Honours and Awards

In most of the competitive exams conducted nowadays, questions are asked from Honours and Awards. So, we are providing you a List of some Important Awards and their Fields which are the most Important for the upcoming competition exams. We hope it will help you in preparing better for the exams.

Prizes Field
Nobel Prize Pease, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry(From 1901) and Economics (From 1969)
Pulitzer Prize Journalism (From 1917)
Academy (Oscar) Awards Film (From 1929)
Kalinga Awards Science (From 1952)
Booker Prize Literature (From 1929)
Grammy Awards Music (From 1958)
Ramon Magasaysay Award Government (Public) Service, Social Service, Journalism, Literature, Communication and International Undertaking (From 1957)
Bharat Ratna For outstanding contribution in the field of Art/ Literature / Science and Public Services
Dada Saheb Phalke Award Film (From 1969)
Jnanpith Award Literature (From 1991)
Saraswati Samman Literature (From 1991)
Vachaspati Samman Sanskrit Literature (From 1992)
Shankar Award Indian Philosophy, Culture and Art
Vyasa Samman Literature
Kabir Samman Socio – communal Harmony
Dronacharya Award Sports Coaching / Training (From 1985)
Arjun Award Sports (From 1961)
Bhatnagar Award Science (From 1957)
Dhanwantri Award Medical Science (From 1971)
Bourlog Award Agriculture (From 1992)

Important national awards for Exams:

Highest civilian awards in chronological order

1. Bharata Ratna
2. Padma Vibushan
3. Padma Bushan
4. Padmasri

1. Bharata Ratna is the highest civilian award of India. It is instituted in 1954.

2. Padma Vibushan is the second-highest civilian award of India. It is instituted in 1954

3. Padma Bushan is the third highest civilian award of India. It is instituted in 1954

4. Padmasri is the third highest civilian award of India. It is instituted in 1954

Bharat Ratna

  1. Bharata Ratna is the highest civilian award of India. It is instituted in 1954.
  2. Presented by the Government of India.
  3. Presented for exceptional public service and rarest achievements in the field of art, literature and science.
  4. The first recipients of the Bharat Ratna were politician C. Rajagopalachari, philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and scientist C. V. Raman, who were honoured in 1954
  5. Lal Bahadur Shastri became the first individual to be honoured posthumously.
  6. Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest recipient of Bharata Ratna. He was awarded in 2014
  7. Recent recipients- Madhan Mohan Malavay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  8. Two non-Indians got Bharata Ratna till now. They are Pakistan national Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and former South African President Nelson Mandela

List of recipients of Bharat Ratna award

Chakravarti Rajgopalachari1954
Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman(C.V. Raman)1954
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan1954
Jawaharlal Nehru1955
Bidhan Chandra Roy1961
Rajendra Prasad1962
Zakir Hussain1963
Lal Bahadur Shastri1966
Indira Gandhi1971
Mother Teresa1980
B. R. Ambedkar1990
Nelson Mandela1990
Rajiv Gandhi1991
Vallabhbhai Patel1991
Morarji Desai1991
J. R. D. Tata1992
Satyajit Ray1992
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam1997
M. S. Subbulakshmi1998
Ravi Shankar1999
Amartya Sen1999
Lata Mangeshkar2001
Bismillah Khan2001
Bhimsen Joshi2008
C. N. R. Rao (Chemist)2014
Sachin Tendulkar (Cricketer)2014
Madan Mohan Malaviya2015
Atal Bihari Vajpayee2015

Padma Vibhushan

  1. Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award
  2. For distinguished services in any field including Government service.
  3. Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree are the other important civilian awards.

List of recipients of Padma Vibhushan award

Awardee Field of Prominence
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art - Music
Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education
TehemtonUdwadia Medicine
Ratna SundarMaharaj Others-Spiritualism
Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Others-Yoga
H.R.H. Princess Maha ChakriSirindhorn (Foreigner) Literature & Education
Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education –Journalism

Dada Saheb Phalke Award:

Dada Saheb Phalke is the highest award in the field of Cinema given by government of India. This award ceremony is arranged annually and given to the persons for their lifetime achievement in Indian cinema.

