article are present at a function outside their States or Union Territories and there is
difficulty in ascertaining their dates of entry, they may be assigned precedence inter se
in the alphabetical order of the name of States and Union Territories concerned after
those whose precedence is determined according to date of entry into that article.
Note 3 In Article 7, former Prime Ministers will 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.
Note 4 In Article 8:
(a) Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and High Commissioners of
Commonwealth countries accredited to India will en bloc rank above
Governors of States outside their respective States.
(b) Governors of States outside their respective States will en bloc rank above
Chief Ministers of States outside their respective States.
Note 5 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.
Note 6 Notwithstanding the procedure laid down in Note 2, the rank inter se and precedence of
the persons in Article 10 shall be assigned in the following order:
(1) Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha
(2) Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha
(3) Ministers of State of the Union and any other Minister in the Ministry of
Defence for defence matters
(4) Deputy Chief Ministers of States
(5) Members of NITI Aayog.
However, the Deputy Chief Ministers of States outside their respective States
will always rank below all other dignitaries figuring in this article.
Note 7 The Chairman of State Legislative Councils will rank above the Speakers of Legislative
Assemblies in cases where they were elected on the same date.
Note 8 When Members of Parliament are invited en bloc to major State functions, the
enclosures reserved for them should be next to the Chief Justice, Speaker of the Lok
Sabha, Ambassadors, etc.
Note 9 Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in Union Territories and Chairman of the Delhi
Metropolitan Council, Delhi, will take precedence over Ministers and Executive
Councillors, included in the same article.
Note 10 In Article 23:
(a) Secretaries in the Ministry of External Affairs other than the Foreign Secretary,
between themselves, will take precedence in the order to their seniority in
Grade-I of the Indian Foreign Service and both of them will take precedence
after the Foreign Secretary.