Vishisht Seva Medal

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Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal.jpg
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
Awarded by President of India
Type Non-Gallantry
Category Distinguished Service
Description awarded to all ranks of the armed forces
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.
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.
Instituted January 26, 1960
Previous name(s) Vishisht Seva Medal, Class III. (till January 27, 1967)
Award rank
← Sena Medal (Army)
Nausena Medal (Navy)
Vayusena Medal (Air Force)
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.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ed Haynes. "Vishisht Seva Medal". 

Indian Air Force :Vishist Seva Medal & Yudh Seva Medal Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 page 8 Vishist Seva Medal Cpl V V Audipudi 244047 OR Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 78 Announced 26 Jan 78 Details : Citation Not Available Reference: ________________________________________ Vishist Seva Medal