Bipin Chandra Joshi

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Bipin Chandra Joshi
Gen B C Joshi.jpg
Born 1935
Pithoragarh, United Provinces, British India (now Uttarakhand, India)
Died 19 November 1994
Military hospital in New Delhi
Allegiance  India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 1954–1994
Rank General of the Indian Army.svg General
Commands held IA Southern Command.jpg Southern Army

Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

General Bipin Chandra Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, ADC (Hindi: बिपिन चन्द्र जोशी, 1935 – November 19, 1994) was the 17th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army. He was born in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.


General Joshi also became Colonel of the Regiment (a ceremonial military patron's post) for the 64 Cavalry later in his career.[citation needed]


General B. C. Joshi has been a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service of the most exceptional order.


General B. C. Joshi died off a cardiac arrest in New Delhi Military Hospital on November 19, 1994.[2] He was due to retire in 1995. He is the only Chief of Indian Army who died in harness.


The Gen. B. C. Joshi Army Public School was established in 1993 in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand in his honour.[3]

Honours and decorations[edit]

IND Samanya Seva medal.svg IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg IND Special Service Medal Ribbon.svg
IND Raksha Medal Ribbon.svg IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Samanya Seva Medal
Paschimi Star
Special Service Medal
Raksha Medal
Sangram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "CHIEFS OF THE INDIAN ARMY". 
  2. ^ "Gen. Bipin Chandra Joshi, Indian Army Chief, 59". NY times. November 19, 1994. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gen. B.C. Joshi Army Public School". Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sunith Francis Rodrigues
Chief of Army Staff
Succeeded by
Shankar Roychowdhury