General JJ Singh Age, Biography, Wife & More


Real NameJoginder Jaswant Singh
NicknameGeneral JJ
ProfessionArmy Personnel
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 78 kg
in Pounds- 172 lbs
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 September 1945
Age (as in 2017)72 Years
Birth PlaceSama Satta, Bahawalpur (princely state, now in Pakistan), Punjab, British India
Zodiac sign/Sun signVirgo
SchoolSt. Anne's, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh (now in Telangana), India
St Mary's Presentation Convent, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Model Academy, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
CollegeNational Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Educational QualificationsNDA pass-out
Commissioned2 August 1964 (into the 9 Maratha Light Infantry)
Retirement30 Sept 2007
FamilyFather- Jaswant Singh Marwah (Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army)
Mother- Jaspal Kaur
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
HobbiesPlaying Basketball, Squash & Golf, Mountaineering
Favorite Things
Favorite SportsBasketball, Squash, and Golf
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
WifeAnupama Singh
ChildrenSon- 1
Daughter- 1


Some Lesser Known Facts About General JJ Singh

  • Does General JJ Singh smoke:? Not Known
  • Does General JJ Singh drink alcohol:? Yes
  • He was born in a small town Samma Satta in the Princely State of Bahawalpur (now in Pakistan).
  • His father, Jaswant Singh Marwah, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Army.
  • His family originally belongs to Daultala (also in Pakistan).
  • He is a 3rd-generation soldier of his family as his grandfather, Sepoy (Private) Atma Singh Marwah was enlisted as a drummer in the 1/67 Punjab Regiment of the British Indian Army in 1914 and fought in the First World War.
  • His father, Jaswant, passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in April 1943 and is a veteran of the Second World War.
  • When he was born, his father was posted at the Samma Satta.
  • In August 1947, his family migrated to Patiala in India.
  • He grew up in different regions of the Northern India as his father was frequently transferred.
  • He did his schooling in Catholic Convent Schools.
  • He joined the 25th course of the NDA (National Defence Academy) in January 1961.
  • In 1962, when the Sino-Indian War broke out, he was still a cadet and due to the war urgency, the one year course of NDA was shortened to 7 months. JJ Singh and his classmates were commissioned early as Second Lieutenant on 2 August 1964.
  • At the time of passing-out-ceremony, his grandfather blessed him saying- God willing, the son of a private shall be a colonel, and the son of the colonel shall be a general!
  • At the Investiture Parade in 1968, he received the Colour of the Batallion from the then President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain.
  • During his career, he was stationed at Nagaland, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Joshimath in Uttranchal (now Uttarakhand).
  • During his tenure with the Indian Army, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.
  • In 1991-92, he was wounded during a terrorist infiltration for which he was awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation.
  • On 1 February 2005, he was appointed the Chief of Army Staff in the Indian Army.
  • He is an ace shooter and loves to play Basketball, Squash & Golf.
  • He is a keen mountaineer and has been trained at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling under Late Tenzing Norgay.
  • In 2007, UK Sikh Forum awarded him the Sikh of the Year Award.
  • In 2009, the World Punjabi Organization awarded him the Punjabi Ratan Award.
  • In 2016, the French Government decorated him with the Legion of Honour. general-jj-singh-decorated-with-french-order-of-legion
  • In the 2017 Punjab Assembly Elections, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) nominated him a candidate from the Patiala constituency against Captain Amarinder Singh.