List of Important Military Exercises for Territorial Army and CDS 2021

List of Important Military Exercises for Territorial Army and CDS 2021


The General Knowledge section of the Defence examinations always contains questions related to Military Exercises and Drills. In this article, we have provided you with the list of the latest important military exercises of Indian Defence Forces with other Countries' forces which are important for the upcoming Territorial Army and CDS Examination.

Types of Military Exercises in India

The Indian Military Exercises can be classified into three categories. These are as follows:
1- Domestic Exercise
2- Bilateral Exercise
3- Multilateral Exercise

Domestic exercise – This exercise aims to improve internal engagements and there can be inter-services or intra-services depending on nature and its application.
List of military domestic exercises:
  • Gandiv Vijay
  • Paschim Lehar
  • Vayu Shakti
  • Vijay Prahar
Bilateral exercise – These exercises are conducted between two countries.
The following table provides you with a list of important Indian bilateral army exercises.

Exercise Name Participant Nations
Sampriti India & Bangladesh
Mitra Shakti India & Sri Lanka
Maitree Exercise India & Thailand
Vajra Prahar India & US
Yudh Abhyas India & US
Nomadic Elephant India & Mongolia
Garuda Shakti India & Indonesia
Shakti Exercise India & France
Dharma Guardian India & Japan
Surya Kiran India & Nepal
Hand in Hand Exercise India & China
SIMBEX India & Singapore
Shakti Exercise India & France
CORPAT India & Thailand

Multilateral Exercise: These involve militaries of more than two nations.

S.No. Exercise Participating Countries
1. RIMPAC Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, South Korea Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States
2. MALABAR India, United States, and Japan
3. COBRA-GOLD Asia-Pacific countries
4. Samvedna South Asian Region Nations

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