Param Vir Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

Ashok Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for most conspicuous bravery, or some act of daring or pre- eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted forces. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces. Civilian citizens of either sex in all walks of life, other than members of Police Forces and of recognized Fire Services.

Sarvottam Yuddh Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for distinguished service of the most exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including those of Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces when embodied.Nursing Officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Param Vishisht Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

For distinguished service of the most exceptional order. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Armed Forces including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Mahavir Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

For acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air.

Eligible Categories

Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the navy and the Air force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed forces.

Kirti Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for conspicuous gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted forces. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces.

Sarvottam Jeevanraksha Padak

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for conspicuous courage, under circumstances of very great danger to the life of the rescuer displayed in an act or a series of acts of a human nature in saving life from drowning, fire, rescue operations in mines etc. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Persons of either sex in all walks of life incl Army/Navy/Air Force & all Service personnel, other than the members of the Armed Forces, Police Forces and of recognized Fire Services, if the act is performed by them in the course of duty.

Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including those of Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces and other lawfully constituted Armed forces when embodied.Nursing Officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

For distinguished service of an exceptional order, may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Armed Forces including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

Vir Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

For acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether of land or at sea or in the air. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the staff of the Nursing Services and other Services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing, and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders, directions or supervision of any of the above-mentioned Force.

Shaurya Chakra

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

Officers and men and women of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia, and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces. Civilians of either sex in all walks of life, other than members of Police Forces and of recognized Fire Services.

Yuddh Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for distinguished service of a high order during war/conflict/hostilities.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including those of Territorial Army units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces when embodied. Nursing Officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Nao Sena Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for such individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty or courage as have special significance for the Navy. Awards may be made posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Navy.

Vishisht Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

For distinguished Service of a high order, may be awarded posthumously.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Armed Forces including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.Nursing Officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Parakram Padak

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to the following categories of personnel who sustained/sustain wounds as a result of direct enemy action in any type of operations of counter insurgency operations. This will take effect from 15 Aug 1947.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, Territorial Army, J&K Militia and any other armed forces of the Union; All ranks of Railway Protection Force, Police Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organization and any other Organization specified by Government.

General Service Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for services rendered with the Armed Forces under active service conditions or conditions akin thereto. Where appropriate, a clasp for each operation shall be instituted by the President.

Eligible Categories

Officers and men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, of Indian State Forces, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the Staff of the Nursing Services and other services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing. Civilians on the authorized establishment of a unit/formation of Armed Forces or Indian State Forces, who are (a) Enrolled or (b) Uniformed or (c) Liable for general service.

Samanya Seva Medal 1965

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for services rendered with the Armed Forces under active service conditions or conditions akin thereto. Where appropriate, a clasp for each operation shall be instituted by the President.

Eligible Categories

The following categories of personnel serving in an operation or concessional area within the territorial or time limits to be specified separately for each operation will be eligible for the award All ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and of the Reserve, Territorial and Militia Forces, and civilians of either sex in all walks of life. All other lawfully constituted forces and security forces operating under the operational control of the Regular Armed Forces.

Special Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

The medal shall be awarded for services rendered by the Armed Forces personnel under active service conditions or conditions akin thereto. The medal shall be awarded for minor, short duration operations.

Eligible Categories

The following categories of personnel serving in an Operation or Concessional area within the territorial or time limits to be specified separately for each Operation will be eligible for the award All ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force, and of the Reserve, Territorial and Militia Forces, and civilians of either sex in all walks of life. All other lawfully constituted forces and security forces operating under the Operational control of the Regular Armed Forces.

