1. Padma awards Theory
  2. Padma Vibhushan-2015
  3. Padma Bhushan-2015
  4. Padma-Shri 2015

Padma awards Theory

  1. Padma Vibhushan is 2nd Highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna in India. And Overall, 4th highest award- after Bharat Ratna, Param Vir Chakra, Mahavir Chakra.
  2. After Vibhushan the two lower medals are Padham-Bhushan and Padma-Shree.
  3. Launched in 1954, but were not given in certain years such as 1978, 1979 etc.
  4. Names announced on Republic day, but actual awards given by President during March/April.
  5. Given for notable work in art, social-service, public affairs, science, trade, medicine, civil service, sport and others.
  6. Higher level award can’t be given without 5 years cooling period. e.g. Padma Shri to Padma Bhushan. But award Committee can relax this rule in special cases. Saina Nehwal unhappy because wrestler Sushil Kumar given relaxation but she was not.
  7. Not given to dead people, unless exceptional case and died recently.
  8. Serving Government employees, PSU-employees not eligible. But foreigners eligible e.g. Bill Gates.
  9. Prime minister setup the Padma award selection Committee, then President makes final approval, and names published in official gazette. Rumors say President Pranab was unahappy with Yoga-guru Baba Ramdev’s name, hence Ramdev voluntarily withdrew his name.
  10. Maximum limit 120 awards each year.
  11. Winner gets certificate, bronze medal, but can’t use this title as a prefix or suffix. No free rail tickets or pension given with this award.
Padma Awards 2015
Padma-Vibhushan 09
Padma-Bhushan 20
Padma-Shri 75
Total 104

Out of them: 17 women, 17 foreigners and 4 dead.

Padma Awards Women

Padma Vibhushan-2015

Awardee Discipline Domicile Why?
1.L. K. Advani Public Affairs Gujarat
  • BJP’s Founding member
  • Last Dy.PM of India (2002-04)
2.Amitabh Bachchan Art Maharashtra Bollywood hero who appeared in over 180 movies.
3.Prakash Singh Badal Public Affairs Punjab Patron of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and present CM of Punjab.
4.Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Social Work Karnataka Hereditary administrator (Dharmadhikari) of Dharmasthala temple, Karnataka. Also won Karnataka-Ratna (2009)
5.Mohammad Yusuf Khan Art Maharashtra Better known as Dilip Kumar, this Bollywood hero appeared in over 60 movies.
6.Swami Rambhadracharya Others Uttar Pradesh He is one of the four incumbent Jagadguru Ramanandacharya, Sankrit Scholar and head of Tulsi peeth at Chitrakoot
7.Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan Sci./Engg. Tamil Nadu This nuclear physicist played key role in indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor.
8.Kottayan K. Venugopal Public Affairs Delhi Senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.
9.Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner) Trade and Industry France/UK Aga Khan is a name used by the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis since 1818. Karim Al Hussaini is the Current Imam of this sect.

Padma Bhushan-2015

Only listing the important names from exam-point of view
Awardee Discipline Domicile Why?
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar Sci./Engg. Maharashtra He developed first Indian Supercomputer, Param 8000 (1991)
Swapan Dasgupta Litt/Edu Delhi
  • English Journalist, associated with The Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, The Times of India et al.
  • At present working in TV Today Network.
N. Gopalaswami Civil Service Tamil Nadu
  • IAS officer from Gujarat cadre.
  • Chief Election Commissioner of India from 2006 to 2009.
Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap Public Affairs Delhi Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha and a Constitutional expert.
Shri Harish Salve Public Affairs Delhi
  • Amongst one of India’s leading lawyer.
  • Have appeared in many famous cases of the country.
Rajat Sharma Litt/Edu Delhi
  • Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Hindi news channel, India TV.
  • Famous for anchoring the interview-show, Aap ki Adalat.
Satpal Sports Delhi He is the coach of Olympic silver medalist, Sushil kumar. Mr.Satpal himself won Renowned Wrestler who won medals at Asian games in the 70s and 80s.
Prof. Manjul Bhargava


Sci./Engg.  USA
  • Renowned Indo-American Mathematician, even won Fields Medal in 2014 (the Nobel for Maths).
  • Works at Princeton University, New Jersey, United States.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates


Social Work  USA
  • Co-founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft, world’s largest PC software company.
  • Founder of Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, the largest private foundation in the world. associated with polio-campaign in India
Saichiro Misumi


Others  Japan
  • Oldest associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose from Tokyo (age 99).
  • Modi had met him during Japan visit in Sep-2014.

Padma-Shri 2015

Listing only the important names
Bibek Debroy (Niti Ayog fulltime member) Litt/Edu Delhi
Bollywood villain Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran (Posthumous) Art Delhi
Dawoodi Bohra leader Late Shri Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin


Others Maharashtra
Gunvant Shah (Columinist) Litt/Edu Gujarat
Ms. Arunima Sinha (Amputee Mt.Everest climb) Sports Uttar Pradesh
Ms. Mithali Raj (cricketer) Sports Telangana
Ms. P. V. Sindhu (Badminton) Sports Telangana
Prasoon Joshi (Lyricist) Art Maharashtra
Prof. Bimal Roy Litt/Edu West Bengal
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (film-maker) Art Maharashtra
Shekhar Sen Art Maharashtra
T. V. Mohandas Pai (Ex-Infosys) Trade and Industry Karnataka
Tarak Mehta (Satire novelist) Art Gujarat

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