Padma Awards-2024

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Recently, online nominations/recommendations for the Padma Awards 2024 have opened.

About Padma Awards:

  • The Padma Awards namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country.
  • These Awards were instituted in 1954 and they are announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day.
  • The award seeks to recognize ‘work of distinction’ and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields/disciplines, such as- Art, Literature and Education, Sports, Medicine, Social Work etc.
  • Eligibility for the nomination-
    • All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex are eligible for these Awards.
    • Government servants including those working with PSUs, except Doctors and Scientists, are not eligible for Padma Awards.
    • Awardees receive a Sanad (Certificate) and Medallion, a small size replica (miniature) of the main medal is separately handed over to the recipient but no monetary grant is attached to these Awards.
  • Who decides the winner?
    • All nominations received for Padma Awards are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.
    • The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six eminent persons as members.
    • The Prime Minister and the President of India finally review and approve the recommendations.
  • Result announcement
    • The result will be announced on the occasion of Republic Day to recognize the ‘work of distinction’ of the people for their distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields/disciplines. 


Q1) When did India become a republic?

Though India became a free nation on August 15, 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on January 26, 1950. 

Source: Nominations for Padma Awards-2024 open till 15th September, 2023