List of Important Awards and their Fields


Here, we providing you a list of some IMPORTANT AWARDS AND THEIR FIELDS which are important for your upcoming competitive exams. We hope it will help your exams.


1. Nobel Prize
– The most coveted international award was named after Alfred Bernard Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.
– The award is given every year on December 10th, which marks the death anniversary of Alfred Bernard Nobel.
– Pioneering achievements in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Peace, Literature, and Economics.

2. Magsaysay Awards
– Instituted in 1957 and named after Ramon Magsaysay, the former President of Philippines.
– This award is given annually on August 31.
– Award is given for outstanding contributions to public service, community leadership, journalism, literature and creative arts and international understanding.

3. Oscar Awards
– Instituted in 1929
– Conferred annually by the Academy of Motion Pictures in USA.
– The first Indian to get an Oscar was Bhanu Athaiya for the movie ‘Gandhi’.

4. Pulitzer Prize
– Instituted in 1970 and named after the US Publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
– Conferred annually in the USA.
– For accomplishments in journalism, literature and music.

5. UNESCO Peace Prize
– Presented by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
– For extraordinary contributions for international peace.

6. Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding
– Instituted in 1965 by the Government of India.
– Given annually to persons for outstanding contributions to international understanding and goodwill among the people of the world.

7. Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize
– Instituted in 1995 by Government of India.
– It is presented for international peace on the lines of Nobel Prize.

8. Bharat Ratna
– Highest civilian award of India.
– Instituted in 1954.
– Presented for exceptional public service and rarest achievements in the field of art, literature and science
– First recipient was Dr. Radhakrishnan.

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

10. Bhartiya Jnanpeeth Awards
– Instituted in 1965.
– Given for distinguished works in any recognized language by a scholar.

11. Sahitya Akademy Awards
– Instituted in 1965.
– Given for any exclusive writing in any of the 22 languages including English literature.

12. Arjuna Awards
– Instituted in 1961.
– Given by Sports Ministry, Government of India.
– These are given for the special achievements in different types of sports.

13. Dronacharya Awards
– Instituted in 1985.
– Given by Sports Ministry, Government of India.
– These are given to sports coaches.

14. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
– It was instituted in 1962.
– Presented for commendable display by the players.

15. Gallantry Awards
Param Vir Chakra: It is India’s highest award for bravery.
Mahavir Chakra: It is the second highest gallantry award.
Vir Chakra: It is the third highest gallantry award.
Ashok Chakra: It is the highest peace-time gallantry award.

16. Dhanvantri Award
– These awards are given for the extra ordinary performance in medical sciences.

17. R.D. Birla Award
– Given in the field of medical sciences.

18. Vyas Samman
– Instituted in 1992 by the K.K. Birla Foundation.
– For outstanding contribution to Hindi literature.

19. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards
– Given to the Indian scientists for their exceptional performance.

20. Indira Gandhi Award For International Peace, Disarmament and Development
– Presented by Indira Gandhi Memorial Fund in India.
– For specialized contribution in the field of international disarmament and development.

21. UN Human Rights Award
– Presented by UN for personal contribution for the cause of human rights.
– It is presented every sixth year.

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

23. World Food Prize
– Presented by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
– For the cause of agriculture and food development.

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

25. Saraswati Samman
– Instituted in 1991 by the K.K. Birla Foundation.
– Given for any distinguished literary work made during last 10 years in any of the Indian language.

– Important Awards and their Fields

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