Vishisht Seva Medal

TypeMilitary award
Awarded forDistinguished service, to all ranks of the armed forces
Presented byPresident of India
Established26 January 1960
Next (higher) Sena Medal (Army)
Nau Sena Medal (Navy)
Vayu Sena Medal (Air Force)
Equivalent Yudh Seva Medal
Next (lower) Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak[1]
← Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III. (till 27 January 1967)

The Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM, lit.'distinguished service medal') is a decoration of the Indian Armed Forces. It is awarded to recognize "distinguished service of a high order" to all ranks of the Indian Armed Forces.

From 1980, the Yudh Seva Medal was introduced to recognize exceptional services in an operational environment.[2] Since then the VSM has been restricted to non-operational service.


The Vishisht Seva Medal was originally instituted as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III" on 26 January 1960. Five other medals were instituted on the same day - the Sainya Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Nao Sena Medal and the Vayu Sena Medal.[3] It was renamed on 27 January 1961, and the badge signed.


The award may be granted posthumously and subsequent awards are represented by a bar worn on the ribbon. The award carries with it the right to use "VSM" as post-nominal letters. The medal was originally established as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III".[2] It was renamed to its present name on 27 January 1967. The design of the medal remained unchanged and the change be reflected only in the records.


The medal is a 35-mm circular medal, with a five-pointed star in the centre. It is suspended from a straight-bar suspender with the name on the edge. The state emblem with the name of the decoration in Hindi above - "Vishisht Seva Medal" in Hindi. The ribbon is 32 mm long in yellow, with three 2 mm dark blue stripes dividing it into four equal parts

See also


  1. ^ "Precedence Of Medals". Indian Army. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ed Haynes. "Vishisht Seva Medal".
  3. ^ "DESIGNS OF NEW SERVICE MEDAL AND THEIR DESIGNS" (PDF). 29 July 1960. Retrieved 10 January 2022.

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