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    List of Air Chief Marshal of India (1947-2021)

    Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) is the head and the commander of the Indian Air Force. The current Air Chief Marshal of India is Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria who will retire on 30 September 2021. He will be succeeded by Air Marshal VR Chaudhari. Check the complete list of Air Chief Marshal (ACM) of India from 1947 to 2021 below.
    Created On: Sep 22, 2021 12:12 IST
    Modified On: Sep 22, 2021 12:16 IST
    List of Air Chief Marshal of India (1947-2021)
    List of Air Chief Marshal of India (1947-2021)

    Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) or Air Chief Marshal (ACM) is the head and the commander of the Indian Air Force. The current Air Chief Marshal of India is Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. He took office on 30 September 2019 and will retire on 30 September 2021. He will be succeeded by Air Marshal VR Chaudhari. 

    The Indian Air Force, the fourth largest in the world, was officially established on 8 October 1932. The main aim of the IAF is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. 

    Let us have a look at the list of Air Chief Marshal (ACM) of India from 1947 to 2021. 

    List of Air Chief Marshal of India (1947-2021)

    No.

    Name

    Rank

    Appointment Date

    Left Office

    1

    Sir Thomas Walker Elmhirst

    Air Marshal

    15 Aug 1947

    21 Feb 1950

    2

    Ronald Ivelaw Chapman

    Air Marshal

    22 Feb 1950

    09 Dec 1951

    3

    Sir Gerald Ernest Gibbs

    Air Marshal

    10 Dec 1951

    31 Mar 1954

    4

    Subroto Mukerjee

    Air Marshal

    Apr 1, 1954

    Nov 8, 1960

    5

    A. M. Engineer

    Air Marshal

    Dec 1, 1960

    July 31, 1964

    6

    Arjan Singh

    The first Air Chief Marshal 

    Aug 1, 1964

    July 15, 1969

    7

    Pratap Chandra Lal

    Air Chief Marshal

    July 16, 1969

    Jan 15, 1973

    8

    Om Prakash Mehra

    Air Chief Marshal

    Jan 16, 1973

    Jan 31, 1976

    9

    Hrushikesh Moolgavkar

    Air Chief Marshal

    Feb 1, 1976

    Aug 31, 1978

    10

    I. H. Latif

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 1, 1978

    Aug 31, 1981

    11

    Dilbagh Singh

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 1, 1981

    Sep 4, 1984

    12

    Lakshman Madhav Katre

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 5, 1984

    July 1, 1985

    13

    D. A. La Fontaine

    Air Chief Marshal

    July 3, 1985

    July 31, 1988

    14

    S.K. Mehra

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 1988

    July 31, 1991

    15

    Nirmal Chandra Suri

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 1991

    July 31, 1993

    16

    S. K. Kaul

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 1993

    Dec 31, 1995

    17

    S. K. Sareen

    Air Chief Marshal

    Jan 1, 1996

    Dec 31, 1998

    18

    A. Y. Tipnis

    Air Chief Marshal

    Jan 1, 1999

    Dec 31, 2001

    19

    Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2001

    Dec 31, 2004

    20

    Shashindra Pal Tyagi

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2004

    Mar 31, 2007

    21

    Fali Homi Major

    Air Chief Marshal

    Mar 31, 2007

    Mar 31, 2009

    22

    Pradeep Vasant Naik

    Air Chief Marshal

    Mar 31, 2009

    July 31, 2011

    23

    Norman Anil Kumar Browne

    Air Chief Marshal

    Aug 1, 2011

    Dec 31, 2013

    24

    Arup Raha

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2013

    Dec 31, 2016

    25.

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

    Air Chief Marshal

    Dec 31, 2016

    Sep 30, 2019

    26.

    Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 30, 2019

    Sep 30,2021

    27.

    Vivek Ram Chaudhari

    Air Chief Marshal

    Sep 30,2021

     

    The highest rank in India's IAF is "Marshal of the Indian Air Force", which is conferred by the President of India only for exceptional service for the nation.

    To date, only Arjan Singh was honoured with the post of "Marshal of the Indian Air" in 2002 for his distinguished service in commanding the IAF during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

    Monetary Allowance for the Gallantry Award Winners of India

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    FAQ

    Who was honoured with the post of "Marshal of the Indian Air Force"?

    Arjan Singh was honoured with the post of "Marshal of the Indian Air Force" in 2002 for his distinguished service in commanding the IAF during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

    Who was the first Indian chief of Air Staff of India?

    Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee was the first Indian Chief of Air Staff. His tenure lasted for a year, starting from April 1, 1954, till March 31, 1955.

    Who is the present Chief of Air Staff of India?

    Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on 30 September 2019.