Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army Staff leading the 1.3 million-strong force. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army.
Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat is due to retire on December 31 after a three-year stint. He is expected to be appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff.
Before taking charge as vice chief of the Army Staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India's nearly 4,000-km border with China.