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Air Force ranks and insignia of India

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Air Force ranks and insignia of India

Indian Armed Forces
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Military Manpower
Active troops 1,325,000 (3rd)
Reserve forces 1,155,000 (7th)
Paramilitary forces
and CAPF
1,293,300 (4th)
Indian Army
Indian Air Force
Indian Navy
Indian Coast Guard
Paramilitary forces of India
Central Armed Police Forces
Strategic Nuclear Command
Military history of India
Air Force ranks and insignia
Army ranks and insignia
Naval ranks and insignia

The Indian Air Force's rank structure is based on that of the Royal Air Force. The highest rank attainable in the IAF is Marshal of the Indian Air Force, conferred by the President of India after exceptional service during wartime. MIAF Arjan Singh is 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 Arup Raha, appointed on December 31, 2013, following the retirement of Air Chief Marshal N.A.K Browne


  • Officer ranks 1
  • Junior commissioned officer and non-commissioned ranks 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Officer ranks

The following table shows the officer rank insignia for the Indian Air Force. Even though India is not a NATO country, the NATO ranking codes are given for comparison with other nations' military ranks (see Air force officer rank insignia for more information).

Equivalent NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) and Student Officer
Ranks of the Indian Air Force- Officer Ranks
Rank Marshal of
the Air Force
Air Chief
Air Marshal Air Vice
  • ¹ Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank no longer exist.
  • 1 Honorary/War time rank.
  • 2 Rank currently abolished, all officer cadets are commissioned as Flying Officers

Junior commissioned officer and non-commissioned ranks

Ranks of the Indian Air Force - Enlisted Ranks
Junior Commissioned Officer Enlisted
Shoulder Arm
Rank Master
Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer Junior
Warrant Officer
Sergeant Corporal Leading

See also

NC(E) rank is in air force and used by UNO


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