First in India

First in India-Awards

  1. First Miss World: Reita Faria in 1966
  2. First Miss Universe: Susmita Sen in 1994
  3. First Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997
  4. First Bharat Ratna: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954
  5. First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna: Khan Abdul Ghaffar
  6. First Person to receive Stalin Prize: Saifuddin Kitchlu
  7. First Chevalier: Sivaji Ganesan
  8. First Person to receive Janapith Award: Shri Shankar Kurup
  9. First Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Devika Rani in 1969
  10. First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumous): D.K. Jatar, captain of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for "most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice."
  11. First Magsaysay Award: Vinoba Bhave
  12. First Winner of a major literary award in the United States: Dhan Gopal Muker Ji
  13. First Ford Supermodel of the World(contest): Bipasha Basu, 1996
  14. First Indian recipient of 'Oscar Award': Bhanu Athaiya

First in India-Defence

  1. First Commander-in-Chief of Free India: General Sir Roy Bucher
  2. First Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, 1949
  3. First Chief of Air Staff: Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst
  4. First Indian Chief of Staff: Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee, 1954
  5. First Chief of Naval Staff: Vice Admiral R D Katari
  6. First Field Marshall of India: S.H.F. Manekshaw
  7. First Person to receive Paramvir Chakra: Major Somnath Sharma
  8. First Cosmonaut: Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, 1984
  9. First Atomic Submarine of India: INS Chakra
  10. First Medium Range Missile: Agni
  11. First Indian Missile: Prithvi (Striking range - 250 Kms)
  12. India's First Nuclear Centre: Tarapur

First in India- For Females:

  1. The first lady to become Miss World: Rita Faria
  2. The first woman judge in Supreme Court: Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
  3. The first woman Ambassador: Miss C.B. Muthamma
  4. The first woman Governor of a state in free India: Mrs. Sarojini Naidu
  5. The first woman Speaker of a State Assembly: Shanno Devi
  6. The first woman Prime Minister: Mrs. Indira Gandhi
  7. The first woman Minister in a Government: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
  8. The first woman to climb Mount Everest: Bachhendri Pal
  9. The first woman to climb Mount Everest Twice: Santosh Yadav
  10. The first woman President of Indian National Congress: Mrs. Annie Besant
  11. The first woman pilot in Indian Air Force: Harita Kaur Dayal
  12. The first woman Graduates: Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
  13. The first woman Airline Pilot: Durba Banerjee
  14. The first woman Honours Graduate: Kamini Roy, 1886
  15. The first woman Olympic medal Winner: Karnam Malleswari, 2000
  16. The first woman Asian Games Gold Medal Winner: Kamlijit Sandhu
  17. The first woman Lawyer: Cornelia Sorabjee
  18. The first woman President of United Nations General Assembly: Mrs. Vijaya Laxmi Pandit
  19. The first woman Chief Minister of an Indian State: Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani
  20. The first woman Chairman of Union Public Service Commission: Roze Millian Bethew
  21. The first woman Director General of Police: Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
  22. The first woman Judge: Anna Chandy (She became judge in a district court in 1937)
  23. The first woman Cheif Justice of High Court: Mrs Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court)
  24. The first woman Judge in Supreme Court of India: Kumari Justice M. Fathima Beevi
  25. The first woman Lieutenant General: Puneeta Arora
  26. The first woman Air Vice Marshal: P. Bandopadhyaya
  27. The first woman chairperson of Indian Airlines: Sushma Chawla
  28. The first woman IPS officer: Mrs. Kiran Bedi
  29. The first and last Muslim woman ruler of India: Razia Sultan
  30. The first woman to receive Ashoka Chakra: Nirja Bhanot
  31. The first woman to cross a English Channel: Aarti Saha
  32. The first woman to receive Nobel Prize: Mother Teresa
  33. The first woman to receive Bharat Ratna: Mrs. Indira Gandhi
  34. The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award: Ashpurna Devi


First in India-Film and Television:

  1. First Sound Film: Alam Ara, 1931
  2. First Oscar winner: Bhanu Athaiya for the Best Costume Design for Gandhi (film) in 1982
  3. First Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film: Mother India in 1957
  4. First National Film Award for Cinema: Shyamchi Aai in 1954
  5. First Colorized Film: Mughal-e-Azam in 2004(the original black-and-white version was released in 1960)
  6. First Sponsored TV Serial: Hum Log, started in 1984, was also the first soap opera of India
  7. First Actor to enact 10 roles: Kamal Haasan


First in India-Happenings for Governance(for Male)

  1. The first President of Indian Republic: Dr. Rajendra Prasad
  2. The first Prime Minister of free India: Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
  3. The first Indian to win Nobel Prize: Rabindranath Tagore
  4. The first President of Indian National Congress: W.C. Banerjee
  5. The first Muslim President of Indian National Congress: Badruddin Tayyabji
  6. The first Muslim President of India: Dr. Zakir Hussain
  7. The first British Governor General of India: Lord William Bentinck(1833-1835)
  8. The first British Governor General of Bengal: Lord Warren Hasting(1774-1885)
  9. The first British Viceroy of India: Lord Canning
  10. The first Governor General of free India: Lord Mountbatten
  11. The first and the last Indian to be Governor General of free India: C. Rajgopalachari
  12. The first man who introduced printing press in India: James Hickey
  13. The first Indian to join the I.C.S: Satyendra Nath Tagore
  14. India’s first man in Space: Rakesh Sharma
  15. The first Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing the full term: Morarji Desai
  16. The first Indian Commander-in-Chief of India: General Cariappa
  17. The first Chief of Army Staff: Gen. Maharaj Rajendra Singhji
  18. The first Indian Member of the Viceroy’s executive council: S.P.Sinha
  19. The first President of India who died while in office: Dr. Zakhir Hussain
  20. The first Muslim President of Indian Republic: Dr. Zakhir Hussain
  21. The first Prime Minister of India who did not face the Parliament: Charan Singh
  22. The first Field Marshal of India: S.H.F. Manekshaw
  23. The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics: C.V.Raman
  24. The first Indian to receive Bharat Ratna award: Dr. Radhakrishnan
  25. The first Indian to cross the English Channel: Mihir Sen
  26. The first Person to receive Jnanpith award: Sri Shankar Kurup
  27. The firs Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Ganesh Vasudeva Mavalankar
  28. The first Vice-President of India: Dr. Radhakrishnan
  29. The first Education Minister: Abdul Kalam Azad
  30. The first Home minister of India: Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  31. The first Indian Air Chief Marshal: S. Mukherjee
  32. The first Indian Naval Chief: Vice Admiral R.D. Katari
  33. The first Judge of International Court of Justice: Dr. Nagendra Singh
  34. The first person to reach Mt. Everest without oxygen: Sherpa Anga Dorjee
  35. The first person to get Param Vir Chakra: Major Somnath Sharma
  36. The first Chief Election Commissioner: Sukumar Sen
  37. The first person to receive Magsaysay Award: Acharya Vinoba Bhave
  38. The first person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine: Hargovind Khurana
  39. The first Chinese traveler to visit India: Fahein
  40. The first person to receive Stalin Prize: Saifuddin Kitchlu
  41. The first person to resign from the Central Cabinet: Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
  42. The first person to receive Nobel Prize in Economics: Amartya Sen
  43. The first Chief Justice of Supreme Court: Justice Hiralal J. Kania
  44. The first Indian Pilot: J.R.D. Tata (1929)


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