Param Vishisht Seva Medal

Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) is a military award of India. It was constituted in 1960[2] and since then till date, it is awarded in recognition to peace-time service of the most exceptional order and may be awarded posthumously. All ranks of the Indian Armed Forces including Territorial Army, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces, Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing services and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces are eligible for the award.[3]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Awarded by Govt. of India
TypeMilitary award
Awarded forpeace-time service of the most exceptional order
Previous name(s)Vishisht Seva Medal, Class I
Next (higher)Padma Bhushan[1]
EquivalentSarvottam Yudh Seva Medal[1]
Next (lower)Maha Vir Chakra[1]


The medal is round in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. It is made of gold gilt. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the Indian state emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim. The riband is of gold colour with one dark blue stripe down the centre dividing it into two equal parts. If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognized by a bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.[3][4]

See also


  1. "Precedence Of Medals". Indian Army. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. "Vishist Seva Medal & Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal".
  3. "Param Vishisht Seva Medal | Indian Navy". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. "Honour & Awards - About". Retrieved 7 June 2016.

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