Table Of Precedence-Republic Of India

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The order of Precedence is a protocol list in which the functionaries and authorities are recorded by rank and office in the Government of India. It is meant for State and Ceremonial occasions. It has no application in the day-to-day business of Government. The order is established by the President of India, through the Office of the President of India and is maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

TABLE OF PRECEDENCE: REPUBLIC OF INDIA

1

President

2

Vice-President

3

Prime Minister

4

Governors of States within their respective States

5

Former Presidents

5A

Deputy Prime Minister

6

Chief Justice of India

Speaker of Lok Sabha

7

Cabinet Ministers of the Union

Chief Ministers of States within their respective States

Deputy Chairman Planning commission (NITI Aayog)

Former Prime Ministers

Leaders of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha

7A

Holders of Bharat Ratna decoration

8

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries accredited to India

Chief Ministers of States (outside their respective States

Governors of States (outside their respective States)

9

Judges of Supreme Court

9A

Chairperson of Union Public Service Commission

Chief Election Commissioner

Comptroller and Auditor General of India

10

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

Deputy Chief Ministers of States

Deputy Speaker of  Lok Sabha

Members of the Planning Commission

Ministers of State of the Union

National Security Advisor

11

Attorney General of India

Cabinet Secretary

Lieutenant Governors within their respective Union Territories

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister

12

Chiefs of Staff holding the rank of full General or equivalent rank

● General of the Indian Army

● Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force

● Admiral of the Indian navy

13

Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary accredited to India.

14

Chairmen and Speakers of State Legislatures (within their respective States.)

Chief Justices of High Courts (within their respective jurisdictions)

15

Cabinet Ministers in States (within their respective States)

Chief Ministers of Union Territories (within their respective Union Territories)

Chief Executive Councillor, Delhi (within their respective Union Territories) Deputy Ministers of the Union

16

Officiating Chiefs of Staff holding the rank of Lieutenant General or equivalent rank.

17

Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal

Chairman of Minorities Commission

Chairperson of  National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Chief Justices of High Courts (outside their respective jurisdictions)

Puisne Judges of High Courts (within their respective jurisdictions)

Judicial Members, National Green Tribunal (NGT)

18

Cabinet Ministers in States (outside their respective States)

Chairmen and Speakers of State Legislatures (outside their respective States)

Chairman of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission

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 Councilors, Delhi (within their respective Union Territories)

Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories (within their respective Union Territories)

Chairman of Delhi Metropolitan Council (within their respective Union Territories)

19

Chief Commissioners of Union Territories not having Councils of Ministers( within their respective Union Territories)

Deputy Ministers in States ( within their respective States)

Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories (within their respective Union Territories)

Deputy Chairman of metropolitan Council Delhi (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 States)

Puisne Judges of High Courts (outside their respective jurisdictions)

21

Members of Parliament

22

Deputy Ministers in State outside their respective States

23

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, National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Members, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

Officers of the rank of full General or equivalent rank

Secretaries to the Government of India (including officers holding this office ex-officio).

Secretary, Minorities Commission.

Secretary, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Commission.

Secretary to the President.

Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Secretary, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha

Solicitor General

Vice-Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal

24

Officers of the rank of Lieutenant General or equivalent rank.

25

Additional Secretaries to the Government of India.

Additional Solicitor General

Advocate Generals of States.

Chairman, Tariff Commission

Charge d’ Affairs and Acting High Commissioners a pied and ad interim

Chief Ministers of Union Territories and Chief Executive Councillor, Delhi (outside their respective Union Territories)

Chief Secretaries of State Governments (outside their respective States)

Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General

Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories and Deputy Chairman,

Delhi Metropolitan Council,( outside their respective Union Territories)

Director, Central Bureau of Investigation

Director General, Border Security Force.

Director General, Central Reserve Police.

Director, Intelligence Bureau

Lieutenant Governors(outside their respective Union Territories)

Members, Central Administrative Tribunal

Members, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission

Members, Union Public Service Commission

Ministers of Union Territories and Executive Councillors, Delhi,(outside their respective Union)

Territories.

Principal Staff Officers of the Armed Forces of the rank of major General or equivalent rank

Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories and Chairman of Delhi, Metropolitan

Council, outside their respective Union Territories

26

Joint Secretaries to the Government of India and officers of equivalent rank Officers of the rank of Major-General or equivalent rank

Previous years UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination questions

  1. Consider the following functionaries: (UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Examination 2000)
  1. Cabinet Secretary
  2. Chief Election Commissioner
  3. Union Cabinet Minister
  4. Chief Justice of India

Their correct sequence in the Order of Precedence is:

  1. 3, 4, 2, 1
  2. 4, 3, 1, 2
  3. 4, 3, 2, 1
  4. 3, 4, 1, 2

Answer: C

  1. As per Indian Protocol, who among the following ranks highest in the order of precedence? (UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Examination 2003)
  1. Deputy Prime Minister
  2. Former President
  3. Governor of a State within his state
  4. Speaker of Lok Sabha

Answers: C

  1. Which one of the following are the correct sequences in the descending order of precedence in the warrant of procedure? (UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Examination 2004)
  1. Attorney General of India—Judges of the Supreme Court –Members of Parliamnet—Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha
  2. Judges of the Supreme Court—Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha—Attorney General of India—Members of Parliament
  3. Attorney General of India Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha—Judges of the Supreme Court—Members of Parliament
  4. Judges of the Supreme Court—Attorney General of India—Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha—Members of Parliament

Answer: B