Indian Army Ranks & Salary | Get Notes Here

The Indian Army employs over 1.4 million personnel who work in various capacities of Commissioned Officers,  Junior Commissioned Officers, and in other ranks.  It is a matter of great pride and honor to serve the country by protecting its people and borders. Life in the army is adventurous, with a lot of uncertainties. Candidates interested to join the Indian army must be aware of the different ranks and levels of posts. We provide you a complete list of the various Indian army – Ranks and Salary and their corresponding pay scale.

New officers get commissioned as Lieutenant and move up the ranks depending upon the number of years of service. Commissioned Officers are equivalent to All India Services & Group “A” Service officers. Grade pay is calculated on the basis of the post of an employee according to the 7th pay commission. The highest rank of the Indian Army is the rank of General, held by the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army (COAS). Here is the salary and pay scale of the officers in the commissioned ranks :

Commissioned ranks Pay scale Salary (Cash in hand) 
COAS – Field MarshallLevel 182,50,000
VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General (NFSG)Level 172, 25,000
HAG + ScaleLevel 162,05,400 – 2,24,400
Lieutenant GeneralLevel 15  1,82,200 – 2,24,100
Major GeneralLevel 141,44,200 – 2,18,200
BrigadierLevel 13A1,39,600 -2,17,600
ColonelLevel 131,30,600 -2,15,900
Lieutenant ColonelLevel 121,21,200 -2,12,400
MajorLevel 1169,400 – 2,07,200
CaptainLevel 10 B61,300 – 1,93,900
LieutenantLevel 1056,100 – 1,77,500

Junior commissioned officers include the ranks of Naib Subedar, Subedar and Subedar Major.  They are entrusted with supervisory responsibility. Here is the pay scale and salary of Junior commissioned officers :

Junior commissioned ranksPayscale Salary (Cash in hand) 
Subedar MajorLevel 8 9300 – 34,800
SubedarLevel 79300 – 34,800
Naib SubedarLevel 69300 – 34,800

Non-commissioned officers are soldiers promoted to positions of responsibility and include the rank of Lance Naik, Naik and Havaldar. Here is the pay scale and salary of non-commissioned officers :

Non- commissioned ranks and soldiersPay scaleSalary (Cash in hand)
HavaldarLevel 55200 – 20,200
NaikLevel 45200 – 20,200
Lance NaikLevel 35200 – 20,200

Sepoy is the initial rank of a soldier. The salary and pay scale are as follows : 

SepoyLevel 35200 – 20,200


Q. What is the highest rank in the Indian army ?

 A. Highest rank in the Indian army is held by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) as a General.

Q.  What is the lowest rank in the Indian army?

A. Sepoy is the lowest rank in the Indian army

Q. What is the rank of newly commissioned officer in the Indian Army

A. New officers are commissioned at the rank of Lieutenant.

Q. What is the pay scale of the officers in the Indian army?

A. Pay scale of the officers in the Indian army is calculated as per the 7th pay commission.


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