Correspondence Courses Online Prospectus 2018-2019

1. The USI of India runs correspondence courses for the following competitive and promotion examinations:-

  • a. Competitive Examinations DSSC (Army and Navy) and TSOC.
  • b. Promotion Examinations (Army) Part ‘B’ and Part ‘D’.


2. The aim of the USI correspondence courses is to assist service officers to prepare for the selected examination, in a systematic and comprehensive manner.

Conduct of Courses

3. The correspondence courses are essentially in the nature of revision courses and therefore, pre-suppose a certain degree of pre-course study on the part of officers including Comd Pre-Staff Courses.

4. The conduct of the correspondence courses is through the dispatch at regular intervals of test papers for subjects as applicable to the selected examination. These test papers are set by experienced instructors on the pattern of the actual examination and cover all important aspects of subjects in a graduated manner. The final test paper in each subject covers the entire syllabus for the subject and is virtually a full dress rehearsal just before the actual examination.

5. Students are required to answer the test papers in their own time under examination conditions and send the answer sheets to the USI indicating Subject, Test Paper No and Course Index No. Each answer sheet is corrected by an experienced Directing Staff in detail and returned to the officer along with detailed comments and personal guidance notes. Besides suggested answers to the test papers are also sent for guidance of the students.

6. Study material including specifically prepared maps for Military History (prepared for the USI by experienced Directing Staff) designed to make the understanding of the prescribed military campaign and biographical character easier, are provided to the students taking the course.

7. Similarly, for Current Affairs quarterly supplements (collated for the USI by experienced Directing Staff) comprehensively covering the International and Domestic scenes are made available to the students taking the course.

8. The Course has been remodeled as an ‘Interactive Course’. Enrolment to correspondence course entitles to its students, free of cost detailed clarification and amplification on subject(s) raised by the students by correspondence/emails. The offrs have been regularly asking questions and have been very active from the time it has started.


9. Enrolment to the USI Correspondence Course is open to all eligible service officers at any time during the currency of the respective course.

10. Membership of USI of India is a mandatory pre-requisite to joining any USI Correspondence Course.

11. Existing USI members desirous of joining a course, may apply to the Chief Instructor, USI of India, enclosing the necessary tuition fees (shown against each examination in the attached appendix) along with the following details:-

  • a. USI membership number.
  • b. Service number.
  • c. Rank.
  • d. Name.
  • e.Unit and parent arm/service.
  • f. Address on which the course material is required to be sent.
  • g. Subject(s) for which taking the course and year of examination.
  • h. Email address.

12. Service officers can become ordinary/life/course members of the USI by applying on the requisite application form which is available on our website www.usiofindia.org furnishing proof of identity and paying the necessary subscription as follows:-

(a) Life Membership Fee (one time) (wef 01 Jan 2017). Rs 12,000.00
(b) Ordinary Membership (Block of three yrs commencing 01 Apr)
(i) Entrance Fee Rs 1000.00 Rs 4000.00
(ii) Subscription/Renewal Fee Rs 3000.00
(c) Course Membership Rs 1500.00

Note: Facilities for Life and Ordinary members are same. Grace period of two months upto 31 May is allowed for renewal at prevailing rate. Thereafter, entrance fee is to be paid again. No notice is sent for renewal. For conversion from Ordinary to Life Membership only the entrance fee portion will be adjusted. Course Membership is not renewable and is valid for one course only.

13. In addition to membership subscription, the officers are required to remit the applicable tuition fee for the course (See Appendix) and postal charges (as per Para 29 if applicable). The complete amount is to be remitted in advance along with the completed membership form.

14. Applicants should clearly indicate in their application form whether they want to join the complete course or for specific applicable subject(s) only. Payments may be made by ‘A/c Payee’ bank draft, Cash or local/Multi city (at par) cheque, in favour of the Director, United Service Institution of India (payable at New Delhi). No outstation cheques and IPOS are accepted. Payment can also be made by cash/net banking. The application forms and identity proof can also be sent through email as a scanned copy of the requisite documents.

15. In case it is desired to pay the fees and/or collect the material through a rep, the bearer should be given an authority letter by the officer concerned indicating the individual’s particulars and the particular course/subjects asked for.

16. The dispatch of study material will commence as per schedule or immediately on receipt of the a/m docu and requisite amount (as applicable).