Samar Seva Star

Conditions of Eligibility

Award for recognition of the services of Armed Forces personnel and civilians in the conflict with Pakistan in 1965 other conditions of eligibility are as under Regular Army personnel, Reserve, Territorial Army and militia forcesPersonnel who rendered at least ten days’ active service between the 5 Aug 65 and the 25 Jan 66 in a unit/formation operating or located in the qualifying areas. Personnel who served for a minimum qualifying period of one day in any battle zone during the periods specified for each battle zone. Personnel of Air observation Post units who either carried out at least three operational sorties or a total of five operational flying hours, as members of crew, either in enemy territory, or in the qualifying areas between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66. Personnel borne on the effective strength of the Air Transport organization, Rear Airfield Supply Organization, Forward Airfield Supply Organization, Air Despatch Units and personnel flying with inter-communication flights who carried out three flights or a total of ten operational flying hours, as members of crew, in the qualifying areas between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66; and Army personnel attached to the Navy or the Air Force shall be eligible for the award according to the conditions of eligibility applicable to the service to which they were attached. Naval Personnel : Personnel who were for a minimum period of ten days aboard ships of the Indian Navy in areas, of the Arabian Sea for maritime reconnaissance between 6 Sep and 23 Sep 65; Personnel who carried out minimum of three operational sorties of a total of ten operational flying hours, as members of crew, of the Naval Air Squadron in operational sorties of maritime reconnaissance cover the specified areas of the sea, between 6 Sep and 23 Sep 1965, and Naval personnel attached to the Army or the Air Force shall be eligible for the award according t the conditions of eligibility applicable to the service to which they were attached.

Poorvi Star

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to all personnel of the following forces who participated in operations in and around Bangladesh on the ground, on the sea or in the air. The minimum qualifying service shall be one day in the battle zone or one operational sortie. In the qualifying areas, it shall be a minimum of ten days or one operational sortie or a total of three flying hours as members of crew.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army and J&K Militia and of any other armed forces of the Union; All ranks of the Railway Protection Force, Police Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organisation and any other organisation specified by Government; Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the order/directions or supervision of the above -mentioned Forces.

Paschimi Star

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to all personnel of the following forces who participated in operations against Pakistan forces in and around the western borders of Indian on the ground, on the sea or in the air. The minimum qualifying service shall be one day in the battle zone or one operational sortie., In the qualifying areas it shall be minimum of 10 days service or one operational sortie or a total of 3 flying hours as members of crew.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, J&K Militia and of any other armed forces of the Union; All ranks of the Railway Protection Force, Police Force, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organisation, and any other organisation specified by Government; and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders/directions or supervision of the above-mention Forces.

Op Vijay Star

Conditions of Eligibility

Ground operations Awarded to all personnel who of the following forces who participated in operations in and around Kargil on the ground, or in the air. The minimum qualifying service shall be one day in the Battle Zone/Air Fields or one operational sortie or a total of three flying hours as members of a crew in the battle zone.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, any of the Reserve Forces, the Territorial Army and any other armed forces of the Union. All ranks of the Para Military Force, Central Police Organisations and Police Forces which participated in operations under the command of the Army or in support of the Army in OP VIJAY.

Siachen Glacier Medal

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, Territorial Army and of any other Armed Forces of the Union. All ranks of the Railway Protection Forces, Police Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organisation and civilians of either sex operating under the orders/ directions/supervision of the above mentioned forces. All ranks of the Army, and IAF who took part in the initial action to secure Bila Fondla NJ 8888 Siala ND 7011 Indira Col and area North of Base Camp, through vertical envelopment. Personnel physically present in the area for a day or night in area North of Base Camp NK 1963 during the period 12th April to 18th April, 1984. Personnel with a minimum stay of 30 days in the qualifying area. The time spent in captivity, in consequence of capture in operations in the area will count towards the qualifying period. All IAF and personnel of AOP and Air maintenance Battalions who have flown at least three operational or maintenance sorties in support of the Operation during the period 12th April to 18th April 1984 and then operational or maintenance sorties after 18th April, 1984. All Commanders and Staff Officers directly responsible for the operation who have done ten visits to the qualifying area. All personnel who have earned a gallantry award or Mention-in-Despatches or died or sustained wounds or were disabled irrespective of time of limit of stay. All civilian porters who have spent a minimum of 30 days in the qualifying area.

