Order of Precedence / Warrant of Precedence

The Order of Precedence / Warrant of Precedence is a table of precedence which is the protocol list in which the functionaries and officials are listed according to their ranks and office in the Government of India. It is meant for State and Ceremonial occasions and has no application in the day-to-day business of Government.

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Rank 1President of India
Rank 2Vice President of India
Rank 3Prime Minister of India
Rank 4Governors of States in their respective States
Rank 5Former Presidents
Rank5(A)Deputy Prime Minister
Rank 6Chief Justice of India. Speaker of Lok Sabha
Rank 7Cabinet Ministers of the Union
Chief Ministers of States in their respective States
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
Former Prime Ministers
Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha
Rank7(A)Holders of Bharat Ratna decoration
Rank 8Ambassadors Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries accredited to India; Governors of States outside their respective States; Chief Ministers of States outside their respective States
Rank 9Judges of the Supreme Court
Rank9(A)Chief Election Commissioner; Comptroller & Auditor General of India
Rank 10Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha
Deputy Chief Ministers of States
Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha
Members of Planning Commission
Members of State of the Union (and any other Ministers in the Ministry of Defence for Defence Matters)
Rank 11Attorney General of India
Cabinet Secretary
Lt Governors in their respective Union Territories
Rank 12Chiefs of Staff having the grade of full General/ equivalent rank
Rank 13Envoys Extraordinary & Ministers Plenipotentiary accredited to India
Rank 14Chairmen & Speakers of State Legislatures within their respective States; Chief Justices of High Courts outside their respective jurisdictions
Rank 15Cabinet Ministers in States in their respective States
Chief Ministers of Union Territories
Deputy Ministers of the Union
Rank 16Officiating Chiefs of Staff having the rank of Lt. General or equivalent rank
Rank 17Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal
Chairman, Minorities Commission
Chairman, SC & ST Commission
Chairman, UPSC
Chief Justices of the High Court’s outside their respective jurisdictions
Puisne Judges of the High Court’s within their respective jurisdictions
Rank 18Cabinet Ministers of the States outside their States
Chairmen & Speakers of State Legislatures outside their respective States Chairman MRTP Commission
Deputy Chairmen & Deputy Speakers of State Legislatures within their States
Ministers of Union Territories in their respective Union Territories
Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of Union Territories in their Union Territories
Rank 19Chief Commissioners of Union Territories not having Councils of Ministers, within their respective Union Territories Deputy Ministers of States within their respective States
Deputy Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of Union Territories within their respective Union Territories
Rank 20Deputy Chairmen & Speakers of State Legislatures outside their States Ministers of State in States outside their respective States
Puisne Judges of High Courts outside their respective jurisdictions
Rank 21Members of Parliament
Rank 22Deputy Ministers of States outside their States
Rank 23Army Commanders / Vice Chief of the Army Staff / equivalent in other services
Chief Secretaries to State Governments within their States
Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities
Commissioner for SC and ST
Members, Minorities Commission
Members, SC and ST Commission
Officers of the rank of full General or equivalent rank
Secretaries to the Government of India (including officers holding this rank ex-officio)
Secretary, Minorities Commission
Secretary, SC & ST Commission
Secretary to President
Secretary to Prime Minister
Secretary Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha
Solicitor General
Vice-Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal
Rank 24Officers of the rank of Lt General / equivalent rank
Rank 25Additional Secretaries to the Government of India
Additional Solicitor General
Advocate Generals of States
Chairman, Tariff Commission
Commissioners a pied & interim Chief Ministers of Union Territories outside their Union Territories
Chief Secretaries of State Governments outside their States
Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General
Speakers of Legislative Assemblies of Union Territories
Chairman Delhi Metropolitan Council outside their Union Territories
Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies of Union Territories outside their respective Union Territories
Director, CBI
Director General, BSF
Director General, CRPF
Director, Intelligence Bureau
Lt Governors of Union Territories outside their respective Union Territories
Members, Central Administrative Tribunal
Members MRTP Commission
Members, UPSC
Ministers of Union Territories outside their respective Union Territories
Principal Staff Officers of the Armed Forces and officers of the rank of Major General or equivalent rank
Rank 26Joint Secretaries to the Government of India and officers of equivalent rank
Officers of the rank of Major General or equivalent rank
Order of Precedence / Warrant of Precedence


Also Read: List of High Courts in India – According to Year of Establishment

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