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How Much Do You Know About Indian Civilian Honours?

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How Much Do You Know About Indian Civilian Honours?

India’s civilian honours were instituted a few years after the country became Independent, to recognise exceptional and distinguished service to the nation. There are multiple categories of honours. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about them.

Q 1. What is the maximum number of times that a Bharat Ratna can be conferred in a year?

It is not mandatory that the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, be awarded every year though in a particular year, the award can be given a maximum of three times.

Q 2. Who was the first recipient of the Bharat Ratna and when?

The first Bharat Ratna was awarded to, Sir C.V. Raman along with Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari.

Q 3. Who was the first, and, the only sports person to be awarded a Bharat Ratna?

Sachin Tendulkar was the first and only sportsperson to have received the prestigious honour in 2013.

Q 4. Who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously for the first time?

In 1972, these were awarded posthumously for the first time to Aditya Nath Jha along with Ghulam Mohammed Sadiq, and Vikram Sarabhai.

Q 5. What is the name of the 3rd Highest Padma award?

The fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, is the third highest Padma award.

Q 6. For which field was D.C. Kizhakemuri awarded the Padma Bhushan?

The first time it was awarded posthumously was in the year 1999 to D. C. Kizhakemuri, from Kerala for his excellence in the field of literature and arts.

Q 7. When were the Padma Awards instituted?

The Padma awards was instituted on 2 January 1954 with the three-tier Padma Vibhushan, classified into “Pahela Warg” (Class I), “Dusra Warg” (Class II), and “Tisra Warg” (Class III), which rank below the Bharat Ratna.

Q 8. Which foreign country leads the race in the Padma Shri awardees?

Till 2017, the Padma awards had been bagged by the USA 41 number of times, the maximum, followed by the U.K which is at 21 awards.

Q 9. By whom are these awards conferred?

Announced annually on the eve of Republic Day, the awards are given by the President of India. The awardees are presented a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion.

How many Padma Awards were announced in 2018?

Of the 85 Padma Awards announced in 2018, there were three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri honours.

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