Defence Services Staff College

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Defence Services Staff College
Motto Sanskrit: Yuddham Pragya
English: To War with Wisdom
TypeInter-service institution of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India
Established1905 as the Army Staff College in Deolali
Commandant Lt. Gen. YVK Mohan, AVSM, SM, VSM [1]
StudentsPersonnel of Indian Armed Forces
Flag of India.svg  India
MascotThe Owl
Website DSSC homepage

The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is an inter-service institution of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India.

Ministry of Defence (India) Indian government ministry responsible for military and national defence matters

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the Indian armed forces. The President of India is the ceremonial commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the country. The Ministry of Defence provides policy framework and resources to the armed forces to discharge their responsibility in the context of the defence of the country. The Indian Armed Forces and Indian Coast Guard under the Ministry of Defences are primarily responsible for ensuring the territorial integrity of the nation.


It trains officers of the all three Indian Armed Forces which are the (Navy, Army, Air Force) and officers from friendly foreign countries for command and staff appointments.

Indian Armed Forces Combined military forces of India

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Navy Military branch of service primarily concerned with naval warfare

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An army or land force is a fighting force that fights primarily on land. In the broadest sense, it is the land-based military branch, service branch or armed service of a nation or state. It may also include aviation assets by possessing an army aviation component. In certain states, the term army refers to the entire armed forces. Within a national military force, the word army may also mean a field army.


One of the oldest military institutions in India, it was founded in 1905 as the Army Staff college in Deolali (near Nashik), and then re-located to Quetta (now Pakistan). After the partition of India and Pakistan, the Indian operations relocated to its present home in Wellington Cantonment in The Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India. [2]

Deolali Town in Maharashtra, India

Deolali, or Devlali, is a small hill station and a census town in Nashik district, Maharashtra, India. It has the residential Barnes School.

Nashik Metropolis in Maharashtra, India

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Quetta Metropolis in Balochistan, Pakistan

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By 1950 it was progressively transformed into a fully integrated Defence Services Staff College, imparting training to Officers of the three services in the company of some officers from the Indian Civil Services, Para Military Forces and friendly foreign countries. DSSC is affiliated to Madras University for award of M.Sc. degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and was recognized as a research institute in 1990. [3]


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  2. "DSSC History". DSSC.
  3. "DSSC, Wellington - TIMELINE" (PDF). DSSC. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  4. The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal. West of England Press. 1983. p. 175.