CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDS

The Param Vir Chakra, The Maha Vir Chakra & The Vir Chakra

Persons Eligible:

The following categories of persons shall be eligible for the Param Vir Chakra, the Maha Vir Chakra and the Vir Chakra:

  • a. Officers and men and women of all ranks of the Naval, Military and Air Forces, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.
  • b. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the Staff of the Nursing Services and other Services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing, and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders, directions or supervision of any of the above-mentioned Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility:

The Param Vir Chakra is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air.  

The Maha Vir Chakra is awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of the enemy whether on land, at sea or in the air.  
The Vir Chakra is awarded for acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether on land or at sea or in the air. 

The Ashoka Chakra, The Kirti Chakra & Shaurya Chakra

Persons Eligible:

The following categories of persons shall be eligible for the Ashoka Chakra, the Kirti Chakra and the Shaurya Chakra:

  • a. Officers and men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted forces.
  • b. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces.
  • c. Civilian citizens of either sex in all walks of life and members of Police Forces including Central Para-Military Forces and Railway Protection Force.

Conditions of Eligibility:  

The Ashoka Chakra is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some act of daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy. 
The Kirti Chakra is awarded for conspicuous gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy.  
The Shaurya Chakra is awarded for gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy. 
All the gallantry awards may be awarded posthumously.