Chief of the Army Staff
Incumbent
General Manoj Mukund Naravane
PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC

since 31 December 2019
 Indian Army
StatusMilitary branch chief
AbbreviationCOAS
Member ofStrategic Policy Group
Defence Planning Committee
National Security Council
Defence Acquisition Council
Reports to
Prime Minister
Minister of Defence
Chief of Defence Staff
SeatCentral Secretariat
AppointerACC
Term length3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Constituting instrumentArmy Act, 1950 (Act No. 46 of 1950)
PrecursorChief of the Army Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army
Formation21 June 1948; 73 years ago (1948-06-21)
First holderGeneral Sir Rob Lockhart
Unofficial namesArmy Chief
Deputy Vice Chief of the Army Staff
Salary250,000 (US$3,300) monthly[1][2]

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) (unofficially known as the Army Chief) is the chief commanding authority and highest-ranking officer of the Indian Army. The COAS is the principal advisor to the Minister of Defence on matters exclusively pertaining to the army[a] and is also a key military adviser to the president, the supreme commander. The current COAS is General Manoj Mukund Naravane, serving since 31 December 2019.

Office of the Chief of the Army Staff

The post 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 the British Indian Army. The C-in-C was also the overall head of the armed forces of the British India including the Royal Indian Air Force and Royal Indian Navy. The Commander-in-Chief was also 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. At Independence, the head of the Indian Army was designated as the "Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army". On 1 March 1948, the designation changed to "Chief of the Army Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army" .[3] The designation was again changed to "Chief of Army Staff" through the Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act ,1955.[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.

Appointees

See also: Commander-in-Chief, India and Chief of the General Staff (India)

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] Ranks and honours are as at the completion of their tenure:

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army (1947–1948)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Unit of Commission
1
Lockhart, RobGeneral
Sir Robert Mcgregor Macdonald Lockhart, KCB, CIE, MC
(1893–1981)
[b]
15 August 194731 December 1947108 days51st Sikhs
2
Bucher, RoyGeneral
Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher, KBE, CB, MC
(1895–1980)
[b]
1 January 194820 June 1948171 days4th Cameronians

Chief of the Army Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army (1948-1955)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Unit of Commission Ref.
1
Bucher, RoyGeneral
Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher, KBE, CB, MC
(1895–1980)
[b]
21 June 194815 January 1949208 days4th Cameronians
2
Cariappa, KodanderaGeneral
Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, OBE
(1899–1993)
15 January 194914 January 19533 years, 365 days88th Carnatic Infantry
3
Jadeja, RajendrasinhjiGeneral
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja, DSO
(1899–1964)
14 January 19531 April 19552 years, 77 days2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)[6]

Chief of the Army Staff (1955–present)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Time in office Unit of Commission
1
Jadeja, RajendrasinhjiGeneral
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja, DSO
(1899–1964)
1 April 195514 May 195543 days2nd Lancers (Gardner's Horse)
2
Shrinagesh, S.General
Satyawant Mallana Srinagesh
(1903–1977)
15 May 19557 May 19571 year, 357 days19th Hyderabad Regiment
3
Thimayya, KodenderaGeneral
Kodandera Subayya Thimayya, DSO
(1906–1965)
8 May 19577 May 19614 years, 0 days19th Hyderabad Regiment
4
Thapar, PranGeneral
Pran Nath Thapar
(1906–1975)
8 May 196119 November 19621 year, 195 days1st Punjab Regiment
5
Chaudhuri, Jayanto NathGeneral
Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri, OBE
(1908–1983)
20 November 19627 June 19663 years, 199 days16th Light Cavalry
6
Kumaramangalam, Paramasiva PrabhakarGeneral
Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam, DSO, MBE
(1913–2000)
8 June 19667 June 19692 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
7
Manekshaw, SamField Marshal
Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, MC
(1914–2008)
8 June 196915 January 19733 years, 221 days12th Frontier Force Regiment
8
Bewoor, Gopal GurunathGeneral
Gopal Gurunath Bewoor, PVSM
(1916–1989)
16 January 197331 May 19752 years, 135 daysDogra Regiment
9
Raina, Tapishwar NarainGeneral
Tapishwar Narain Raina, MVC, SM
(1921–1980)
1 June 197531 May 19782 years, 364 daysKumaon Regiment
10
Malhotra, Om PrakashGeneral
Om Prakash Malhotra, PVSM
(1922–2015)
1 June 197831 May 19812 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
11
Rao, K.General
Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao, PVSM
(1923–2016)
1 June 198131 July 19831 year, 364 daysMahar Regiment
12
Vaidya, Arun ShridharGeneral
Arunkumar Shridhar Vaidya, PVSM, MVC, AVSM
(1926–1986)
1 August 198331 January 19862 years, 244 days9th Deccan Horse
13
Sundarji, KrishnaswamyGeneral
Krishnaswamy Sundarji, PVSM
(1928–1999)
1 February 198631 May 19882 years, 120 daysMahar Regiment
14
Sharma, Vishwa NathGeneral
Vishwa Nath Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1930)
1 June 198830 June 19902 years, 29 days16th Light Cavalry
15
Rodrigues, Sunith FrancisGeneral
Sunith Francis Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM
(born 1933)
1 July 199030 June 19932 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
16
Joshi, Bipin ChandraGeneral
Bipin Chandra Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(1935–1994)
1 July 199319 November 19941 year, 141 days64th Cavalry
17
Roychowdhury, ShankarGeneral
Shankar Roy Chowdhary, PVSM, ADC
(born 1937)
20 November 199430 September 19972 years, 314 days20th Lancers
18
Chowdhury, Shankar RoyGeneral
Ved Prakash Malik, PVSM, AVSM
(born 1939)
1 October 199730 September 20002 years, 365 daysSikh Light Infantry
19
Padmanabhan, SundararajanGeneral
Sundararajan Padmanabhan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
(born 1940)
1 October 200031 December 20022 years, 91 daysRegiment of Artillery
20
Vij, Nirmal ChanderGeneral
Nirmal Chander Vij PVSM, UYSM, AVSM
(born 1943)
1 January 200331 January 20052 years, 30 daysDogra Regiment
21
Vij, Nirmal ChanderGeneral
Joginder Jaswant Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
(born 1945)
1 February 200530 September 20072 years, 241 daysMaratha Light Infantry
22
Kapoor, DeepakGeneral
Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
(born 1948)
1 October 200731 March 20102 years, 181 daysRegiment of Artillery
23
Singh, Vijay KumarGeneral
Vijay Kumar Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1951)
1 April 201031 May 20122 years, 60 daysRajput Regiment
24
Singh, BikramGeneral
Bikram Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
(born 1952)
1 June 201231 July 20142 years, 60 daysSikh Light Infantry
25
Singh, DalbirGeneral
Dalbir Singh Suhag, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
(born 1954)
1 August 201431 December 20162 years, 152 days5 Gorkha Rifles
26
Rawat, BipinGeneral
Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, ADC
(1958–2021)
31 December 201631 December 20193 years, 0 days11 Gorkha Rifles
27
Naravane, Manoj MukundGeneral
Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC
(born 1960)
31 December 2019Incumbent2 years, 20 daysSikh Light Infantry

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Chief of Defence Staff advises the minister on matters concerning more than one service.
  2. ^ a b c Formerly British Indian Army. Seconded from the British Army.

References

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