ACOAS Biography



Lieutenant General Saroj Pratap Rana, rcds, psc, MA, an alumnus of the Nepali Military Academy, was commissioned into the Nepali Army in 1988. He assumed duty as the Assistance Chief of Army Staff (ACOAS) on 28th of October 2021.

General Rana’s roles over his 35 years of his illustrious career have been diverse and dignified. The General has a wide range of experience of various high profile command, staff, and instructional appointments. He has commanded an independent infantry company, artillery battery, artillery battalions, infantry brigade, and an infantry division. He raised a new artillery battalion (Rajbal Bn) under most challenging circumstances. He also was the acting Director of then Artillery Directorate. He was a Directing Staff (DS) & a Senior Instructor (SI) in the Army Command and Staff College (Shivapuri) and was the Commandant of the High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School.

His significant responsibilities at Army Headquarters include the Corps Commander of the Corps of Intelligence, the Military Secretariat (MS), ADC to the Chief of Army Staff, and Planning Officer in the Directorate of Military Operations. His missions abroad include the United Nations Protective Force (UNPROFOR) in former Yugoslavia in 1992, Commanding Officer (CO) of then Indradhoj Company in the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 2000, UN Observer in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in 2004 and the Force Generation Service, Planning Officer (P4) at the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) in the UN Headquarters, New York in 2009.

A graduate of Army Command and Staff College, Nepal and Royal College of Defense Studies, UK, General Rana, throughout his exemplary career, has demonstrated dynamic leadership and outstanding professionalism.

In recognition of his dignified service, he has been awarded the prestigious “PARAM PAURAKH BHASKAR” and “SUPRABAL JANASEWA SHREE”.

General Rana is married to Dr. Kalpana Karki Rana, and the couple is blessed with two sons, Samyak and Sarthak. An avid reader and a keen sportsman, he loves to play tennis and likes to travel in his leisure time.