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Find the list of all major national awards in India: Civilian awards, Gallantry awards, and others

Safalta Expert Published by: Saloni Bhatia Updated Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:48 PM IST


Awards are tokens of appreciation and honor. This article is about a list of prizes given out in India for various accomplishments. This is a crucial topic for those preparing for UPSC and other government examinations.
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Awards are tokens of appreciation and honor bestowed on those who have made significant contributions. People in India have been recognizing significant achievements in a variety of sectors, therefore the list of awards is extensive.

The following are the major award categories in India:

  • Civilian Awards
  • Gallantry Awards
This article is about a list of prizes given out in India for various accomplishments. This is a crucial topic for those preparing for UPSC and other government examinations.

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People in India are recognized for their achievements in a variety of professions, ranging from filmmaking to national service. Civilian, military, leadership, and literary prizes are the four major categories of Indian honors. Other Indian prizes are given for bravery, athletics, and other achievements.

Civilian honors are divided into four categories: Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. All Indian nationals are eligible for these honors, regardless of ethnicity, occupation, status, or gender.

People studying for bank exams or other competitive tests in India should be familiar with the awards and recipients. For the year 2021, here is a list of Indian awards and its recipients.

List Of Indian Awards

Bharat Ratna Awards are given to a maximum of three people each year. Padma Awards are divided into three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. A total of seven Padma Vibhushans, ten Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shris will be presented to civilians in 2021. There are 29 woman awardees, 16 posthumous awardees, ten civilian awardees from various categories of Foreigners/ PIO/ OCI/ NRI, and one transgender awardee among them.

In India, recipients of the Padma Awards are often recommended by an award committee comprised of state governments, union territory administrations, central ministries, or excellence institutions, among others. The awards are handed after the Home Minister, Prime Minister, and President has given their assent to the Awards Committee's recommendations. The President of India presents these honors, and the names of the award recipients for the year 2021 are listed here. Continue reading to learn more.

Indian Awards: Bharat Ratna

The Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian honor, bestowed on notable individuals for achievements in fields such as science, literature, the arts, public service, and sports.

Bharat Ratna literally means "Indian Jewel" or "Indian Gem." The winners are recommended to the President by India's Prime Minister. The recipients of this award receive a certificate signed by the President as well as a medallion in the shape of a peepal leaf. Without exception, the award honors extraordinary service or accomplishment of the highest level. Sachin Tendulkar, who is 40 years old, is the youngest recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award, while Dhondo Keshav Karve, who is 100 years old, is the oldest.

The Bharat Ratna awards will not be given out in 2020 or 2021, hence we are presenting the list of Bharat Ratna Award recipients for 2019.
Name of the Bharat Ratna Award Recipient Field of the Recipient
Nanaji Deshmukh Social Activist   Member of RSS A leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh Also, Padma Vibhushan recipient of 1999.
Bhupen Hazarika Known as Sudhakantha.   Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker.
Pranab Mukherjee Indian Politician, Served as 13th Indian President-2009-2012

Indian Awards: Padma Vibhushan

The Padma Vibhushan is India's second-highest civilian honor. The award is given to persons who have made outstanding contributions in sectors such as social work, public affairs, medicine, literature, sports, and civil service, among others. Every year on Republic Day, the prize recipients are announced.

The following is a list of Padma Vibhushan recipients and the fields in which they excelled:
SI.No. Padma Vibhushan Recipients Field State/ Country
1 Shri Shinzo Abe Public Affairs Japan
2 Shri S P Balasubramaniam
Art Tamil Nadu
3 Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde Medicine Karnataka
4 Shri Narinder Singh Kapany
Science and Engineering USA
5 Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Others- Spiritualism Delhi
6 Shri B. B. Lal Others- Archaeology Delhi
7 Shri Sudarshan Sahoo Art Odisha

