List of First in India

Aspirants preparing for the various competitive exams must note that the Static GK part of the General Awareness section is the most scoring section. The reason behind calling it static is, the information given in the below article is never going to change. The names and their achievements will forever be etched in the history of India.


There are three different tables for the list of First in India :

Given below is the List of First in India [ MALE ] :

First in India (Male)Name
First President of Indian RepublicDr. Rajendra Prasad
First Vice-President of IndiaSarvepalli Radhakrishnan
First Muslim President of IndiaDr. Zakir Hussain
First President of Indian National CongressWomesh Chandra Bannerjee
First Muslim President of Indian National CongressBadruddin Tayyabji
First Prime Minister of free IndiaPt. Jawaharlal Nehru
First Viceroy of IndiaLord Canning
First British Governor-General of Bengal Lord Warren Hasting
First Governor-General of IndiaLord William Bentinck
First Governor-General of free IndiaLord Mountbatten
First and the last Indian Governor General of free IndiaC. Rajgopalachari
First Chief Election Commissioner of IndiaSukumar Sen
First Chief Justice of IndiaH. J. Kania
First judge of International Court of JusticeDr. Nagendra Singh
First Speaker of Lok SabhaG. V. Mavlankar
First Home Minister of IndiaSardar Vallabhbhai Patel
First Education MinisterAbul Kalam Azad
First Chairperson of Lokpal of IndiaPinaki Chandra Ghose
First Indian to join the I.C.S.Satyendranath Tagore
First Chief of Army StaffGeneral Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja
First Field Marshal of IndiaSam Manekshaw
First Defence Minister of IndiaBaldev Singh Chokkar
First Commander-in-Chief of Free IndiaKodandera Madappa Cariappa
First Commander-in-Chief, Indian Air ForceSubroto Mukherjee
First Indian Naval ChiefVice Admiral R.D. Katari
First Indian member of the Viceroy’s executive councilSatyendra Prasanna Sinha
First Indian PilotJ.R.D. Tata
First Indian to win Nobel PrizeRabindranath Tagore
First man who introduce printing press in IndiaJames Hicky
First Indian man in spaceRakesh Sharma
First Indian to get Nobel Prize in PhysicsC.V. Raman
First person to get Nobel Prize in EconomicsAmartya Sen
First person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in MedicineHargovind Khurana
First Indian to receive Bharat Ratna awardDr. Radhakrishnan
First foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna awardKhan Abdul Gaffar Khan
First person to receive Gyanpith awardSri Shankar Kurup
First person to receive Paramveer ChakraMajor Somnath Sharma
First person to receive Stalin PrizeSaifuddin Kitchlu
First Indian to cross English ChannelMihir Sen
First Indian to reach AntarcticaLt. Ram Charan
First Chinese traveller to visit IndiaFahein
First British to Visit IndiaThomas Roe
First Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing Full termMorarji Desai
First President of India who died while in officeDr. Zakir Hussain
First Prime Minister of India who did not face the ParliamentCharan Singh
First person to resign from the Central CabinetShyam Prasad Mukherjee
First person to reach Mt. Everest without oxygenSherpa Anga Dorjee
First to pass the examination of the Indian Medical Service (IMS)Surjo Kumar Chakroborty

Given below is the List of First in India [ FEMALE ] :

First in India (Female)Name
First and last Muslim woman ruler of IndiaRazia Sultan
First Woman Speaker of Lok SabhaMeira Kumar
India’s First Woman PresidentPratiba Patil
First Woman President of INCAnnie Besant
First Indian Woman President of INCSarojini Naidu
India’s First Woman Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
India’s First Woman GovernorSarojini Naidu
India’s First Woman IPS OfficerKiran Bedi
First Woman Chief Minister of StateSucheta Kripalani
First woman Chief Justice of High CourtMrs. Leela Seth
First Woman Judge of Supreme CourtMeera Sahib Fatima Bibi
First Woman Union MinisterRajkumari Amrita Kaur
First Indian Woman Ambassador at UNGAVijalakshmi Pandit
First female Jawan in the ArmyShanti Tigga
First Indian Woman to get Nobel PrizeMother Teresa
First Woman to get Ashok ChakraNirja Bhanot
First Indian Woman to get Bharat RatnaIndira Gandhi
First Indian Woman to get Jnanpith AwardAshapurna Devi
First Indian Woman to Booker PrizeArundhati Roy
First Woman Musician to get Bharat RatnaMS Subbalakshmi
First Indian Woman to swim across English ChannelArati Saha
First Indian woman who reached AntarcticaMahel Musa
First Indian Woman to climb Mt EverestBachendri Pal
First Indian Woman to climb Mt Everest twiceSanthosh Yadhav
 First woman Olympic medal WinnerKarnam Malleswari
First Indian Woman to win WTA TitleSania Mirza
The first woman Air Vice MarshalP. Bandopadhyaya
First Indian Woman to win Gold in Asian GamesKamaljeet Sandhu
First Indian Woman Airline PilotDurba Banerjee
First woman pilot in Indian Air ForceHarita Kaur Dayal
First Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft without co-pilotIAF Officer Avani Chaturvedi
First woman in the Indian Army awarded the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ prizeDivya Ajith Kumar
First Indian Woman to go to spaceKalpana Chawla
First Indian Woman to become Miss WorldMiss Reita Faria
First Indian Woman to become Miss UniverseSusmita Sen
First woman GraduatesKadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
First woman Honours GraduateKamini Roy, 1886
First woman Chairman of Union Public Service CommissionRoze Millian Bethew
First woman chairperson of Indian AirlinesSushma Chawla
First Indian to be appointed as the deputy director-general of programmes (DDP) of the World Health Organization (WHO)Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Given below is the List of First in India [ OTHERS ] :

First in India (Others)Name
First hydroelectric plantSidrapong (Darjeeling)
First Nuclear ReactorApsara (Maharashtra)
First satelliteAryabhatta
First successfully indigenous launch vehicleSLV-3
First genetically modified food product in IndiaBt. Eggplant Hybrid [Banned]
First satellite earth station for domestic communicationsSecunderabad
First Olympics Team MedalGold in Field Hockey (1928, Summer Olympics)
First Olympics Individual Gold Medal Abhinav Bindra (2008, Summer Olympics in Beijing)
First temple constructed from a single rockKailasa temple at Ellora
First Indian temple with many interconnected structuresBrihadeshwara Temple, Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
First church in IndiaSt. Thomas Church, Palayoor
First mosque in IndiaCheraman Juma Mosque in Methala
First dam in IndiaKallanai Dam
First Post Office Opened in IndiaKolkata(1727)
First Wax statue of a Living IndianMahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud’s in 1939
India’s First UniversityNalanda University
India’s First Open UniversityDr B.R Ambedkar Open University
First Test tube baby of India Indira (Baby Harsha)
First Newspaper in IndiaThe Bengal Gazette
First Exclusive internet magazine Bharat Samachar

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