Meet Rucha Surendra Sial Who Quit Her MNC Job To Pursue IAF Dream

Hello Defence Lovers, Twenty-three year-old Rucha Surendra Sial has always dreamt of a career with the Indian Air Force. When she heard of the induction of three women pilots into the fighter squadron last year, she decided the time had come to make a move.

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  • Within 12 months, Rucha cleared the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT), the Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT) and is now set to join the Air Force Academy at Dundigal in Hyderabad next month.
  • After 78 weeks of training, she will join the technical branch of one of the world’s largest air force.
  • Rucha was previously employed as a software engineer at a multi-national firm in Baner. Her career in IT looked promising but the young recruit never let go of her dream.
  • “When I was in my last semester in college, a Bengaluru-based software company offered me a job with a good salary package. I did not take it up because I wanted to stay in Pune and prepare for the IAF.  Today, I’m really happy with my decision,” she said.
  • Rucha’s mother, Deepali, is a superintendent with the Central Excise and Service Tax department at Pune and her father is a businessman.
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  • Both parents are incredibly proud of what their daughter has achieved.
  • “We gave importance to her choice. My parents once supported my decision and I have done the same for my daughter,” Deepali said.
  • Rucha, a student of the St Joseph school at Pashan, has also been a good performer throughout.
  • She scored 88.91% and 80.81% in her Class X and XII exams and later, earned a degree in computer engineering from the Pune Institute of Computer Technology. But continued to chase her ambition.
  • When she heard of the induction of three women pilots into the fighter squadron last year, she decided the time had come to make a move.
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  • The job in Baner allowed her to be in the city and she didn’t waste any time.
  • “I studied two hours every morning and three hours during the evenings. I could have a morning slot because of flexible working hours set by my company. So, some credits goes to them too.” she said.
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