Raksha Medal 1965

Eligible Categories

All Armed Forces personnel who were borne on the effective strength of the Armed Forces on the 5 Aug 65 and had rendered service for 180 days or more on that date. Personnel of the units of Para-military forces as were under the operational control of the Army and had rendered service for 180 days or more on the 5 Aug 65; and Personnel of the units of Para-military forces who were operationally committed and were in the areas which qualify for Samar Seva Star 1965, subject to fulfilling the condition regarding length of service as above can be awarded posthumously.

Sangram Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to all categories of personnel who were/will be borne on the effective strength of the following forces on 3 Dec 71 to 20 Dec 72(both date inclusive)

Eligible Categories

All the ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, J7K Militia and of any other armed forces of the Union. All ranks of the Railway Protection Force, Police Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence Organisation and any other organisation specified by Government when deployed in operational areas, viz, J&K, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and members of any or all the aforesaid organisations deployed in such other areas as may specified by Government; and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders/directions or supervision of the above-mentioned Forces in operational areas. The award may be made posthumously.

Op Vijay Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to all categories of personnel who were borne on the effective strength of the Army, Navy and Air Forces and were mobilized/deployed/involved in planning and conduct of operations at various Headquarters in support of OP VIJAY. Air Forces personnel located at Srinagar, Avantipur, Leh, Thoise and Kargil will also be eligible for ‘OP VIJAY Medal’.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Para Military Forces, Central Police Forces, Railway Protection Forces, J&K State Police Forces, Home Guards, civil defence organization and any other organization specified by Government when deployed in operational areas, vis, J&K, Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan and other areas in the Western and Southern theatres and members of any of all the aforesaid organizations deployed in such other areas as may be specified by Government, and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders/directions of supervision of the above mentioned forces in operation areas.

Op Parakram Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

To all categories of personnel who were borne on the effective strength of the Army, Navy and Air Forces and were mobilized/deployed/involved in planning and conduct of operations at various Headquarters in support of OP PARAKRAM.

Eligible Categories

All ranks of the Para Military Forces, Central Police Forces, Railway Protection Forces, Civil Defence personnel, State Police personnel, Home Guards, civilian personnel and personnel of the other organization as specified by Government who were deployed in operational areas under Army’s operational control or any other personnel of such organization deployed in areas as may be specified by Government, who assisted in implementing, coordination and conduct etc of operation. All personnel on the effective strength of the Coast Guard who were operationally deployed at sea or were part of the operational planning at various Headquarters. Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders/directions of supervision of the above mentioned forces in operation areas. Civilians deployed for Local Naval Defence, War Watching Organizations, Naval Control of shipping and Examination Services.

Videsh Seva Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded to personnel for services rendered outside India and for such periods as may be recognized by the Government for the purposes of this award and which has not been considered for any other Indian Medal.

Eligible Categories

Commissioned Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and Non-Combatants (enrolled) of the regular Army, embodied Auxiliary and Reserve Forces or any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces. Nursing Officers and other members of Nursing Services in the Armed forces. The person with regular staff of diplomatic mission do not fall within purview of the medal.

Meritorious Service Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded on Republic and Independence Day by the respective Chiefs of Staff to selected individuals from the following categories of personnel who have a minimum of 15 years service distinguished by highly good conduct.

Eligible Categories

Army Havildars and Dafadars Navy Chief Petty Officers, Petty officers and their equivalent in other branches. Air Force Warrant Officers, Flight Sergeants and Sergeants.

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded on Republic & Independence Day by the respective Chiefs of Staff to such selected individuals from the following categories of personnel as may have rendered a minimum of 15 years combatant or non-combatant service in the Army or in the Navy or Air Force, distinguished throughout by highly good conduct.

Eligible Categories

Navy Continuous Service Ratings of the rank of Petty Officer and below, excluding ordinary seamen and their equivalent in other branches. For the purpose of the award, only such service as counts for pension and gratuity is taken into consideration.

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