The United Service Institution of India

The USI is a unique institution with unequalled expertise in the field of national security and matters pertaining to defence services. It has built an outstanding reputation over the last 140 years. It is an autonomous institution with a membership exceeding 13000. The USI has ongoing bilateral dialogues with similar institutes in many countries and it is expanding.

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USI Library

USI Library ImageThe primary resource of the USI is its library, which holds over 65000 books and periodicals, some dating back to 16th Century, on a large variety of subjects. There are memoirs, biographies, recollections, manuscripts for scholars and researchers...

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USI Journal

The USI publishes a quarterly journal which has had uninterrupted publication since 1871, including during the two World Wars. It is the oldest surviving defence journal in the country and in Asia. It is supplied free of cost to the members.

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Centre for Strategic Studies & Simulation (CS3)

The Centre aims at conducting detailed and comprehensive enquiry, research and analyses of national and international security related issues. It also conducts simulation exercises.

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Strategic Perspectives - CS3

  • Major Takeaways from Indonesian President’s Visit to India  - Dr Roshan Khanijo

  • HE Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, was on his first state visit to India from 11 to 13 December, 2016.......


  • The Asian geopolitics over infrastructure development has further intensified as India and Japan have decided to cooperate for developing the Chabahar port in Iran amid China’s vigorous push to promote its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Indian..


  • The Dawn of December 6, 2016 published full length statement of Nafees Zakaria, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman that dealt with current Indo-Pak relations focusing on Kashmir issue. Many flaws are seen in the statement. As it flashlights some new aspec..


  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin recently concluded his India visit aimed to reinvigorate India-Israel relations. It would provide a fillip in bilateral cooperation in defense & security, agriculture, trade, and education. Several MOUs and agreements....


  • Three articles which I published during past three months did not evoke any curiosity among the readers about my assertion that India was actually fighting China in Kashmir. I have no regrets if policy planners took no cognizance of what was hinted at...

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Current Projects - CS3

  • China’s Emerging Cyber Operations Capabilities and Implications for India

    Col Rohit Mehrotra, Senior Research Fellow

  • Growing Relations between China, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and its Implications for India

    Col SK Shahi, Senior Research Fellow

  • Chinese Maritime Strategy in IOR and Implications for India’s Maritime Security Engagement in the Region

    Cdr MH Rajesh, Research Fellow

  • A Comparative Analysis of China and India’s Space Capabilities Implications : Challenges and Response

    Col Sanjay Kumar, Senior Research Fellow

  • Critical Appraisal of China’s Internal Fault Lines; Impact on China’s Rise and Lessons for India

    Brig Sandeep Jain, Senior Research Fellow

  • India’s Afghanistan Policy – Challenges and Prospects

    Dr Raj Kumar Sharma, Associate Research Fellow

  • Net Assessment of Nuclear Balance of India & Pakistan

    Dr Roshan Khanijo, Senior Research Fellow & Research Coordinator

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Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR)

The Centre aims to encourage the objective study of all facets of the history of the Indian Armed Forces including the military history of the colonial and pre-colonial eras...

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Recent Projects - CAFHR

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Correspondence Courses by USI

The Institution runs regular correspondence courses for officers of the Armed Forces to assist them in preparing for Promotion and Defence Services Staff College / Technical Staff College examinations.

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Registrations for DSSC / TSOC - 2017 and Part B - 2017 open. Register immediately to commence prep through Corres Course earliest.

The first set of Course mtrl for Part B Exam 2017, dispatched to registered students on 03 Nov 16. Students are advised to register for the course imdt to draw max benefit from systematic study through the Corres Course.

The first set of Course mtrl for DSSC/TSOC Exam 2017 dispatched to registered students on 24 Nov 2016. Students are advised to register for the course imdt to draw max benefit from systematic study through the Corres Course. Students can also register for Contact Pgmes 2017.

