City hotel supervisor’s son set to become IAF fighter pilot | News from Coimbatore

Coimbatore: The son of a city hotel supervisor is set to become a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Pappanaickenpalayam resident Arun, 22, said he was inspired by Major Saravanan, who was martyred during the Kargil War, and wanted to become an army officer.
Originally from Tenkasi, Arun, along with his father Murugaiah, mother Subbulakshmi and younger brother Venkatesh, moved to the city about six years ago to pursue higher education after completing Class X.
“When I moved to the city, I learned that you had to pass various selection processes and exams to become an officer in the Indian army, navy and air force. so joined the City Officers Preparation Academy to prepare for the selection process when I was in Class XII,” he told TOI.
After completing Class XII, Arun joined Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College at Vattamalaipalayam for BTech (Information Technology) and sat for the Combined Defense Services (CDS) exam. He also passed the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) in 2021.
“I only passed the CDS exam on the seventh attempt and the result was announced last year. After completing the interview, I was selected for training at the Officer Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai, where I joined a month ago.As the AFCAT result came out in September last year, I was selected for training at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad to become an IAF fighter pilot just 10 days ago. Training will start on Saturday,” Arun said.
He completed training at OTA to become an Indian Army Signal Corps officer who handles military communications. “I resigned from OTA. Abhinandan Varthaman, a group captain who shot down a Pakistani F-16 in a dogfight over the Line of Control in February 2019, is my hero. I am proud of become an IAF fighter pilot.
Pranav, 22, from Tirupur, also passed the AFCAT and will join the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on January 15 to become a fighter pilot like Arun. His parents are teachers.

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