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 1,440,000 (2nd)
Reserve forces 2,096,000 (5th)
Paramilitary forces
and CAPF
1,585,950 (6th)
Indian Army
Indian Air Force
Indian Navy
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

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 K. M. 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.

NATO code
OF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6OF-5OF-4OF-3OF-2OF-1OF(D) and student officer
Admiral of
the Fleet
Admiral2 Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant Sublieutenant

Other ranks

NATO code
No equivalent 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 Honourary/Ceremonial/wartime rank. Has never been awarded.
    • 2 Held only by the Chief of the Naval Staff

    See also

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