Indapur Youth, Omkar Bhongale, Set to Join Indian Navy as Officer

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Pune / Indapur, 10th January 2024: Omkar Dattatray Bhongale, a 19-year-old from Indapur, is embarking on an incredible journey as he fulfills his dream of a career in the Indian Armed Forces.

Omkar is among the 30 candidates (boys & girls) selected nationwide for the 10+2 Cadet (B.Tech) Entry Scheme of the Indian Navy. He is scheduled to report to INA, Ezhimala on January 14, 2024.

Omkar will undergo a four-year Engineering training at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala. Upon successful completion, he will be commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in the Indian Navy, with the possibility of being appointed in one of the following branches: (a) Executive, (b) Engineering (including Naval Architecture), or (c) Electrical.

Omkar’s educational journey began at Vidya Prathishthan’s Indapur English Medium School, Indapur, where he secured an impressive 92% in X CBSE Boards. He then moved to Pune for further studies, joining Apex Careers for a two-year XI+XII+NDA batch, aiming for a career in the Defence Forces. Omkar enrolled at Fergusson Junior College for XI & XII, achieving a commendable 75% in XII HSC Boards.

Despite facing challenges in qualifying the NDA written exam, Omkar’s academic achievements, including 75% marks in XII (72% in PCM) and an 81 percentile in JEE Mains, led to his shortlisting for the SSB Interview of the 10+2 Cadet (B.Tech) Entry Scheme of the Indian Navy. He successfully qualified after attending the SSB interview in Bhopal.

Omkar’s father, Dattatray, is a farmer, and his mother, Vidya, is a Primary School Teacher at Vidya Prathishthan’s Indapur English Medium School, Indapur. Omkar acknowledges the unwavering support of his parents and his elder sister, Chinmayee, who works in Hinjawadi, Pune.

Expressing his motivation to join the Indian Navy, Omkar says, “Reading articles and watching videos of the Indian Navy during the pandemic inspired me. My personality developed through various activities at Apex Careers, like organizing Defense Awareness Programs and the Sinhgad trek. These experiences gave me exposure to event organization, building my team spirit, and enhancing my man management skills. I owe my success to my parents, my elder sister, and my mentors Lt Col Pradeep Brahmankar and Rahul Mulje Sir of Apex Careers.”

Omkar, who enjoys traveling, played handball at the state level during his school days. He is passionate about playing Cricket, Kabaddi, and Basketball. Additionally, he plays Chess with his father.

Lt Col Pradeep Brahmankar, Omkar’s mentor, notes, “Omkar had a spark in him, and he developed his confidence and communication skills by participating in all activities at Apex. He worked really hard for his dream to come true.”