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

  • Dealing With Iran : Quandary For The United States - Colonel GG Pamidi

  • West Asia or the Middle East as the region is more widely known; presents one of the most perilous contexts for nuclear proliferation. Regional conflicts in the Middle East have over the past 60 years frequently escalated to war.[1] The Middle East’s..

  • INDIA –US DEFENCE TIES : GATHERING MOMENTUM - Major General RPS Bhadauria , VSM (Retd)

  • The recent visit of US Secretary of Defence, M. Ashton Carter, generated much media attention for two reasons, one, this was his second visit in 11 months and two, an ‘In Principle’ agreement was reached with his Indian counterpart Mr. Manohar Parrik....

  • NEPAL – CHINA TRANSIT AGREEMENT  - Group Captain Sharad Tewari, VM (Retd)

  • On Monday, 21 March 2016, Nepal signed ten Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with China. According to a press release issued by Pramod Dahal, the Nepal Prime Minister’s press advisor, the agreements signed include the transit and transport agreement..


  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev seemed to have turned back the clock when he warned of a ‘new Cold War’ with the West at the recent Munich Security Conference. His comments were preceded by a similar statement from James Clapper, Director of..


  • The reorganisation of PLA was on the cards for quite some time and gained momentum since the taking over of Xi Jinping as the President, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC)....

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Current Projects - CS3

  • Water Security: Myth, Reality and Measures

    Col Vishal Murada Senior Research Fellow

  • Cyber Warfare: It’s Implications on National Security

    Col Sanjeev Relia, Senior Research Fellow

  • 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

  • Lowering the Threshold: Tactical Nuclear Weapons

    Dr Roshan Khanijo, 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

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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 - 2016 and Part B - 2016 open. Register immediately to commence prep through Corres Course earliest.

The first set of Course mtrl for Part B Exam 2016, dispatched to registered students on 03 Nov 15. 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 2016 dispatched to registered students on 24 Nov 2015. 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 2016.

DSSC Aspirants 2016 – 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 -2016 / Part D –Oct 16 / DSSC -2016.

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.

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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USI Blog

Members can contribute to USI blog page by sending their articles on through email.

Visits / Discussions

  • 13 Apr 2016 - A Round Table Discussion on “International Humanitarian Law and Challenges of Terrorism” with Dr Knut Dörmann, Head of the Legal Division and Chief Legal Officer, ICRC accompanied by Ms Mary Werntz, Head of the ICRC Regional Delegation in New Delhi and eight other representatives from ICRC was held from 1130-1300 hours.
  • 22 Mar 2016 - Colonel Wiito L Nzidee, FSS, Deputy Defence Advisor, Nigeria High Commission visited USI and held discussion with Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd), Deputy Director and Editor and Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM** (Retd), Deputy Director (Research) from 1000-1100 hours, regarding the visit of Nigerian NDC Course-24 to India from 08-14 May 2016 and the delegation from National Institute for Policy for Strategic Studies (NIPSS) from 23 May-03 Jun 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


  • India's Comprehensive National Power (CNP)
  • National Security – Countering Transnational Terrorism


  • 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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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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