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


  • EXIT ABDUL WAHHAB ENTER CHAIRMAN MAO - Prof. KN Pandita

  • 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...


  • THE RHETORIC OF BILATERAL DIALOGUE - Prof. KN Pandita

  • Valley leadership of all hues, counsels New Delhi to hold bilateral dialogue with Pakistan for resolving outstanding disputes including Kashmir. Their advocacy is usually coated with victimhood phraseology like “we the poor Kashmiris get killed; we a..


  • HOLLOW SLOGANS FOR INDO-PAK DIALOGUE - Prof. KN Pandita

  • The oft-repeated narrative of Kashmir valley leadership is that India should talk to Pakistan. Dr. Farooq Abdullah has been saying it endlessly so much so that his exhortation has lost impact. His son made this narrative his daily ritual. Amusingly,..


  • AMERICAN MISSILE SHIELD IN SOUTH KOREA: CHINA’S OPTIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ASIA - Dr Roshan Khanijo

  • South Korea’s decision to install the American missile system - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea has been vehemently criticised by China. The strategic move by the Americans will eventually invoke a strategic military reacti....


  • BEYOND THE SURGICAL STRIKES – FUTURE TRAJECTORY OF INDO-PAK SECURITY MATRIX  - Colonel IS Panjrath, SM, Major General RPS Bhadauria , VSM (Retd)

  • The usual humdrum of the somewhat routine narrative - terror strike by Pak supported ‘Non State Actors’ followed by emotive outbursts by Indian intelligentsia on various media platforms and ‘strong official statements’, was broken by the response of....


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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 16 - Registration for Part D, 2016 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 / Part D –Oct 16 / DSSC -2017/ Part D - Oct 17.

The remodeling of Course together with hard work of USI student has shown great success in results.In 2015, USI students bagged 18 out 20 Competitive vacancies for DSSC (Army). Out of 239 Army officers nominated to attend DSSC Course, 208 were USI students. 16 out of 17 earmarked as res were USI students. See Msg from CI for detailed analysis of results. . In Part D 40% of the students of USI, passed all subjects in first attempt and 50.63% passed partly. Only 7.76% failed.

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

  • 25 Nov 2016. - Round Table Discussion was held with a Taiwanese delegation comprising Dr Shen Ming-Shih, PhD, Director, Department of Strategic Studies, National Defence University and Colonel Chen Yung-Chen, Republic of China Air Force, Director at Strategy Analysis Section War College, National Defence University accompanied by Mr Chihlung Sheng, Director Liaison Affairs Section, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India from 1100-1300 hrs.
  • 22 Nov 2016. - A book titled “Les Hindous: Indian Army on the Western Front: 1914- 1919” authored by Squadron Leader Rana TS Chhina, OBE (Retd), Secretary USI-CAFHR was launched jointly by the French and Belgian Ambassadors at the Embassy of France. The book launch was followed by a reception hosted by the French Embassy.

Archive

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

CS3

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

CAFHR

  • 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 2015

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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LT GENERAL SL MENEZES MEMORIAL ESSAY COMPETITION 2015


The USI Council had declared the following as Co-Winners of this Competition :-


(a) IC – 34402K Lt Gen GS Katoch, PVSM, AVSM, VSM Directorate General of Perspective Planning IHQ of MoD (Army)New Delhi – 110 011


(b) IC – 41920M Col Ashwin Baindur Dir (Eqpt), FSDCD,F Combat College of Military Engg CME Pune – 411 031

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CENTRE FOR UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING (CUNPK)

MacGregor Medal