DSSC Aspirants 2017 – Register yourself for the Corres Course and Contact Pgms imdt, as it is on first come first serve basis, and highly oversubscribed.

For Part D - Oct 17 - Registration for Part D, 2017 is open. The Course is being remodeled. Register yourself imdt to get max time for prep for best results. Latest study mtrl, handouts being issued in addition to the existing study mtrl.

The interactive course is very active. The offrs are regularly asking question on email during their prep throughout the yr and being answered. Register yourself for USI Corres Courses for making best use of Interactive Course for Part B-2017 / DSSC-2017/ Part D - Oct 17.

The remodeling of Course together with hard work of USI student has shown great success in results. In 2016, USI students bagged 18 out 20 Competitive vacancies for DSSC (Army). Out of 240 Army officers nominated to attend DSSC Course, 212 were USI students. 19 out of 25 earmarked as res were USI students. See Msg from CI for detailed analysis of results. In Part D 2015, 199 students of USI out of 490 passed all subjects in first attempt, 253 passed partially and only 38 students failed. See msg from CI for detailed analysis of results.

Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK)

CUNPK organises workshops, seminars and training capsules for officers of the Indian Armed Forces and the friendly foreign countries, selected for deployment in UN Peacekeeping missions. It also oversees the practical training of Indian contingents. CUNPK is a prominent member of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) and has been running the Secretariat since 2005...

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Visits / Discussions

  • 20 Dec 2016. - General John W Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support and United States Forces-Afghanistan delivered a talk on “2016 Campaign in Afghanistan : A Way Forward” at USI on 20 Dec 2016 with Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director USI in the Chair
  • 19 Dec 2016. - It gives us great happiness to share with our members that Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina (Retd), Secretary, CAFHR has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the British Government, after prior approval of the Indian Government, a rare honour, in recognition of his services and contribution to Indo-UK relations and for work on the Great War (1914-18) Centenary Commemoration. His Investiture Ceremony was held at the British High Commissioner’s Residence on 19 Dec 2016.


Research Topics (2012-2014)

  • Military Usage of Space
  • Military Dimension of Coercive Diplomacy
  • Maritime Security
  • Strategic Engagement: A policy Framework

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Ongoing Research Projects


  • Developments in Central–Asia: India–Kyrgyzstan Relations
  • Geopolitics, Security and Bilateral Relations – Perspectives from India and South Korea


  • Joint USI-MEA Great War Centenary Commemoration Project
  • History of Indian State Forces
  • Customs and Traditions of Indian Armed Forces

Latest Publications

USI Gold Medal Essay Competition

Result of 2016


Subject: Managing Civil-Military Relations : How To Bridge The Gap?


05213 Y Cdr Pradeep K Thakur DSSC, L No. 636 Wellington (Nilgiris) TN 643 231


04569H Cdr RS Sawan Indian Naval Tactical Evaluation Group(INTEG) Naval Station Karanja C/o Fleet Mail Office Mumbai – 400 001

DC - 42781A Brig UV Talur Higher Command Wing Army War College, Mhow MP – 453 442


Subject:Transforming Our Armed Forces To Face Challenges Of Jointness.


DC-72590A Maj Anirudha Chakrabarty 5 Dogra, Pin – 910 605


DC- 72405F Maj Sumeet Luhach 5 RR Btn (JAT) PIN – 934 505 C/o 56 APO

Topics for 2016

Group 'A': "Managing Civil-Military Relations: How to Bridge the Gap?" - Open to All Officers

Group 'B': "Transforming our Armed Forces to face Challenges of Jointness" - Open to Officers upto 10 Years of Service

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Subject: The essay must be on a topic relating to Indian Military History. The subject can be from any era, relating to any aspect of India’s military past, on ground, sea or air.


05284 H Cdr Sarat Menon DSSC Wellington, Nilgiris, Conoor Tamilnadu -643231


IC – 64271Y Maj AK Tripathi 122 Engr Regt Pin-914122 C/o 56 APO

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