Vishisht Seva Medal

The Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) 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.

Vishisht Seva Medal

TypeMilitary award
Awarded forDistinguished service, to all ranks of the armed forces
CountryIndia
Presented byPresident of India
Ribbon32 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.
ObverseA 35-mm circular medal, with a five-pointed star in the centre.
Suspended from a straight-bar suspender. Named on the edge.
ReverseThe state emblem with the name of the decoration in Hindi above.
"Vishisht Seva Medal" in Hindi.
EstablishedJanuary 26, 1960
Precedence
Next (higher)Sena Medal (Army)
Nausena Medal (Navy)
Vayusena Medal (Air Force)
EquivalentYudh Seva Medal
Next (lower)Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak[1]

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.