CDS Bipin Rawat Biography, Net Worth(2022), Family, Military Career, Death and more

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Here we are with the Biography of CDS Bipin Rawat, who is unfortunately not with us anymore. General Bipin Rawat was India’s first CDS. The IAF Mi17V5 helicopter crashed in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, with General Bipin of CDS Rawat, family members, and staff on board. He was pronounced dead by the IAF, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other members. At this sad unfortunate moment, take a look at the life of CDS Bipin Rawat.

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IAF chopper Mi-17V5 crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor with CDS Bipin Rawat, wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 other persons aboard. 13 out of the 14 members aboard the chopper have been declared dead. The Indian Army has so far positively identified CDS Rawat, his wife, and Brig Lidder. The remaining 10 bodies will be kept in the mortuary of the Army Base Hospital till positive identification is completed. 

CDS General Bipin Rawat was accorded a 17-gun salute at his funeral where 800 military personnel were in attendance. Brigadier Lidder was also laid to rest with full military honours today. General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat are survived by their daughters Kritika and Tarini and Brigadier Lidder is survived by his wife and daughter. At this sad unfortunate moment, let us take a look at the life of CDS Bipin Rawat. 

CDS Bipin Rawat Biography

Full NameBipin Laxman Singh Rawat
ProfessionArmy Personnel
Famous forBeing the First Chief of Defence Staff of India
Father Lt. General Laxman Singh Rawat 
Years of Service 16 December 1978 – 8 November 2021 (till his Death)
DOB16 March, 1958
BirthplaceSaina Village, Birmoli, Lansdowne, Powri, Powri Garhwal,
Uttar Pradesh, India, (now in Uttarakhand, India)
Date of Death8 December, 2021
Place of DeathCoonoor, Tamil Nadu
Cremation Date 10 December 2021
Cremation SiteBrar Square Crematorium at Delhi cantonment
Note: The bodies of General Rawat and his wife, Madhulika Rawat,
had been laid side by side on the same pyre.
Age (at the time of
63 years
Death CauseHe was killed after an IAF chopper, carrying him, his wife, and 11 more,
crashed near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac SignPisces
Height(approx)In centimetres: 173cm
In metres:1.73m
In feet & inches:5’8″
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourGrey
HometownLansdowne, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
School*Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun
*St, Edward’s School, Shimla
College/University*National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla
*Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
*Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington
*United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas
*Madras University
*Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
*MPhil Degree from the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC),Wellington
*Diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from Madras University
*Doctorate of Philosophy from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut in 2011
Religion Hinduism
Caste Kshatriya (Rajput)
Service/ BranchIndian Army
RankFour-Star General
Unit5/11 Gorkha Rifles
Service NumberIC- 35471M
Commands*Southern Command 3rd Corps
*19th Inflantry Division
*MONUSCO North Kivu Brigade
*Rashtriya Rifles, Sector 5
Career Ranks*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 (substaintive))
*General ( 1 January 2017)
(Major ones)
*37th Vice Chief of the Army Staff (1 September 2016 – 31 December 2016)
*27th Chief of the Army Staff (31 December 2016 – 31 December 2019)
*32nd Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (27 September 2019 –
31 December 2019)
*1st Chief of the Defence Staff (31 December 2019 – 8 December 2021; till
his Death)
Awards, Honours,
*Param Vishisht Seva Medal
*Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
*Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
*Yudh Seva Medal
*Sena Medal
*Vishisht Seva Medal
HobbiesPlaying Football, Reading
Marrital StatusMarried
SpouseMadhulika Rawat (President of Army Women Welfare Association- AWWA)
Marriage Date14 April, 1986
Children*Son- None
*Daughter(s)- 2
Kritika Rawat
Tarini Rawat
Salary (as the Chief of
Defence Staff)
Rs. 2,50,000/month + Other Allowances
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Bipin Rawat: Early Life, Family and Background

Bipin Rawat was born in Pauri, Uttarakhand. He took birth in a Hindu Garhwali Rajput Family, which had been serving in the Indian Army since multiple generations. His father Laxman Singh Rawat had rose to the rank of Lieutenant General, while serving in Indian Army. His mother was the daughter of Kishan Singh Parmar, ex-MLA from Uttarkashi. Bipin Rawat married Madhulika Rawat, who also lost her life in the same helicopter crash.

