Ranks and Pay Scale in Indian Defence Forces

Indian Armed Forces is the backbone of the nation. It is an organization that deals with natural and man-made disasters. Indian Armed Forces is divided into three wings, including Army, Air Force, and Navy and each of these wings hold different ranks. In general, we all know that the Indian Armed Forces includes ranks like Lieutenant and commander. However, the fact is different here. So, we bring complete details about the Indian Armed Forces Ranks and Pay Scales for students preparing for Defence exam. Scroll down to gain your knowledge and clear all your doubts related to Indian Armed Forces Ranks and Pay Scales.

Indian Army – Indian Armed Forces Ranks

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 Air Force – Indian Armed Forces Ranks

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


Indian Navy – Indian Armed Forces Ranks

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


Equivalent Indian Armed Forces Ranks

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

Indian Armed Forces Pay Scale

Pay Band In Hand Salary (Approx.)
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
Subedar major 9,300 – 34,800 65,000
Subedar 9,300 – 34,800 50,000
Naib subedar 9,300 – 34,800 45,000
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

 Note: The Salary of Air Force and Navy Officers and Soldiers is similar to the Army.

It is important to know about all these Indian Armed Forces Ranks and their pay scales if you are willing to be a part of Indian Armed Forces. Hope the above tables clarify all your doubts and provide complete details about the ranks. To be a part of Indian Armed Forces, simply enroll yourself in Major Kalshi Classes and start your preparation as soon as possible.

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