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Indian Army has large numbers of soldiers which make one of the largest Army in world. To manage it soldiers there are various ranks available in Army. Traditional British names for ranks are still being used in India, along with the western names for those respective ranks.

1) Field Marshal : Field Marshal is an honorary rank. It does not exist in present army organisation structure. Only two officers of Indian Army conferred with the rank. Gen. K.M. Cariappa in 1986 and Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw or Sam Manekshaw.  A Field Marshal, unlike other officers, does not draw pension. He gets full pay of General rank equal to General until he dies. He wears full uniform on all official occasions and runs an office in Army Head Quarters. He also have a dedicated secretariat of his own.

2) General : General is the highest rank in Indian Army now. General is the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. The position is abbreviated as COAS in Indian Army cables and communication, and usually held by a 4-star officer in the rank of General. General use Gold national emblem over a gold star both outlined in red, all over a crossed gold baton and scimitar outlined in red. Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald Lockhart was the first General of independence of India.

3) Lieutenant General : Lieutenant General is the second highest rank in Indian Army. The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages where the title of lieutenant general was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a captain general. In modern age, lieutenant general normally ranks immediately below general and above major general. A lieutenant general heads up an army corps, made up of typically three army divisions, and consisting of around 60,000 soldiers. Lieutenant General use Gold national emblem outlined in red over a crossed gold baton and scimitar outlined in red.

4) Major General : Major General is the third highest rank in Indian Army. A major general is a high-ranking officer, normally subordinate to the rank of lieutenant general and senior to the ranks of brigadier and brigadier general. Major General use Gold star outlined in red over a crossed gold baton and scimitar outlined in red.

5) Brigadier : Brigadier is the fourth highest rank in Indian Army. Brigadier is a senior military rank generally superior to the rank of colonel, and subordinate to major general. A brigadier commands a brigade consisting of three battalions (approximately 3,000 troops). Brigadier use Gold national emblem over three gold stars in a triangle formation.

6) Colonel : Colonel is the fufth highest rank in Indian Army. Abbreviated as Col, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer who is in charge of a regiment in an army. "Colonel" is usually the highest or second-highest field rank. Colonel use Gold national emblem over two gold stars.

7) Lieutenant Colonel : Lieutenant Colonel is the sixth highest rank in Indian Army. Lieutenant Colonel ranking is above a major and below a colonel. The rank of lieutenant colonel is often shortened to simply "colonel" in conversation and in unofficial correspondence. A lieutenant colonel is typically in charge of a battalion in the army. Lieutenant Colonel use Gold national emblem over one gold star.

8) Major : Major is the seven highest rank in Indian Army. Major use Gold national emblem.

9) Captain : Major is the eight highest rank in Indian Army. Captain is a commissioned officer rank historically corresponding to command of a company of soldiers. Captain use Three gold stars.

10) Lieutenant : Major is the ninth highest rank in Indian Army. A lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer in many nations' armed forces. Lieutenant use two gold stars.

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