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A havildar (Hindi: हविलदार (Devanagari) حوِلدار (Perso-Arabic)) was the military commander of a fort during the times of the Maratha Empire. In the British Indian Army it was the equivalent rank to sergeant, next above naik, and is still used in the modern Indian Army and Pakistan Army. The cavalry equivalent is daffadar. Like a British sergeant, a havildar wears three rank chevrons.[1]

Havildars may also hold appointments, based on seniority and merit, for which they receive additional appointment pay. In order of rising seniority, these are:[2]

The appointments of company quartermaster havildar and company havildar major also existed in the British Indian Army.


  1. ^ "Indian army ranks". Ranks of the army. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "India Military Ranks". Ravi Rikhye. 28 April 2002. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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