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, SM, VSM [1]
StudentsPersonnel of Indian Armed Forces
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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.


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.


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]

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]



  1. Reporter, Staff (18 January 2019). "Lieutenant General Y.V.K. Mohan takes charge". The Hindu.
  4. The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal. West of England Press. 1983. p. 175.