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|
|Awarded for||Distinguished Service|
|Obverse||A 35-mm circular silver medal,|
with a five-pointed star in the centre.
Suspended from a straight-bar suspender.
|Reverse||Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in Hindi.|
|Established||January 26, 1960|
|Previous name(s)||Vishisht Seva Medal, Class II|
|Next (higher)||Sarvottom Jeevan Raksha Padak|
|Equivalent||Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal|
|Next (lower)||Vir Chakra|
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.