Param Vir Chakra Award

Param Vir Chakra Award is India’s highest defence honour awarded for the highest degree of courage and bravery in the battlefield (during war / in front of enemy ).

Param Vir Chakra Award was established on 26 January 1950 by the President of India, with effect from 15 August 1947. It is the second highest award of India after Bharat Ratna.

Since Indpendence Only 21 Awards were made. In which 14 were honored posthumous. Of the 21 Awardees, 20 are from the Indian Army and one from the Indian Air Force.

List of Param Vir Chakra Award Winner since Independence


Name Regiment Date Notes
1 Major Som Nath Sharma 4th Battalion, Kumaon Regiment 11 March 1947 Honored  Posthumous
2 Lance Naik Karam Singh 1st Battalion, Sikh Regiment 13 October 1948
3 Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane Corps of Engineers 04 August 1948
4 Naik Jadu Nath Singh 1st Battalion, Rajput Regiment 01 February 1948 Honored  Posthumous
5 Company Havildar Major Piru Singh Shekhawat 6th Battalion, Rajputana Rifles 17 -18 July 1948 Honored  Posthumous
6 Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria 3rd Battalion, 1st Gorkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) 12 May 1961 Honored  Posthumous
7 Major Dhan Singh Thapa 1st Battalion, 8th Gorkha Rifles 20 October 1962
8 Subedar Joginder Singh 1st Battalion, Sikh Regiment 23 October 1962 Honored  Posthumous
9 Major Shaitan Singh 13th Battalion, Kumaon Regiment 18 November 1962 Honored  Posthumous
10 Company Quarter Master Havildar Abdul Hamid 4th Battalion, The Grenadiers 09 October 1965 Honored  Posthumous
11 Lieutenant-Colonel Ardeshir Burzorji Tarapore 17th Poona Horse 15 October 1965 Honored  Posthumous
12 Lance Naik Albert Ekka 14th Battalion, Brigade of the Guards 12 March 1971 Honored  Posthumous
13 Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon No.18 Squadron, Indian Air Force 14 December 1971 Honored  Posthumous
14 2/Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal 17th Poona Horse 16 December 1971 Honored  Posthumous
15 Major Hoshiar Singh 3rd Battalion, The Grenadiers 17 December 1971
16 Naib Subedar Bana Singh 8th Battalion, Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry 23 June 1987
17 Major Ramaswamy Parameshwaran 8th Battalion, Mahar Regiment 25 November 1987 Posthumous
18 Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey 1st Battalion, 11th Gorkha Rifles 07 March 1999 Honored  Posthumous
19 Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav 18th Battalion, The Grenadiers 07 April 1999
20 Rifleman Sanjay Kumar 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles 07 May 1999
21 Captain Vikram Batra 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles 07 June 1999 Honored  Posthumous