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.

Indian Armed Forces
Military Manpower
Active troops 1,395,100 (2nd)
Reserve forces 2,142,800 (7th)
Paramilitary forces
and CAPF
1,403,700 (1st)
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

Equivalent ranks of Indian Armed Forces (click to enlarge)

While the provision for the rank of Admiral of the Fleet exists, it is primarily intended for major wartime use and honour. No officer of the Indian Navy has yet been conferred this rank. Both the Army and Air Force have had officers who have been conferred with the equivalent rank – Field Marshals Sam Manekshaw and Cariappa of the Army and Marshal of the Indian Air Force (MIAF) Arjan Singh.

The highest ranked naval officer is the Chief of Naval Staff.

India uses the Midshipman rank in its navy, and all future officers carry the rank upon entering the Indian Naval Academy. They are commissioned Sub-lieutenants upon finishing their course of study. The Medical Officers use the prefix "Surgeon" with all the respective ranks, for example Surgeon Commander.

Rank Insignia of the Officers in INDIAN NAVY - Commissioned Officers

NATO code
OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and student officer
India India
IN Admiral of the NAVY Shoulder curl.pngBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-10.svg 14-Indian Navy-ADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 13-Indian Navy-VADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 12-Indian Navy-RADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg 11-Indian Navy-CDRE.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg 10-Indian Navy-CAPT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg 09-Indian Navy-CDR.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg 08-Indian Navy-LCDR.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg 07-Indian Navy-LT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg 06-Indian Navy-SLT.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg
Admiral of
the Fleet
Admiral2 Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant Sublieutenant

Other ranks

NATO code
OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
India India
India-Navy-OR-9.svg India-Navy-OR-8.svg India-Navy-OR-7.svg PO Indian Navy No equivalent Leading Seaman Indian Navy No equivalent
No insignia
Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Master Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Leading Seaman Ordinary Seaman


  • 1 Honorary/wartime rank.
  • 2 Held only by the Chief of the Naval Staff

See also

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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.

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.

Indian Naval Air Arm

The Indian Naval Air Arm is a naval aviation branch of the Indian Navy which is tasked to provide an aircraft carrier based strike capability, fleet air defence, maritime reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare.

Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) at Goa appears to direct the field operations of the air arm. FONA also serves as the Navy's Flag Officer Goa Area (FOGA).

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
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