Equivalent Ranks Of Officers In Army, Navy and Air Force

Commissioned officers serve as the core leadership cadre of the Indian Army. These officers are tasked to command troop formations ranging from operational Platoon/Company sized bodies to strategic brigade, division, Corp sized formations. Through this article, we aim to highlight the list of equivalent ranks awarded to officers of the Indian Armed Forces The information provided in this article will be immensely profitable for various competitive examinations like UPSC prelims, SSC, State Services, NDA, CDS and Railways.

The Indian Defence Services i.e. The Indian Army, Navy, Air force are committed to the security of our country from a range of internal and external security threats, ranging across a vast spectrum of warfare. They are one of the world’s most formidable, well organized, trained and disciplined organisations in the world, trained to react to any threat.
The Indian Army is the land-based component of the Indian Armed Forces. The equivalent ranks of the three services are given. The President of India is the Head of State of India and the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. As the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces, the President plays some of the most significant roles, not only in appointing the chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force; but also in declaring war or concluding peace treaties, subject to the approval of the Parliament. The officers commissioned by the President become leaders of the army and hold commands everywhere from platoon/company to brigade, division, corps, to the entire army.

Equivalent Ranks of Officer Rank in Army, Navy and Air Force

ArmyNavyAir Force
GeneralAdmiralAir Chief Marshal
Lieutenant GeneralVice Admiral Air Marshal
Major GeneralRear AdmiralAir Vice-Marshal
BrigadierCommodoreAir Commodore
ColonelCaptainGroup Captain
Lieutenant ColonelColonel Commander Wing Commander
MajorLieutenant Commander Squadron Leader
CaptainLieutenant Flight Lieutenant
LieutenantSub LieutenantFlying Officer

Equivalent Ranks of Personnel Below Officer Rank in Army, Navy and Air Force

Air ForceArmyNavy
MWOSubedar MajorMaster Chief Petty Officer Artificer I and II
WOSubedarChief Artificer / Chief Mech I and II
JWONaib SubedarCPO / Mech III / Artificer III / Artificer II / Mech II / Artificer I / Mech I
SergeantHavaldarPetty Officer / Mech IV / Artificer IV
CorporalNaikLeading Seaman and equivalent
AC / LACSepoySeaman I and equivalent

Equivalent Honorary Ranks

Air ForceArmyNavy
MCPO I / Honorary LieutenantSubedar Major / Honorary CaptainMWO / Honorary Flight Lieutenant
MCPO II / Honorary LieutenantSubedar / Honorary CaptainWO / Honorary Flight Lieutenant
MCPO I / Sub LieutenantSubedar Major / Honorary LieutenantMWO / Honorary Flight Officer
MCPO II / Sub LieutenantSubedar / Honorary LieutenantWO / Honorary Flight Officer

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