National Security Advisor (India)

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National Security Adviseor of India
Rāṣ‍ṭrīya Surakṣā Salāhakāra
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Ajit Doval, IPS, KC
Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Abbreviation NSA
Seat New Delhi, India
Appointer Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
Inaugural holder Brajesh Mishra, IFS
Formation November 1998; 19 years ago (1998-11)
Deputy Deputy National Security Advisors (Rajinder Khanna) and (Pankaj Saran)
Salary 90,000 (US$1,300) monthly

The National Security Advisor (NSA) (IAST: Rāṣ‍ṭrīya Surakṣā Salāhakāra) is the chief executive of the National Security Council (NSC), and the primary advisor to the Prime Minister of India on national and international security. Due to such vested powers, NSA is a prominent and powerful office in the bureaucracy. All the NSAs appointed since the inception of the post belong to the either Indian Foreign Service or to the Indian Police Service.

The National Security Advisor (NSA) is tasked with regularly advising the Prime Minister on all matters relating to internal and external threats to the country, and oversees strategic issues. The NSA of India also serves as the Prime Minister's Special Interlocutor on border issues with China, and frequently accompanies the Prime Minister on Foreign State visits.

The NSA receives all intelligence reports and co-ordinates them to present before the Prime Minister. NSA is assisted by a Deputy NSA. Retired Indian Police Service officer Rajinder Khanna and Indian Foreign Service officer Pankaj Saran[1] currently serve as Deputy National Security Advisers.[2][3][4]

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.

List of National Security Advisors[edit]

No Name Portrait Term of office Background Prime Minister
1 Brajesh Mishra[a] Brajesh Mishra.jpg November 1998 May 2004 Indian Foreign Service officer Atal Bihari Vajpayee
2 J N Dixit Jnd2.JPG May 2004 January 2005 Indian Foreign Service officer Manmohan Singh
3 M. K. Narayanan Mayankote Kelath Narayanan - Kolkata 2013-01-07 2702 Cropped.JPG January 2005 January 2010 Indian Police Service officer
4 Shivshankar Menon[5] Msc2011 SZ 004 Menon (cropped).jpg January 2010 May 2014 Indian Foreign Service officer
5 Ajit Doval[6] Ajit Kumar Doval.jpg May 2014 Incumbent Indian Police Service officer Narendra Modi

See also[edit]


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