Career Path In IAF

Number of years of service Indian Army Indian Air Force Indian Navy
- Field Marshal (*) Marshal of AirForce (*) Admiral of Fleet (*)
By Selection General Air Chief Marshal Admiral
28 years by selection Lt. General Air Marshal Vice Admiral
25 years by selection Major General Air Vice Marshal Rear Admiral
23 years by selection Brigadier Air Commodore Commodore
After 26 years (15 years by Selection) Colonel Group Captain Captain
After 13 years Lt. Colonel Wing Commander Commander
After 6 years Major Squadron Leader Lt. Commander
After 2 years Captain Flight Lieutenant Lieutenant
After 18 montds of training Lieutenant Flying Officer Sub Lieutenant

(*) 1) Indian Army:-> Field Marshal -> (ONLY TWO Till date) Madappa Cariappa, Sam Manekshaw

(*) 2) Marshal of the AirForce -> Arjan Singh