Air Force ranks and insignia of India

The Indian Air Force's rank structure is based on that of the Royal Air Force. The highest rank attainable in the Indian Air Force is Marshal of the Indian Air Force, conferred by the President of India after exceptional service during wartime. MIAF Arjan Singh was the only officer to have achieved this rank. The head of the Indian Air Force is the Chief of the Air Staff, who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal. The current Chief of the Air Staff is Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, appointed on 31 December 2016, following the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

Indian Armed Forces
Military Manpower
Active troops 1,440,000 (2nd)
Reserve forces 2,096,000 (5th)
Paramilitary forces
and CAPF
1,585,950 (6th)
Indian Army Flag of Indian Army.svg
Indian Air Force Air Force Ensign of India.svg
Indian Navy Naval Ensign of India.svg
Paramilitary forces of India
Central Armed Police Forces
Strategic Nuclear Command
Military history of India
Air Force ranks and insignia
Army ranks and insignia
Naval ranks and insignia

Officer ranks

The following table shows the officer rank insignia for the Indian Air Force. Even though India is not a NATO country, the NATO ranking codes are given for comparison with other nations' military ranks (see Air force officer rank insignia for more information).

Equivalent ranks of Indian Armed Forces (click to enlarge)
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) & Student officer
India India
India-AirForce-OF-10-collected India-AirForce-OF-9-collected India-AirForce-OF-8-collected India-AirForce-OF-7-collected India-AirForce-OF-6-collected British RAF OF-5.svg British RAF OF-4.svg British RAF OF-3.svg British RAF OF-2.svg British RAF OF-1b.svg Flight Cadet
Marshal of the IAF Air Chief Marshal Air Marshal Air Vice-Marshal Air Commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer

The IAF rank of pilot officer is a rank in abeyance in the Air Force and is no longer in force, all officers begin as flying officers upon commissioning.

Junior commissioned officer and non-commissioned ranks

OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
India India
India-Air-OR-9.svg India-Air-OR-8.svg India-Air-OR-7.svg IAF Sgt Arm.png No equivalent IAF Cpl Arm.png No equivalent IAF LAC Arm.png IAF AC Arm.png
Master Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Junior Warrant Officer Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftsman Aircraftsman
            Non combatant Enrolled

See also

Army ranks and insignia of India

The following tables present the ranks of the Indian Army. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western militaries, and in particular reflect those of the British and Commonwealth armies. Traditional names for ranks are still used, as well as Western names.

Naval ranks and insignia of India

The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian Navy. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western militaries, and reflect those of the British military ranks.

Outline of India

The following outline is provided as an overview of, and topical guide to, India:

India – seventh-largest country by area, located on the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. India was home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, and is the birthplace of four world religions—Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism. India endured colonization, eventually being administered by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was mainly non-violent resistance, led by influential figures like Mahatma Gandhi, and underwent a violent partition. India is the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and is also the most populous democracy in the world.

Police ranks and insignia of India

Gazetted officers include all the Indian Police Service officers which are Class I officers of the cadre and all State Police Services officers of and above the rank of inspector of police and State Police forces respectively. All are arranged in a hierarchical order.

Equivalent ranks of Indian military
Indian Navy Indian Army Indian Air Force
Commissioned ranks
Admiral of
the Fleet
Field Marshal Marshal of
the Air Force
Admiral General Air Chief Marshal
Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Air Marshal
Rear Admiral Major General Air Vice Marshal
Commodore Brigadier Air Commodore
Captain Colonel Group Captain
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander
Lt. Commander Major Squadron Leader
Lieutenant Captain Flight Lieutenant
Sub Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer
Junior commissioned ranks
Master Chief
Petty Officer
1st Class
Subedar Major[Alt 1] Master warrant officer
Master Chief
Petty Officer
2nd Class
Subedar[Alt 2] Warrant officer
Petty Officer
Naib Subedar[Alt 3] Junior warrant officer
Non-commissioned ranks
Petty Officer Havildar Sergeant
Leading Seaman Naik Corporal
Seaman 1 Lance Naik Leading aircraftsman
Seaman 2 Sepoy Aircraftsman
  1. ^ Risaldar Major in cavalry and armoured regiments
  2. ^ Risaldar in cavalry and armoured regiments
  3. ^ Naib Risaldar in cavalry and armoured regiments.
    Called as Jemadar until 1965.
Military ranks and insignia by country
Post-Soviet states
Commonwealth of Nations


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