Ranks and Pay Scale in Indian Defence Forces

Every now and then we come across the Indian Armed Forces ranks like Lieutenant and Commander and feel guilty that we don’t even know the correct hierarchy of the ranks in our Forces. Its time to throw all the guilt away and clear all the confusion as we will list the correct order of ranks of both commissioned and non commissioned officers of all the three Forces that is, The Indian Army, The Indian Air Force and The Indian Navy along with their crests and insignia.

Crests of the Indian Armed Forces

Crests of the Indian Armed Forces

Indian Army
Commissioned Officers Junior Commissioned Officers Other Ranks
1 Field Marshal Subedar major Havildar
2 General Subedar Naik
3 Lt. General Naib Subedar Lance Naik
4 Major General Sepoy
5 Brigadier
6 Colonel
7 Lt. Colonel
8 Major
9 Captain
10 Lieutenant

Indian Army

Indian Air Force
Commissioned Officers Junior Commissioned Officers Other Ranks
1 Marshal of the Air Force Master Warrant Officer Sergeant
2 Air Chief Marshal Warrant Officer Corporal
3 Air Marshal Junior Warrant Officer Leading Aircraftman
4 Air Vice Marshal Aircraftman
5 Air Commodore
6 Group Captain
7 Wing Commander
8 Squadron Leader
9 Flight Lieutenant
10 Flying Officer

India Armed Force

 

Indian Navy

Commissioned Officers Junior Commissioned Officers Other Ranks
1 Admiral of the fleet Master Chief Petty Officer (1st Class) Petty Officer
2 Admiral Master Chief Petty Officer (2nd Class) Leading Seaman
3 Vice Admiral Chief Petty Officer Seaman 1
4 Rear Admiral Seaman 2
5 Commodore
6 Captain
7 Commander
8 Lt. Commander
9 Lieutenant
10 Sub Lieutenant

Indian Armed Force

Equivalent ranks In The India Armed Forces:
Army Air Force Navy
Commissioned Officers  
Field Marshal Marshal of the Air Force Admiral of the fleet
General Air Chief Marshal Admiral
Lt. General Air Marshal Vice Admiral
Major General Air Vice Marshal Rear Admiral
Brigadier Air Commodore Commodore
Colonel Group Captain Captain
Lt. Colonel Wing Commander Commander
Major Squadron Leader Lt. Commander
Captain Flight Lieutenant Lieutenant
Lieutenant Flying Officer Sub Lieutenant
Junior Commissioned Officers
Subedar major Master Warrant Officer Master Chief Petty Officer (1st Class)
Subedar Warrant Officer Master Chief Petty Officer (2nd Class)
Naib subedar Junior Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer
Other Ranks
Havildar Sergeant Petty Officer
Naik Corporal Leading Seaman
Lance Naik Leading Aircraftman Seaman 1
Sepoy Aircraftman Seaman 2

 Pay Scale in Indian Armed Forces: 

Pay Band In Hand Salary (Approx.)
Officers
Field Marshal NA 2,50,000
General NA 2,25,000
Lt. General 67,000 – 79,000 2,00,000
Major General 37,400 – 67,000 1,80,000
Brigadier 37,400 – 67,000 1,50,000
Colonel 37,400 – 67,000 1,30,000
Lt. Colonel 37,400 – 67,000 1,12,000
Major 15,600 – 39,100 1,00,000
Captain 15,600 – 39,100 75,000
Lieutenant 15,600 – 39,100 68,000
JCOs
Subedar major 9,300 – 34,800 65,000
Subedar 9,300 – 34,800 50,000
Naib subedar 9,300 – 34,800 45,000
ORs
Havildar 5,200 – 20,200 40,000
Naik 5,200 – 20,200 35,000
Lance Naik 5,200 – 20,200 30,000
Sepoy 5,200 – 20,200 25,000

 (The Salary of Air Force and Navy Officers and Soldiers is similar to the Army.)

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