VCOAS Biography


Lieutenant General Saroj Pratap Rana, rcds, psc assumed duty as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on 2nd Nov 2022.

A native of Kathmandu-15, Lieutenant General Rana earned his commission from Nepalese Military Academy in 1988 and joined Rajdal Battalion. During his 36 years of distinguished military career, Lieutenant General Rana has held varied and prestigious appointments. His significant responsibilities at Army Headquarters include Assistance Chief of the Army Staff, 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.

On instructional tenure, 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.

In a distinguished military career spanning nearly four decades, he has had varied experience on numerous critical command and staff appointments. He has commanded an independent infantry company, artillery battery, artillery battalions, infantry brigade, Artillery Directorate and an infantry division. He raised a new artillery battalion (Rajdal Bn) under most challenging circumstances. 

Lt Gen Rana brings with him enormous experience of serving in the United Nations Missions. 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, Lieutenant General Rana, throughout his exemplary military 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”.

Lieutenant 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 golf and prefers to travel in his leisure time.