PVSM:- Param Vishisht Seva Medal
PVSM stands for Param Vishisht Seva Medal. It is India’s military award. It was constituted in the year 1960 and since that time, even today, it is awarded to recognize the peacetime service of the most exceptional order. It can also be awarded posthumously. All ranks of the Indian Armed Forces are eligible for this award. This also includes Auxiliary and Reserve Forces, Territorial Army, Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing services and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces. It was previously known as Vishisht Seva Medal before which it was known as Class I. The next higher award is Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal. The next lower is Maha Vir Chakra. This medal is round shaped. It has a diameter of 35 mm. This is fitted to a plain horizontal bar with a standard fitting. The metal used is gold gilt. On its front side is embossed a five-pointed star. On its reverse side are the Indian state emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim. The riband of the medal is of gold color with a dark blue stripe down the center dividing it into two equal parts.