List of Major Awards in the World

In most of the competitive exams conducted these days, questions are asked from Awards and their Fields name. This trend is seen in UPSC IAS Prelims Exam also.  So, here we are giving the List of major Awards and their Fields which are the most Important for the upcoming UPSC IAS Prelims Exam competition exams. We hope it will help you in preparing better for the exams.

Triumph in UPSC IAS Prelims and UPSC IAS Mains Exam is predominantly subjected to how well an aspirant is conscious and updated about the current affairs section which is the most dynamic area in UPSC IAS syllabus. A thorough understanding and updating of current affairs is the basic strategy to unravel the mystery of UPSC IAS Exam. It entails reading the newspaper on a regular basis, thorough practice and revision in a well-connected manner with conventional areas.



Established/ given by

Arjuna Awards

These are given for the distinctive accomplishments in various types of sports

Established in 1961
And given by Ministry of Sports Government of India

Ashok Chakra

highest peace-time gallantry award

Government of India

Bharat Ratna

For remarkable public service and rarest achievements in the field of art, literature, and science.

Government of India

Booker Prize

Premier literary award to authors of British, Irish and Commonwealth countries

Established in 1968

Dronacharya Awards

given to sports coaches

Established in 1985
And given by Ministry of Sports Government of India

Indira Gandhi Award For International Peace, Disarmament and Development

For specific contribution in the field of international disarmament and expansion.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Fund in India

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding

International understanding and goodwill

Established in 1965 by the Government of India.

Jnanpeeth Awards

For distinguished works in any recognized language by a scholar.

Established in 1965

Magsaysay Awards (Nobel Prize of Asia)

Exceptional contributions to
Public Service
International Understanding
Creative Arts
Community Leadership

Established in 1957 and named after Ramon Magsaysay, the former President of Philippines.

Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize

For international peace on the lines of Nobel Prize.

Established in 1995 by Government of India.

Mahavir Chakra

Second highest gallantry award in India

Government of India

Nobel Prize


Established by Alfred Bernard Nobel

Oscar Awards


Established in 1929

Padma Vibhushan

For renowned services in any field including Government service.

Government of India

Param Vir Chakra

Highest award for bravery in India

Government of India

Pulitzer Prize

Endeavours in journalism, literature, and music

Established in 1917 and named after the US Publisher Joseph Pulitzer

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Given for praiseworthy display by the players

Government of India

Right Livelihood Award

To endorse and contribute in the fields of social justice and environment

Established in 1980 by the Right Livelihood Society, London.

Sahitya Academy Awards

Given for any elite writing in any of the 22 languages containing English literature.

Established in 1955

Saraswati Samman

Given for any notable literary work made during last 10 years in any of the Indian language.

Established in 1991 by the K.K. Birla Foundation

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards

Given to the Indian scientists for their excellent performance.


UN Human Rights Award

personal contribution for the cause of human rights

Established by United Nations

UNESCO Human Rights Award

For contributions in the field of Human Rights Awareness.


UNESCO Peace Prize

Extraordinary contributions for international peace.


Vir Chakra

Third highest gallantry award in India

Government of India

Vyas Samman

For exceptional contribution to Hindi literature.

Established in 1992 by the K.K. Birla Foundation

World Food Prize

For the cause of agriculture and food development.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


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