Here’s A Peek Into Gen Bipin Rawat’s Outstanding Career

Bhubaneswar: General Bipin Rawat, 63, was the most senior official in the Indian military and the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a position created by the government in 2019.

As the CDS, Gen Rawat had become a four-star General. He was the one-point advisor to the government on matters related to the military and functions with the main aim of integrating the three services – the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.

He handled coordination and integration of the combat capabilities of the armed forces.

Gen Rawat had an illustrious career in the defence services spanning over four decades that saw him rising in ranks to be appointed the CDS.

He was appointed the 27th Chief of the Army Staff in 2016 amid a controversy over his seniority.

He had superseded two senior officers to occupy the Army chief’s position.

He then rose to become the CDS in 2019. The government had amended the Army rules to extend the age of superannuation from 62 years to 65 years, paving the way for his appointment to the post.

He is credited with being instrumental in reducing militancy in Northeast India.

The 2015 cross-border operation into Myanmar in which the Indian Army successfully responded to an ambush by NSCN-K militants was conducted under his supervision.

He was also part of the planning for the 2016 surgical strikes, in which the Indian Army went across the Line of Control into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and conducted an airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

Gen Rawat was reportedly monitoring the developments from South Block in New Delhi.

He was a veteran in counterinsurgency and high-altitude warfare, having served in difficult terrains including the Northern and Eastern commands. He had also served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-C) Southern Command.

During his long career, he served across the country in various roles. He commanded a company in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.

As a Colonel, he commanded the 5th battalion 11 Gorkha Rifles in the Eastern sector along the Line of Actual Control at Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh.

As a Brigadier, he commanded 5 Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore, Kashmir.

Gen Rawat was also part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force and has commanded a multinational brigade in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.

He has been decorated with many honours for his service, including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, and Sena Medal.

Gen Rawat is an alumnus of the St Edward School in Shimla and the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla.

He was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978 from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.

He was a recipient of the prestigious “Sword of Honour”.

Gen Rawat also attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA.