What is the Structure and Commands of Indian Army

09-AUG-2017 18:30

Indian Army was established in 1895 but it got its current structure after independence. It is the third largest army in the world, which is divided into 7 commands. At present Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat is Army Chief and he is the 30th Chief of Indian Army. In this article we are giving you information about the structure and various commands of the Indian Army, which is very useful for the students preparing for various examinations.
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Structure of Indian Army

In India the supreme commander of all the three army is President of India. The top army officer is called the Army Chief. The Indian Army is divided into 7 commands, whose details are given below:

1. Eastern Command (Headquarter – Kolkata)

Logo of Eastern Command
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Currently, in this command 12 divisions and 4 cores are working.
•    23rd Infantry Division – Ranchi    
•    2nd Mountain Division – Dibrugarh
•    5th Mountain Division – Bomdila
•    17th Mountain Division – Gangtok
•    56th Mountain Division – Zakhama
•    21st Mountain Division – Rangia
•    20th Mountain Division – Binnaguri
•    57th Mountain Division – Leimakhong
•    71st Mountain Division – Missamari
•    27th Mountain Division – Kalimpong
•    59th Infantry Division –Panagarh
•    72 Infantry Division – Pathankot (Currently being raised)
•    III Corps – Dimapur, Nagaland
•    IV Corps – Tezpur, Assam
•    XXXIII Corps – Siliguri, West Bengal
•    XVII Corps – Panagarh, West Bengal
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2. Central Command (Headquarter - Lucknow)

Logo of Central Command
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Currently no unit of this command is working and it is assigned to South Western Command.

3. Northern Command (Headquarter - Udhampur)

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At present, 7 divisions, 3 cores and 1 brigade of this command are working.
•    3rd Infantry Division – Leh
•    19th Infantry Division – Baramulla
•    10th Infantry Division – Akhnoor
•    8th Mountain Division – Dras
•    28th Mountain Division – Gurez
•    25th Infantry Division – Rajauri
•    39th Infantry Division – Yol
•    XIV Corps – Leh
•    XV Corps – Srinagar
•    XVI Corps – Nagrota
•    10 Artillery brigade

4. Southern Command (Headquarter - Pune)

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Currently, in this command 6 divisions, 2 cores and 3 brigades are working.
•    41st Artillery Division – Pune
•    11th Infantry Division – Ahmedabad
•    31st Armoured Division – Jhansi
•    12th RAPID– Jodhpur
•    36th RAPID – Sagar
•    54th Infantry Division – Hyderabad/Secunderabad
•    4th Armoured Brigade
•    340th Mechanised Brigade
•    475th Engineering Brigade
•    XII Corps – Jodhpur
•    XXI Corps – Bhopal

5. South-Western Command (Headquarter - Jaipur)

Logo of South-Western Command
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At present, 7 divisions, 2 cores and 3 brigade of this command are working.
•    42nd Artillery Division – Jaipur
•    4th Infantry Division – Allahabad
•    16th Infantry Division – Sri Ganganagar
•    6th Mountain Division – Bareilly
•    18th RAPID – Kota
•    33rd Armoured Division – Hisar
•    24th RAPID – Bikaner
•    6th Independent Armoured Brigade
•    615th Independent Air Defence Brigade
•    471st Engineering Brigade
•    I Corps – Mathura
•    X Corps – Bhatinda

6. Western Command (Headquarter - Chandigarh)

Logo of Western Command
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Currently 9 divisions, 3 cores and 6 brigades of this command are working.
•    40th Artillery Division – Ambala
•    1st Armoured Division – Patiala
•    26th Infantry Division – Jammu
•    7th Infantry Division – Firozpur
•    14th RAPID – Dehradun
•    29th Infantry Division – Pathankot
•    9th Infantry Division – Meerut
•    22nd Infantry Division – Meerut
•    15th Infantry Division – Amritsar
•    2nd Independent Armoured Brigade
•    3rd Independent Armoured Brigade
•    23rd Armoured Brigade
•    612th Mechanised Independent Air Defence Brigade
•    474th Engineering Brigade
•    55th Mechanised Brigade
•    II Corps – Ambala
•    IX Corps – Yol
•    XI Corps – Jalandhar

7. Training Command (Headquarter - Shimla)

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This Command is the nodal agency for all institutional training in the army.
Note: Apart from these commands, there is an independent parachute brigade of the Indian Army, which is located in Agra and it comes directly under the jurisdiction of Chief of the Army Staff.
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Let's know how the army is organized in the command?

In any command army is organized in 7 parts whose details are given below:
1. Section: The smallest unit of army is called "section", it contains 10-12 soldiers.
2.  Platoon: It consists 4 sections.
3. Company: It consists 4 platoons. Its Chief is called company commander.
4. Battalion: Its Chief is called Colonel.
5. Brigade: Its Chief is called Brigadier.
6. Division: Its Chief is called Major General.
7. Corps: Its Chief is called Lieutenant General.

Organization of the Indian Army:

Indian Army is organized in two parts - Combat Arms and Services.
Combat Arms: In the Combat Arms, those soldiers are involved who participated in the search operation.
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Services: Apart from the Combat Arms, the remaining whole army is kept under the services. Their main task is to provide logistical (food) material to the army and administrated the army.
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The Combat Arms include the following departments:

1.  Armoured Corps
2.  Mechanized Infantry
3.  Infantry

The Combat support Arms include the following departments:

1.  Artillery
2.  Corps of Engineers
3.  Corps of Army Air Defence
4.  Army Aviation Corps
5.  Corps of Signals

The Services include the following departments:

1.   Army Service Corps
2.  Army Medical Corps
3.  Army Dental Corps
4.  Army Ordnance Corps
5.  Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers
6.  Remount and Veterinary Corps
7.  Military Farms Service
8.  Army Education Corps
9.  Corps of Military Police
10. Pioneer Corps
11. Army Postal Service Corps
12. Territorial Army        
13. Defence Security Corps        
14. Intelligence Corps    
15. Judge Advocate General's Department
16. Military Nursing Service
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