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Colonel Geeta Rana is the First Woman to Command an Army Battalion in Ladakh

Published on March 10, 2023
Current Context: Colonel Geeta Rana Negi is the first woman officer to command an independent field battalion deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. She is from the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers and has taken over command of an independent field workshop that provides technical support to army units.
Colonel Geeta Rana is the First Woman to Command an Army Battalion in Ladakh
  • She comes from Pauri in Uttarakhand, which gave the country its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Bipin Rawat. She is a trailblazer for women in the Indian Army, which recently approved women officers for command posts.
  • She is a graduate of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai and was commissioned into the Army Service Corps (ASC) in 2002.
  • She has served in various operational areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
  • She has also been part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo.
  • She is married to Colonel Rajeev Negi, who is also from Pauri and is currently posted in Delhi.
  • She has been praised by her seniors and peers for her professionalism, leadership and courage.


Q.1 Which corps of the Indian Army does Colonel Geeta Rana Negi belong to? 
a.  Army Service Corps 
b. Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers 
c. Corps of Signals 
d. Corps of Engineers

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