choosing a career of challenges, excitement, adventure as an officer in defense. He also mentioned that NDA is 3 years bachelors degree post which one chooses his/her specialization in either of the three streams (Army, Air-force and Navy).

The video also talked about the ways to enroll for NDA i.e. UPSC exams and there was a mention about The Service Selection Board (SSB), set up by the Ministry of Defense, SSB Interview to evaluate prospective candidates for recruitment in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The benchmarks on which the candidates are assessed include intelligence, personality, compatibility and potential. Hence, mental preparation holds prominence over physical preparation, although physical fitness will be an added advantage. A small demo of the same was given to the students. For more information they were asked to visit www.joinindianarmy.nic.in/


Post the video introduction Col. Gopal talked about the fact that one should choose career as per ones interest in a particular field and said that there are two major factors that define life, 1) Habits 2) Choices and We are who we are because of 3 things a) Environment b) Genes c) But most of all your free Will. Overall it was an informative and interactive session with 100% engagement and participation.