- Group Captain (Gp Capt):
Taking charge of men and management, a Group Captain, a Director level officer, may command a medium-sized Air Force Station or be an important link in decision making mechanism at various IAF formations.
- Air Commodore:
An Air Commodore is the next rank and of a Principal Director. An Air Commodore may command a large Air Force Station, or hold Staff Appointments (senior level) at Air HQ/Command HQ.
- Air Vice Marshal:
Only the daring few climb this high, in the Air Force hierarchy. An Air Vice Marshal is responsible for taking strategic decisions.
- Air Marshal
Just one step below the pinnacle of hierarchy, the Air Marshal commands a lot of power. However, the promotion opportunity in these ranks is on “select” basis which depends on number of vacancies available for each branch vis-à-vis the performance standing of an officer amongst his peer group