Defence (in the Republic of India)

  • First Prime Minister of Indian Republic: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
  • First Vice President of Indian Republic: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • Defence Minister of India: Baldev Singh
  • Commander-in-Chief of Free India: Kodandera Madappa Cariappa
  • Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa,1949
  • Chief of Air Staff : Subroto Mukerjee
  • Chief of Army Staff: Rajendrasinhji Jadeja
  • Commander-in-Chief, IAF: Subroto Mukerjee
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey
  • First Indian (pre-Independence) flying ace: Indra Lal Roy
  • India’s first military helicopter pilot: Air Commodore Sudhindra Kumar Majumdar
  • Cosmonaut: Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma, 1984
  • Field Marshal: Sam Manekshaw (S.H.F Manekshaw), 1973
  • First female Jawan in the Army: Sapper Shanti Tigga
  • First Param Vir Chakra winner: Major Som Nath Sharma
  • First woman in the Indian Army to receive the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ prize: Divya Ajith Kumar
  • First Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo: IAF Officer Avani Chaturvedi