Saniya Mirza is the first female Muslim girl to be selected as a fighter pilot trainee in the Indian Air Force.
Saniya Mirza was born on Tuesday, 17 May 2005 (age 17 years; as of 2022) in Jasovar village under Mirzapur Rural police station, Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh, India. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She was interested in studies since her childhood. She studied at Pandit Chintamani Inter College in her village till 10th standard. She wanted to take admission in the science stream in the 11th class which was not available at the inter-college in her school, hence she joined Guru Nanak Girls Inter College in Mirzapur City, and after completing her 11th and 12th, she decided to study to become a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 45 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Shahid Ali, and her mother’s name is Tabassum Mirza. Her father is a TV mechanic, and her mother is a homemaker. She has 2 elder brothers.
She follows Islam.
Journey to the Indian Air Force
After completing her 12th, she found out that no woman has become a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) after 2015, so, she decided to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a fighter pilot and joined Centurion Defence Academy in Mirzapur. Although she failed in her first attempt to qualify for the IAF, she did not give up hope and passed the National Defence Academy (NDA) Entrance exam on her second attempt in 2022. Out of 400 seats in NDA, only 19 were allotted for girl candidates, and only 2 seats were allotted for fighter pilots. She secured 63rd rank in the NDA exam and got the second rank for a fighter pilot. She said that she wanted to break the myth that only boys are fit for combat and wanted to set an example for girls through her success. She further said that even though she studied in Hindi medium from Uttar Pradesh Board, she always took English as a language only and was confident that she would be able to join IAF. She credited her parents and Shishir Dixit Sir of Centurion Defence Academy for supporting her. She joined NDA at Khadakvasla, Pune on 27 December 2022. IAF also issued a statement congratulating her on her success and wished her the best for her 4 years of training to become a fighter pilot and to get further commissioned in the IAF.
- She likes drawing, singing, dancing, giving speeches, and participating in debates.
- She topped her district and her school during the 12th Uttar Pradesh exams.
- She was inspired by the first Indian Air Force female fighter pilot Avni Chaturvedi to become a fighter pilot.
- She likes to study Polity and Indian Constitution.