Correspondence Courses Online Prospectus 2021-2022

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

(a) Competitive Examinations. DSSC (Army and Navy) and DSTSC.
(b) Promotion Examinations (Army). Part ‘B’ and Part ‘D’.
(c) Professional Military Education Exam (Navy).



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. From this year onwards, USI is ready to condct online classes for Cat A establishments, fmn cadres at all levels by experiences staff on digital mode or physical classes on as required basis Comds, Ests and fmns are invited to make best use of collective expertise available at USI of India.

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

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

12. 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.

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

(a) Life Membership Fee (Valid for 20 yrs from date of Membership). 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 Rs 3000.00
(iii) Renewal Fee Rs 3000.00
(c) Course Membership Fee (for one course and one yr) 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.

14. In addition to membership subscription, the officers are required to remit the applicable tuition fee for the course and postal charges (as per Para 28, if applicable). The complete amount is to be remitted in advance along with the completed membership form.

15. Applicants should clearly indicate in their application form whether they want to join the complete course or specific applicable subject(s) only.  Payment can also be made by net banking. The application forms and identity proof can also be sent through email as a scanned copy/snapshot of the requisite documents. Payments can also be made by ‘A/c Payee’ bank draft 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.

16. In case it is desired to pay the fees and/or collect the mtrl through a rep, the bearer should be given an auth letter by the offr concerned indicating the indl’s particulars and the particular course/ subjects asked for.

17. 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

18. 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, DSTSC 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 22).

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


20. 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.

21. 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.

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

Course Material

23. 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.

24.Some of the material issued is 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.

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

26. 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, specific to the offr.

27. The USI will be issuing certain selected study material (only open source mtrl) 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 and condition of the pandemic.

Administrative Instructions

28.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.

29.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.  In view of the pandemic it is advised that the offrs ask for study mtrl by speed post by paying Rs 600 instead of 300/- for entire course, so that the tracking i.d. is available and can be shared in case of postal delays.

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

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

32. Visiting hours to USI are from 1130-1230 hours and 1400-1545 hours, Monday to Friday (except gazetted holidays).

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

Chief Instructor – 011-2086 2325 (Direct)

Course Section – 011-2086 2318 (Direct)

Fax: 011-2086 2324

Postal Address
Chief Instructor
USI of India
Post Bag No 8,Vasant Vihar PO,
New Delhi – 110057
Email: [email protected]

34. Contact Programmes

Three Contact Programmes for DSSC/DSTSC Sep 2022 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 on your preferred dates.

35. In 2022, The contact pgmes will be conducted on hybrid model.  Offrs who want to attend physically will be able to attend in the seminar hall on physical mode and the offrs who have difficulty in travelling due to pandemic, or any other reason will be able to join on virtual mode to the same Seminar hall.  It will therefore give an opportunity to all offrs to attend contact pgme irrespective of pandemic situation or their location or any administrative problem.  Offrs are advised to make best use of this facility and register immediately alongwith the course.

36. Dates for Contact Programmes :

(i) CP – I –20 to 25 Jun 2022

(ii) CP – II –04 to 09 Jul 2022

(iii) CP – III – 18 to 23 Jul 2022

37. Fee Structure. Cost of CPs is under:-

(a) Mock Test & Discussion 6000/-

(b) Only mtrl for CP 3000/-

38. Contact Pgme for Part D.    In the year 2022, USI is plg to conduct Contact Pgme(s) for offrs appearing in Part D exam from 22 – 27 Aug 22.  Affected offrs are advised to register for Contact Pgme and the Correspondence course at the earliest to make full use of the opportunity.  It will also be conducted on hybrid model.  Details of fee for CP – Part D 2022 is as under :-

  • (a)     Part D all subjects less Spl to Corps    –        Rs 5000/-
    (Mock test & Discussion)
  • (b)     Part D for selected subject only           –        Rs 1500/- per subject
    (Mock test & Discussion)
  • (c)     Part D only study mtrl for all subject     –        Rs 2500/-
  • (d)     Part D only study mtrl for selected subject
    CA, MH, Tac                                      –        Rs 1000/-
    Adm, Law                                          –        Rs   750/-

39.  All details regarding various Courses required by an offr are deployed on our website under Courses link. The details and notices are updated on regular basis. Imp info is displayed on quick link ‘Msg from CI’. Offrs are advised to visit the website.

Appendix (Refers to Para 11 of Prospectus)


Courses Dates Subjects Tuition Fees Syllabus
Commencement of Corres-Course Date of Actual Exam All Subjects Each Subject
DSSC / DSTSC (Army) 2nd week of Dec 2021 Registration open Sep 2022 (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 2000/- each for CA & MH, Rs 3000/- 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) 2nd week of Jan 2022 Registration open Jun 2022 Paper I-C/PME & SC
(Consisting of Current Affairs, Military/Naval History and Maritime Strategy)
Rs. 3000/-
Part ‘B’ 2nd week of Dec 2021 Registration open Jun 2022 (a) Tactics
(b) Administration, Morale & Human Psychology
(c) Military Law
(d) Military History
(e) Current Affairs
Rs. 3,000/- Rs. 1000/- each for MH, CA & Tac

Rs 800/- each for  Adm & ML

SAO 11/S/85 & Appx B to IHQ of MoD (Army) Letter No A/15055/ONLINE/GS/MT. dt 24 Mar 2019
Part ‘D’ 1st week of Apr 2022 Registration open Oct 2022 (a) Administration, (b) Tactics
(c) Military Law
(d) Military History
(e) Current Affairs
Rs. 4000/- Rs. 1,000/- each for Adm, & ML.
Rs 1,500/- each for MH,  CA & Tac 
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 2021-22)


Ser. No Campaign/Biography/ Op Art Prescribed Books Recommended Books Remarks
1. Campaign
(a) Kargil War 1999 Kargil Tuning The Tide by Lt Gen Mohinder Puri Kargil : The Impregnable Conquered by Lt Gen YM Bammi
2. Biography
Capt Vikram Batra, PVC (P) Param Vir Vikram Batra : The Sher Shah of Kargil by Mr GL Batra


Ser. No Campaign/Biography/ Op Art Prescribed Books Recommended Books Remarks
1. Campaign
Sino Indo War 1962 Himalayan Blunder by Brig JP Dalvi War in High Himalayas by Maj Gen DK Palit
India’s China War by Neville Mexwell
2. Biography
Gen Thimayya Thimayya of India by Humphery Evans


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1. Campaign
Korean War Korea : The limited war by Devid Rees.
Korea: 1950-1953 by Edgar O Ballance.
This kind of war by TR Fehrenbach

2. Biography
Mac Arthur Mac Arthur as military Commander by Giving Long 
3. Op Art
Clausewritz. On War by Carl Von Clansewitz


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