Rakesh Balwal Biography, Height, Age, Wife, Family, & More

Rakesh Balwal, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, currently holds the position of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Srinagar district, Jammu and Kashmir. Balwal belongs to the Manipur cadre of the 2012 batch of IPS officers. In 2018, he was appointed as Superintendent of Police for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for a term of four years. In a strategic move by the Union Home Ministry amidst the ongoing conflict in Manipur, Rakesh Balwal, a senior police official from Srinagar, was transferred to the northeastern state. He gained recognition for leading the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team that investigated the Pulwama terror attack case in 2019. In this article, you’ll find a comprehensive Rakesh Balwal biography.

Rakesh Balwal Biography

Rakesh Balwal, an IPS officer, played a crucial role in the NIA team that presented a comprehensive 13,800-page charge sheet in the Pulwama terror attack case, leading to multiple arrests. Despite being a Senior Section Engineer on the railroad, he swiftly devised plans to address the situation. With approximately 3,500 IPS officers dispersed across India, Balwal’s dedication to his duty was evident as he swiftly transitioned from Kashmir to Manipur, successfully cracking the Pulwama case. His notable contribution was in the investigation of the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel. This experience further solidified his resolve to directly impact society, a pursuit that the civil service provides him with. Recently, he was reassigned to Manipur to address the ongoing ethnic violence, a tragic situation that has already claimed over 180 lives since May 2023.

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Rakesh Balwal Picture

Personal Information

Real Name IPS Rakesh Balwal
Nickname AKA Rakesh
DOB (Date of Birth) 2 October 1979
Age 44 Years

Civil Service

Service Indian Police Service (IPS)
Batch 2012
Service Year 24 December 2012 – present
Cadre Manipur (2012-2021)
AGMUT (2021-2023)
Manipur (Second time; 2023-present)
Medal(s) 2021: ‘Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation’ for solving Pulwama case in 2019
Chief of Army Staff Commendation
A disc from the Director-General of CRPF
Birth Place Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Hometown Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
Religion Hinduism


School High School
College/University Government College of Engineering & Technology, Jammu and Kashmir
Educational Qualification B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 10”
Meter 1.78 m
Centimeters 178 cm
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Body Measurements 32-28-34

Family Information

Father Name N/A
Mother Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Marital Status N/A
Wife N/A
Children N/A


Girlfriend N/A


Profession Indian Police Service (IPS) officer
Net Worth 40-90 Lakhs INR


Color Black, Green, Yellow
Food Pakora, Chaat, Vada Pav
Drink Filter coffee (Kaapi)
Actor/Actress Vidya Balan
Songs Dil Jhoom
Movies Uri: The Surgical Strike
Hobbies Hiking, Writing
Rakesh Balwal Young Age Picture
Rakesh Balwal Young Age Picture


There is limited available information about Rakesh Balwal’s parents and family.


Rakesh Balwal was born on Tuesday, 2 October 1979, in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. As of the current date, he is 44 years old.


Rakesh Balwal pursued his schooling at a local institution. Following this, he obtained a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering and Technology in Jammu and Kashmir. Upon completing his graduation, he took up the position of a senior section engineer in the Indian Railways.

Height and Weight

Rakesh Balwal possesses an appealing physique, standing at an estimated height of 5 feet 11 inches, and maintaining a weight of roughly 63 kg.

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Rakesh Balwal completed his police training at LBSNAA, Hyderabad, on 24 December 2012, and subsequently became an IPS officer, being allotted the Manipur cadre. In 2017, he served as the Senior Superintendent of Police in Churachandpur.

In 2019, Balwal played a pivotal role in the investigation of the Pulwama terror attack, leading the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team. This tragic incident resulted in the loss of 40 CRPF jawans. Initially, the case had limited leads, but under Balwal’s leadership, a breakthrough came when he proposed examining the mobile phone seized from the suicide bomber. This yielded crucial photos that significantly aided in solving the case.

Furthermore, he collaborated with the US intelligence agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to probe the involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the Pulwama attack. In August 2020, under his guidance, the NIA presented a comprehensive 13,500-page charge sheet before a special court in Jammu and Kashmir.

Net Worth

As of 2023, Rakesh Balwal’s estimated net worth falls within the range of 40-90 Lakhs INR.

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