Course Membership

17. Course Membership of one year has been introduced with effect from 01 Oct 2014. The conditions of this membership will be as under :-

  • a. Membership will commence on the date amount is deposited and will end 365 days later. Course membership is not renewable and is applicable for one course only
  • b. Only those Armed Forces Officers will be eligible who are joining a course (Part – B, D, DSSC, TSC or PME Navy) in part or for all subjects.
  • c. Membership fee will be Rs 1,500/-, in addition to the course fee.
  • d. Journal will not be supplied (as applicable for Life and Ordinary Members) and such members will not have voting rights (as applicable to Life Members only).
  • e. Other privileges like use of Library, attending talks and concessions in Restaurant/Residency will be entitled.
  • f. In case the officer wants to renew the membership he will again pay the full membership fee provided he is again joining a course.
  • g. The rates are liable to be revised at the discretion of the Institution.
  • h. Membership No will comprise four figures preceded by letters CM and suffixed with period in brackets, eg, CM/0001 (upto 30 Sep 18).

18. Membership form is available on our website www.usiofindia.org. The complete process for membership and registration can be done on internet and offr need not get involved in paper correspondence.


19. Withdrawal from a course is not normally permitted. However, if during the first two months of commencement of the course a student is unable to continue the course, either due to exigencies of service or circumstances beyond his control, his withdrawal may be considered, as a special case. In such cases, the student will be required to:-

  • a. Make an application giving detailed reasons for withdrawal from the course.
  • b. Return all the coaching material issued to him.
  • c. Pay actual expenses incurred by the USI. This amount will be decided by the USI in each case. The decision of USI will be final.

20. In the event of a student’s withdrawal from a course, entrance and membership fee will not be refunded. After deducting appropriate amount as per sub para (c) above and after receipt of the coaching material, the balance can be refunded to him at the discretion of USI of India.

21. In case the course is cancelled due to any reason, only tuition fee will be refunded to the extent decided by USI.

Course Material

22. The course material issued to officers is the copyright of USI of India, New Delhi. Its reproduction by any means and/or further distribution to others under any conditions is prohibited. It is issued to individual officers only for their personal use, who are resp for its security. .

23. Some of the material issued may be classified in nature and the officers to whom it is issued are personally responsible for its safe custody as laid down in security orders applicable in the Defence Services.

24. The course material is not supplied to any officer on the membership of another officer.

25. The course mtrl will cover the entire syllabus of the course in easy to understand form. Care will be taken not to increase the info overload of offrs by duplicating mtrl already issued to the offrs by MT Dte. The suggested answers will be in the form of model answers adhering to the required word limit and following the principle of being ‘Clear, Concise and Logical’. The current affairs will cover topics till a month prior to the exam. The course material is not for issue to units/formations/institutions/libraries, as it is to guide the indl offr in improving his peculiar weaknesses

26. The USI will be issuing certain selected study material to the student officers as soft copies for speedy delivery and comprehension (This would not include question and answer papers). Most of study mtrl will also be issued as hard copies, and some in soft copies, depending on the security value of the course mtrl.

Administrative Instructions

27. Detailed general instructions and programme of work will be issued to the students at the commencement of each course. Officers who join a course and become life members of the USI are sent a letter of welcome that contains details of all the facilities offered by the USI to its members.

28. It has been experienced in the past that course material sent to students specially those attending courses of instructions in training establishments is generally misplaced. Therefore, when on course students are advised to contact the local postal authorities and avoid the loss. In case it is desired that the material be sent by registered post an additional sum of Rs 300/- will be required to be remitted to cover the cost of postage. Material may also be obtained by courier/speed post on payment of Rs 600/- for the entire Course.

29. All correspondence with USI should be done directly by the officers and not through respective units.

30. While in Delhi, officers may visit USI and interact with Chief Instructor for any assistance/guidance related to correspondence courses.

31. Visiting hours to USI are from 1000-1230 hours and 1400-1630 hours, Monday to Friday (except gazetted holidays).

32. Location
USI Complex
Opposite Signals Enclave and EDP Centre
(Adjacent to AWWA Hostel) Rao Tula Ram Marg, Delhi Cantt – 110 010

Chief Instructor – 011-20862325 (Direct)

DD (Adm) – 01120862316 (Direct)

Course Section – 011-20862318 (Direct)

Course Section – 011-20862320, 20862321, 20862314 Extn – 210

Fax: 011-20862324

33. Postal Address
Chief Instructor
USI of India
Post Bag No 8,Vasant Vihar PO,
New Delhi – 110057
Email: ci@usiofindia.org

34. Contact Programmes

Three contact programmes for DSSC/TSOC Sep 2019 will be conducted during this year. Normally these are over subscribed, so register yourself earliest as it is on first cum first serve basis, and to get it on your preferred dates.

