The Solicitor General of India is the government’s chief legal advisor and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. The Solicitor General of India is the secondary law officer of the country, assists the Attorney-General, and is himself assisted by several Additional solicitors General of India. Like the Attorney-General for India, the Solicitors General and the Additional Solicitors General advise the government and appear on behalf of the Union of India in terms of the Law Officers (Terms and conditions) Rules, 1972.
However, unlike the post of attorney-General for India, which is a constitutional post article 76, the posts of the Solicitors General are merely statutory. Appointments Committee of the cabinet appoints the Solicitors.