Ajit Doval Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Wiki & More

Ajit Doval was born on 20 January 1945 (age 78; age as in 2023) in Ghiri Banelsyun, Pauri Garhwal, United Provinces, British India (now in Uttarakhand, India). He went to King George’s Royal Indian Military School (Ajmer Military School), Ajmer, Rajasthan. In 1967, Doval obtained Master’s in Economics from the University of Agra.

He was selected as an IPS Officer from the Kerala Cadre in 1968. He is known for being actively involved in anti-insurgency programs in states of Punjab and Mizoram. It was during his tenure that the 2016 Indian Line of Control Strike and 2019 Balakot Airstrike were conducted on 29 September 2016 and 26 February 2019 respectively. Ajit Doval was trained under M K Narayanan, former IPS Officer and the 3rd National Security Advisor of India.

Ajit Doval Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Wiki & More

Ajit Doval Biography & Wiki

Full NameAjit Kumar Doval
ProfessionCivil Servant
Date of Birth20 January 1945
Age (as in 2023)78 years
BirthplaceGhiri Banelsyun, Pauri Garhwal, United Province, British India (now in Uttarakhand, India)
Zodiac signAquarius
HometownPauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India
Major Designation(s)1. Doval joined Indian Police Services in 1968 in Kerala cadre
2. Between 2004 and 2005, Doval served as the Director of Intelligence Bureau.
3. In December 2009, he became the founder-director of Vivekananda International Foundation, a think tank setup by Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented organization.
4. He was appointed as India’s fifth National Security Adviser in May 2014 by the Government of India.
Educational Qualification
SchoolKing Geoge’s Royal Indian Military School (Ajmer Military School), Ajmer, Rajasthan
College/University1. Agra University, Uttar Pradesh, India
2. National Defence College Delhi, India
Educational QualificationMasters in Economics
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseAnu Doval
ChildrenSons- Shaurya Doval (Diplomat), Vivek Doval (Chartered Financial Analyst)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Gunanad Doval (Army Personnel)
Mother- Name Not Known
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx)in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in feet inches- 5’4″
Weight (approx)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 Ibs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack

Who Is Ajit Doval?

Ajit Kumar Doval is a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer and the 5th National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Having held the office of National Security Advisor, Ajit also served as an Indian spy to Pakistan for seven years.

Ajit Doval Education

Ajit Doval did his schooling at King George’s Royal Indian Military School (now as Ajmer Military School), in Ajmer, Rajasthan. In 1967, from Agra University, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics. In December 2017, Doval was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Agra University. In May 2018, he received an honorary doctorate in Literature from Kumaun University. In November 2018, he received an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from Amity University.

Family & Caste

Ajit Doval was born in a Brahmin Family to Gunanad Doval, an army personnel. He is married to Anu Doval and has two sons, Vevek Doval and Shaurya Doval.

Vivek Doval is a chartered financial analyst who is a citizen of the UK and resides in Singapore. Shaurya Doval is an Indian Diplomat.


Ajit Kumar Doval started his police career in 1968 as an IPS Officer from the Kerala Cadre. He played a critical role in the anti-insurgency operation in the states of Punjab and Mizoram. In 1999, Doval was instrumental in the negotiation involving the release of passengers from IC-814 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which was under the control of the Taliban at that time. The hostage crisis ended only after India released three militants (Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, and Maulana Masood Azhar).

Notably, Doval has an experience of being involved in the termination of all 15 hijackings of Indian Airlines aircraft between 1971-1999.

Ajit Doval served as the head of the Operations Wing of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for nearly a decade. In 2004-05, he was appointed in the office of the Director of the IB. He was the Founder-Chairperson of the Multi-Agency Center (MAC) and Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI).

Doval is responsible for winning over six of Laldenga’s seven commanders during the ‘Mizo National Front insurgency’ (MNF), which was aimed at establishing a sovereign state for Mizos. He spent considerable time in Burma and also in Chinese Territory. He helped in merging of the state of Sikkim with India.

