Lt Gen VK Singh on Wednesday ceremonially took charge as the 26th chief of the 1.13 million-strong Indian Army after his predecessor Gen Deepak Kapoor retired.
Singh, 59, will hold the post for the next two years.
Singh, who was GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, has vast experience in counter-insurgency operations.
He comes from the Rajput Regiment and is a graduate of the Wellington-based Defence Services Staff College as well as the US Army War College at Carlisle. He did a Rangers Course at Fort Benning in the US.
He was commissioned in June 1970.