Field Marshal of Indian Army
Candidates are advised to go through the entire article as this might help you during your NDA Exam and other Defence exams. Currently, there isn't a Field Marshal in the Indian Army. Sam Manekshaw received the title of Field Marshal on January 1, 1973, becoming India's first Field Marshal. The rank was given to Kodandera M. Cariappa on January 15, 1986, making him the second recipient.
With only two awards, it is primarily a ceremonial or military rank. The national anthem is displayed over a crossed baton and saber in a lotus blossom wreath as the Indian Army Field Marshal's insignia. An officer who has retired from active duty cannot attain the Field Marshal rank because it is a lifelong rank.
Just before retiring in 1973, Manekshaw received the position of Field Marshal, and Cariappa had already retired, so he could not be appointed a Field Marshal following the convention. To show Cariappa the respect he deserved, the Indian government ignored this tradition, and in 1986 he was appointed a field marshal.
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