Bikram Singh (general)

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Bikram Singh
General Bikram Singh Chief of Army Staff India.jpg
General Bikram Singh wearing Lt. General insignia.
Allegiance  India
Service/branch  Indian Army
Years of service 1972– 31 July 2014 [1]
Rank General of the Indian Army.svg General
Unit Sikh Light Infantry Regiment[1]
Commands held GOC-in-C Eastern Command
GOC 15 Corps
GOC Rastriya Rifles
GOC of Eastern Division in the Democratic Republic of Congo[1]
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Spouse(s) Surjeet Kaur

General Bikram Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM[2] is a former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army (CoAS). Previously the head of the Eastern Command, he became the 25th[3] CoAS succeeding General V. K. Singh, who retired on 31 May 2012.[4] He is second Sikh to be CoAS, the first having been General J. J. Singh.[5] He was Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) of the Indian armed forces.[6]

Military career[edit]

A graduate of the 40th course at the National Defence Academy,[7] Singh was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry on 31 March 1972. He was adjudged the 'Best Young Officer' at the Young Officer's course at the Infantry School. He was awarded both the Commando Dagger for being the best commando and the 'Best in Tactics' trophy. He later was an instructor at the Commando Wing of the Infantry School.[1] He graduated from the United States Army War College in 2004, and during his tenure as the Chief of Army Staff, he was honoured by being inducted into the institute's International Fellows Hall of Fame for having made a significant and enduring military/humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability.[8]

After completing the Higher Command Course, he served his first tenure as a Director in the Military Operations (MO) Directorate. The tenure coincided with the Kargil War and he was the official spokesperson of the Army during that period. He went on to serve four important tenures at Army HQ: an additional tenure in the MO Directorate as the Deputy Director General, two tenures in the Perspective Planning Directorate, as the Deputy Director General of Perspective Planning (Strategy) and later, as the Additional Director General. He was posted back to the Army HQ as a Lieutenant General to serve as the Director General Staff Duties (DGSD).[1]

He has held positions of GOC-in-C Eastern Command, GOC 15 Corps, GOC Rashtriya Rifles and GOC of Eastern Division in the Democratic Republic of Congo.[1] He was wounded while posted as a Brigadier in Jammu & Kashmir, where he has spent much of his service,[9]


Bikram Singh retired as Chief of Army Staff on 31 July 2014.He was succeeded by General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

Awards and decorations[edit]


Bikram Singh is married to Surjeet Kaur and the couple have two children.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Know your new army chief, General Bikram Singh". 31 May 2012(IST). Retrieved 31 May 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Chief of the Army Staff". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bikram Singh assumes charge as new Army chief - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  4. ^ "Gen. V.K. Singh to retire today". New Delhi: The Hindu. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ PPI. "Lt General Bikram Singh to succeed Indian army chief – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "General Bikram Singh takes over as most senior military chief". The Times of India. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chiefs of Staff". National Defence Academy. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "India, US army chiefs seek stronger defence cooperation". Business Standard. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "I have shed my blood in Kashmir Valley: Army Chief". 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bikram Singh assumes charge as new Army chief". The Times Of India. 31 May 2012. 

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Military offices

Preceded by
Vijay Kumar Singh
Chief of Army Staff
Succeeded by
Dalbir Singh Suhag
Preceded by
Norman Anil Kumar Browne
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
Succeeded by
Arup Raha