Indian Defence Services remain as one of the best organised, structured, equipped and disciplined organisation to react to any threat and natural and man made disasters.
Equivalent Ranks of the Indian Armed Forces – Army, Air Force and Navy
Ranks : Officers
Officer Ranks of the three Services are given below :
– Ranks are listed from top to bottom. During SSB if asked about the equivalent ranks of the Indian Defence Services then you must start from bottom and go on till the top. Eg: Start from Lieutenant.
* represents a 5 Star Rank
- Admiral of the fleet, never been awarded
- Field marshal, awarded to Kodandera Madappa Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw
- Marshal of the Indian Air Force, awarded to Arjan Singh. Arjan Singh is the only living Indian Military officer with a 5 Star Rank.
- Indian military officers of five-star rank hold their rank for life, and are considered to be serving officers until their deaths.
|*Field Marshal||*Marshal of the Air Force||*Admiral of the fleet|
|General||Air Chief Marshal||Admiral|
|Lt. General||Air Marshal||Vice Admiral|
|Major General||Air Vice Marshal||Rear Admiral|
|Lt. Colonel||Wing Commander||Commander|
|Major||Squadron Leader||Lt. Commander|
|Lieutenant||Flying Officer||Sub Lieutenant|
Ranks : Personnel Below Officers’ Rank ( PBOR )
Although in SSB Interview you are generally asked about the equivalent ranks of the officer cadre only, but If you are a ward of a Personnel below Officer Rank, then you may expect this too.
Ranks of the PBOR of Indian Army, Air Force and Navy are given below :
– Ranks are listed from top to bottom
|Subedar/Risaldar Major||Master Warrant Officer||Master Chief Petty Officer ( First Class )|
|Subedar/Risaldar||Warrant Officer||Master Chief Petty Officer ( Second Class )|
|Naib Subedar/Risaldar||Junior Warrant Officer||Chief Petty Officer|
|Lance Havildar/Daffadar||Sergeant||Petty Officer|
|Lance Naik||Leading Aircraftsman||Seaman I|
Note : Personnel below Officer ranks too are Promoted to Officer ranks , known as Honorary ranks for their exceptional Service.
Equivalent ranks of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard :
|Director General||Vice Admiral (FOC-in-C’s Scale)|
|Additional Director General||Vice Admiral (HAG scale)|
|Inspector General||Rear Admiral|
|Deputy Inspector General (Senior)||Commodore|
|Deputy Inspector General (Junior)||Captain|
|Commandant||Captain (with seniority) or Commander|
|Commandant (Junior Grade)||Commander|
|Deputy Commandant||Lt. Commander|
|Assistant Commandant (Trainee)||Sub Lieutenant|