Indian Awards: Padma Bhushan

Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian honor, and it, like other awards, is given to persons who have made outstanding contributions in their professions.
SI.No. Name Field State/ Country
1 Krishna Nair Shantakumari Chithra Art Kerala
2 Tarun Gogoi (Posthumous) Public Affairs Assam
3 Chandrashekhar Kambara Literature and Education Karnataka
4 Sumitra Mahajan Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
5 Nripendra Misra Civil Service Uttar Pradesh
6 Ram Vilas Paswan (Posthumous) Public Affairs Bihar
7 Keshubhai Patel (Posthumous) Public Affairs Gujarat
8 Kalbe Sadiq (Posthumous) Others- Spiritualism Uttar Pradesh
9 Rajnikant Devidas Shroff Trade and Industry  Maharashtra
10 Tarlochan Singh Public Affairs Haryana

Indian Awards: Padma Shri

Padma Shri is India's fourth-highest civilian honor. People in the arts, education, sports, medicine, public affairs, social service, industry, science, and literature have received this honor.
The names of a few Padma Shri award recipients for 2021 are listed below:
SI.No. Name Field State/ Country
1 Gulfam Ahmed Art Uttar Pradesh
2 P. Anitha Sports Tamil Nadu
3 Rama Swamy Annavarapu Art Andhra Pradesh
4 Subbu Arumugam Art Tamil Nadu
5 Prakasarao Asavadi Literature and Education Andhra Pradesh
6 Bhuri Bai Art Madhya Pradesh
7 Radhe Shyam Barle Art Chhattisgarh
8 Dharma Narayan Barma Literature and Education West Bengal
9 Lakhimi Baruah Social Work Assam
10 Biren Kumar Basak Art West Bengal
11 Rajni Bector Trade and Industry Punjab
12 Peter Brook Art United Kingdom
13 Sangkhumi Bualchhuak Social Work Mizoram
14 Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat Art Assam
15 Bijoya Chakravarty Public Affairs Assam
16 Sujit  Chattipadhyay Literature and Education West Bengal
17 Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous) Social Work Uttar Pradesh
18 Tsultrim Chonjor Social Work Ladakh
19 Mouma Das Sports West Bengal
20 Srikant Datar Literature and Education The U.S.A.
21 Narayan Debnath Art West Bengal
22 Chutni Devi Social Work Jharkhand
23 Dulari Devi Art Bihar
24 Radhe Devi Art Manipur
25 Shanti Devi Social Work Odisha
26 Wayan Dibia Art Indonesia
27 Dadudan Gadhavi Literature and Education Gujarat
28 Parshuram Atmaram Gangavane Art Maharashtra
29 Jai Bhagwan Goyal Literature and Education Haryana
30 Jagdish Chandra Halder Literature and Education West Bengal
31 Mangal Singh Hazowary Literature and Education Assam
32 Anshu Jamsenpa Sports Arunachal Pradesh
33 Purnamasi Jani Art Odisha
34 Matha B. Manjamma Jogati Art Karnataka
35 Damodaran Kaithapram Art Kerala
36 Namdeo C. Kamble Literature and Education Maharashtra
37 Maheshbhai and Nareshbhai Kanodia (Duo) (Posthumous) Art Gujarat
38 Rajat Kumar Kar Literature and Education Odisha
39 Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap Literature and Education Karnataka
40 Prakash Kaur Social Work Punjab

Indian Awards: Military Awards

  • The highest award for military service is the Param Veer Chakra, which is given to the highest level of a forfeit during battles or wars. This honor has only been given to 20 army troops and one air force man thus far.
  • Maha Veer Chakra: The Maha Veer Chakra is the second-highest military honor given for bravery in battle.
  • The Veer Chakra is given out for valor on the battlefield. It is the third-highest honor bestowed on military personnel.
  • One of the peacetime decorations, the Ashok Chakra, is given for valor, bravery, or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield. Second on the list is Kirti Chakra, followed by Shaurya Chakra.


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