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Vice Chief of the Army Staff (India)

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The Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) is second in command of the Indian Army next to Chief of the Army Staff. The office is held by a Three Star Officer in the rank of Lieutenant general. The current VCOAS is Lt Gen Devraj Anbu who succeeded Lt Gen Sarath Chand.[1]

AppointeesEdit

The following table chronicles the appointees to the office of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Regiment of Commission Decorations References
General** P. P. Kumaramangalam 15 January 1965 7 June 1966 Regiment of Artillery DSO
Lieutenant General Kashmir Singh Katoch 8 June 1966 22 November 1970 13th Frontier Force Rifles MC
Har Prasad 23 November 1970 31 October 1973 Armoured Corps PVSM
M. L. Thapan 1 November 1973 31 July 1974 Jat Regiment PVSM
N. C. Rawlley 1 August 1974 31 December 1975 Rajput Regiment PVSM, AVSM, MC
A. M. Vohra 1 January 1976 19 January 1977 3 Gorkha Rifles PVSM
General** Om Prakash Malhotra 20 January 1977 31 May 1978 Regiment of Artillery PVSM
Lieutenant General S. L. Menezes 1 July 1978 31 January 1980 The Grenadiers PVSM, SC [2]
Jaswant Singh 1 February 1980 6 July 1980 Punjab Regiment PVSM, AVSM
Adi M. Sethna 7 July 1980 31 December 1982 Rajputana Rifles PVSM, AVSM
Srinivas Kumar Sinha 1 January 1983 1 June 1983 5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) PVSM [3]
G. S. Rawat 5 August 1983 31 December 1984 Kumaon Regiment PVSM, AVSM [4]
General** Krishnaswamy Sundarji 13 February 1985 31 January 1986 Mahar Regiment PVSM [5]
Lieutenant General K. K. Hazari 1 February 1986 31 May 1987 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM
J. K. Puri 1 June 1987 31 August 1987 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM
General** Sunith Francis Rodrigues 1 November 1987 20 April 1989 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, VSM
Lieutenant General V. K. Sood 15 May 1989 29 February 1992 Dogra Regiment PVSM, AVSM
Vijai Singh 1 March 1992 30 June 1993 8th Light Cavalry PVSM [6]
Surinder Nath 1 July 1993 30 June 1995 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM
M. L. Dar 1 July 1995 31 July 1996 Poona Horse PVSM, AVSM
General** Ved Prakash Malik 1 August 1996 30 September 1997 Sikh Light Infantry PVSM, AVSM
Lieutenant General Chandra Shekhar 1 October 1997 30 September 2000 4 Gorkha Rifles PVSM, AVSM, ADC [7]
Vijay Oberoi 1 October 2000 30 September 2001 Maratha Light Infantry PVSM, AVSM, VSM [8][9]
General** Nirmal Chander Vij 1 October 2001 31 December 2002 Dogra Regiment PVSM, UYSM, AVSM [10]
Lieutenant General Shantonu Choudhry 1 January 2003 31 December 2004 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM, VSM [11][12]
Bhupender Singh Thakur 15 January 2005 30 September 2005 Central India Horse PVSM, AVSM [13][14]
S. Pattabhiraman 1 October 2005 31 December 2006 Bombay Sappers PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM [15][16]
General** Deepak Kapoor 1 January 2007 30 September 2007 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC [17][18]
Lieutenant General Milan Lalitkumar Naidu 1 October 2007 31 December 2008 Rajput Regiment PVSM, AVSM, YSM [19][20][21]
Noble Thamburaj 1 January 2008 30 September 2009 Bombay Sappers PVSM, SM [22][23][24]
Prabodh Chandra Bhardwaj 1 October 2009 30 November 2010 Parachute Regiment PVSM, AVSM, VrC, SC, VSM [25][26][27]
Avtar Singh Lamba 6 December 2010 30 September 2011 Regiment of Artillery PVSM, AVSM [28][29]
Shri Krishna Singh 1 October 2011 31 December 2013 8 Gorkha Rifles PVSM, UYSM, AVSM [30]
General** Dalbir Singh Suhag 1 January 2014 31 July 2014 5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC [31]
Lieutenant General Philip Campose 1 August 2014 31 July 2015 9 Gorkha Rifles PVSM, AVSM & Bar, VSM [32][33]
Man Mohan Singh Rai 1 August 2015 31 July 2016 Bombay Sappers PVSM, AVSM, VSM [34]
General** Bipin Rawat 1 September 2016 31 December 2016 11 Gorkha Rifles UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM
Lieutenant General Sarath Chand 13 January 2017 31 May 2018 Garhwal Rifles PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM [35]
Devraj Anbu 1 June 2018 Incumbent Sikh Light Infantry PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM [36]

** = Went on to become the Chief of Army Staff

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