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Center amends Rules for Appointment of CDS

Published on June 08, 2022
Current Context: The Ministry of Defense issued a gazette notification of guidelines that widens the scope of eligible officers for the post of the Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS).
Center amends Rules for Appointment of CDS
  • According to new rules amended by the center, Any serving or retired Lt General, Air Marshal, and Vice Admiral under the age of 62 years will be eligible for appointment to the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
  • The tenure of three service chiefs is three years of service or when they turn 62, whichever is earlier.
  • Due to this the recently retired Chiefs of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force are unlikely to be considered for the post of the CDS as the age to become eligible for the post has been put at 62 years.
  • Besides the three-star officers are now eligible to become the CDS along with serving chiefs of the three services like Army Air force or Navy.
  • In addition, the government may extend the service of the Chief of Defence Staff for such a period as it may deem necessary subject to a maximum age of 65 years.
  • A post of CDS has recommended a high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in India's security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 and Gen Bipin Rawat took charge as India's first CDS.


Q.1 As per new rules set up by the central government for the appointment of CDS what will be the retirement age has been considered?
a. 65 years
b. 60 years
c. 62 years
d. 63 years
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