As a lawyer, Jammu’s Ganiv Kaur and pictured herself working for a fancy MNC in the future. Things, however, changed for the youngster when unexpectedly, her father asked her to fill out a form for a job, which admittedly she had never thought of, she wrote in a blog post. At the point, it came as a surprise, but she persevered, and how!
Kaur was asked to fill out the form to enter into the Indian Army through the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Department, which is the legal branch of the Army. She mentions that during the preparations, she “freaked out, felt drained, frustrated, distressed”. Studying for the exams after working for eight hours took a toll on her, but she put in her all to grab the opportunity coming her way.
And her hard work paid off. In her year, when the results were announced in February 2018, she had topped the merit list of the JAG Branch (Women) of Indian Army. Proud of the culture of the city she belongs to—Jammu—Kaur is the fourth-generation officer from her family to don the prestigious uniform and the first woman from Jammu to have topped the merit list.
Kaur’s father is a Sena Medal recipient, Col Harjinder Singh, and her mother is a teacher. The proud parents, always encouraging their daughter, are happy of her achievement and the effort she put in, as she cleared the tough examination in the first attempt.
“The love for my country runs in the blood of my family and I took it [as a] challenge to wear the uniform which my forefathers have been wearing,” Kaur told a portal after the results were declared. A voracious reader, Kaur used to maintain a blog and is a keen sportswoman. And as she puts it, “In the long run, you seek clarity not control, certainty over courage.”