Order Of Precedence In India With PDF (2022 Updated)

Order Of Precedence In India

Last Updated: 28 July 2022

The Order of Precedence in India is meant for State and Ceremonial occasions and has no application in the day-to-day business of Government.

The Order of Precedence of the Republic of India is a list in which the functionaries, dignitaries, and officials are listed for ceremonial purposes and has no legal standing and does not reflect the Indian presidential line of succession or the co-equal status of the separation of powers under the Constitution of India.

The order is established by the President of India, through the President’s Secretariat and is maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Facts About Order Of Precedence In India


  • If there are multiple persons of similar rank, then they will be listed in alphabetical order. The order of precedence between themselves is determined by the date of entry into that Position/Rank.
  • According to Article 7, former Prime Ministers can take precedence over the Cabinet Ministers of the Union and the Leaders of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. The Chief Ministers of States within their respective States will take precedence over the Cabinet Ministers of the Union in official functions held in the respective States.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs may assign appropriate ranks to foreign dignitaries and Indian Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and Ministers Plenipotentiary during their visit to India.
  • The Deputy Chief Ministers of States outside their respective States will always rank below all other dignitaries figured in this article.
  • The Chairmen of State Legislative Councils will rank above the Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in cases where they were elected on the same date.

Order Of Precedence In India


Rank 1


No.PositionHolder
1President of IndiaDraupadi Murmu

Rank 2


No.PositionHolder
1Vice-President of IndiaVenkaiah Naidu

Rank 3


No.PositionHolder
1Prime MinisterNarendra Modi

Rank 4


No.PositionHolder
1Governors of StatesGovernor of 28 Indian States

Rank 5


No.PositionHolder
1Former Presidents1) Pratibha Patil
2) Ramnath Kovind

Rank 5A


No.PositionHolder
1Deputy Prime MinisterPresently Vacant

Rank 6


No.PositionHolder
1Chief JusticeN. V. Ramana
2Speaker of the Lok SabhaOm Birla

Rank 7


No.PositionHolder
1Cabinet Ministers of the Government of IndiaList
2Principal Secretary to the Prime MinisterPramod Kumar Misra
3National Security AdvisorAjit Doval
4Chief Ministers of StatesAll 28 Indian States
5Deputy Chairman of the Planning CommissionPosition No Longer Exists (Replaced by NITI Aayog)
6Former Prime Ministers1) H. D. Deve Gowda
2) Manmohan Singh
7Leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha & Lok SabhaMallikarjun Kharge
Lok Sabha (Vacant)

Rank 7A


No.PositionHolder
1Holders of the Bharat Ratna1) Amartya Sen
2) Sachin Tendulkar
3) C.N.R Rao

Rank 8


No.PositionHolder
1Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary~
2High Commissioners of Commonwealth Countries Accredited to India~
3Chief Ministers of Indian StatesOutside Their Respective States
4Governors of StatesOutside Their Respective States

Rank 9


No.PositionHolder
1Justices of the Supreme Court of IndiaList

Rank 9A


No.PositionHolder
1Chairman of the Union Public Service CommissionDr. Manoj Soni
2Chief Election CommissionerRajiv Kumar
3Comptroller & Auditor General of IndiaGirish Chandra Murmu

Rank 10


No.PositionHolder
1Deputy Chairman of the Rajya SabhaHarivansh Narayan Singh
2Deputy Chief Ministers of StatesList
3Deputy Speaker of the Lok SabhaVacant
4Members of the Planning CommissionPosition No Longer Exists (Replaced by NITI Aayog)
5Ministers of States of the UnionList

Rank 11


No.PositionHolder
1Lieutenant Governors of Union TerritoriesList
2Attorney General of IndiaK. K. Venugopal
3Cabinet SecretaryRajiv Gauba

Rank 12


No.PositionHolder
1Chiefs of Staff holding the Rank of full General or Equivalent RankFour-Star Rank Officers in the Armed Forces
Chief of Defence StaffVacant
Chief of the Army StaffGeneral Manoj Pande
Chief of the Air StaffAir Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari
Chief of the Naval StaffAdmiral R. Hari Kumar

Rank 13


No.PositionHolder
1Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary Accredited to India~

Rank 14


No.PositionHolder
1Chief Justices of High Courts List
2Chairmen and Speakers of State LegislaturesRespective Indian States

Rank 15


No.PositionHolder
1Chief Ministers of Union TerritoriesArvind Kejriwal
2Cabinet Ministers in StatesAll 28 Indian States
3Chief Executive Councillor of DelhiPosition No Longer Exists
4Deputy Ministers of the UnionList

