Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) is a military award of India given to recognize "distinguished service of an exceptional order" to all ranks of the armed forces. The award is a peacetime equivalent of Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal, which is a Wartime Distinguished Service decoration.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

Awarded by President of India
TypeMilitary award
Awarded forDistinguished Service
ObverseA 35-mm circular silver medal,
with a five-pointed star in the centre.
Suspended from a straight-bar suspender.
ReverseAti Vishisht Seva Medal in Hindi.
EstablishedJanuary 26, 1960
Previous name(s)Vishisht Seva Medal, Class II
Next (higher)Sarvottom Jeevan Raksha Padak[1]
EquivalentUttam Yuddh Seva Medal[1]
Next (lower)Vir Chakra[1]

The award can also be granted posthumously. Subsequent awards are represented by a bar worn on the ribbon. The awardee can use "AVSM" as post-nominal letters.


The Ati Vishisht Seva Medal was originally established as the "Vishisht Seva Medal, Class II". It was renamed on January 27, 1961 and the badge signed. Since 1980 the awarding of the medal have been restricted to operational service as the Yudh Seva Medal was created to recognize distinguished services in an operational environment.[2]

See also


  1. "Precedence Of Medals". Indian Army. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. Haynes, Ed. "Ati Vishisht Seva Medal". Archived from the original on 20 August 2007.

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