Military Exercise 2018 For AFCAT, NDA, CDS and TA

The defense exams of Territorial Army, AFCAT, NDA, and CDS are approaching the consecutive months and the candidates must be indulged in preparing for the exam dedicatedly. The GK part is included in all the exams and constitute a significant part of all theoretical subjects along with current affairs. Well, some questions of military affairs are also asked in the exams and most prominent of them are related to the recently conducted exercise between the nations.

To ease the students in preparing for this section, here is the important exercise that Indian armed forces have conducted with the armed forces of other nations.


Exercise name COUNTRIES DATE Place Details
VINBAX 1 India – Vietnam 29 January- 3 February 2018 Jabalpur ,Madhya Pradesh For the 1st time the 2 nations held a joint military exercise to strengthen defense co operation.
VAJRA PRAHAR India – United States of America January Joint base Lewis mc chord, Seattle Us It’s a joint military exercise held alternately in India and us. Its aim is to share the best practices 
between the 2 armies and the mutual exchange of strategic planning.
SHAKTI – IV France 31 January- 5 February Mailly be camp, France At the invitation of French chief of army staff, India deployed 45 personnel specializing in mountain combat in France
LAMITYE VIII Seychelles 24 February- 4 march Mahe, Seychelles This exercise is 8th in the series of bilateral exercises between the 2 countries.
KHANJAR V Krygyzstan 16-29 MARCH VAIRENGTE INDIA Indo- Kyrgyzstan annual joint training exercise held at counter insurgency jungle warfare school, Vairengte, near SILCHAR in Assam-Mizoram border
HARIMAU SHAKTI Malaysia 30 APRIL- 13 MAY Hulu langat, Malaysia Held in the jungles of hulu langat, the 2 armies engaged in the series of counter guerilla warfare
SURYA KIRAN XIII Nepal May 30- 12 June Pithoragarh, uttarakhand The aim of this exercise was to conduct a battalion level joint training with emphasis on counter terrorism in mountainous terrain
MAITREE Thailand 6- 9 August Chachoengsao Thailand The exercise focuses on anti terror co operation
SCO PEACE MISSION Members of shanghai co-operation organization 20- 29 August Chelyabinsk
In 8 nation exercise, India participated for the first time and participated in the exercises which focused on countering anti-terrorism.


MALABAR Japan India U.S 7-16 June Guam   (pacific ocean )
VARUNA France 19-24 March 2018 Vasco de Gama, Goa
RIMPAC 2018 26 countries July- August 2018 Honolulu Hawaii


Pitch black Australia Us Netherlands France Germany Canada Indonesia New zealand Singapore Thailand Malaysia 27 July- 18 august Darwin airforce base Australia
BILATERAL EXERCISE Malaysia 20-22 August Subhang air base Malaysia


Year List of Countries Number of exercises
2005 United Kingdom, Russia, Mongolia 3
2006 Uzbekistan, United States 2
2007 United Kingdom, United States, China, Russia 4
2008 United Kingdom, China, United States 3
2009 Maldives, United States 2
2010 Russia, United States 2
2011 Nepal(twice), United Kingdom, France, Bangladesh 5
2012 Singapore, Nepal(twice), Bangladesh, Indonesia, United States, Mongolia, Maldives 8
2013 United Kingdom, France, Nepal, United States, Russia, China 6
2014 Nepal(twice), United States, Maldives, Sri Lanka, China 6
2015 Mongolia, Oman, Kyrgyzstan, United Kingdom, Maldives, United States, Sri Lanka, China, Russia 9
2016 Nepal(twice), Seychelles, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, United States, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Maldives 14
2017 Kyrgyzstan, Nepal(twice), Oman, Singapore, Mongolia, Thailand, United States, Sri Lanka, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, United Kingdom, Maldives 15
2018 United States (twice), Vietnam, France, Seychelles, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Mongolia 11
  1. Tropex – Theatre readiness operational exercise. Eastern and western commands of Indian navy along with Indian army, air force, and coast guard participated in it. It was conducted on the western coast line of India.
  2. EKUVERIN – 7th edition of India Maldives joint military exercise EKUVERIN held in Maldives which emphasize of the amphibious and counter insurgency, and anti-terror operations. It’s 6th edition held in Kerala.
  3. SAMPRITI – 7th edition of India Bangladesh joint military exercise held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Its first edition was held in 2010.
  4. INDRA – 9th India Russia naval exercise held in the Bay of Bengal with the aim to increase interoperability between the both the naval forces. The exercise was conducted in two phases; sea and harbor phase.
  5. KONKAN – Indian Navy and Royal Navy’s (UK Navy) joint maritime exercise took place in Mumbai, Maharashtra to increase compatibility and interoperability between both the navies.
  6. Hand in Hand – 6th edition of India China joint training exercise held in Pune Maharashtra with the aim of exchanging expertise in drill and practices.
  7. Surya Kiran – 10th edition of India Nepal joint military exercise was held in Nepal to share their experience and expertise in counter terrorism and disaster management. In the exercise, Kumaon Regiment represented India and Jabar Jung battalion represented Nepal.
  8. Mitra Shakti – The 4th edition of India Srilanka joint military exercise was held in Srilanka. The aim was to increase interoperability in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
  9. AL-Nagah-Li – 2nd edition of India Oman joint military exercise held in Himachal Pradesh. The motive of the exercise was to enhance the compatible in counter terror operations.
  10. Nomadic Elephant – 12th edition of India Magnolia joint military exercise held in Magnolia to raise the synergy and interoperability between the forces.
  11. CORPAT – 29th India Indonesia coordinate patrol bilateral maritime exercise was conducted at Andaman and Nicobar.
  12. Malabar – 21st edition of Malabar exercise was conducted in the Bay of Bengal and was attended by the navies of India, US, and Japan. The exercise was conducted in sea and shore phases. The exercises were for professional exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare.
  13. Maitree: A fortnight-long joint military exercise between the Indian and Thai armies has been conducted in Himachal Pradesh State of India. The joint exercise, named Maitree, takes place in Chamba district aiming to promote cooperation and enhance skills and experience exchange between the two countries’ armies.

Conclusion – Indian armed forces have a good level of coordination with the forces of other nations. The exercises can be asked in the defence competitive exams and candidates need to prepare for them to score more marks confidently. A short summary of all the crucial armed force excesses is mentioned above which is very productive for the candidates. Go through them and raise your score.

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