Tea Seller’s Daughter Beats 6 Lakh Students, Make It To IAF’s Flying Branch


A 24-year-old Aanchal Gangwal’s story of achieving her goal will inspire you to set your goal and head towards to achieve it. Aanchal, the daughter of a Madhya Pradesh tea seller has been selected to the flying branch of the prestigious Indian Air Force.

Aanchal hails from Neemuch district of the north-western part of Madhya Pradesh and is the only student from state to be selected to become a fighter pilot. The girl while speaking to the Hindustan Times said:

“When I was in class 12, there were floods in Uttarakhand, and I was impressed with the way the armed forces rescued the flood affected and decided to join the forces, but the family condition was not conducive at that time.”

Aanchal Gangwal

Aanchal faced the financial crisis during that period but she always stands out as class topper and captain. She gained her early education from Metro H.S School in Neemuch, then won a scholarship and went to Vikram University in Ujjain. She also played basketball for her team in the university and also sprinted 400 m. She added, “I always knew that I had it in me to make it.”

Then Aanchal started looking for employment with working hard to clear public competitive exams. She got selected for the police sub-inspectors exam and joined the training. Sub-inspectors training was tough to not allow her preparing for her dream job.

So, she went to join labour inspector job which was relatively easy and left her time to prepare for the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). Aanchal appeared for the interview of AFCAT about five times but succeeded at the sixth time. June 7 gave her wings to fly.

Aanchal Gangwal with Col Nikhil Diwanji

About 6 lakh students appeared for AFCAT and among the 22 students who got selected, Aanchal was one. Also, she was among the five girls out of the 22 from across the country and the only one from MP. Since, the result declared, she is getting congratulatory messages.

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan too congratulated her. Also, Woman and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis visited her home to praise her.

Aanchal’s father, Suresh Gangwal who runs a tea stall at the Neemuch bus stand said, “Now everyone in the area knows about my ‘Namdev tea stall’, and I feel very happy when people come and congratulate me.”

He added, “I took a loan to send Aachal for coaching in Indore and also financed my elder son’s engineering. My youngest daughter is in Class 12.” The result declared on June 7 and on June 30, she will leave for a year-long training to Hyderabad.

Aanchal proved that no hurdle can come in the path of achieving your dream. No obstacle can bog you down. Set your goal and head to target it with hard work.

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