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What is Padma Bhushan Award?

Padma Bhushan is one of the four leading civilian awards in India. Leading by the Prime Minister of India, Padma Bhushan Award is giving away to the people for “distinguished services of high order”. In Padma Bhushan Award or any other 4 civilian awards race, sex, position or occupations are not being considered while giving away the awards.


People who work under PSU or Public Sector Undertakings are not eligible for Padma Bhushan Awards. Padma Bhushan comes at third position in the list of 4 leading Civilian Awards. Bharat Ratna stands at the first place, Padma Vibhushan in the second and Padma Shri is in the 4th position.

Padma Bhushan was started in the year 1955. Every year on 26th January, on the occasion of Republic Day, the award is given away by the President of India.

Eligibility Criteria

  • According to the guidelines of Padma Bhushan Award, all persons, except for any employee working under Public Sector Undertakings, are eligible. Government employees are also eligible.
  • Scientists and doctors who are working under Government sectors will also be eligible for receiving Padma Bhushan. Only Public Sector Undertakings’ employees (any field) are not considered.
  • Irrespective of occupation, gender, race, caste and religion anyone who deserves will be awarded Padma Bhushan. Anyone contributes to the nation’s Art, Social Work, Science, Civil Service, Trade & Business, Medicine, Literature, Education, Sports and others will all be eligible. However the nominee has to contribute extra ordinary to receive the Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India.

What is Padma Vibhushan Award?

Padma Vibhushan is the second highest awards in all the 4 Civil Awards in India. In the year 1954, the President of India has announced about Bharat Ratna Award. Under this there will be three tiers or classes respectively Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

From 1955, these awards are called Padma Awards. Padma Vibhushan is the highest among three tiers, followed by the other two Padma Awards. In case of Padma Vibhushan Award, people who give exceptional and distinguished services in any field can receive the award. Every year on 26th January, Padma Vibhushan Award is given by the President of India.

In 1954, the first Padma Vibhushan Award was given to Satyendra Nath Bose from West Bengal for his excellent contribution in Literature & Education. In the same year Nandalal Bose from West Bengal received Padma Vibhushan for excellence in Arts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Person, contributing excellent and distinguished service to any fields such as Arts, Literature & Education, Trade & Business, Medicine, Science, Social Work, Technology, Arts and so on will be eligible for the Padma Vibhushan Award.
  • Without distinction is caste, gender, occupation, race, religion and such, the award is presented to the most deserving candidates in a year. Every year the nomination starts from May 1st.
  • People from any state and union territory can nominate deserving candidates from 1st May to 15th The selected candidates’ names will be announced on the Republic Day every year.

What is Padma Shri Award?

Padma Shri Award is the last award in the list of 4 Civilian Awards in India. Lead by Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri comes at 4th position. It was also started in the year 1954 when it wasn’t named as Padma Shri. In the year 1955, it was named Padma Shri led by the other two Padma Awards.

For the Padma Shri Awards people who give excellent service to the nation in any field is capable for receiving the Award. The Award is presented by the President of India on 26th January every year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Padma Shri Award is presented to the people who have contributed to the field of Arts, Science, Trade & Business, Technology and Social Work and so on. For distinguished performance in any of the fields by anyone can win Padma Shri.
  • Padma Shri Award can be given to people from another country. It is not necessary to be an Indian citizen to receive the award. If the foreign citizen has done or contributed excellent services to Indian Economy or Society, then he/she can receive Padma Shri Award as well.
  • Candidates or Nominees are decided by the citizens of India. Irrespective of Caste, Religion, sex, race and occupation, whoever will serve the best in the relevant field can receive the award from the President of India.

Nomination & Selection Process

Nomination Date: As mentioned before the nomination starts from 1st May every year and can last for 15th September of the same year. The nomination and selection process is discussed as follows.

  • Firstly the nomination will be done through online process. To add the nominees’ name one has to visit the official website https://padmaawards.gov.in/. On the Home Page, users are required to click on the Nomination tab to proceed.
  • To cast the nomination, users have to register with the portal. If the user is already a registered member with the portal then he/she can proceed to the login process. Provide Login ID and Password to continue to the Nomination page.
  • If the user is not registered with the portal then he/she has to continue by clicking on ‘Proceed’ button. After clicking on the ‘Proceed’ button, the portal will require your Aadhaar Card number. If you have Aadhaar, then enter the details like Full Name, Aadhaar Number and such and proceed.
  • A onetime password will be received by the user on the phone number linked with his/her aadhaar. OTP must be entered in the text box given. Afterwards fill up the registration form available in the page. Exit the page by submitting the form and register with the portal.
  • In case the user does not have Aadhaar Card, he/she can use any of the ID proof with an image that must be uploaded in the portal for verification along with the mobile number for OTP.
  • After registration, the user can login to the portal and click on the ‘New Nomination’ tab for nomination process. There will be three parts of the nomination form. First is the personal details’ form. In this form the users have to enter their personal details.
  • In the second page, the form consists of details about the citation, photo upload and other required documents upload. Users are required to upload the photo and related documents in jpg, jpeg and png format only.
  • Lastly, the user is required to submit the form. After final submission of the form no edit will be available. Users are needed to check the form and the details given in the form carefully before submitting it finally.
  • After rechecking and submitting the form, the users will receive a confirmation text from the authority. The text will be sent to the registered mobile number of the user and the given e-mail Id.

With these steps the nomination process will be completed through online registration for the citizen or individual. If any of the Organisations is willing to cast their nomination, they can by selecting ‘By Organisation’ instead of ‘By Individual’ in the ‘New Nomination’ Tab.

  • Selection Process: Padma Award Committee is formed every year by the Prime Minister of India to select the deserving winners every year. This committee consist of 6 persons that include Home Minister, Secretary to the President and headed by the Chief Secretary.
  • There is no such strict rule for selection. People who have given special service to the public are selected rather than longer services to the public. Precisely Padma Awards look for lifetime achievements by the nominees while selecting them for winner.
  • The person who is selected or nominated for the Padma Awards must go through every kind of investigations conducted by the Central Government of India before declaration as the winner.

Date of Nomination in 2018

Online Nomination through the Padma Award Online Portal will start from 1st May 2018. Like every other year, it will be over (last date) on 15th September 2018. Within this span of time the individual or the organisation must cast their nominations for the three mentioned Padma Awards in India.

Recommended By And Maximum Award Distribution In Year 

  • Recommendation or the nomination can come from anyone including Governors, Chief Ministers, State or Central Ministers and so on. Civilians can cast their nominations as well.In a single year 120 Padma Awards are given to the citizens of India, not more than 120. This number does not include foreigners and posthumous under Padma Awards.

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