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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.

Officer ranks

The following table shows the officer rank insignia for the Indian Air Force.

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Service uniform
India-AirForce-OF-10-collected.svg
India-AirForce-OF-9-collected.svg
India-AirForce-OF-8-collected.svg
India-AirForce-OF-7-collected.svg
India-AirForce-OF-6-collected.svg
British RAF OF-5.svg
British RAF OF-4.svg
British RAF OF-3.svg
British RAF OF-2.svg
British RAF OF-1b.svg
 Indian Air Force[1]
Indian IAF OF-10.svg
Indian IAF OF-9.svg
Indian IAF OF-8.svg
Indian IAF OF-7.svg
Indian IAF OF-6.svg
Indian IAF OF-5.svg
Indian IAF OF-4.svg
Indian IAF OF-3.svg
Indian IAF OF-2.svg
Indian IAF OF-1b.svg
Indian IAF OF-0.svg
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
Ceremonial/
War time rank
Held by the
Chief of Defence Staff
and/or the
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The IAF rank of pilot officer is a rank in abeyance in the Air Force and is no longer in force, all officers begin as flying officers upon commissioning.

Junior commissioned officer and non-commissioned ranks

Rank group Junior commissioned officers Non commissioned officer Enlisted
 Indian Air Force[2]
Indian IAF OR-9.svg
Indian IAF OR-8.svg
Indian IAF OR-7.svg
India-AirForce-OR-6.svg

India-AirForce-OR-4.svg
India-AirForce-OR-2.svg
No insignia
Master warrant officer Warrant officer Junior warrant officer Sergeant Corporal Leading aircraftsman Aircraftsman

Former ranks and rank insignia

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.[3]

Ranks of the Indian Air Force no longer in use
Officers Non-commissioned officers
Shoulder
Insignia
Indian IAF OF-1a.svg
Arm
India-Air-OR-9 old.svg
India-Air-OR-8 old.svg
India-Air-OR-7 old.svg
Rank Pilot
officer
Warrant officer Junior
warrant officer
Flight
sergeant

Rank flags

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Indian Air Force rank flags
(1950–1980)
Flag of Indian Marshal of the Air Forces 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Air Chief Marshal 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Air Marshal 1950-1980.png
Flag of Indian Air Vice Marshal 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Air Commodore 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Group Captain 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Wing Captain 1950-1980.svg
Flag of Indian Squadron Leader.svg
Indian Air Force rank flags
(1980–Currently)
Flag of the Marshal of the Air Force (India).svg
Flag of the Chief of Air Staff and Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force.svg
Flag of Air arshal (India).png
Flag of Air Vice marshal (India).png
Flag of Air commodore (India).png
Flag of Group Captain (India).gif
Flag of Wing Commander (India).gif
Indian Air Force ranks Marshal of the Indian Air Force Air chief marshal Air marshal Air vice marshal Air commodore Group Captain Wing Commander Squadron Leader

See also

References

  1. ^ "For Officers". careerairforce.nic.in. Indian Air Force. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  2. ^ "For Airmen". careerairforce.nic.in. Indian Air Force. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ "IAF officers badges". 15 May 1977. Retrieved 23 September 2021.