List Of Indian Defence Minister (2023 Updated)

Indian Defence Minister

Last Updated: 10 January 2023

The Indian Defence Minister (Rakshā Mantrī) is the head of the Ministry of Defence and a high-ranking Minister of the Government of India. The Defence Minister is one of the most Senior Offices in the Union Council of Ministers as well as being a high-level minister in the Union Cabinet.

The Indian Defence Minister additionally serves as President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and as Chancellor of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and of the National Defence University.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) [Rakshā Mantrālaya] is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to National Security and the Indian Armed Forces. The current Defence Minister of India is Rajnath Singh.

Minister Of Defence At A Glance


#HeaderDetails
1StyleThe Honourable
2Member OfUnion Cabinet
3Reports ToPrime Minister
4AppointerPresident of India
(On The Advice of the Prime Minister)
5Term Length5 Years
6Formation15 August 1947
7First HolderBaldev Singh
8Present MinisterRajnath Singh
9Present MoSAjay Bhatt
10Websitemod.gov.in

Facts About Ministry Of Defence


  • The first Indian Defence Minister was Baldev Singh Chokkar, who served in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet during 1947–52.
  • The President of India is the Ceremonial Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces in India.
  • The Indian Armed Forces (including the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy) and the Indian Coast Guard under the Ministry of Defence are primarily responsible for ensuring the territorial integrity of India.
  • As per Statista, It is the biggest employer in the world with 2.92 million employers.
  • The Ministry organizes and runs Republic Day celebrations and Parades every year in January, hosting a chief guest.
  • The Ministry of Defence has the largest budget among the federal departments of India and currently stands third (First United States & Second China) in military expenditure in the world, among countries of the world.