  • a. Tentative dates for CPs are as under:-
    • (i) CP – I – 24 to 29 Jun 2019
    • (ii) CP – II – 08 to 13 Jul 2019
    • (iii) CP – III – 22 to 27 Jul 2019
  • b. Fee Structure. Cost of CPs is under:-
    Mock Test & Discussion 6000/-
    Only mtrl for CP 3000/-

Syllabus & Fee Structure

Courses Dates Subjects Tuition Fees Syllabus
Commencement of Corres-Course Date of Actual Exam All Subjects Each Subject
DSSC / TSOC (Army) 3rd week of Nov 2018 Registration open Sep 2019 (a) Tactics ‘A’
(b) Administration, Morale, Human Psychology & Military Law
(c) Science & Military Technology
(d) Current Affairs & Area Study
(e) Military History
(f) Tactics ‘B’
Rs. 8,000/- Rs. 1,300/- for Tac A, Rs. 1,200/- for Adm & ML, Rs. 1,500/- for SMT, Rs 1800/- each for CA & MH, Rs 2400/- for Tac B. SAO 7/S/2013/GS & Appx A to IHQ of MoD (Army) letter No A/17053/01/GS/MT-2 dt 24 May 2015
DSSC (Navy) 3rd week of Dec 2018 Registration open Jun 2019 Paper I-C/PME & SC
(Consisting of Current Affairs, Military/Naval History and Maritime Strategy)
Rs. 1500/-
Part ‘B’ 2nd week of Dec 2018 Registration open Jun 2019 a) Tactics
(b) Administration, Morale & Human Psychology
(c) Military Law
(d) Military History
(e) Current Affairs
Rs. 3,000/- Rs. 800/- for Tac.
Rs 600/- each for Adm & ML.
Rs 1,000/- each for MH & CA
SAO 11/S/85 & Appx B to IHQ of MoD (Army) Letter No A/17053/01/GS/MT-2 dt 24 May 2015
Part ‘D’ 2nd week of Apr 2019 Registration open Oct 2019 (a) Administration, Morale & Human Psychology
(b) Tactics
(c) Military Law
(d) Military History
(e) Current Affairs
Rs. 4000/- Rs. 1,000/- each for Adm, Tac & ML.
Rs 1,200/- each for MH, CA
SAO 11/S/85 & Appx C to IHQ of MoD (Army) Letter No A/17053/01/GS/MT-2 dt 24 May 2015.
1. Special to Corps subject for Part D not conducted.
2. For MH studies sec attached Annexure.

Annexure (Refers to Appendix of USI Prospectus 2018-19)


Ser. No Campaign/Biography/ Op Art Prescribed Books Recommended Books Remarks
1. Vietnam War
(a) Battle of Dien Bin Phu Dien Bin Phu : The Epic Battle America Forget by Howard R Simpson Vietnam : A history by Stanley Karnow
(b) Battle of La Drang We were Soldier Once and Young by Lt Gen Harold G Moore
2. Biography
Lt Gen Harold G Moore We were Soldier Still : A Journey Back to the Battle of Vietnam by Lt Gen Harold G Moore


Ser. No Campaign/Biography/ Op Art Prescribed Books Recommended Books Remarks
1. Campaign
Indo Pak -1947-48 Official History of Ops in J&K (1947-48) by Dr S N Prassad The Pak Army 1947 -49 : Pakistan’s Official Report on Kashmir Ops by Maj Gen Shaukat Riza
Thunder Over Kashmir by Maurice Cohen
2. Biography
Fd Marshal Carriappa Fd Marshal Carriappa : His Life and Time by Brig Khanduri


Ser. No Campaign/Biography/ Op Art Prescribed Books Recommended Books Remarks
1. Campaign
Gulf War 1991 & 2003 Certain Victory – The US Army in the Gulf War by Brig Gen Robert H Scales Jr. The Iraq War, A Mil History by W Murray & RH Scales Jr.
The Iraq War, Strategy, Tactics and Mil Lessons by Antony H Cordemann
2. Biography
Norman Schwarzkopf It Does’nt Take a Hero by Norman Schwarzkopf
3. Op Art
Sun Tzu Art of War by Sun Tzu


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