List of recipients of Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Devikarani Royarik1969
B.N Sarkar1970
Prithiraj Kapur1971
Pankaj Maullik1972
Dhiren Ganguli1975
Kanon Devi1976
Raychand Baral1978
Nowshad Ali1981
Durga Khote1983
Satyajit Roy1984
V. Shanta Ram1985
Raj kapur1987
Ashok Kumar1988
Lata mangeskar1989
Bhupen Hajarika1992
Dilip Kumar1994
Dr. raj Kumar1995
Sibaji Ganasan1996
Kabi Pradeep1997
B.C. Chopra1998
Hrikesh Mukerjee1999
Asha Voshle2000
Yes Chopra2001
Dev Anand2002
Mrinal Sen2003
Adur Gopal Krishnan2004
Sham Benegal2005
Tapan Sinha2006
Manna De2007
V.K. Murti2008
D. Ramanydu2009
K. Balchandra2010
Soumitra Chattapadhyay2011

Nobel Prize:

Nobel Prize is awarded since 1901 for achievement in the field of literature, peace, physics, chemistry, physiology of medicine and economic sciences. Nobel Prize is an international award founded by Alfred Nobel and administrated from Stockholm, Sweden. The prize is given in form of medal, cash award or personal diploma. The prize ceremony takes place at Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden.

List of Indian Nobel Prize Winners

2009Venkatraman RamakrishnanChemistry
1998Amartya SenEconomic Sciences
1983Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharPhysics
1979Mother TeresaPeace
1968Har Gobind KhoranaPhysiology of Medicine
1930C. V. RamanPhysics
1913Rabindranath TagoreLiterature

Magsaysay Awards

  1. Instituted in 1957 and named after Ramon Magsaysay, the former President of Philippines.
  2. This award is given annually on August 31
  3. Award is given for outstanding contributions to public service, community leadership, journalism, literature and creative arts and international understanding.
  4. Regarded as the Nobel Prize of Asia.

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding

  1. Instituted in 1965 by the Government of India.
  2. Given annually to persons for outstanding contributions to international understanding and goodwill among the people of the world.

Oscar Awards

  1. Instituted in 1929
  2. Conferred annually by the Academy of Motion Pictures in USA.
  3. The first Indian to get an Oscar was Bhanu Athaiya for the movie 'Gandhi'.
  4. Satyajit Ray was the first Indian awarded Oscar for lifetime achievements in cinema in 1992.

UNESCO Peace Prize

  1. Presented by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  2. For extraordinary contributions for international peace.

Pulitzer Prize

  1. Instituted in 1917 and named after the US Publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
  2. Conferred annually in the USA
  3. For accomplishments in journalism, literature and music.

Right Livelihood Award

  1. Instituted in 1980 by the Right Livelihood Society, London.
  2. Known as alternate Nobel Award
  3. To promote and contribute in the fields of environment and social justice.

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize

  1. Instituted in 1995 by Government of India.
  2. It is presented for international peace on the lines of Nobel Prize.

UNESCO Human Rights Award

  1. Presented by UNESCO
  2. For contributions in the field of Human Rights Awareness.
  3. Given every alternate year.

Man Booker Prize

  1. Highest literary award to authors of British, Irish and Commonwealth countries
  2. Instituted in 1968 by the Booker Company and the British Publishers Association along the lines of Pulitzer Prize of US.
  3. Renamed as Man Booker Prize, as the sponsorship has been taken over by the Man Group, an international stockbroker.

UN Human Rights Award

  1. Presented by UN for personal contribution for the cause of human rights.
  2. It is presented every sixth year.

World Food Prize

  1. Presented by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  2. For the cause of agriculture and food development.

Indira Gandhi Award For International Peace, Disarmament and Development

  1. Presented by Indira Gandhi Memorial Fund in India
  2. For specialized contribution in the field of international disarmament and development.

Bhartiya Jnanpeeth Awards

  1. Instituted in 1965
  2. Given for distinguished works in any recognized language by a scholar.

Sahitya Akademy Awards

  1. Instituted in 1955
  2. Given for any exclusive writing in any of the 22 languages including English literature.

Saraswati Samman

  1. Instituted in 1991 by the K.K. Birla Foundation
  2. Given for any distinguished literary work made during last 10 years in any of the Indian language.

Vyas Samman

  1. Instituted in 1992 by the K.K. Birla Foundation
  2. For outstanding contribution to Hindi literature.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards

  1. Given to the Indian scientists for their exceptional performance.

R.D. Birla Award

  1. Given in the field of medical sciences.

Dhanvantri Award

  1. These awards are given for the extra ordinary performance in medical sciences.

Arjuna Awards

  1. Instituted in 1961
  2. Given by Sports Ministry, Government of India.
  3. These are given for the special achievements in different types of sports.

Dronacharya Awards

  1. Instituted in 1985
  2. Given by Sports Ministry, Government of India.
  3. These are given to sports coaches.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

  1. It was instituted in 1992
  2. Presented for commendable display by the players.

Gallantry Awards

  1. Param Vir Chakra: It is India's highest award for bravery.
  2. Mahavir Chakra: It is the second highest gallantry award.
  3. Vir Chakra: It is the third highest gallantry award.
  4. Ashok Chakra: It is the highest peace-time gallantry award

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