Instituted on 26 Jun 1980 to recognize the distinguished service of the most exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities.


Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings. The medal shall be of gold gilt. The medal shall have on its obverse the State Emblem and the inscriptions “SARVOTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL” (in English). On its reverse, it shall have a five pointed star.


Golden colour with one red vertical stripe in 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 recognised 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.

Personnel Eligible

The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal : 1. 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.
2. Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility

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