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Rules amended, CDS age limit increased to 65 years

New Delhi, December 29: The Defence Ministry has amended rules to allow the Chief of Defence Staff to serve up to a maximum age limit of 65 years.

The changes have been made in the services rules of the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force for extension of retirement age of the Chief of Defence Staff to a maximum of 65 years, if a service chief is appointed to the post. However, the tenure of the CDS is yet to be announced.

In a landmark decision, the Cabinet Committee on Security had on Tuesday approved the creation of the CDS, who will act as principal military adviser to the Defence Minister.

According to existing rules, the Service Chiefs can serve for a maximum period of three years or till attaining the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

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