Indian order of precedence

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The Order of precedence of the Republic of India is the protocol list[1] (hierarchy of important positions) in which the functionaries and officials are listed according to their rank and office in the Government of India. The order is established by the President of India, through the Office of the President of India and is maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is only used to indicate ceremonial protocol and has no legal standing; it does not reflect the Indian presidential line of succession or the co-equal status of the separation of powers under the Constitution. It is also not applicable to day-to-day functioning of Government of India.

As of December 2014, the following is the list:

Rank Persons
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2
3
4
5
5A
6
7
8
9
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  • Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha - P. J. Kurien,
  • Deputy Chief Ministers of States,
  • Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha - M. Thambidurai,
  • Members of the Planning Commission, (See note #1 below)
  • Ministers of States of the Union.
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12
13
  • Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary accredited to India.
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  • Chief Justices of States,
  • Chairman and Speakers of State Legislatures (within their respective States).
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  • Chief Ministers of Union Territories within their respective Union Territories,
  • Cabinet Ministers in States (within their respective States),
  • Chief Executive Councillor Delhi (within their respective Union Territories),
  • Deputy Ministers of the Union.
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  • Officiating Chiefs of Staff holding the rank of Lieutenant General or equivalent rank.
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  • Judges of State High Courts of India(Justices of States),
  • Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal,
  • Chairman, Minorities Commission,
  • Chairman, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission,
  • Judicial Members, National Green Tribunal (NGT) [2]
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  • Cabinet Ministers in States (outside their respective States),
  • Chairmen and Speakers of State Legislatures (outside their respective States),
  • Chairmen, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission,
  • Deputy Chairmen and Deputy Speakers of State Legislatures (within their respective States),
  • Ministers of State in States (within their respective States),
  • Ministers of Union Territories and Executive Councillors of Delhi (within their respective Union Territories),
  • Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories,
  • Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (within their respective Union Territories).
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  • Chief Commissioners of Union Territories not having Councils of Ministers (within their respective Union Territories),
  • Deputy Ministers in States (within their respective States),
  • Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories,
  • Deputy Chairman of Metropolitan Council Delhi (with in their respective Union Territories).
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  • Deputy Chairman and Deputy Speakers of State Legislatures (outside their respective States),
  • Ministers of State in States (outside their respective State).
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  • Deputy Ministers in States (outside their respective States).
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  • Army Commanders/Vice Chief of the Army Staff or equivalent in other Services,
  • Chief Secretaries to State Governments (within their respective States)
  • Principal Chief Commissioners of Income Tax (within their respective States)
  • CBDT Chairman
  • Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities,
  • Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes,
  • Members, Minorities Commission,
  • Members, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission,
  • Expert Members, National Green Tribunal (NGT) [2]
  • Officers of the rank of full General or equivalent rank,
  • Secretaries to the Government of India (including officers holding this office ex officio),
  • Secretary, Minorities Commission,
  • Secretary, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission,
  • Secretary to the President,
  • Secretary to the Prime Minister,
  • Secretary, Rajya Sabha/Lok Sabha,
  • Solicitor General,
  • Vice-Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal.
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25
  • Advocate Generals of States
  • Additional Secretaries to the Government of India
  • Additional Solicitor General
  • Chairman, Tariff Commission
  • Charge Affairs and Acting High Commissioners a pied and adinterim
  • Chief Ministers of Union Territories (outside their respective Union Territories)
  • Chief executive Councillor of Delhi (outside their respective Union Territories)
  • Chief Secretaries of State Governments (outside their respective States),
  • Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General
  • Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
  • Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council, (outside their respective Union Territories)
  • Deputy Chairman, Delhi Metropolitan Council(outside their respective Union Territories)
  • Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Director General, Border Security Force
  • Director General, Central Reserve Police
  • Director, Intelligence Bureau
  • Lieutenant Governors (outside their respective Union Territories)
  • Members, Central Administrative Tribunal
  • Members, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission
  • Members, Union Public Service Commission
  • Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities
  • Ministers of Union Territories and Executives Councillors, Delhi (outside their respective rank)
  • Principal Staff Officers of the Armed Forces of the rank of Major General or equivalent rank
  • Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
  • Chief Commissioner of Income Tax
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 Notes: 
 #1. As of Jan 01 2015, the Planning Commission has been replaced by NITI Aayog.[3] However, the MHA hasn't yet updated the Indian Order of Precedence.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "President's Secretariat". Office of the President of India. Rajya Sabha. 1979-08-26. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b c http://envfor.nic.in/sites/default/files/major/ngt-rules-2011.pdf
  3. ^ "Government constitutes National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 9 January 2015.