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RANKS

Rank – General

Insignia 

National emblem over a five-pointed star, both over a crossed baton and saber

Apart from the honorary rank of Field Marshal, this is the highest rank held by an Army officer. It is only the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) who holds this rank.

Incumbent – General Dalbir Singh, COAS

Retirement

After 3 years as COAS or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Rank – Lieutenant General

Insignia

National emblem over crossed baton and saber

Lieutenant generals are appointed only by selection (after 36 years of commissioned service) and may hold the position of a Vice Chief of Army Staff or Army Commanders.

Retirement – At the age of 60

Rank – Major General

Insignia

 Five-pointed star over crossed baton and saber

Major Generals are promoted by selection (after 32 years of commissioned service).

Retirement – At the age of 58

Rank – Brigadier

Insignia

 National emblem over three five-pointed stars in a triangular formation

Brigadiers are promoted by selection (after 25 years of commissioned service)

Retirement – At the age of 56

Rank – Colonel

Insignia

National emblem over two five-pointed stars

Colonels may be promoted by selection (after 15 years of commissioned service) or may be promoted (time-scale) after 26 years of commissioned service. Time-scale Colonels may, however, only hold the portfolio of a Lt. Colonel.

Retirement – At the age of 54

Rank – Lieutenant Colonel

Insignia

National emblem over five-pointed star

Timebound promotion on completion of 13 years commissioned service.

Rank – Major

Insignia

National emblem

Timebound promotion on completion of 6 years commissioned service.

Rank – Captain

Insignia

 Three five-pointed stars

Timebound promotion on completion of 2 years commissioned service

Rank – Lieutenant

Insignia

Two five-pointed stars

Rank achieved on commissioning into Indian Army as an Officer

 

Junior Commissioned Officers of the Indian Army


Rank – Subedar Major (Infantry) or Risaldar Major (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia

Gold national emblem with stripe

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 34 years service or at the age of 54, whichever is earlier

Rank – Subedar (Infantry) or Risaldar (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia

Two gold stars with stripe

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 30 years service or at the age of 52, whichever is earlier

Rank – Naib Subedar (Infantry) or Naib Risaldar (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia

One gold star with stripe

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 28 years service or at the age of 52, whichever is earlier

 

Non Commissioned Officers of the Indian Army

 

Rank – Havildar (Infantry) or Daffadar (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia

Three rank chevrons

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 26 years service or at the age of 49, whichever is earlier

Rank – Naik (Infantry) or Lance Daffadar (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia 

Two rank chevrons

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 24 years service or at the age of 49, whichever is earlier.

Rank – Lance Naik (Infantry) or Acting Lance Daffadar (Cavalry and Armoured Regiments)

Insignia

One rank chevron

Promotion by selection

Retirement – After 22 years service or at the age of 48, whichever is earlier

Soldiers

Rank – Sepoy

Insignia

Plain shoulder badge

The Sepoys identify themselves according to the Corps that they serve in. For example, a sepoy from Signals will identify him as Signalman, from Infantry as RIfleman and from the Armoured Corps as Gunner.

General Duty

Educational Qualification: Pass in SSLC or Matric with 45 percent marks in aggregate and 33 percent in each subject.

Age – 17 1/2 to 21 years

Marital status – Unmarried Male