The following graphs presents the officer ranks of the Indian Navy. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western militaries, and reflect those of the British military ranks.
Equivalent ranks of Indian military
|Indian Navy||Indian Army||Indian Air Force|
|Field marshal||Marshal of|
the Indian Air Force
|Admiral||General||Air chief marshal|
|Vice admiral||Lieutenant general||Air marshal|
|Rear admiral||Major general||Air vice marshal|
|Commander||Lieutenant colonel||Wing commander|
|Lieutenant commander||Major||Squadron leader|
|Sub lieutenant||Lieutenant||Flying officer|
Junior commissioned ranks
|Subedar major[Alt 1]||Master warrant officer|
|Subedar[Alt 2]||Warrant officer|
|Naib subedar[Alt 3]||Junior warrant officer|
|Seaman 1||Lance naik||Leading aircraftsman|
While the provision for the rank of Admiral of the Fleet exists, it is primarily intended for major wartime use and honour. No officer of the Indian Navy has yet been conferred this rank. Both the Army and Air Force have had officers who have been conferred with the equivalent rank – Field Marshals Sam Manekshaw and K. M. Cariappa of the Army and Marshal of the Indian Air Force (MIAF) Arjan Singh.
The highest ranked naval officer is the Chief of Naval Staff, who holds the rank of full Admiral.
They are commissioned Sub-lieutenants upon finishing their course of study. The Medical Officers and Dental Officers use the prefix "Surgeon" with all the respective ranks, for example Surgeon Vice Admiral.
|Rank group||General/flag officers||Field/senior officers||Junior officers||Officer cadet|
| Indian Navy
|Admiral of the fleet
एडमिरल ऑफ़ द फ्लीट
War time rank
|Held by the |
Chief of Defence Staff
Chief of the Naval Staff
Chief Petty Officer was the highest non-commissioned rank until December 1968, when the ranks of Master Chief Petty Officer Class II and Master Chief Petty Officer Class I were introduced.
|Rank group||Junior commissioned officers||Non commissioned officer||Enlisted|
| Indian Navy
|Master chief petty officer 1st class||Master chief petty officer 2nd class||Chief petty officer||Petty officer||Leading seaman||Ordinary seaman|