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Gunjan Saxena (IAF Officer) Biography, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : August 1, 2020

Short Biography

Gunjan Saxena was born in 1975 in Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. She is an Indian Air Force Officer & former Pilot. She is also known as Kargil Girl. 

Other Name: Gunjan, Kargil Girl
Other Professions: Pilot

Gunjan Saxena Complete Bio & Career

Gunjan Saxena was born in a family of soldier and hence she too decided to join the defense forces. While pursuing graduation from Hans Raj College in Delhi, she also joined Safdarjang Flying School so that she can learn the basics of flying. To join India Air Force, she cleared the SSB exams and joined the first batch of women in the Indian Air Force in 1994. She also got selected to train as a pilot at IAF.
She got posted in Uddhampur, J&K. She was waiting for her opportunity to serve the country along with her associate Vidya Rajan. After the 1999 Kargil war broke out, she became a part of Operation Vijay. During the war, she got the opportunity to fly a cheetah helicopter in the warzone. She rescued various injured soldiers. She was constantly attacked by Pakistan through rocket launchers and bullets but she narrowly escaped. 
Through this, she proved what women are capable of and after her successful stint it has paved the way for various other women to become a pilot in Indian Air Force. A biopic titled Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl will be released in 2020 and actress Jhanvi Kapoor will portray her role on screen.

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Gunjan Saxena Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She is married to an IAF officer and together the couple is blessed with a daughter named Pragya.

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Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address New Delhi, India
School N/A
College Hansraj College, New Delhi
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color Blue
Favorite Player Sachin Tendulkar
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actress Janhvi Kapoor

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Gunjan Saxena

  • It was one of her cousins who showed her a cockpit when she was just 11 years old. It was then that she decided that she wants to become a pilot.
  • She ended her military career post the birth of her daughter in 2004.
  • She is also referred to as 'Kargil Girl'.
  • For her contribution, she was felicitated with the Shaurya Award.