Chief of the Army Staff (India)

The Chief of the Army Staff is the professional head, commander, and usually the highest-ranking military officer of the Indian Army. The position is abbreviated as COAS in Indian Army, and is always held by a full general.

Chief of the Army Staff
Flag of the Chief of the Army Staff
General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC

since 31 December 2016
 Indian Army
Member ofNational Security Council, Chief of Staff Committee
Reports toChairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
SeatCentral Secretariat
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet
Term length3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Constituting instrumentArmy Act, 1950 (Act No. 46 of 1950)
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, Indian Army
Formation1 April 1955 (1955-04-01)
First holderGeneral Rajendrasinhji Jadeja
Succession12th (on the Indian order of precedence)
DeputyVice Chief of the Army Staff
Salary250,000 (US$3,600) monthly[1][2]

The current COAS is General Bipin Rawat, who took office on 31 December 2016 following the retirement of General Dalbir Singh Suhag.[3]

Office of the Chief of the Army Staff

The office of the Chief of the Army Staff 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.[4] The office is based at South Block of the Central Secretariat at Raisina Hill, New Delhi.

Appointments to the office are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The COAS reaches superannuation upon three years in the office or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.


The rank of Commander-in-Chief, India was established in 1748 to designate the commander of all forces of East India Company.

After 1857 the Commander-in-Chief become the supreme commander of British Indian Army.The Commander-in-Chief was closely in contact with Office of the Viceroy of India.

After partition in 1947 the post of Commander-in-Chief was divided into- Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army, Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army and Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in India and Pakistan.

Im 1955 the post of Commander-in-Chief was abolished and replaced by Chief of Army Staff.

The following table chronicles the appointees to the office of the Chief of the Army Staff or its preceding positions since the independence of India.[5]

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army (1947–1955)

No. NameTook officeLeft officeTime in officeUnit of CommissionRef
Lockhart, RobGeneral
Rob Lockhart KCB, CIE, MC
[lower-alpha 1]
15 August 194731 December 1947108 days51st Sikhs
Bucher, RoyGeneral
Roy Bucher KCB, CB, MC
[lower-alpha 1]
1 January 194815 January 19491 year, 14 daysCameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Cariappa, KodanderaField Marshal
K. M. Cariappa OBE
16 January 194914 January 19533 years, 364 daysRajput Regiment
Jadeja, RajendrasinhjiGeneral
Rajendrasinhji Jadeja DSO
14 January 19531 April 19552 years, 77 days2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)[6]

Chief of the Army Staff (1955–present)

No. NameTook officeLeft officeTime in officeUnit of Commission
Jadeja, RajendrasinhjiGeneral
Rajendrasinhji Jadeja, DSO
1 April 195514 May 195543 days2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)
Shrinagesh, S.General
S. M. Shrinagesh
15 May 19557 May 19571 year, 357 days19th Hyderabad Regiment
Thimayya, KodenderaGeneral
K. S. Thimayya Padma Bhushan, DSO, ADC
8 May 19577 May 19614 years, 0 days19th Hyderabad Regiment
Thapar, PranGeneral
Pran Nath Thapar
8 May 196119 November 19621 year, 195 days1st Punjab Regiment
Chaudhuri, Jayanto NathGeneral
Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri Padma Vibhushan, OBE
20 November 19627 June 19663 years, 199 days7th Light Cavalry
Kumaramangalam, Paramasiva PrabhakarGeneral
P. P. Kumaramangalam Padma Vibhushan, DSO, MBE
8 June 19667 June 19692 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
Manekshaw, SamField Marshal
Sam Manekshaw Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, MC
8 June 196915 January 19733 years, 221 days12th Frontier Force Regiment
Bewoor, Gopal GurunathGeneral
Gopal Gurunath Bewoor PVSM
16 January 197331 May 19752 years, 135 days10th Baluch Regiment
Raina, Tapishwar NarainGeneral
Tapishwar Narain Raina Padma Bhushan,MVC
1 June 197531 May 19782 years, 364 daysKumaon Regiment
Malhotra, Om PrakashGeneral
Om Prakash Malhotra PVSM
1 June 197831 May 19812 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
Rao, K.General
K. V. Krishna Rao PVSM
1 June 198131 July 19831 year, 364 daysMahar Regiment
Vaidya, Arun ShridharGeneral
Arun Shridhar Vaidya Padma Vibhushan,PVSM, MVC & Bar, AVSM
1 August 198331 January 19862 years, 244 days9th Deccan Horse
Sundarji, KrishnaswamyGeneral
Krishnaswamy Sundarji PVSM, ADC
1 February 198631 May 19882 years, 120 daysMahar Regiment
Sharma, Vishwa NathGeneral
Vishwa Nath Sharma PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1930)
1 June 198830 June 19902 years, 29 days16th Light Cavalry
Rodrigues, Sunith FrancisGeneral
Sunith Francis Rodrigues PVSM, VSM
(born 1933)
1 July 199030 June 19932 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
Joshi, Bipin ChandraGeneral
Bipin Chandra Joshi PVSM, AVSM, ADC
1 July 199319 November 19941 year, 141 days64th Cavalry
Roychowdhury, ShankarGeneral
Shankar Roychowdhury PVSM, ADC
(born 1937)
20 November 199430 September 19972 years, 314 days20th Lancers
Chowdhury, Shankar RoyGeneral
Ved Prakash Malik PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1939)
1 October 199730 September 20002 years, 365 daysSikh Light Infantry
Padmanabhan, SundararajanGeneral
Sundararajan Padmanabhan PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
(born 1940)
1 October 200031 December 20022 years, 91 daysRegiment of Artillery
Vij, Nirmal ChanderGeneral
Nirmal Chander Vij PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1943)
1 January 200331 January 20052 years, 30 daysDogra Regiment
Vij, Nirmal ChanderGeneral
Joginder Jaswant Singh PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
(born 1945)
1 February 200530 September 20072 years, 241 daysMaratha Light Infantry
Kapoor, DeepakGeneral
Deepak Kapoor PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
(born 1948)
1 October 200731 March 20102 years, 181 daysRegiment of Artillery
Singh, Vijay KumarGeneral
Vijay Kumar Singh PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1951)
1 April 201031 May 20122 years, 60 daysRajput Regiment
Singh, BikramGeneral
Bikram Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC,
1 June 201231 July 20142 years, 60 daysSikh Light Infantry
Singh, DalbirGeneral
Dalbir Singh Suhag PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC,
(born 1954)
1 August 201431 December 20162 years, 152 days5 Gorkha Rifles
Rawat, BipinGeneral
(born 1958)
31 December 2016Incumbent3 years, 0 days11 Gorkha Rifles
Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
DesignateIncumbentDesignate7 Sikh Light Infantry

See also


  1. Seconded from the British Army.


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