Originally a soldier, Chandan Singh Rawat left the Indian Army in 1950 to pursue a career as a professional footballer. He played in midfield for the Indian team that won the gold medal in the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi and also played in the 1952 Olympics, where India suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Yugoslavia. He played his club football in Calcutta, firstly for East Bengal and then for Mohun Bagan and the Rajasthan Club. Singh Rawat took up coaching after his playing days were over, the highlight of his coaching career came in 1997 when he led India to victory in the South Asian Football Federation Cup. He suffered from ill health and financial hardships in his latter years.