List Of Indian Defence Minister


#NameTerm InTerm OutTotal TermPrime Minister
1Baldev Singh
(INC)
15 Aug
1947
13 May
1952
4Y 272DJawaharlal Nehru
2N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar
(INC)
13 May
1952
10 Feb
1953
273DJawaharlal Nehru
3Jawaharlal Nehru
(INC)
10 Feb
1953
10 Jan
1955
1Y 334DJawaharlal Nehru
4Kailash Nath Katju
(INC)
10 Jan
1955
30 Jan
1957
2Y 20DJawaharlal Nehru
~Jawaharlal Nehru[3]
(INC)
30 Jan
1957
17 Apr
1957
2Y 97DJawaharlal Nehru
5V. K. Krishna Menon
(INC)
17 Apr
1957
31 Oct
1962
5Y 197DJawaharlal Nehru
~Jawaharlal Nehru[3]
(INC)
31 Oct
1962
14 Nov
1962
14 daysJawaharlal Nehru
6Yashwantrao Chavan
(INC)
14 Nov
1962
13 Nov
1966
3Y 364DJawaharlal Nehru
+
Lal Bahadur Shastri
+
Indira Gandhi
7Swaran Singh
(INC)
13 Nov
1966
27 Jun
1970
3Y 226DIndira Gandhi
8Jagjivan Ram
(INC)
27 Jun
1970
10 Oct
1974
4Y 105DIndira Gandhi
~Swaran Singh[7]
(INC)
10 Oct
1974
01 Dec
1975
1Y 52DIndira Gandhi
9Indira Gandhi
(INC)
01 Dec
1975
20 Dec
1975
19DIndira Gandhi
10Bansi Lal
(INC)
21 Dec
1975
24 Mar
1977
1Y 94DIndira Gandhi
~Jagjivan Ram[8]
(JP)
24 Mar
1977
28 Jul
1979
2Y 126DMorarji Desai
11Chidambaram Subramaniam
INC (U)
28 Jul
1979
14 Jan
1980
170DCharan Singh
~Indira Gandhi[9]
(INC)
14 Jan
1980
15 Jan
1982
2Y 1DIndira Gandhi
12Ramaswamy Venkataraman
(INC)
15 Jan
1982
02 Aug
1984
2Y 200DIndira Gandhi
13Shankarrao Chavan
(INC)
02 Aug
1984
31 Dec
1984
151DIndira Gandhi
+
Rajiv Gandhi
14P. V. Narasimha Rao
(INC)
01 Jan
1985
25 Sep
1985
267DRajiv Gandhi
15Rajiv Gandhi
(INC)
25 Sep
1985
24 Jan
1987
269DRajiv Gandhi
16Vishwanath Pratap Singh
(INC)
24 Jan
1987
12 Apr
1987
78DRajiv Gandhi
17K. C. Pant
(INC)
13 Apr
1987
01 Dec
1989
2Y 232DRajiv Gandhi
~Vishwanath Pratap Singh(16)
(JD)
02 Dec
1989
10 Nov
1990
343DV. P. Singh
18Chandra Shekhar
SJP(R)
10 Nov
1990
21 Jun
1991
223DChandra Shekhar
~P. V. Narasimha Rao[14]
(INC)
21 Jun
1991
26 Jun
1991
5DP. V. Narasimha Rao
19Sharad Pawar
(INC)
26 Jun
1991
06 Mar
1993
1Y 253DP. V. Narasimha Rao
~P. V. Narasimha Rao[14]
(INC)
06 Mar
1993
16 May
1996
3Y 71DP. V. Narasimha Rao
20Pramod Mahajan
(BJP)
16 May
1996
01 Jun
1996
16DAtal Bihari Vajpayee
21Mulayam Singh Yadav
(SP)
01 Jun
1996
19 Mar
1998
1Y 291DDeve Gowda
+
I. K. Gujral
22George Fernandes
(SAP)
19 Mar
1998
16 Mar
2001
2Y 362DAtal Bihari Vajpayee
23Jaswant Singh
(BJP)
16 Mar
2001
21 Oct
2001
219DAtal Bihari Vajpayee
~George Fernandes[22]
JD(U)
21 Oct
2001
22 May
2004
2Y 214DAtal Bihari Vajpayee
24Pranab Mukherjee
(INC)
22 May
2004
26 Oct
2006
2Y 157DManmohan Singh
25A. K. Antony
(INC)
26 Oct
2006
26 May
2014
7Y 212DManmohan Singh
26Arun Jaitley
(BJP)
26 May
2014
09 Nov
2014
167DNarendra Modi
27Manohar Parrikar
(BJP)
09 Nov
2014
13 Mar
2017
2Y 124DNarendra Modi
~Arun Jaitley[26]
(BJP)
13 Mar
2017
03 Sep
2017
174DNarendra Modi
28Nirmala Sitharaman
(BJP)
03 Sep
2017
30 May
2019
1Y 269DNarendra Modi
29Rajnath Singh
(BJP)
30 May
2019
~3Y 196DNarendra Modi
Acronym
1) INC: Indian National Congress
2) JP: Janata Party
3) INC (U): Indian National Congress (Urs)
4) JD: Janata Dal
5) SJP (R): Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)
6) BJP: Bharatiya Janata Party
7) SP: Samajwadi Party
8) SAP: Samata Party
9) JD (U): Janata Dal (United)

List Of Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence


#MinisterTerm InTerm OutTotal Term
1Rao Inderjit Singh26 May 201405 Jul 20162Y 40D
2Subhash Bhamre05 July 201630 May 20192Y 329D
3Shripad Naik30 May 201907 Jul 20213Y 196D
4Ajay Bhatt07 July 2021~1Y 158D

Questions On Defence Ministry Of India


1. Who is the first Defence Minister of India?

Answer: Baldev Singh (15 Aug 1947 – 13 May 1952)

2. Who is the first woman Defence Minister of India?

Answer: Indira Gandhi (1 Dec 1975 – 20 Dec 1975)

3. Who is the current Defence Minister of India?

Answer: Rajnath Singh

4. Who is the Deputy Minister of Defence?

Answer: Ajay Bhatt

5. Who is the present Defence Secretary of India?

Answer: Giridhar Aramane (IAS)

6. Who is the longest-serving Defence Minister of India?

Answer: A. K. Antony (26 Oct 2006 – 26 May 2014) [7 Years 212 Days]

7. Who is the shortest-serving Defence Minister of India?

Answer: P. V. Narasimha Rao (21 Jun 1991 – 26 Jun 1991) [5 days]

8. Which Indian political Party had the most number of Defence Ministers in India?

Answer: Indian National Congress

9. What is the annual budget of the Ministry of Defence for 2022-23?

Answer: ₹525,166 crores (US$66 billion)

10. How many departments does the Ministry of Defence consists of?

Answer: Five Departments:
1) Department of Defence (DoD)
2) Department of Military Affairs (DMA)
3) Department of Defence Production (DDP)
4) Department of Defence Research and Development (DRDO)
5) Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW)

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