All you need to know about the chiefs of the Indian Armed Forces

Have you ever wondered to know about the lifestyle and journey of the chief of Indian Armed Forces? If yes, then here, you will find complete details about the chief of Indian armed forces that will help you while preparing for your defence exams, including Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

General Bipin Rawat – Chief of Indian Armed Forces

General Bipin Rawat is the 27th Chief of the Indian Army staff. He was born in Ghiri Banelsyun village Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand, India. His family had been serving in the Indian Army for decades. His father was Lieutenant General Laxman Singh Rawat. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. General Bipin Rawat attended:

  • Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun
  • St Edward’s School Shimla
  • National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla
  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

When it comes to graduation, General Bipin Rawat attended:

  • Defence Services Staff College, Wellington
  • Higher Command Course at the United States Army Command
  • General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

From his tenure at the DSSC, he has MPhil in Defence Studies as well as diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from Madras University. In the year 2011, he was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut for his research on military-media strategic studies.

During his career span of 37 years, he has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with several awards. On 17th December 2016, the Government of India designated him as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff. He has played a significant role in the following:

  • 1987 Sino-Indian skirmish
  • UN Mission in Congo
  • 2015 Myanmar strikes

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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa – Chief of Indian Armed Forces

He is the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force. He was born in Deoghar in the Indian state of Bihar to Sukhdev Kaur and Sorain Singh. His ancestral village is Gharuan, Punjab. His father, Sorain Singh, was an IAS officer and served as the Chief Secretary to the governments of Punjab and Bihar during the 1980s. After this, he served as an advisor to the Punjab state governor. His father had fought in World War II as a captain of the British Indian Army.

If we talk about his schooling, he has completed studies from St. Xavier’s School, Ranchi. He attended an alumnus of St. George’s College, Mussoorie, where he studied from 1968 to 1969. After this, he thereon joined Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, and later graduated from National Defence Academy, Pune. In addition to this, he also attended a staff course in Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in 1992. 

The Air Chief Marshal has mainly flown the Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft from the Jaguar to the state of the art MiG-29 & Su-30 MKi. He is a qualified Cat ‘A’ Flying Instructor and has more than 3000 hours of fighter flying under his belt with an immaculate record of flight safety throughout his distinguished career as a field commander. He had played a great role in Kargil Conflict and awarded Yudh Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal for his gallant actions in this conflict.

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Admiral Karambir Singh – Chief of Indian Armed Forces

He is the 24th and current Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab. He attended the Barnes School to Deolali, before joining the 56th course of the NDA. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington as well as the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.

If we talk about his career, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the month of July 1980. He earned his wing as helicopter pilot in 1982 and has experience with the HAL Chetak, Kamov Ka-25 and Kamov Ka-28 helicopters.

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