Anil Chauhan Biography

Born on the 18th of May in 1961, General Anil Chauhan PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM is a four-star general in the Indian Army who has served as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Armed Forces since September 2022. His awards include the PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, and VSM.

A graduate of both the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun and the National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla, Chauhan began his career in the military in 1981 when he was commissioned into the 11th Gorkha Rifles. His career has spanned the past four decades.

During the later years of his military career, Chauhan served in the capacity of major general while commanding an infantry division of the Northern Command in Baramulla. Subsequently, he held the position of lieutenant general while serving as the commanding officer of the III Corps, which was based in Nagaland, from 2017 to 2018. He was given the position of Director General Military Operations (DGMO) in January of 2018, and in that capacity, he oversaw the execution of two significant military operations: the 2019 retaliatory airstrikes against Pakistan, as well as Operation Sunrise, which was a joint India-Myanmar counter-insurgency strike. Both of these operations were conducted in response to Pakistani aggression.

Upon the elevation of his predecessor, Manoj Mukund Naravane, to the position of then-Vice Chief of Army Staff in September 2019, Chauhan was appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Eastern Command. He will continue to serve in this capacity until his retirement in May 2021.


After retiring from active duty in the military, Chauhan worked as a military advisor for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which was directed by Ajit Doval. The government that was led by Narendra Modi named Chauhan as the second Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on September 28, 2022. He was the first three-star retiree to be appointed to a four-star position in the history of the Indian military. His predecessor, Bipin Rawat, had passed away nine months earlier in a helicopter accident in December 2021, and he took over after him.


Early life and education 

In Kolkata, Chauhan received his education at the Kendriya Vidyalaya Fort William. After that, he received his diplomas from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun as well as the National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla. He is from a Rajput family that is native to the Garhwal region.



1981 was the year when Chauhan received his commission in the 11 Gorkha Rifles. During the course of his career, he has served in a number of commands, staff, and instructional capacities, and he has expertise in conducting counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Northeast India. In addition to that, he served the United Nations in Angola in that capacity.

It was announced in July 2019 that he would take over for Manoj Mukund Naravane as the General Officer Commanding of the Eastern Command upon the latter’s promotion to Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on August 31. On May 31st, 2021, Chauhan reached the age of retirement.


Chief of Defence Staff 

On September 28, 2022, he was given the responsibility of becoming the second Chief of Defense Staff.


Personal life 

Artist Anupama Chauhan is Chauhan’s wife. Anupama is also an artist. Pragya is the name of the couple’s daughter.


Honours and decorations 

The Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Sena Medal, and the Vishisht Seva Medal are only few of the honors that have been bestowed upon Chauhan.