List of Important Days & Dates 2023 for UPSC (National & International)

In India, we habitually celebrate many days which are of social, international, economic, commemorative, or festive importance. Some of the days are also significant for General Studies as UPSC IAS Prelims exam has at least one question about a celebration of the important days and dates. Nowadays, the exam does ask factual questions related to days when they are in the news due to some other important aspect.

General awareness section has a major portion related to the topic of important National and International days, and events. In UPSC also, candidates are asked questions related to the important days in India and world.

Candidates must prepare topics on important days around – why a specific day is celebrated, theme behind the day, motive of celebration and why was it celebrated the first time. Various exams include questions about International Days that are specifically related to science, technology, and humanitarian services. Study the list of key National and International days and dates listed by month in the following article, which will be useful in the UPSC exam.

Every international day adopts a theme for that year. The concerned authorities formulate the policies according to the theme adopted for the year. In the UPSC Exam questions connected to international days, especially associated with technology, environment and humanity services.

This article will help you with those important dates and events that are important for UPSC 2023.

Aspirants should make sure that they cover every topic mentioned in the UPSC Syllabus !!

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National & International Dates For IAS Exam

Aspirants should have all information about our important days and dates in India. There is a list of dates and their importance, which will help the aspirants to understand the days and dates of both national and international significance.

Day Events


4th Jan International World Braille Day
6th Jan World Day -War Orphans
9th Jan Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas
10th Jan World Hindi Day
11th Jan National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
12th Jan National Youth Day (India)
15th Jan Army Day (India)
17th Jan World Religion Day
24th Jan National Girl child day (India)
25th Jan Tourism Day

National Voters Day

26th Jan Republic Day (India)
27th Jan International Holocaust Remembrance Day
30th Jan Martyrs’ Day

World Neglected Tropical Diseases

Last Sunday of January World Leprosy Eradication Day


2nd  Feb World Wetlands Day
4th Feb World Cancer Day
6th Feb International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
9th Feb Safer Internet Day
10th Feb National De-Worming Day
11th Feb International Day of Women and Girls in Science
13th Feb World Radio Day (UNESCO)

National Women’s Day

20th Feb World Day of Social Justice
21st Feb International Mother Language Day
23th Feb World Peace and Understanding Day
24th Feb Central Excise Day
27th Feb World NGO Day
28th Feb National Science Day (India)


1st Mar Zero Discrimination Day

World Civil Defence Day

3rd Mar World Wildlife Day
4th Mar World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation

National Security Day

8th Mar International Women’s Day
11th Mar World Kidney Day
14th Mar International Day of Action for Rivers
15th Mar World Consumer Rights Day
16th Mar National Vaccination Day
18th Mar Ordnance Factories Day
20th Mar World Sparrow Day

International Day of Happiness

21st Mar International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

World Forestry Day

22nd  Mar World Day for Water
23rd Mar World Meteorological Day
24th Mar World Tuberculosis Day
27th Mar World Theatre Day


2nd Apr World Autism Awareness Day
4th Apr International Day of Mine Awareness
5th Apr National Maritime Day 
7th Apr World Health Day
10th Apr World Homeopathy Day
11th Apr National Pet Day

National Safe Motherhood Day

14th Apr Cultural Unity Day (recognized by India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Nepal)
15th Apr World Art Day
17th Apr World Haemophilia Day
18th Apr World Heritage Day
21st Apr National Civil Services Day 

National Administrative Professionals Day

22nd Apr Earth Day
23rd Apr World Book and Copyright Day
24th Apr National Panchayati Raj Day
25th Apr World Malaria Day
26th Apr World Intellectual Property Day
28th Apr World Day for Safety and Health at Work
29th Apr International Dance Day
30th Apr Ayushman Bharat Diwas


1st May International Labour Day
2nd  May International Astronomy Day
4th May World Asthma Day
7th May World Athletics Day
8th May World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

World Thalassemia Day

9th May World Migratory Bird Day
10th May World Mother Day
11th May National Technology Day (India)
12th May International Nurses Day (India)
16th May Dengue Prevention Day (India)
17th May World Telecommunication Day

World Information Society Day

18th May International Museum Day
20th May World Metrology Day

World Bee Day

21st May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Anti-Terrorism Day

22nd May International Day for Biological Diversity
23rd May World Turtle Day
24th May Commonwealth Day
28th May International Day of Action for Women’s Health
29th May International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