Ajit played an important role in the rescue of Liviu Radu, a Romanian Diplomat, who was captured by ‘Khalistan Liberation Force’ (KLF). The capture was carried out as a retaliation for the arrest of KLF members who were the key suspects in the assassination attempt of the then Indian ambassador to Romania, Julio Francis Ribeiro. Doval was involved in the ‘Operation Black Thunder’ in Punjab.

Doval also spent seven years in Pakistan as an undercover agent for India. He disguised as a Muslim in Pakistan, and conveyed important information to India during his time in Pakistan. In 1990, he was sent to Kashmir and convinced militants like Kuka Parray to become counter-insurgents targeting Anti-India terrorists. His act of convincing Kuka Parray paved way for State Election in Jammu and Kashmir in 1996.

After his stint in Jammu and Kashmir, he was appointed as a minister in Indian High Commission in London.

In January 2005, he retired from the post of Director, Intelligence Bureau. However, even after retirement, he has been actively involved in the matters concerning the national security of India. He founded the Vivekananda International Foundation in December 2009.

Doval was appointed as the 5th National Security Advisor of India on 30 May 2014. He was responsible for the secure return of 46 Indian nurses, trapped in a hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. He flew to Iraq on 25 June 2014 to talk to the high officials of the Iraqi Government. On 5 July 2014, the Indian nurses returned.

He, along with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, was also responsible for a military operation against militants operating out of Myanmar.

He was appointed at the Chairman of the Strategic Policy Group (SPG) in October 2018. SPG forms the first tier of the three-tier security at the National Security Council.

Ajit Doval After Retirement

In January 2005, Ajit Doval retired as the director of the ‘Intelligence Bureau (IB)’. In December 2009, he became the founder director of ‘Vivekananda International Foundation’. Doval ji has actively written editorial piecces for leading newspapers and magazines.

Has lectured on national security in India, its challenges and foreign policies in government and non-government institutions, think tanks etc. In India and abroad. In 2009 and 2011 Ajit Doval co-authored two reports on ‘Indian Black Money Abroad Secret Banks and Tax Havens’.

Ajit Doval – New National Security Advisor of India

Ajit Doval was reappointed as the ‘National Security Advisor’ for five more years on June 3, 2019. He was given the rank of ‘Cabinet Minister’ in the second term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Narendra Modi.

On May 15, 2020 Myanmar military handed over a group of 22 insurgents operating in the northeastern states of India to the Government of India in a special aircraft.

Interesting Facts about IPS Ajit Doval

  • IPS officer Ajit Doval is a 1968 batch IPS officer of Kerala Cadre, during which he also played an important role in the anti-insurgency movement in Punjab and Mizoram.
  • In 1999 AD, he talked to the government on the issue of kidnapping of passengers in IC 814 in Kandahar.
  • Ajit Doval had also become the chairman of the Multi Agency Center and Joint Task Force on Intelligence founder.
  • IPS officer Ajit Doval also played a very important role in the surgical strike in Jammu and Kashmir and the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force on the terrorists.
  • IPS Officer Ajit Doval was also made the chairman of the Street Lick Polivy Group in 2018 AD, apart from this, he has played a very brilliant role in the retaliation by the Indian Air Force in response to the Pulwama terror Attack.
  • IPS officer Ajit Doval became the youngest officer to receive the Police Medal for Meritorious Services after almost 6 years in his service.
  • IPS officer Ajit Doval was also awarded the President’s Police Medal. This medal is awarded by the President of India for his gallantry and distinguished service on the occasion of Republic Day and Independence Day.


Who is Ajit Doval?

Ajit Doval is the ‘5th and current National Security Advisor’ (NSA) of PM Narendra Modi. He was born on 20 January 1945 in Ghiri Banelsyun village of Pauri Garhwal in a Garhwali family. His father was Gunanad Doval, who was an officer in the Indian Army. For this reason, he did his studies in military school.

What is the salary of Ajit Doval?

Ajit Doval’s salary is Rs 162,500. (or $2400)/month.

Who is the present National Security Advisor of India?

Present National Security Advisor of India is Ajit Doval. He was appointed as the National Security Advisor on June 3, 2019 for five years.

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