Rank 16


No.PositionHolder
1Officiating Chiefs of Staff Holding the Rank of Lieutenant General or Equivalent RankList

Rank 17


No.PositionHolder
1Judges of High CourtsList
2Chairman, Central Administrative TribunalList
3Chairman, Minorities Commission~
4Chairman, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission~

Rank 18


No.PositionHolder
1Cabinet Ministers in StatesOutside Their Respective States
2Chairmen and Speakers of State LegislaturesOutside Their Respective States
3Chairman of Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices CommissionPosition No Longer Exists
4Deputy Chairmen and Deputy Speakers of State LegislaturesWithin Their Respective States
5Ministers of State in StatesWithin Their Respective States
6Ministers of Union Territories and Executive Councilors of DelhiWithin Their Respective Union Territories
7Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories1) K. M. Raju
2) Awadhesh Narain Singh (Acting)
3) Basavaraj Horatti
4) Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar
5) Gutha Sukender Reddy
6) Kunwar Manvendra Singh (Acting)
8Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan CouncilPosition No Longer Exists

Rank 19


No.PositionHolder
1Chief Commissioners of Union Territories not having Council of MinistersWithin Their Respective Union Territories
2Deputy Ministers in StatesList
3Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories1) Zakia Khanam
2) Awadhesh Narain Singh
3) M. K. Pranesh
4) Neelam Gorhe
4Deputy Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan CouncilRakhi Birla

Rank 20


No.PositionHolder
1Deputy Chairmen and Deputy Speakers of State LegislaturesOutside Their Respective State
2Ministers of State in StatesOutside Their Respective State

Rank 21


No.PositionHolder
1Members of ParliamentList

Rank 22


No.PositionHolder
1Deputy Ministers in StatesOutside Their Respective State

Rank 23


No.PositionHolder
1Senior Three-Star Rank Officers in the Armed Forces1) C-in-C (Commanding-in-Chief) Grade
2) Vice Chiefs of Staff
3) Lieutenant General
Vice Chief of the Army StaffLieutenant General B. S. Raju
Army CommandersGeneral Officers Commanding-in-Chief
Vice Chief of the Naval StaffVice Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade
Naval CommandersFlag Officers Commanding-in-Chief
Vice Chief of the Air StaffAir Marshal Sandeep Singh
Air CommandersAir Officers Commanding-in-Chief
2Secretaries to the Government of India~
3Chief Secretaries to State GovernmentsWithin Their Respective States
4Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities~
5Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes~
6Members, Minorities Commission~
7Members, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes Commission~
8Secretary, Minorities Commission~
9Secretary, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission~
10Secretary to the President~
11Secretary to the Prime Minister~
12Secretary General, Rajya Sabha/Lok Sabha~
13Solicitor GeneralTushar Mehta
14Vice-Chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal~

Rank 24


No.PositionHolder
1Three-Star Rank Officers in the Armed Forces~
Lieutenant Generals of the Indian ArmyList
Air Marshals of the Indian Air ForceList
Vice Admirals of the Indian NavyList

Rank 25


No.PositionHolder
1Additional Secretaries to the Government of India~
2Principal Staff Officers of the Armed ForcesMajor General
3Advocates General of States~
4Additional Solicitors General~
5Chairman, Tariff Commission~
6Chargé d’affaires and Acting High Commissioners a pied and ad. interim~
7Chief Ministers of Union TerritoriesOutside Their Respective Union Territories
8Chief Executive Councillor of DelhiPosition No Longer Exists
9Chief Secretaries of State GovernmentsOutside Their Respective States
10Deputy Comptrollers and Auditors General~
11Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories~
12Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan CouncilPosition No Longer Exists
13Deputy Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan CouncilPosition No Longer Exists
14Director of the Intelligence BureauArvind Kumar
15Director, Central Bureau of Investigation~
16Director General, Border Security Force~
17Director General, Central Reserve Police Force~
18Lieutenants Governor of Union TerritoriesOutside Their Respective Union Territories
19Members, Central Administrative Tribunal~
20Members, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices CommissionPosition No Longer Exists
21Members of the Union Public Service Commission and State Public Service Commission~
22Ministers of Union Territories and Executives Councilors of DelhiPosition No Longer Exists
23Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories~

Rank 26


No.PositionHolder
1Joint Secretaries to the Government of India ~
2Two-Star Rank Officers in the Armed Forces~
Major Generals of the Indian Army~
Rear Admirals of the Indian Navy~
Air Vice Marshals of the Indian Air Force~
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