List of Important Military Exercises for Defence Exams

List of Important Military Exercises for Defence Exams
01-August 2022........... 2 Comment(s)

The majority of competitive exams, notably those in the defence sector, include important questions about military training and exercises. Through analyzing the repercussions of conflict and putting strategies to the trial, military exercises are crucial for international collaboration in preparation for combat activities. India takes part in a variety of joint military exercises with foreign countries. This article contains a list of all significant military exercises in which India takes part as an active member. Check the list of important military exercises associated with India for upcoming defence exams. 


Types of Military Exercises - 


In order to prepare for and analyze war scenarios without actual conflict, joint military exercises recreate realistic conditions and scenarios. Depending on the circumstances and demands, they may be domestic, unilateral, bilateral, multilateral, or any combination of these.


  • Domestic or Unilateral Exercises


A domestic or unilateral exercise can be inter-services or intra-services and works to improve relationships inside the services, depending on its format and purpose. 


  • Bilateral Military Exercises


In the world of military training, bilateral exercises are quite important. These exercises are carried out between two nations so that their personnel can experience wartime situations. There are many different bilateral military drills, which we have discussed in the section below.


  • Multilateral Military Exercises


Compared to bilateral exercises, multilateral military exercises are exceptional. The military of more than two countries undertakes these exercises. Exercises that involve multiple organizations expose participants to a variety of possible military tactics and strategies.


All Important Unilateral, Bilateral and Multilateral Exercises





Domestic or Unilateral

Vayu Shakti

Within Indian Armed Forces

Gandiv Vijay

Vijay Prahar

Paschim Lehar


Vajra Prahar 

India and United States

Yuddh Abhyas 

India and United States

Garuda Shakti 

India and Indonesia


India and France


India and Bangladesh


India and Kyrgyzstan

Nomadic Elephant

India and Mongolia

Shakti Exercise

India and France


India and Russia

SIMBEX (Singapore India Maritime Bilateral Exercise)

India and Singapore

Dharma Guardian

India and Japan

Mitra Shakti

India and Sri Lanka

Surya Kiran

India and Nepal

Maitree Exercise

India and Thailand


(Among QUAD Nations)

  • India

  • United States

  • Japan

  • Australia

Samvedna - A Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise

Countries of South Asian Region

RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise)

  • India

  • United States

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Chile

  • Tonga

  • United Kingdom

  • Colombia

  • Denmark

  • France

  • Germany

  • Indonesia

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Malaysia

  • Mexico

  • Thailand

  • China

  • Australia

  • Brunei

  • Canada

  • Norway

  • Peru

  • Philippines

  • South Korea Singapore

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