Bipin Rawat completed his schooling from Cambrian Hill School, Dehradun and St. Edward’s School, Shimla. He then joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, where he was also conferred with ‘Sword of Honour’.

Rawat has also received education from Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington and completed the Higher Command Course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He has an MPhil degree in Defence Studies as well as diplomas in Management and Computer Studies from University of Madras.

He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut for his research on military-media strategic studies.

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CDS Bipin Rawat with his wife Madhulika Rawat

Bipin Rawat: Military Career

Rawat was admitted into the 5th battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles on 16 December 1978, the same unit his father was a part of. As a major, He commanded a company in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. As a Colonel, he commanded the 5th battalion 11 Gorkha Rifles, in the Eastern sector along the Line of Actual Control at Kibithu. As a Brigadier, he commanded 5 Sector of Rashtriya Rifles in Sopore. He then commanded a multinational Brigade in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where he was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.

After promotion to Major General, Rawat took over as the General Officer Commanding 19th Infantry Division (Uri). As a Lieutenant General, he commanded III Corps, headquartered in Dimapur before taking over the Southern Army in Pune.

He also held staff assignments which included an instructional tenure at the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun), General Staff Officer Grade 2 at the Military Operations Directorate, logistics staff officer of a Re-organised Army Plains Infantry Division (RAPID) in central India, Colonel Military Secretary and Deputy Military Secretary in the Military Secretary’s Branch and Senior Instructor in the Junior Command Wing. He also served as the Major General General Staff (MGGS) of the Eastern Command.

After being promoted to the Army Commander grade, Rawat assumed the post of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Southern Command on 1 January 2016. After a short stint, he assumed the post of Vice Chief of Army Staff on 1 September 2016.

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Bipin Rawat Chief of Army Staff

On 17 December 2016, the Government of India appointed him as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff, superseding two more senior Lieutenant Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P. M. Hariz.  He took office of Chief of Army Staff as the 27th COAS on 31 December 2016, after retirement of General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

He is the third officer from the Gorkha Brigade to become the Chief of the Army Staff, after Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and General Dalbir Singh Suhag. 

Bipin Rawat CDS

On December 31, 2019 General Bipin Rawat took the office of Chief of Defence Staff and became the first ever CDS of India.

Bipin Rawat Honours

On his visit to the United States in 2019, General Rawat was inducted to the United States Army Command and General Staff College International Hall of Fame.  He is also the honorary General of Nepalese Army. Rawat has also been conferred  Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and the COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation.

Other Achievements of Bipin Rawat as Army Commander 

Rawat also played a key role in the formation of the army. He was instrumental in restructuring the military to reduce administrative interference, reduce duplicity, and increase combat potential.

He also ensured that the man behind the car remained important, arming new assault rifles bought in the United States. He also played a vital role in the modernization of the army. 

However, his tenure was also marked by controversy. Under his tenure, the military accepted the government’s decision to impose the disability pension, angering disabled veterans by the military fraternity. 

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Bipin Rawat Net Worth (at the time of Death)

Net Worth (2022)$2 Million Dollar 
Indian RupeesRs 15 Crore Rupees
Monthly Salary & IncomeRs 2.5 Lakhs
yearly Salary & IncomeRs 26 Lakhs
Money FactorsServices, Government Income 
Last Updated 2022

Bipin Rawat Controversies

General Bipin Rawat rode controversy blithely through his tenure as army chief (and later as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff), and probably sailed closer to the political and ideological purposes of the party in power than any other army boss. His appointment as army chief in December 2016 was itself controversy-ridden, for the Narendra Modi government had handpicked him over the heads of two officers senior to him in the hierarchy.

Rawat met the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, in Nagpur in uniform and in full public view. He later defended his call saying there was “nothing wrong” in paying respect to elders, and that it was “part of our traditions”.

