Chennai lad is Army’s youngest ‘first officer’

Chennai: Pavithran, a resident of Venkatapuram, Ambattur, in the city has become the youngest to be commissioned as ‘first officer’ in the Army.

A B.Tech (IT) student, Pavithran always wanted to give something for his country and what better way than to give himself for the cause of protecting it. In October 2014, he attended the interview for joining the army. Being an engineering graduate, the army had a direct entry quota.

Speaking to News Today, Pavithran said, “Getting selected in the army is not as easy as people dub it. After you get selected you will have to stay at the army camp for five days. During that time, you will be put under various tests like medical, psychological, personality and finally a ground test. For this one has to pass the group discussion and aptitude test, first.

“Even after five days of test, you are not certain of getting selected into the army. My batch consisted of 600 candidates, out of which only 30 got selected after the group discussion. All the 30 individuals went through all the tests for five days but only seven were selected. My name was not in that list but I did not lose hope.”

A native of Virudunagar, Tamilnadu, Pavithran moved to the city looking for a job. First he started job hunting in Bengaluru and his search brought him to Chennai. He got a job in Tata Consultancy Services and kept readying himself for the army.

“I did not give up on my dream. But I took a break from it, started working and preparing myself daily. It helped me lead a straight edge life,” said Pavithran.

His inspiration to join army was Major Mukund Varadarajan, who killed three terrorists during a search operation in Kashmir. He died after sustaining injuries during the encounter.

“I enlisted to the army again, this time I got selected. I prepared myself fully and took the tasks at hand. Due to my communication skills, I was selected in the communication department. I have been commissioned to Punjab and will leave this April but I really wanted to get stationed at Leh and Ladakh where your body will be tested against nature.” he said.

Pavithran’s way to success is simple “Your life will improve once you get out of your comfort zone.”

He can be contacted at 9566964723.


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