|Indian Armed Forces|
Indian Air Force
Indian Coast Guard
Border Roads Organisation
Paramilitary forces of India
Central Armed Police Forces
Strategic Nuclear Command
|Military history of India|
|Ranks and insignia|
|Army • Navy • Air Force • Coast Guard • BRO • Paramilitary forces and CAPF|
|Ranks specific to the Indian military|
The Indian Air Force's rank structure is based on that of the Royal Air Force. The highest rank attainable in the Indian Air Force is Marshal of the Indian Air Force, conferred by the President of India after exceptional service during wartime. MIAF Arjan Singh was the only officer to have achieved this rank. The head of the Indian Air Force is the Chief of the Air Staff, who holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal. The current Chief of the Air Staff is Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, took office on 30 September 2021.
The following table shows the officer rank insignia for the Indian Air Force.
|Rank group||General/flag officers||Senior officers||Junior officers||Officer cadet|
| Indian Air Force
|Marshal of the Indian Air Force||Air chief marshal||Air marshal||Air vice marshal||Air commodore||Group captain||Wing commander||Squadron leader||Flight lieutenant||Flying officer||Flight cadet|
War time rank
|Held by the |
Chief of Defence Staff
Chief of the Air Staff
The IAF rank of pilot officer is a rank in abeyance in the Air Force and is no longer in force, all officers begin as flying officers upon commissioning.
|Rank group||Junior commissioned officers||Non commissioned officer||Enlisted|
| Indian Air Force
|Master warrant officer||Warrant officer||Junior warrant officer||Sergeant||Corporal||Leading aircraftsman||Aircraftsman|
The rank of Pilot Officer is no longer in use; all new officers are commissioned as Flying Officers. The old warrant officer ranks and the rank of flight sergeant were replaced in 1977 by the new warrant officer ranks.