Equivalent Ranks of the Indian Armed Forces – Army, Air Force and Navy

Indian Defense Services remain as one of the best organised, structured, equipped and disciplined organisation to react to any threat and natural and man made disasters.

Equivalent Ranks of the Indian Armed Forces – Army, Air Force and Navy

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Ranks : Officers

Officer Ranks of the three Services are given below :

– Ranks are listed from top to bottom. During SSB if asked about the equivalent ranks of the Indian Defence Services then you must start from bottom and go on till the top. Eg: Start from Lieutenant.

* Represents a 5 Star Rank

  • Admiral of the fleet, never been awarded
  • Field marshal, awarded to Kodandera Madappa Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw
  • Marshal of the Indian Air Force, awarded to Arjan Singh. Arjan Singh is the only living Indian Military officer with a 5 Star Rank.
  • Indian military officers of five-star rank hold their rank for life, and are considered to be serving officers until their deaths.

Army

Air Force 

Navy

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

 

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Ranks : Personnel Below Officers’ Rank ( PBOR )

Although in SSB Interview you are generally asked about the equivalent ranks of the officer cadre only, but If you are a ward of a Personnel below Officer Rank, then you may expect this too.

Ranks of the PBOR of Indian Army, Air Force and Navy are given below :

– Ranks are listed from top to bottom

Army

Air Force

Navy

Subedar/Risaldar Major Master Warrant Officer Master Chief Petty Officer ( First Class )
Subedar/Risaldar Warrant Officer Master Chief Petty Officer ( Second Class )
Naib Subedar/Risaldar Junior Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer
Lance Havildar/Daffadar Sergeant Petty Officer
Naik Corporal Leading Seaman
Lance Naik Leading Aircraftsman Seaman I
Sepoy Airman Seaman II

Note : Personnel below Officer ranks too are Promoted to Officer ranks , known as Honorary ranks for their exceptional Service.

Equivalent ranks of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard : 

ICG Ranks

Navy Ranks

Director General Vice Admiral  (FOC-in-C’s Scale)
Additional Director General Vice Admiral (HAG scale)
Inspector General Rear Admiral
Deputy Inspector General  (Senior) Commodore
Deputy Inspector General (Junior) Captain
Commandant Captain (with seniority) or Commander
Commandant (Junior Grade) Commander
Deputy Commandant Lt. Commander
Assistant Commandant Lieutenant
Assistant Commandant (Trainee) Sub Lieutenant
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