Ranks & Insignia

The Indian Navy

As compared to other professions in the civilian world, the Indian Navy has a great deal to offer to young men and women.

Ranks & Insignia

There are nearly limitless opportunities for the ambitious Sailor or Officer, to make a Navy career even more significant. What’s unique about the Navy is that once you’ve embarked on your career, the only way to go from there is up. Joining the Indian Navy is only the first step up the ladder. The Navy offers a professional support system wherein as you spend time in the Navy you will be trained and groomed to rise up the career ladder.

The Navy has a very fair and just system of promotions, wherein your hard work, sincerity, skills and talent are given due recognition and rewarded. The symbolic rank structure of officers and sailors in the Navy is as follows:-

Ranks & Insignia
Officer Sailor
Rank Badge / Insignia Rank Badge
Admiral Admiral Badge Admiral Insignia


Master Chief Petty Officer Ist Class Master Chief Petty Officer Ist Class Badge


Vice Admiral Vice Admiral Badge Vice Admiral Insignia


Master Chief Petty Officer IInd Class Master Chief Petty Officer IInd Class Badge


Rear Admiral Rear Admiral Badge Rear Admiral Insignia


Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Badge


Commodore Commodore Badge Petty Officer Petty Officer Badge
Captain Leading Rate Badge Leading Rate Captain Insignia
Commander Commander Badge Seaman Ist Class  
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander Badge Seaman 2nd Class  
Lieutenant Lieutenant Badge    
Sub Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Badge    
Midshipman Midshipman Badge    

Promotion to Officer Rank

Sailors who possess unique leadership qualities and fulfil requisite conditions in terms of age, education etc can aspire to become Commissioned Officer in the Navy through Commission worthy (CW) scheme and Special Duties (SD) scheme. Such officer can aspire to Command Ships and Units and even rise to become Admirals! That is Navy’s way of giving an opportunity to deserving few who for some unforeseen reasons could not make it to the officer rank.