Important National and International Days and Dates for UPSC Prelims

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 news due to some other important aspect. Every international day adopts a theme for that year. The concerned authorities formulate the policies according to the theme adopted for the year. UPSC is keen to ask questions connected to international days especially associated with technology, environment, and humanity services.

This article will help you with those important dates & events that are important for UPSC 2020.

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Aspirants should have all information about our important days and dates in India. There list of dates and their importance which will help the aspirants for understanding the days and dates of both national and international level.


Day Events


4th Jan International World Braille Day
6th Jan World Day -War Orphans
9th Jan NRI 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 and  National Voters Day (India)
26th Jan Republic Day (India)
27th Jan International Holocaust Remembrance Day
30th Jan World Leprosy Eradication Day


2nd  Feb World Wetlands Day
3rd Feb World Cancer Awareness Day
4th Feb World Cancer Day
6th Feb International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
13th Feb World Radio Day (UNESCO)
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
28th Feb National Science Day (India)


4th Mar World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation
8th Mar International Women’s Day

International Literacy Day (8th September)

14th Mar International Day of Action for Rivers
15th Mar World Consumer Rights Day
16th Mar National Vaccination Day
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


2nd Apr World Autism Awareness Day
5th Apr National Maritime Day (India)
7th Apr World Health Day
14th Apr Cultural Unity Day (recognized by India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Nepal)
17th Apr World Haemophilia Day
18th Apr World Heritage Day
21st Apr Civil Services Day (India)

National Administrative Professionals Day

22nd Apr Earth Day
25th Apr World Malaria Day
26th Apr World Intellectual Property Day


1st May Labour Day
2nd  May International Astronomy Day
3rd May World Solar Energy Day

World Asthma Day

5th May World Asthma 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)
17th May World Telecommunication Day

World Information Society Day

18th May International Museum Day
19th May
20th May World Metrology Day
21st May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Anti-Terrorism Day

22nd May International Day for Biological Diversity
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 International Children’s Day (20th November)
4th Jun International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5th Jun World Environment 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
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

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
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
8th Aug World Senior Citizen Day (21st Aug)
9th Aug Nagasaki Day

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

10th Aug Dengue Prevention Day (India) 16th May
12th Aug International Youth Day
15th Aug India’s Independence Day
19th Aug World Humanitarian Day
20th Aug World Mosquito Day
23rd Aug International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
29th Aug National Sports Day (India)

International Day against Nuclear Tests


2nd Sep World Coconut Day
4th Sep World Cerebral Palsy Day (6th Oct)
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
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 Blasphemy 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
10th Oct National Post Day (India)
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
30th Oct World Thrift 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
12th Nov World Pneumonia Day
13th Nov World Kindness Day
14th Nov Children’s Day (India)
16th Nov International Day for Tolerance
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)
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
12th Dec The International Day Of Heavy Metal
14th Dec National Energy Conservation Day (India)
18th Dec International Migrants Day
20th Dec International Human Solidarity Day
23rd Dec Farmers Day (India)

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