In April 2017, Rawat infamously defended Major Leetul Gogoi for tying Farooq Ahmed Dar, a young Kashmiri craftsman, to his jeep bonnet 
and using him as a human shield to drive through a hostile patch. Later, the army formally commended Gogoi for his widely condemned rights violation against an unarmed civilian.

Rawat was particularly belligerent on Kashmiri civilians through his tenure. During one phase of clashes between security forces and civilians he had said: “I wish these Kashmiri people were firing weapons at us instead of throwing stones. Then I could do what I….”

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Bipin Rawat’s Wife and Daughters

In an interview to The Telegraph in September 2018, Rawat had spoken with political authority on Kashmir. Referring to the appointment at the time of Satyapal Malik as governor of then Jammu and Kashmir state, he had said: “In Kashmir we want to give the new governor time.” Addressing a seminar in Guwahati in February 2018, Rawat had remarked — to many raised eyebrows — that the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front, a minority rights party, had grown in the Northeast much faster than the BJP.

He back-grounded his overtly political assertion saying that over the years there had been “planned Bangladeshi influx” into the Northeast.

The following year, as he was preparing to retire as army chief, Rawat wagged a warning finger at the anti-CAA protests erupting across the country and sent a thinly veiled missive to the Congress saying political leaders “should not lead masses to arson and violence”.

Senior Congressman P. Chidambaram was among those who retorted sharply: “Political leaders will do what political parties have to do; let General Rawat not tell us what to do just as we do not tell generals how to fight a war.” It came as no surprise to those who monitor the workings of power under Prime Minister Modi that Rawat was appointed India’s first CDS.

Earlier this year, Rawat made a statement that seemed to undermine the Indian Air Force, calling it a “supporting arm” of India’s defence network and infrastructure. His statement prompted then Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria to immediately, and publicly, rebut him and assert that the IAF had a much bigger role than just being a supporting arm.

To some, the manner of Rawat’s tragic passing on Wednesday may also be suggestive of bitter elemental irony.

CDS Bipin Rawat Death 

The Chief of Defense of the Indian Armed Forces has been declared dead by the Indian Air Force today. He was aboard the IAF Mi 175 V5 helicopter which crashed near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. 

Timeline of the event: IAF chopper crash

  • CDS General Bipin Rawat was on a scheduled visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington to interact with the Student Officers.
  • The IAF Mi 17 V5 helicopter took off from Sulur Air Base at 11:48 am on 8 December 2021 and was expected to land at Wellington by 12:15 pm.
  • At approximately 12:08 pm, Air Traffic Control at Sulur Air Base lost contact with the chopper.
  • Thereafter, a few locals spotted a fire in the forest near Coonoor and rushed to the spot.
  • The locals saw the wreckage of a military helicopter engulfed in flames.
  • Rescue teams from the local administration in the vicinity reached the site and attempted to recover the survivors from the crash site.
  • All those recovered from the wreckage were rushed to the Military Hospital, Wellington.
  • Out of the total 14 persons aboard the ill-fated helicopter, 13 have succumbed to their injuries.
  • Group Captain Varun Singh is the sole survivor of the tragic crash. His condition is critical but stable. 
  • The mortal remains of the 13 people will be brought to Delhi by today evening for last rites. 

At this unpleasant moment, this was a glimpse of the CDS Bipin Rawat Biography.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The CDS is the head of the Army, Navy and Air Force and is be a four-star military officer. ... The committee had said this person, a five-star military officer, should be the single-point military advisor to the Defence Minister. After that, a Group of Ministers (GoM) recommended the appointment of CDS in 2001.

General Bipin Rawat had superseded two army officers when he was appointed the Indian Army chief. His appointment as the CDS by December-end 2019 came naturally given his experience in handling tough situations in both the eastern and western sectors.

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General Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat survived two girls named Kritika Rawat and again.

Not much is known about Bipin Rawat's daughters. Kritika is the eldest daughter who is married and has a son.

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