Arjun Award - List of Arjuna Award Winners

Arjuna Award is one of the famous sports awards given to individuals for their exemplary performance in various sports. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India extends this award. 

In this article, candidates will get the list of winners of the Arjuna Awards from 1961 to 2021. Candidates will be able to download the list of Arjuna Award winners PDF which enlists the names of Arjun award recipients.

The list of Arjuna Awardees 2021 will be updated post the announcement of the awards tentatively in the month of August 2021.

Arjuna Award Winners 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

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Government Exam 2020

Arjuna Awards

The Arjuna Award is given to promote sports in India by motivating the sportsperson for their fantastic performance. Given below are the Important Highlights of the Arjuna Awards:

Arjuna Award Important Facts
Name of the Award Arjuna Award
Field of the Award Sports
Cash Prize Rs. 15,00,000
Award Symbol Bronze Statue of ‘Arjuna with his Bow’ & Scroll
Associated Ministry Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
Year of Initiation 1961

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As per the latest guidelines by the government, any sportsperson to become eligible for the Arjuna Award 2020, along with excellent sports performance consistently in the previous four years at the international level should have the excellent qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and a sense of discipline. 

From past few years, the scope Arjuna Award has been expanded, the sportsperson who belongs to the pre-Arjuna Award period their names were also added to the list and apart from this, the number of disciplines for which the award is given is also increased to include indigenous games and the physically handicapped category.

The disciplines for which Arjuna Awards is given are:

Arjuna Awards Discipline
  1. Archery
  2. Athletics
  3. Badminton/Ball Badminton
  4. Basketball
  5. Billiards & Snooker
  6. Boxing
  7. Carrom
  8. Chess
  9. Cricket
  10. Cycling
  11. Equestrian
  12. Football
  13. Golf
  14. Gymnastics
  15. Hockey
  16. Motorsports
  1. Judo
  2. Kabaddi
  3. Mountaineering
  4. Roller Skating
  5. Rowing
  6. Polo
  7. Shooting
  8. Squash
  9. Swimming
  10. Table Tennis
  11. Volleyball
  12. Weightlifting
  13. Wrestling
  14. Wushu
  15. Yachting
  16. Bodybuilding 

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History of Arjun Awards

The First Arjuna award was given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 1961. A total of twenty sportsmen belonging to different sports categories had earned the Arjun Award in 1961.

The table below shows the list of Arjuna Award Winners 1961:

List of Arjuna Awardees 1961
  1. Shri G.S. Randhawa -Athletics
  2. Shri Nandu M. Natekar -Badminton
  3. Shri Sarabjit Singh -Basketball
  4. Shri “Buddy” D’ Suza -Boxing
  5. Shri Manuel Aaron -Chess
  6. Shri Saleem Durrani -Cricket
  7. Shri P.K. Banerjee – Football
  8. Capt. P.G. Sethi – Golf
  9. Shri Sham Lal -Gymnastics
  10. Shri Prithipal Singh -Hockey (Men)
  1. Kumari Ann Lumsden – Hockey (Women)
  2. Shri Prem Singh -Polo
  3. Shri Karani Singh -Shooting
  4. Capt. K.S. Jain -Squash Rackets
  5. Jam. Bajrangi Prasad -Swimming
  6. Shri J.C. Vora -Table Tennis
  7. Shri R. Krishnan -Tennis
  8. Shri A. Palaniswamy -Volleyball
  9. Shri A.N. Ghosh -Weightlifting
  10. Havaldar Udey Chand -Wrestling

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List of Arjuna Award Winners (2020-2017)

Candidates can go through the list of Arjuna Award recipients 2020 and previous years. Also, candidates are advised to download the Arjuna Award Winners PDF list for names of the winners from the start till 2020. 

