Saurabh Singh Shekhawat

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Saurabh Singh Shekhawat

BornAlwar, Rajasthan, India
AllegianceIndian Army
Service/branchParachute Regiment
Service numberIC - 52871
Unit21st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (SF)
Commands held21st Battalion
The Parachute Regiment (SF)
AwardsKirti Chakra
Shaurya Chakra
Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Vishisht Seva Medal
Maharana Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar presenting silver plaque of the battle of Haldi Ghati painting

Brigadier Saurabh Singh Shekhawat KC SC SM VSM, is one of the most decorated serving officers in the Indian Army who is also an accomplished mountaineer. He is a member of the 21st battalion of the Parachute Regiment. He has been awarded the Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for his various acts of gallantry displayed in anti-terrorist operations, mountaineering and distinguished service.[1][2][3]


He has ascended Mount Everest three times in 2001, 2003 and 2005. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and Mount Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe.[4] In October 2009 he led the joint Indo-Kazakh team to scale the Kazakhstan peak of Marble Wall peak in Kazakhstan.[5]

Shekhawat has scaled 14 high peaks, some more than once.[citation needed]


In 2017, he accused two former army chiefs, Gen. Bikram Singh and Gen. Dalbir Singh, and a senior serving officer, Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna of victimizing him. This was in relation to an operation in Jorhat in December 2011.[6]


Kirti Chakra ribbon.svg Shaurya Chakra ribbon.svg Sena Medal ribbon.svg Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
IND Samanya Seva medal.svg IND Operation Vijay star.svg IND Special Service Medal Ribbon.svg IND Siachen Glacier Medal Ribbon.svg
IND Operation Vijay medal.svg IND Operation Parakram medal.svg IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg
IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg IND 20YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg IND 9YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg MONUC Medal bar.gif
Kirti Chakra
Shaurya Chakra
Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Samanya Seva Medal
Operation Vijay Star Medal
Special Service Medal
Siachen Glacier Medal
Operation Vijay Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Col. Shekhawat has been awarded the Kirti Chakra,[7][8] the Shaurya Chakra,[9] Sena Medal (Gallantry),[10] Vishisht Seva Medal [11] and the Samanya Seva Medal [12] amongst other medals in his service with the Indian Army

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  1. ^ "Karkare, Sharma among 11 to get Ashok Chakra". Rediff News. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  2. ^ "President confers gallantry and distinguished service awards". Thaindian News. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  3. ^ "Gallantry awards for Servicesmen". The Times of India. 23 August 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
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  6. ^ "'I have been victimised,' says army's most decorated officer | HT Exclusive". 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
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  11. ^ "Rashtriya Rifles pick up lion's share of gallantry awards". The Tribune. India. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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