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.

Officer ranks

Equivalent ranks of Indian Armed Forces

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 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.[1]

Rank group General/flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Indian Navy[2]
Admiral of the fleet Admiral Vice Admiral Rear Admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Midshipman
War time rank
Held by the
Chief of Defence Staff
and/or the
Chief of the Naval Staff

Other ranks

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.[3]

Rank group Junior commissioned officers Non commissioned officer Enlisted
 Indian Navy[2]
No insignia
Master chief petty officer 1st class Master chief petty officer 2nd class Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Ordinary seaman

See also



  1. ^ "Director General Medical Services (Navy)".
  2. ^ a b "Ranks & Insignia". Join Indian Navy. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  3. ^ "New Cadre for Senior Sailors Formed" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. 15 December 1968. Retrieved 17 January 2021.