Padma Shri

Conditions of Eligibility

Awarded for distinguished service in any field including service rendered by Government servants.

Eligible Categories

Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex shall be eligible for the award.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal. Circular in design, with a geometrical pattern superimposed on the circle. The diameter of the circular portion of the decoration shall be one and three-fourth inches and the thickness of the decoration shall be one-eighth of an inch. The geometrical pattern shall be composed of the outer lines of a square of one and three-sixteenths inches side, centrally placed on each side of which shall be rectangle projecting beyond the rim thereby breaking the circumference of the circular design of the decoration. A knob shall be embossed within each of the outer angles of the geometrical pattern towards the rim. There shall be a raised circular space of diameter one and one- sixteenth inches forming the centre-piece of decoration. On the obverse a lotus flower shall be embossed in this circular space. The name of the decoration shall be embossed in Hindi, with the word PADMA placed above and the word SHRI placed below the lotus flower. On the reverse shall be of toned bronze. The inscription PADMA SHRI on the obverse of the decoration, the geometrical pattern on either side and the border around the periphery, shall be of burnished bronze. All embossing on either side of the decoration shall be stainless steel.

Ribbon. A lotus pink riband one and a quarter inches in width with two narrow white stripes each a quarter inch distant from the edges of the riband.

The decoration may be awarded posthumously.