India’s 8 Brave Women Stories

Punita Arora


Post: Shewas the first woman in India to don the second highest rank i.e Lieutenant General of Indian Armed forces and the first female vice admiral of Indian Navy.


• She studied in Sophia School in Saharanpur till 8th grade.
• She moved to Guru Nanak Girls Inter-College. In 11th Standard while getting admitted to Government school for boys she decided to take science as a career
• She joined Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in 1963 which was the second batch of the AFMC and she turned out to be the topper of that batch

Achievements: She has been awarded with 15 medals in her 36 years of career in Indian Armed Forces.

• Param Vishisht Seva Medal
• Vishisht Seva Medal(2002)
• Sena Medal (2006)
• 30 Years Long Service Medal
• 20 Years Long Service Medal
• 9 Years Long Service Medal

Experience: She served for 36 year of career in Indian armed force.

Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

Post: She is the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force. She is the second woman in the Indian armed forces to be promoted to a three-star rank.

Education: She grew up in New Delhi and obtained her education at the Kirori Mal College.

• In her career she has been first woman to become a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India and the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole
• She is also the first woman officer to have completed the Defence Service Staff College course in 1978. She was the Director General Medical Services (Air) at the Air Headquarters.
• In 2002, she became the first woman to be promoted to Air Vice Marshal (two-star rank). Bandopadhyay is an aviation medicine specialist and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences

Achievements: She was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for her conduct during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

• Vishist Seva Medal, January 73
• Indira Priyadarshini award
• Ati Vishist Seva Medal, January 2002
• Param Vishist Seva Medal, Jan 2006

Experience: She joined the Indian Air Force in 1968

Mitali Madhumita


Post Lieutenant Colonel


• She is the first woman officer in the Indian Army to receive a gallantry award
• Lieutenant Colonel Mitali Madhumita received the Sena Medal in 2011 for exemplary courage shown during the attack on the Indian embassy by terrorists in Kabul, Afghanistan on 26 February, 2010

Experience : She joined the army in the year 2000

Priya Jhingan


Post “Major in Indian army”

Education: She completed her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication

Achievements: Priya Jhingan is from first batch of 25 lady officers who got commissioned in Indian Army in 1993 Jhingan was cadet number 001 at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.

Divya Ajith Kumar


Post: Captain in the Indian Army of AAD (Army Air Defense)

Education: She did her schooling in Chennai and went to Stella Maris College, Chennai. She joined NCC (National Cadet Corps) which inspired her to join Indian Army and participated in NCC women contingent in Rajpath and later joined OTA ( Officers training academy). She passed from OTA (Officers training academy)


• Divya Ajith Kumar became the first woman in the history of the Indian Army to receive the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ prize, which is awarded to the best cadet, where she passed with a total of 244 cadets, including 63 women. She is also a multi-faceted personality, Divya is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, percussionist and well-versed in sports like basketball
• Captain Divya Ajith Kumar led the first all-women contingent of the Army on Republic Day (26 January 2015).She led a contingent of 154 women officers and cadets during the parade
• Nearly 200 women officers from all over the country had come down to the OTA, and after a rigorous selection process, 126 officers, and 28 women cadets from the academy were selected for the parade. Captain Divya Ajith Kumar was selected to lead the contingent.

Deepika Misra


Post: Squadron Leader

Education: She graduated from the Air Force Academy in December 2006,

Achievements: For the first time, two women are part of the Sarang team of the Indian Air Force, a show-stopping helicopter-formation team that is performing at the Aero India show under way here.

Sophia Qureshi


Post: Lieutenant Colonel

Education & family:

• She hails from Gujarat and holds a post-graduate degree in bio-chemistry.

Achievements: Lt Col Sophia Qureshi is India’s First Female Officer to Lead an Army Contingent it is the largest military exercise hosted by India in the presence of Mr. Barack Obama on Republic day.

Gunjan Saxena


Post: First woman pilot of Indian Air Force.

Education & Family Saxena who belongs to Udhampur, comes from an Army family.

• India’s first woman to fly choppers, who evacuated and saved, injured Indian soldiers from Kargil
• Saxena was awarded the Shaurya Chakra. She was one of the 25 women who were part of the first batch of IAF trainee pilots.

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