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 Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, took office on 30 September 2019.

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Military Manpower
Active troops 1,440,000 (2nd)
Reserve forces 2,096,000 (5th)
Paramilitary forces
and CAPF
1,585,950 (6th)
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Officer ranks

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

OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) & Student officer
Flight Cadet
Marshal of the Indian Air Force 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The IAF rank of pilot officer is a rank in abeyance in the Air Force and is no longer in force, all officers begin as flying officers upon commissioning.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

No equivalent No equivalent
Master Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Junior Warrant Officer Sergeant Corporal Leading Aircraftsman Aircraftsman

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