Vishisht Seva Medal

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Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal.jpg
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Awarded by President of India
Country India
Type Military award
Awarded for Distinguished service, to all ranks of the armed forces
Ribbon 32 mm, yellow with three 2 mm dark blue stripes. Yellow 6.5 mm,
dark blue 2 mm, yellow 6.5 mm, dark blue 2 mm, yellow 6.5 mm,
dark blue 2 mm, yellow 6.5 mm.
Obverse A 35-mm circular medal, with a five-pointed star in the centre.
Suspended from a straight-bar suspender. Named on the edge.
Reverse The state emblem with the name of the decoration in Hindi above.
"Vishisht Seva Medal" in Hindi.
Established January 26, 1960
Previous name(s) Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III. (till 27 January 1967)
Next (higher) Sena Medal (Army)
Nausena Medal (Navy)
Vayusena Medal (Air Force)
Next (lower) Police Medal for Gallantry[1]

Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) is a decoration of the Indian armed forces. It is awarded to recognize "distinguished service of an exceptional order" to all ranks of the Indian Armed forces.

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.

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.


  1. ^ "Precedence Of Medals". Indian Army. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ed Haynes. "Vishisht Seva Medal". 

Further reading[edit]

  • Indian Air Force: Vishist Seva Medal & Yudh Seva Medal awards database
    Pages: 1 to 24, Page 8: Vishist Seva Medal, Cpl V V Audipudi 244047 or Unit: N.A., Award date: 26 January 1978, Announced: 26 January 1978, Details: Citation not available, Reference: N.A.