Meritorious Service Medal


Conditions of Eligibility and Eligible Categories

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: -

Army - Havildars and Dafadars

Navy - Chief Petty Officers, Petty officers and their equivalent in other branches.

Air Force - Warrant Officers, Flight Sergeants and Sergeants.

For the purpose of the award only such service as counts for pension and gratuity is taken into consideration.

There shall be fixed establishment for the award of the medal to each service which shall be determined by the Government from time to tome. Vacancies in the establishment shall be filled on the death, discharge, deduction in rank of promotion to a Commissioned rank of a recipient or on forfeiture of the medal

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal - Circular in shape, 1.42 inches in diameter and made of standard silver. It shall have embossed on the obverse the State Emblem seven-eighth inches in height with the motto ------------------------decorative lotus buds along the periphery. On the reverse it shall have the inscriptions “FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE” and “--------------------------------------------“ within a lotus wreath. The medal shall have scroll pattern swivel fitting one and five-sixteenth inches in width for the riband.

Ribbon - Brown silk, one and a quarter inches in width, edged with white and divided equally by three narrow vertical stripes each one-sixteenth of an inch in red, dark blue and light blue.

Monetary benefits

An annuity of Rs. 100/- for the first year will be paid to the recipient on the award of the medal. For the second and subsequent year, full annuity will be paid. Only for every completed service period of 12 months. For service less than 12 months in the second and subsequent years, the annuity will be admissible proportionately.

* 4 for 800 men on the authorized establishment of the respective service.