List of The First Woman In Indian Armed Forces (2023 Update)

Woman In Indian Armed Forces

Last Updated: 6 April 2023

“Male who was born to a Female and doesn’t respect a female has no right to live in this world”

Women in the military or various other posts in the Indian Arm Forces have been an honor to the country’s people. Several revolutions in India are successful with a woman’s active support.

All wings of the Indian Armed Forces permit Females in combat supervisory roles (officers) and combat roles (junior ranks).

Besides the Indian Army, they allow support roles only, and the Special Forces of India enables trainer roles to only w.r.t 2017 ( may have changed in the future).

If we talk about recruitment Indian Air Force had 8.5% women in 2014 and 13.09% women in 2018. Likewise, the Indian Navy had 2.8% women in 2014 and 6% women in 2018; the Indian Army had 3% women in 2014 and 3.80% women in 2014.

This Analytics shows that Indian Women have been taking more part in recent years. Read the List Of The First Woman In Indian Arm Forces to know about them.

Excluding the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy, and the Indian Army, women also join in other fields like
  • Special Forces of India (paratroopers wings)
  • Indian Coast Guard
  • Assam Rifles
  • Special Frontier Force
  • Central Reserve Police Force
  • Central Industrial Security Force
  • Border Security Force
  • Sashastra Seema Bal
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police
  • National Security Guard
  • Special Protection Group
  • Railway Protection Force
  • National Disaster Response Force

List Of The First Woman In Indian Arm Forces

1First Woman Air Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF)Padma Bandopadhyay
2First Woman Lieutenant General of Indian Army (LG)Punita Arora
3First Indian Woman to Fly Solo in the Indian Air ForceHarita Kaur Deol
4First Woman Fighter PilotMohana Singh
5First Woman to Join Indian ArmyPriya Jhingan
6First Lady Vice-Admiral in the Indian NavyPunita Arora
7First Woman in Indian Army to receive the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’Divya Ajith Kumar
8First Woman Major-General in the Indian ArmyGertrude Alice Ram
9First Woman Adjutant for India’s Republic Day ParadeCaptain Tania Shergill
10First Woman Officer in India to receive a Gallantry AwardMajor Mitali Madhumita
11First Indian Woman to fly MiG-21 Aircraft AloneAvani Chaturvedi
12The First Woman to Summit the Mt.EverestNivedita Choudhary
13First Female in the Indian Army to Beat all her Male Co-Cadets in Physical Fitness TestsShanti Tigga
14First Women Pilots to Fly into the Combat Zone During the Kargil War 1999Gunjan Saxena and Srividya Rajan
15First Woman Officer to Receive the Prestigious ‘Sena Medal’Mitali Madhumita
16First Female Operational Paratrooper in the Indian ArmyCaptain Ruchi Sharma
17First Women Fighter Pilots Marking International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi, and Mohana Singh Jitarwal 
18First Woman in the Indian Air Force, given a Permanent CommissionWing Commander Shaliza Dhami 
19First Woman to receive the ‘Yudh Seva Medal’Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal
20First Woman to Attain the Rank of Commander in the Indian NavyDr. Barbara Ghosh
21First Female Vice-AdmiralDr. Punita Arora
22First Woman Sailor From Northeast IndiaLieutenant S Vijaya Devi
23India’s First Woman Commando Trainer who is also known as “India’s Wonder Woman”Dr. Seema Rao
24First Woman Commandant in the Paramilitary ForcesAsha Sinha 
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