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The National Security Advisor (NSA) (IAST: Rāṣ‍ṭrīya Surakṣā Salāhkār) is the senior official on the National Security Council of India, and the chief adviser to the Prime Minister of India on national security policy and international affairs. Ajit Doval is the current NSA, and uniquely has the same stature as a minister on the union cabinet.

National Security Advisor of India
Rāṣ‍ṭrīya Surakṣā Salāhkār
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Ajit Doval, NSA
Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
SeatSecretariat Building, New Delhi, India
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
Inaugural holderBrajesh Mishra, IFS
FormationNovember 2019; 1 month's time (2019-11)
DeputyRajinder Khanna, IPS
Pankaj Saran, IFS
Balwant Singh Negi, Defence Attaché
Salary62,500 (US$900) (monthly)


The post has high vested powers, so the NSA is a highly prominent and powerful office in the Government of India. All NSAs appointed since the inception of the post in 1998 belong to the either Indian Foreign Service or to the Indian Police Service, and serve at the discretion of the Prime Minister of India.

The National Security Advisor (NSA) is tasked with regularly advising the Prime Minister of India on all matters relating to internal and external threats and opportunities to India, and oversees strategic and sensitive issues on behalf of the Prime Minister. The NSA of India also serves as the Prime Minister's Special Interlocutor with China as well as the envoy to Pakistan and Israel on security affairs. He can be seen frequently accompanying the Prime Minister on official and State visits.

The NSA receives all intelligence reports and co-ordinates them to present before the Prime Minister. NSA is assisted by the Deputy National Security Advisors, Deputy NSAs. Retired Indian Police Service officer Rajinder Khanna and Indian Foreign Service officer Pankaj Saran[1] currently serve as Deputy National Security Advisors.[2][3][4] The policy group is the main mechanism for inter-ministerial coordination and integration of inputs in forming national security policies. The group members include the NITI Aayog vice chairman, the cabinet secretary, the three military chiefs, the Reserve Bank of India governor, the foreign secretary, home secretary, finance secretary and the defense secretary.[5]

Brajesh Mishra was appointed the first National Security Advisor of India. The post was created on 19 November 1998 by the Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and has become increasingly influential and powerful over the years with the rise of India on the world stage.

List of National Security AdvisorsEdit

No Name Portrait Term of office Background Prime Minister
1 Brajesh Mishra[a]   November 1998 22 May 2004 Indian Foreign Service officer Atal Bihari Vajpayee
2 J. N. Dixit   23 May 2004 3 January 2005 Indian Foreign Service officer Manmohan Singh
3 M. K. Narayanan   3 January 2005 23 January 2010 Indian Police Service officer
4 Shivshankar Menon[6]   24 January 2010 28 May 2014 Indian Foreign Service officer
5 Ajit Doval[7]   30 May 2014 Incumbent Indian Police Service officer Narendra Modi

Ajit Doval June 3, 2019

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Concurrently served as the 9th Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.


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  2. ^ "Ex-RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed Deputy National Security Advisor". Deccan Chronicle. New Delhi. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Former RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed deputy NSA". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Former RAW Chief Rajinder Khanna Appointed Deputy National Security Advisor". NDTV. New Delhi. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ With New Order, NSA Ajit Doval To Be Most Powerful Bureaucrat In 20 Years
  6. ^ "Menon is next NSA". The Hindu. 21 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Doval named Modi's security advisor". Daily Mail. 27 May 2014.