An alumni of Sainik School Chittorgarh and NDA Khadakvasla, the General was commissioned into the 16th Battallion, The Madras Regiment in June 1974, which is one of the highest decorated Infantry Battalions of the Indian Army. In a career spanning over 40 years the General Officer has held numerous coveted Command and Staff appointments, and has vast operational experience in Counter Insurgency, Counter Terrorism, Border Mgt and Conflict Mgt both within the country as well as abroad. He commanded a Battalion in Nagaland and a Brigade in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Subsequently, he was appointed the Inspector General Assam Rifles in Nagaland in 2008-09 for which he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) .
The General commanded the largest operational Corps of the Army in J&K, in 2010-11, where he ensured Zero Infiltration as also systematic elimination of Terrorists in the Corps Zone, and was awarded AVSM for the second time.
While serving as Deputy Force Commander & Deputy Head of Mission in UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) from Feb 2006 to Mar 2008, he played a key role in managing the Mission particularly during crises, major one being the 34-day intense Israel – Hezbollah Conflict that saw a virtual destruction of South Lebanon wherein he was perrsonally complimented by the then UN Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan.
The General has held several important Staff and Instructional appointments, notably being in the Perspective Planning Directorate as a Col and Brig. The General Officer has also been an Instructor at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. After successful command of a Corps, the General was appointed Adjutant General in Nov 2012. Subsequently he took over as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Info System & Training) from where he superannuated in Oct 2014. He was conferred with the prestigious Param Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2014.
The General Officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, and College of Defence Management Secunderabad. He is a M Sc (Defence Studies) and M Phil (Defence & Strategic Studies) from Madras University, and Master Management Studies (MMS) from Osmania University.
The General married Mrs Nirmala, a Post Graduate in Social Studies in May 1975. Both their daughter, Shweta, and son, Saurabh, are working in the USA.