List Of Chief Of Army Staff 2022: Know About The Army Chiefs Since Independence!

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Fri, 21 Jan 2022 08:58 AM IST


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Are you preparing for NDA or CDS examination? We have covered for you another important topic that must be known to all the Defence Aspirants as List Of Chief Of Army Staff can be asked in the examination and certain to be asked in SSB interview. The Chief Of Army Staff or the Army Chief is the highest rank that is adorned by a serving Army Officer. Chief Of Army Staff is a 4 star General, who is serving his tenure of 3 years or at the age of 62 whichever is earlier.  Presently General Manoj Mukund Naravane is the Chief of Army Staff who succeeded General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our NDA Achievers Batch 2022: Join Batch By Safalta Now!!

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There have been officers who have attained higher ranks in the service of the Nation, i.e They were 5-star Generals, their names and other details along with the List Of Chief Of Army Staff must be known to all the aspirants of the Army. Questions on the likes of General Sam Manekshaw are regular in the SSB interview. Notable 5-star Generals are as follows:
  1. Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
  2. Field Marshal K.

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    M. Cariappa
Note: Field Marshal is a Rank For Life Time, there have only been two Field Marshal in Indian Army.

Another notable mention must be made of Chief Of Defence Staff, to whom all the Defense Chiefs Report. CDS is a Four Staff General. He is the senior-most and highest-ranking uniformed officer on active duty in the Indian military. Late General Bipin Rawat who lost his life in the recent Helicopter Crash was the first and only CDS in India. The successor to General Bipin Rawat is yet to be appointed by the Central Government.  The space below will cover the List Of Chief Of Army Staff, along with their tenure. 

List Of Cheif Of Army Staff

Chief of Army Staff is the highest-ranking officer and  Principal Advisor to the Minister Of Defence. He serves directly under the Supreme Commander of Defence Forces i.e- President Of India. The post of Indian Army Chief was known as the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army from 1947- 1948. From 1948 - to 1955, the position was known as Chief of the Army Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army. Since 1955, it is known as the Chief of Army Staff.  The list of Cheif of Army Staff is as follows:

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The list of the Chief of Army Staff in India is given in the table below:

List of Indian Army Chiefs Tenure Unit of Commission
General Francis Robert Roy Bucher 21 June 1948 – 15 January 1949 Scottish Rifles
Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa 16 January 1949 – 14 January 1953  Rajput Rifles
General Maharaj Rajendrasinhji Jadeja 14 January 1953 – 1 April 1955 2nd Lancers (Gardner’s Horse)
General Maharaj Rajendrasinhji Jadeja 1 April 1955 – 14 May 1955 2nd Lancers (Gardner’s Horse)
General Satyawant Mallana Sringesh 15 May 1955 – 7 May 1957 19th Hyderabad Regiment
General Kodandera Subayya Thimayya 8 May 1957 – 7 May 1961 19th Hyderabad Regiment
General Pran Nath Thapar 8 May 1961 – 19 November 1962 1st Punjab Regiment
General Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri 20 November 1962 – 7 June 1966 7th Light Cavalry
General Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam 8 June 1966 – 7 June 1969 Regiment of Artillery
Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw 8 June 1969 – 15 January 1973 12th Frontier Force Regiment
General Gopal Gurunath Bewoor 16 January 1973 – 31 May 1975 Dogra Regiment
General Tapishwar Narain Raina 1 June 1975 – 31 May 1978 Kumaon Regiment
General Om Prakash Malhotra 1 June 1978 – 31 May 1981 Regiment of Artillery
General Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao 1 June 1981 – 31 July 1983 Mahar Regiment
General Arun Kumar Shridhar Vaidya 1 August 1983 – 31 January 1986 9th Deccan Horse
General Krishnaswamy Sundarji  1 February 1986 – 31 May 1988  Mahar Regiment
General Ashwa Nath Sharma 1 June 1988 – 30 June 1990 16th Light Cavalry
General Sunith Francis Rodrigues 1 July 1990 – 30 June 1993 Regiment of Artillery
General Bipin Chandra Joshi 1 July 1993 – 19 November 1994 64th Cavalry
General Shankar Roy Chowdhary 20 November 1994 – 30 September 1997 20th Lancers
General Ved Prakash Malik 1 October 1997 – 30 September 2000 Sikh Light Infantry
General Sundarajan Padmanabhan 1 October 2000 – 31 December 2002 Regiment of Artillery
General Nirmal Chander Vij 1 January 2003 – 31 January 2005 Dogra Regiment
General Joginder Jaswant Singh 1 February 2005 – 30 September 2007 Maratha Light Infantry
General Deepak Kapoor 1 October 2007 – 31 March 2010 Regiment of Artillery
General Vijay Kumar Singh 1 April 2010 – 31 May 2012 Rajput Regiment
General Bikram Singh 1 June 2012 – 31 July 2014 Sikh Light Infantry
General Balbir Singh Suhag 1 August 2014 – 31 December 2016 5 Gorkha Rifles
General Bipin Rawat 31 December 2016 – 31 December 2019 11 Gorkha Rifles
General Manoj Mukund Naravane 31 December 2019 – Present 7 Sikh Light Infantry

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