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|
|Awarded for||Distinguished service, to all ranks of the armed forces|
|Presented by||President of India|
|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|
|Next (higher)||Sena Medal (Army)|
Nausena Medal (Navy)
Vayusena Medal (Air Force)
|Equivalent||Yudh Seva Medal|
|Next (lower)||Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak|
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". 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. Since then the VSM has been restricted to non-operational service.