Order-of-Precedence-in-India

The Indian Order of Precedence is the hierarchy of the important positions. It is the protocol list in which the functionaries, dignitaries and the officials of India are listed as per their ranks and offices they hold in the Government of India.

The order of the Precedence in India is only to indicate the ceremonial protocol. It is not applicable in the day-to-day functioning of the Government of India. It is only meant for the State and ceremonial occasions. Also, it has no legal standing and does not reflect the Indian Presidential line of succession.

Read more to know about the various positions of the dignitaries –

Rank People
1 President
2 Vice President
3 Prime Minister
4 Governors of States within their respective states
5 Former Presidents
5A Deputy Prime Minister (vacant)
6 Chief Justice of India
Speaker of the Lok Sabha
7 Cabinet Ministers of the Union
Chief Ministers of States (within their respective states)
Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission (position no longer exists)
Former Prime Ministers of India
Leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha
7A Holders of the Bharat Ratna
8 Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the High Commissioners of Commonwealth Countries accredited to India
Chief Ministers of States (outside their respective states)
Governors of States (when outside their respective states)
9 Judges of the Supreme Court of India
9A Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission
Chief Election Commissioner
Comptroller and Auditor General
10 Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
Deputy Chief Ministers of States
Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
Members of the Planning Commission
Ministers of States of the Union
11 Lieutenants Governor of Union Territories
Attorney General
Cabinet Secretary
12 Chiefs of Staff holding the rank of full general or equivalent rank –
Chief of the Army Staff
Chief of the Air Staff
Chief of the Naval Staff
13 Envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary accredited to India
14 Chief Justices of High Courts
Chairmen and Speakers of State Legislatures (within their respective states)
15 Chief ministers of Union Territories (within their respective Union Territories)
Cabinet Ministers in States (within their respective states)
Chief Executive Councillor of Delhi (within their respective union territories) (position no longer exists)
Deputy Ministers of the Union
16 Officiating Chiefs of Staff holding the rank of Lieutenant General or equivalent rank
17 Judges of High Courts
Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal
Chairman, Minorities Commission
Chairman, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission
18 Cabinet Ministers in States (outside their respective states)
Chairmen and Speakers of State Legislatures (outside their respective states)
Chairman of Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (position no longer exists)
Deputy Chairmen and Deputy Speakers of State Legislatures (within their respective states)
Ministers of state in states (within their respective states)
Ministers of Union Territories and Executive Councillors of Delhi (within their respective union territories)
Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (within their respective union territories) (position no longer exists)
19 Chief commissioners of Union Territories not having a Council of Ministers (within their respective Union Territories)
Deputy Ministers in States (within their respective states)
Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
Deputy Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (within their respective Union Territories
20 Deputy Chairmen and Deputy Speakers of State Legislatures (outside their respective states)
Ministers of State in States (outside their respective state)
21 Members of Parliament
22 Deputy Ministers in States (outside their respective states)
23 Secretaries to the Government of India
Officers of the rank of full general or equivalent rank in the Indian Armed Forces
Army commanders/Vice Chief of the Army Staff or equivalent in other services
Chief Secretaries to State Governments (within their respective states)
Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities
Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Members, Minorities Commission
Members, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission
Secretary, Minorities Commission Secretary, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission
Secretary to the President
Secretary to the Prime Minister
Secretary, Rajya Sabha/Lok Sabha
Solicitor General (Tushar Mehta)
Vice-Chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal
24 Lieutenant Generals of the Indian Army
Air Marshals of the Indian Air Force
Vice Admirals of the Indian Navy
25 Additional Secretaries to Government of India
Advocates General of States
Additional Solicitors General
Chairman, Tariff Commission
Chargé d’affaires and acting High Commissioners a pied and ad interim.
Chief Ministers of Union Territories (outside their respective union territories)
Chief Executive Councillor of Delhi (outside their respective union territories) (position no longer exists)
Chief Secretaries of State Governments (outside their respective states)
Deputy Comptrollers and Auditors General
Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (outside their respective union territories) (position no longer exists)
Deputy Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (outside their respective union territories) (position no longer exists)
Director of the Intelligence Bureau
Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
Director General, Border Security Force
Director General, Central Reserve Police Force
Lieutenants Governor of Union Territories (outside their respective Union Territories)
Members, Central Administrative Tribunal
Members, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (position no longer exists)
Members of the Union Public Service Commission
Ministers of Union Territories and Executives Councillors of Delhi (position no longer exists)
Principal Staff Officers of the Armed Forces of the Rank of Major General or equivalent rank
Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories
26 Joint Secretaries to the Government of India
Major Generals of the Indian Army
Rear Admirals of the Indian Navy
Air Vice Marshals of the Indian Air Force
Summary
Article Name
Order of Precedence in India
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The Indian Order of Precedence is the hierarchy of the important positions. It is the protocol list in which the functionaries, dignitaries and the officials of India are listed as per their ranks and offices they hold in the Government of India. Read more to know about the various position of the dignitaries.