Arjuna Award Winners 2020
Year  Category Arjuna Awardees
2020 Archery Shri Atanu Das
Athletics Ms Dutee Chand
Badminton Shri Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy
Badminton Shri Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty
Basketball Shri Vishesh Bhriguvanshi
Boxing Subedar Manish Kaushik
Boxing Ms Lovlina Borgohain
Cricket Shri Ishant Sharma
Cricket Ms Deepti Sharma
Equestrian Shri Sawant Ajay Anant
Football Shri Sandesh Jhingan
Golf Ms Aditi Ashok
Hockey Shri Akashdeep Singh
Hockey Ms Deepika
Kabaddi Shri Deepak
Kho Kho Shri Kale Sarika Sudhakar
Rowing Shri Dattu Baban Bhokanal
Shooting Ms Manu Bhaker
Shooting Shri Saurabh Chaudhary
Table Tennis Ms Madhurika Suhas Patkar
Tennis Shri Divij Sharan
Winter Sports Shri Shiva Keshavan
Wrestling Ms Divya Kakran
Wrestling Shri Rahul Aware
Para-Swimming Shri Suyash Narayan Jadhav
Para Athletics Shri Sandeep
Para Shooting Shri Manish Narwal   
Arjuna Award Winners 2019 to 2017
Year Category Name
2019 Arjuna Award Winners 
2019 Athletics Sundar Singh Gurjar (Para Athlete)
Athletics Swapna Barman
Athletics Tajinder Pal Singh
Athletics Mohammed Anas Yahiya
Badminton Pramod Bhagat (Para Athlete)
Badminton Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth
Boxing Sonia Lather
Cricket Ravindra Jadeja
Cricket Poonam Yadav
Equestrian Fouad Mirza
Football Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Hockey Chinglensana Kangujam
Kabaddi Ajay Thakur
Polo Simran Singh Shergill
Shooting Anjum Moudgil
Table Tennis Harmeet Desai
Wrestling Pooja Dhanda
Arjuna Award Winners 2018
2018 Athletics Ankur Dhama (Para Athlete)
Athletics Neeraj Chopra
Athletics Hima Das
Athletics Jinson Johnson
Badminton Sikki Reddy
Cricket Virat Kohli
Golf Shubhankar Sharma
Hockey Manpreet Singh
Hockey Savita Punia
Kabaddi G.Pranav sai reddy
Lawn Tennis Rohan Bopanna
Polo Ravi Rathore
Shooting Shreyasi Singh
Shooting Ankur Mittal
Shooting Rahi Sarnobat
Table Tennis Manika Batra
Table Tennis Sathiyan Gnanasekaran
Wrestling Sumit Malik
Wushu Pooja Kadian
2017 Arjuna Award Recipients
2017 Archery Vennam Jyothi Surekha
Athletics Khushbir Kaur
Athletics Arokia Rajiv
Athletics Mariyappan Thangavelu (Para Athlete)
Athletics Varun Bhati (Para Athlete)
Basketball Prashanti Singh
Boxing Laishram Debendro Singh
Cricket Cheteshwar Pujara
Cricket Harmanpreet Kaur
Football Oinam Bembem Devi
golf Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia
Hockey Somwarpet Vittalacharya Sunil
Kabaddi Jasvir Singh

The questions related to Arjuna Awardees are covered under the Static GK part of the General Awareness section. Candidates can check the following pages for detailed information

Candidates preparing for exams must by heart the names of Arjuna Award Winners as 1 to 2 questions related to winners of Arjuna Awards are asked in these examinations. 

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Candidates can get the list of Previous Years Arjuna Award winners (2020-2013) from the PDF link given below.

Previous Years Arjun Award Winners PDF:-Download PDF Here

Candidates appearing for any competitive exams such as SSC exam, IBPS exam, RRB exams, etc. can check Previous Year Question Papers with solution PDF to understand the type of questions asked in the general awareness section of these examinations.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Arjun Award Winners List (2020-1961)

Q.1. Who won the Arjun Award 2020 for women wrestling?

Ans. Ms Divya Kakran won Arjun Award 2020 for Wrestling and Shri Rahul Aware won the same award in the men category.

Q.2. Why is Arjun Award given by the Government of India?

Ans. Arjuna Award is given to promote sports in India by motivating the sportsperson for their exemplary performance in respective sports.

Q.3. Which ministry is associated with the felicitation of Arjun Awards?

Ans. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports annually honours sportsperson with the Arjuna Award for their outstanding achievement in sports.

Q.4. When was the Arjun Award instituted?

Ans. Arjun Award was given for the first time in the year 1961.

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