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Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs)

Topics covered: Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs)

What to study?

For prelims and mains: IBGs- features, composition, need for and significance.

Context: Integrated Battle Groups will soon be operational.

What are IBGs?

IBGs are brigade-sized, agile, self-sufficient combat formations, which can swiftly launch strikes against adversary in case of hostilities.

Each IBG would be tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain and Task and resources will be allotted based on the three Ts.

 Their structure:

  • They need to be light so they will be low on logistics and they will be able to mobilise within 12-48 hrs based on the location.
  • An IBG operating in a desert needs to be constituted differently from an IBG operating in the mountains.
  • The IBGs will also be defensive and offensive. While the offensive IBGs would quickly mobilise and make thrust into enemy territory for strikes, defensive IBGs would hold ground at vulnerable points or where enemy action is expected. The composition of the IBGs would also depend on this.


This is one of the major reorganization plans of the Indian Army with the aim of enhancing command efficiency and the capacities for rapid response and coordinated operations.

Sources: the Hindu.