Indian Army Chief: Early life and Education, Office, Career, Check Indian Army Chief List Here

The Indian Army Chief is the commander and usually the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Army. The position is abbreviated as COAS in the Indian Army and frequently held by a four-star officer within the rank of General. The present Chief of Army Staff 2018 is General Bipin Rawat, who took office on thirty-one December 2016 following the retirement of General Dalbir Singh.

Office of the Chief of The Army Staff:

The Indian Army Chief 2018 was created through the Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act of the Indian Parliament in 1955. It replaced the erstwhile office of the Commander-in-Chief, Army. The office is based at the South Block of the Central Secretariat at Raisina Hill, New Delhi. Appointments to the office are created by the Appointments Committee of the cupboard (ACC). The COAS reaches superannuation upon 3 years within the office or at the age of sixty-two, whichever is earlier.

Early life and Education of Commander in Chief of Indian Army:

Army Chief of India Bipin Rawat was born in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India. His family had been serving within the Indian Army for multiple generations, and his father was lieutenant-general Laxman Singh Rawat. Rawat attended Cambrian Hall school in Dehradun, St Edward’s College in Shimla, and the Indian military academy, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. He’s additionally a graduate of the Defence Services staff college, Wellington and the Higher Command Course at Fort Leavenworth, USA. He has an MPhil in Defence Studies from Madras University, a diploma in Management and another in computer Studies. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate of Philosophy by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut for his research on military media strategic studies.

The career of General Bipin Rawat:

Rawat was commissioned into the fifth battalion of eleven Gorkha Rifles on sixteen December 1978, the same unit as his father. He has lots of expertise in high altitude warfare and spent 10 years conducting counterinsurgency operations. He commanded a corporation in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, an infantry battalion within the eastern sector on the line of Actual control at Kibithu, five Sector of Rashtriya Rifles (Sopore) as brigade commander, nineteen infantry Division (Uri), III Corps (Dimapur) and was general officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-C) Southern Command (Pune).

He additionally held staff assignments including an instructional tenure at the Indian military academy (Dehradun), general staff Officer Grade two at the Military Operations Directorate, logistics staff officer of a Re-organised Army Plains Infantry Division (RAPID) in central India, Colonel Military Secretary and Deputy Military Secretary within the Military Secretary’s Branch and Senior instructor within the Junior Command Wing. He additionally commanded MONUSCO (an international brigade in a Chapter VII mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo) wherever he was doubly awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation. throughout his career span of thirty-seven years, he has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the UYSM in 2013, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, COAS Commendation on two times and the Army Commander’s Commendation.

Current Chief of Army Staff Rawat assumed the post of GOC-C Southern Command on one Jan 2016 and assumed the post of Vice Chief of Army staff India on one Sept 2016. On seventeen December 2016, the govt. of India selected him as the twenty-seventh Chief of the army staff, superseding 2 more senior Lieutenant Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P. M. Hariz. He’s the fourth officer from the Gorkha Brigade to become the Chief of the army staff.

Indian Army Chief List: 

Name Rank No. Tenure
Bipin Singh Rawat General 29 31 December 2016 to Till Date
Dalbir Singh Suhag General 28 31 July 2014 to 31 December 2016
Bikram Singh General 27 31-May-12 to 31 Jul 2014
Vijay Kumar Singh General 26 31-Mar-10 to 31-May-12
Deepak Kapoor General 25 30-Sep-07 to 31-Mar-10
Joginder Jaswant Singh General 24 31-Jan-05 to 30-Sep-07
Nirmal Chander Vij General 23 31-Dec-02 to 31-Jan-05
Sundararajan Padmanabhan General 22 1-Oct-00 to 30-Dec-02
Ved Prakash Malik General 21 1-Oct-97 to 30-Sep-00
Shankar Roychowdhury General 20 20-Nov-94 to 30-Sep-97
Bipin Chandra Joshi General 19 1-Jul-93 to 19-Nov-94
Sunith Francis Rodrigues General 18 1-Jul-90 to 30-Jun-93
Vishwa Nath Sharma General 17 1-Jun-88 to 30-Jun-90
Krishnaswamy Sundarji General 16 1-Feb-85 to 31-May-88
Arun Shridhar Vaidya General 15 1-Aug-83 to 31-Jan-85
Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao General 14 1-Jun-81 to 31-Jul-83
Om Prakash Malhotra General 13 1-Jun-78 to 31-May-81
Tapishwar Narain Raina General 12 1-Jun-75 to 31-May-78
Gopal Gurunath Bewoor General 11 16-Jan-73 to 31-May-75
Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw Field Marshal 10 8-Jun-69 to 15-Jan-73
Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam General 9 8-Jun-66 to 7-Jun-69
Jayanti Nath Chaudhuri General 8 20-Nov-62 to 7-Jun-66
Pran Nath Thapar General 7 8-May-61 to 19-Nov-62
Kodandera Subayya Thimayya General 6 8-May-57 to 7-May-61
Satyawant Mallannah Shrinagesh General 5 15-May-55 to 7-May-57
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja General 4 15-Jan-53 to 14-May-55
Kodandera Madappa Cariappa Field Marshal 3 16-Jan-49 to 14-Jan-53
Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher General 2 1-Jan-48 to 15-Jan-49
Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald Lockhart General 1 15-Aug-47 to 31-Dec-47


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