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Appointment of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

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    30th Sep, 2022


The Government of India has appointed Lt. General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). 

  • He will also function as a Secretary to the Department of Military Affairs. 

About Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

  • Chief of Defence Staff is considered to be first among equals. 
  • The CDS and chiefs of the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are the only four-star officers in the country. 
  • The Chief of Defence Staff is the highest ranking officer on active duty in India's military. He is chief military adviser to India's defence minister.
  • He will oversee and coordinate the working of the three Services, and offer seamless tri-service views 
  • The CDS is also the single point of contact for the government for giving military advice and is the senior-most bureaucrat in the defence ministry which has four major departments. 
  • The appointment comes amid efforts by the government to give a big push to indigenisation in the equipment for defence forces.


  • The post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was created in December 2019. 
  • General Bipin Rawat, India's first Chief of Defence Staff was killed in a helicopter crash on December 8, 2021.
  • The post of Chief of Defence Staff was lying vacant since December 8 last year after the death of General Bipin Rawat. 

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