International Mount Everest Day (Chosen by Nepal)

31st May World Anti-Tobacco Day


1st Jun World Milk Day
3rd Jun World Bicycle Day
4th Jun International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5th Jun World Environment Day
7th Jun World Food Safety Day
8th Jun World Ocean Day
12th Jun World Day Against Child Labour
14th Jun World Blood Donor Day
15th Jun World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
16th Jun International Integration Day
17th Jun World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
19th Jun World Sickle Cell Day
20th Jun World Refugee Day
21st Jun World Music Day

International Yoga Day

23th Jun United Nations Public Service Day

International Olympic Day

26th Jun International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking International Anti-Drugs Day

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

29th June National Statistics Day
3rd Sunday of June International Father’s Day


1st Jul National Doctor’s Day (India)
2st Jul World UFO Day

World Sports Journalists Day

4th Jul International Cooperative Day
11th Jul World Population Day
15th Jul World Youth Skills Day
17th Jul World Day for International Justice
18th Jul Mandela Day
26th Jul Kargil Memorial Day (India)
28th Jul World Hepatitis Day

World Nature Conservation Day

World Nature Day

29th Jul International Tiger Day
30th Jul International Day of Friendship


1st Aug Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness Day
6th Aug Hiroshima Day
9th Aug Nagasaki Day

World Tribal Day

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

10th Aug World Biofuel Day

World Lion Day

12th Aug International Youth Day
15th Aug India’s Independence Day
19th Aug World Humanitarian Day
20th Aug World Mosquito Day
21st Aug World Senior Citizen Day
23rd Aug International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
29th Aug National Sports Day 

International Day against Nuclear Tests

30th Aug National Small Industry Day


2nd Sep World Coconut Day
5th Sep Teachers Day (India)
8th Sep International Literacy Day
12th Sep United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

World First Aid Day

14th Sep Hindi Day (India)
15th Sep International Day of Democracy

National Engineer’s Day

16th Sep World Ozone Day
19th Sep International Talk Like a Pirate Day
21st  Sep International Day of Peace

World Alzheimer’s Day

Biosphere Day

22nd Sep World Rhino Day
23rd Sep International Day of Sign Languages
28th Sep Right to Know Day
30th Sep International Blasphemy Rights Day


1st Oct International Day of Older Persons
2nd Oct International Day of Non-Violence

Human Rights Day (10th December)

4th Oct World Animal Welfare Day
5th Oct World Teachers’ Day
8th Oct Indian Air Force Day
10th Oct National Post Day 
13th Oct World Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
15th Oct International Day of Rural Women
16th Oct World Food Day
17th Oct International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
20th Oct International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
24th Oct United Nations Day

World Development Information Day

World Polio Day

27th Oct World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
28th Oct National Ayurveda Day
30th Oct World Thrift Day
31st Oct National Unity Day


2nd Nov International Journalist’s Remembrance Day
6th Nov International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
9th Nov World Legal Services Day
10th Nov World Immunization Day
11th Nov National Education Day
12th Nov World Pneumonia Day
13th Nov World Kindness Day
14th Nov Children’s Day (India)
16th Nov International Day for Tolerance

National Press Day

17th Nov International Students Day
18th Nov World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
19th Nov International Men’s Day

National Integration Day (India)

20th Nov Africa Industrialization Day

Universal Children’s Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance

21st Nov World Television Day

World Fisheries Day

25th Nov International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
26th Nov National Law Day (India)

Constitution Day

National Milk Day

29th Nov International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


1st Dec World Aids Day
2nd Dec International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3rd Dec International Day of Disabled Persons
4th Dec Indian Navy Day
7th Dec Indian Armed Force Flag Day

International Civil Aviation Day

9th Dec The International Day Against Corruption
10th Dec Human Rights Day

International Animal Rights Day

11th Dec International Mountain Day
14th Dec National Energy Conservation Day (India)
18th Dec International Migrants Day
20th Dec International Human Solidarity Day
22nd Dec National Mathematics Day
23rd Dec Farmers Day (India)

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Frequently Asked Questions on Important Days and Dates


Q 1. When is the International Day of Non-Violence celebrated?

Ans. International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated on October 2nd every year to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a leader of India’s freedom movement and a pioneer of the philosophy of Non-Violence.

Q 2. When is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women observed?

Ans. November 25 is observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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