Naval ranks and insignia of India

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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.

Officer ranks[edit]

Equivalent ranks of Indian Armed Forces (click to enlarge)

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 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.

Rank Insignia of the Officers in INDIAN NAVY - Commissioned Officers

OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) & Student officer
India India
IN Admiral of the NAVY Shoulder curl.pngBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-10.svg Indian Admiral.jpgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg Indian Vice Admiral.gifBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg India Rear Admiral.gifBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy OF-6.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy OF-5.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy OF-4.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy OF-3.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy OF-2.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg British Royal Navy OF-1b.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg
Admiral of
the Fleet
Admiral2 Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant Sublieutenant

JCO's and Other Ranks[edit]

Rank Insignia of the Indian Navy - JCO's and Other Ranks
Junior Commissioned Officer Other Ranks
Shoulder MCPO-I.png MCPO-II.png CPO.png Arm PO Indian Navy.svg Leading Seaman Indian Navy.svg
Rank Master Chief
Petty Officer
1st Class
Master Chief
Petty Officer
2nd Class
Petty Officer
Petty Officer Leading Seaman Seaman 11 Seaman 21
  • 1 No Insignia


  • 1 Honorary/wartime rank.
  • 2Held only by the Chief of the Naval Staff

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