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Indian Chief of Army Staff

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Indian Chief of Army Staff

Indian Chief of Army Staff

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The Chief of the Army Staff is the commander and usually the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Army. The position is abbreviated as COAS in Indian Army cables and communication, and usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of General.

Bipin Singh Rawat is current Chief of the Army Staff, who took office on 31 December 2016 following retirement of General Dalbir Singh Suhag on 31 December 2016.

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. The office is based at South Block of the Central Secretariat at Raisina Hill, New Delhi.


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The following table chronicles the appointees to the office of the Chief of Army Staff or its preceding positions since the independence of India in 1947.

Name Rank Tenure
Bipin Singh Rawat General 31 December 2016 to Till Date
Dalbir Singh Suhag General 31 July 2014 to 31 December 2016
Bikram Singh General 31-May-12 to 31 Jul 201
Vijay Kumar Singh General 31-Mar-10 to 31-May-12
Deepak Kapoor General 30-Sep-07 to 31-Mar-10
Joginder Jaswant Singh General 31-Jan-05 to 30-Sep-07
Nirmal Chander Vij General 31-Dec-02 to 31-Jan-05
Sundararajan Padmanabhan General 1-Oct-00 to 30-Dec-02
Ved Prakash Malik General 1-Oct-97 to 30-Sep-00
Shankar Roychowdhury General 20-Nov-94 to 30-Sep-97
Bipin Chandra Joshi General 1-Jul-93 to 19-Nov-94
Sunith Francis Rodrigues General 1-Jul-90 to 30-Jun-93
Vishwa Nath Sharma General 1-Jun-88 to 30-Jun-90
Krishnaswamy Sundarji General 1-Feb-85 to 31-May-88
Arun Shridhar Vaidya General 1-Aug-83 to 31-Jan-85
Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao General 1-Jun-81 to 31-Jul-83
Om Prakash Malhotra General 1-Jun-78 to 31-May-81
Tapishwar Narain Raina General 1-Jun-75 to 31-May-78
Gopal Gurunath Bewoor General 16-Jan-73 to 31-May-75
Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw Field Marshal 8-Jun-69 to 15-Jan-73
Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam General 8-Jun-66 to 7-Jun-69
Joyanto Nath Chaudhuri General 20-Nov-62 to 7-Jun-66
Pran Nath Thapar General 8-May-61 to 19-Nov-62
Kodandera Subayya Thimayya General 8-May-57 to 7-May-61
Satyawant Mallannah Shrinagesh General 15-May-55 to 7-May-57
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja General 15-Jan-53 to 14-May-55
Kodandera Madappa Cariappa Field Marshal 16-Jan-49 to 14-Jan-53
Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher General 1-Jan-48 to 15-Jan-49
Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald Lockhart General 15-Aug-47 to 31-Dec-47