Doval was also the youngest police officer ever to get the Indian Police Medal (just after six years of service).
Doval belongs to the 1968 batch of the Kerala cadre and retired as the chief of the Intelligence Bureau in January 2005. The man from Garhwal came to prominence during the Mizoram insurgency when he broke rebel leader Laldenga's force in the late 1960s.
He also played a role in Sikkim's merger with India in the mid 1970s. In 1989, Doval led an Intelligence Bureau team along with the Punjab Police and National Security Guards to drive out terrorists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar during Operation Black Thunder.
Doval also served in Pakistan when J N Dixit was India's High Commissioner there and spent six years there. Doval was also among the three negotiators with the terrorists who had hijacked IC-814 to Kandahar in Afghanistan in December 1999.
In 2009, Doval was appointed the security advisor to the government of Karnataka.
Ajit doval: a man who starts thinking from the point where opponent stops. For people with my interest areas exciting times ahead. Hopefully— Toral Varia (@toralvaria) May 30, 2014
Very happy to c Mr Ajit Doval appointed as National Security Advisor. He is d best choice. Bravest & brightest! Grt to see merit recognised— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) May 30, 2014