BRIEF DESCRIPTION ABOUT

 INDIAN ARMY RANKS

"Indian Army" is the epitome of Valour , Glory, Sacrifice & Duty. Indian has one of the outstanding armies in the world. It ensures national security by fighting against external aggressions and internal threats to maintain peace & security within borders. 

Working with Indian Army is a great matter of pride. There are various honourable ranks in the system to distinguish a soldier's responsibility & authority. Each rank holds a different insignia which adds splendour to the grandeur of Indian Army Uniform.

The overall outlook of Army Uniform looks majestic. Tempted by the elegance and nobility of Indian Ranks, perks and salary, lakhs of aspirants apply each year for the recruitment in Armed Forces. 

Read the following list of Indian Army Ranks in decending order of priority

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COMMISSIONED OFFICER

FIELD MARSHAL

The Field Marshal rank is the highest rank in the army. It does not currently exist in the army structure. It is mostly honorary , however two officers were conferred with this rank, namely the late Field Marshal Manekshaw and the late Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa.


Insignia- National emblem over a crossed baton and sabre in a lotus blossom wreath

Retirement- There is no retirement age for this rank. It is awarded lifelong.

GENERAL

Apart from the honrary rank of Field Marshal the highest rank is of GENERAL in the Indian Army. It is held only by the CHIEF of Army Staff of Indian Army. This rank is equivalent to cabinet secratary of India.


PAY LEVEL- 18, Rs. 250,000

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Insignia- National emblem over a five-pointed star, both over a crossed baton and sabre

Retirement- 3 years as COAS or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

LIEUTINENT GENERAL

Lieutinent Generals are appointed by selection only. Minimum 36 years of commissioned service is important also he may have held the position of a Vice Chief of Army Staff or Army Commanders.


PAY LEVEL- 17, Rs. 225,000

Insignia- National emblem over crossed baton and sabre.

Retirement- 60

MAJOR GENERAL

Major Generals are appointed by selection only. 28 years of commissioned service is required.


PAY LEVEL- 14, Rs. 144,200-218,200


Insignia- Five-pointed star over crossed baton and sabre.

Retirement- 58

BRIGADIER

Brigadiers are also appointed by slection only. 25 years of commissioned service is required.


PAY-LEVEL-13A, Rs. 1,39,600-2,17,600


Insignia- National emblem over three five-pointed stars in a triangular formation.

Retirement- 56

COLONEL

Colonel and above ranks are selection based ranks. 15 years of commissioned service is required for selection. Duration of Time scale promotion to Colonel is 26 years of commissioned service.


PAY LEVEL- 13, Rs. 130,600-215,900

Insignia- National emblem over two five-pointed stars

Retirement- 54

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

This rank is achieved after the completion of 13 years of reckonable commissioned service subject to clearance of Part-D exam.


PAY LEVEL-12A, Rs. 121,200-212,400

Insignia- National emblem over a five-pointed star.

Retirement- NA

MAJOR

This rank is earned on completion of 6 years reckonable commissioned service after the clearance of Part-B exam.


PAY LEVEL-11, Rs. 69,400-207,200


Insignia- National emblem.

Retirement- NA

CAPTAIN

This rank requires  minimum two years of reckonable commissioned service.


PAY LEVEL-10B, Rs. 61,300-193,900


Insignia- three five-pointed stars.

Retirement- NA

LIEUTENANT

This rank is achieved after getting commissioned into Indian Army as an Officer.


Insignia- Two five-pointed stars

Retirement- NA

JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICER

SUBEDAR MAJOR

The promotion is based on selection. Although commissioned, they would be considered as senior enlisted personnel and fulfill a role similar to that of the most senior non-commissioned officers in other armies.

A battalion’s single subedar-major assists the commander in much the same way as a regimental sergeant major would.

Insignia- National emblem with stripe.

Retirement- After 34 years service or at the age of 54, whichever is sooner.

SUBEDAR

They too head the platoon

The selection is based on promotion. The rank was introduced in the East India Company’s presidency armies (the Bengal Army, the Madras Army and the Bombay Army) to make it easier for British officers to communicate with native troops.

Insignia- Two goden five-pointed stars with stripes.

Retirement-After 30 years service or at the age of 54, whichever is sooner.

NAIB SUBEDAR

The selection is based on promotion. The soldiers holding JCO rank receive a commission from the President of India.


Insignia-One five-pointed star with stripes

Retirement- After 28 years of service or at the age of 52, whichever is sooner.

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Non-Commissioned Officers are promoted and are equivalent to junior non-commissioned officers. Other Ranks in the Indian army include Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers, ie. sepoys or jawans.

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