Chief of the Army Staff (India)
|Chief of the Army Staff
Flag of the Chief of the Army Staff
|Appointer||The President of India|
|Term length||3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.|
|Precursor||Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army|
|Formation||1 April 1955|
|First holder||General Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja|
|Deputy||Lt Gen Bipin Rawat|
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, and usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of General.
The current COAS is General Dalbir Singh, who took office on 1 August 2014 following retirement of General Bikram Singh. Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, presently the GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, is tipped to succeed General Dalbir Singh when he retires on 31 December 2016.
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. The office is based at South Block of the Central Secretariat at Raisina Hill, New Delhi.
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.
Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army (1947–1955)
( *Seconded from the British Army )
|No.||Name||Rank||Photo||Appointment Date||Left Office||Unit of Commission||Decorations|
|1||Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald Lockhart*||General||15 August 1947||31 December 1947||Infantry - 51 Sikhs Frontier Force||KCB, CIE, MC|
|2||Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher*||General||1 January 1948||15 January 1949||Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)||KBE, CB, MC|
|3||Kodandera Madappa Cariappa||General (later Field Marshal)||16 January 1949||14 January 1953||Infantry - Rajput Regiment||OBE|
|4||Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja||General||14 January 1953||1 April 1955||Armoured Corps, 2nd Lancers||DSO|
Chief of the Army Staff (1955–present)
- Chief of the General Staff (India) - for those holding the preceding role before 1947
- Chief of Air Staff (India)
- Chief of the Naval Staff (India)
- Field marshal (India)
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