Facts About The Indian Armed Forces

The Indian Army was formed in 1776, under the government of the East India Company in Kolkata.

The Indian Army has about 53 cantonments and 9 army bases, spread across India.

India covertly tested its nuclear arsenal in the early 1970s and late 1990s without the CIA even knowing what was happening.

Unlike other government organizations and institutions in India, there are no provisions for reservations based on caste or religion.

Operation Rahat (2013) was one of the biggest civilian rescue operations ever carried out in the world.

The Indian Army built the highest bridge in the world.

The Military Engineering Services (MES) is one of the biggest construction agencies in India.

The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 came to end with the surrender of about 93,000 combatants and officials of the Pakistani Army.

India controls the highest battlefield in the world, the Siachen glacier, at 5000 metres above Mean Sea Level (MSL).