Garima Yadav, 25, who won Miss Charming Face Beauty Pageant, 2017, is now a part of the Indian Army. She always desired to join the IAS but wasnâ€™t able to clear IAS mains, but later cleared the CDS exam to join the Indian Army. â€œI am a single mother child, and she has been there for me in all my ups and downs, motivating me, sheâ€™s a strong woman and my true inspiration I just wanted to make her proud. I am from Army Public School Ddagshai (Shimla) and did BA Economics from St Stephenâ€™s College, New Delhi. I was preparing for civil services, but I guess army was my true calling,â€ Lt. Garima told a portal.
She added, â€œI got recommended in my first attempt. Before that I was working as an MC for events as a part-time job, while preparing for exams. From there I was selected for a pageant called Indiaâ€™s Miss Charming Face. I won the pageant in November 2017 and was selected for the next pageant at international level, which was to be held in Italy, but I chose to join OTA Chennai instead.â€
I did not have very good physical standards but somehow I managed for the first few months. I didnâ€™t give up and improved drastically. I actively participated in all curriculum activities. People have a wrong conception that you have to be good at all sports, physically strong to get selected in the SSB, thatâ€™s not true. You just should be willing to accept your weaknesses and work on them. One should always endeavour to get better and better every day. One should be honest, positive, creative and solution orientated â€” thatâ€™s all you need rest everything will follow.â€