Everything You Need To Know About General Bipin Rawat

Ankita Awasthi Ankita Awasthi posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Embarking on a long and distinguished journey in the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff on 30th December 2019. Needless to say, his life has been nothing short of a legendary tale that shall remain in the nation’s history for the years to come.

Ever since he had been an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, the people around him knew he’ll be the face of success and valor in the forthcoming years. And that is why the unfortunate news of India’s first CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat’s sudden death in a helicopter crash shook the nation to its core. 

Honestly, one may fall short of words to define his gallantry. So, while we cross through his exemplary courage and spirit let’s take a deeper glance at his life history. 

Bipin Rawat’s Basic Details

ProfessionIndian Military Officer
Bipin Rawat Birth Date 16 March 1958
Bipin Rawat Age63 Years
Bipin Rawat Death Date8 December 2021
Height5 feet and 8 inches (173 cm)
Weight74 Kgs (163 lbs)
Eye ColorDark Brown

General Bipin Rawat Family History

Born in the laps of Uttrakhand hills, Gen Bipin Rawat was never away from the essence of the Indian Army. Why? Well, many might not know but General Rawat’s father, Lieutenant General Laxman Singh Rawat alias Lachu Singh Rawat, had also served as an Indian Army Officer. Also, considering his grandfather was an ex-MLA of Uttrakhand’s Uttarkashi, Indian Military chief, General Rawat was well aware of all the basic codes of conduct on the political front as well. 

General Rawat was married to Mrs. Madhulika Rawat and they were proud parents of two daughters: Kritika Rawat and Tarini Rawat. The daughters were seen performing their parent’s last rites. 

CDS India Bipin Rawat Education

Being an outstanding scholar throughout his academic years, Gen. Bipin Rawat has received his formal education from two schools St. Edward’s School, Shimla, and Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun. After he completed his higher education, General Rawat cracked the NDA competitive exam and joined National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla. Followed my that he was further trained in the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Observing his overall conduct throughout his training period, the chief of Army staff was even esteemed with the ‘Sword Of Honor’. 

Apart from all this above-mentioned basic education, he continued obeying his zeal to learn more. So, he went further and also graduated from:

  • Defence Services Staff College 
  • Wellington, Senior Command Course of the United States Army Staff
  • Command College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 
  • Madras University: M.Phill Degree in  M.Phil. Degree in Defense Science and Diploma in Administration and Computer Science.
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut: honored him with a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy for his brilliant research in strategic studies of military resources.

Indian CDS Gen Bipin Rawat Military Career 

General of Indian Army Bipin Rawat during his serving tenure has been appointed as Brigade Commander in Southern Command, general staff officer for various military operations, first Commander in chief of India, and many other prominent designations time and again. Instead of digging deeper into this, let’s rather have a clearer picture of each of his ranks and their dates of appointment through the table given below. 

Rank Date of Appointment 
Second Lieutenant 16 December 1978 
Lieutenant 16 December 1980 
Captain 31 July 1984 
Major 16 December 1989 
Lieutenant Colonel 1 June 1998 
Colonel 1 August 2003 
Brigadier 1 October 2007 
Major General 20 October 2011 
Lieutenant General 1 June 2014  
General (COAS Indian Army) 1 January 2017 
General (CDS) 30 December 2019

India Chief Of Defence Staff General Rawat’s Most Iconic Contribution To The Indian Army

  • Reducing militancy in the northeastern part of India
  • 2015 cross-border operation in Myanmar.
  • Vital Monitoring Role from Southern block of New Delhi in 2016 surgical attack
  • Brought significant reduction in administrative interference in Armed Force operations. This resulted in an exponential increase in combat working potential.
  • Boosted the modernization of the Indian Army’s working, weapons and visionary.  
  • Penned many articles sharing knowledge regarding ‘National Security’ and ‘Leadership’. Various publications and journals had approached these articles to publish under their brand which later gathered numberless readers’ attention post-publishing. 

CDS Rawat Awards and Honours

The information about the legend like Army General Bipin Rawat remains incomplete if it doesn’t include Bipin Rawat awards, victories, medals, and honors for his exemplary service. The man earned all of these during his 40+ years tenure in the Indian Army. Read further and learn about the medals and honors Gen Rawat was esteemed with.

1- Param Vishisht Seva Medal 

2- Uttam Yudh Seva Medal 

3- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal 

4- Yudh Seva Medal    

5- Sena Medal     

6- Vishisht Seva Medal 

7- Wound Medal     

8- Samanya Seva Medal     

9- Special Service Medal     

10- Operation Parakram Medal 

11- Sainya Seva Medal     

12- High Altitude Service Medal     

13- Videsh Seva Medal   

14- 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal 

15- 30 Years Long Service Medal     

16- 20 Years Long Service Medal   

17-  9 Years Long Service Medal     

18- MONUSCO 

CDS General Bipin Rawat’s Death

8th December 2021: An unfortunate accident took place on this day which led the nation to lose one of its legendary gems- Indian army chief Bipin Rawat. Boarded on the IAF’s Mi-17V5 helicopter, Indian Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife-Madhulika Rawat, and 11 other defence personnel encountered a severe helicopter crash. Unfortunately, none of the boarded individuals could recover back to life after the crash. The nation was shaken to the very core after General Rawat news regarding his sudden crash started surfacing over the internet and on all the news channels. The helicopter had crashed near Coonoor town of Tamil Nadu state in which the Indian General died amongst others.
While there were a lot of speculations during that time wondering whether or not Gen. Rawat and others were rescued safely, the Indian Air Force confirmed Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s death by tweeting through their official Twitter handle.

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