Arjuna 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. 

Important Highlights of Arjuna Awards:

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

Arjuna Award Important Facts
Name of the Award Arjuna Award
Field of the Award Sports
Cash Prize 5,00,000
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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 The topic Arjuna Awards and its recipients are important from a competitive exams point of view be it SSC exams, Bank Exams, Government exams or the most coveted UPSC exams.

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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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In this article, candidates will get the list of winners of Arjuna Awards from the year 2020 to 1961. Candidates will be able to download the list of Arjuna Award winners PDF which enlists the names of Arjuna award recipients from the year 1961 to 2020.

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Arjuna Awards

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 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 in 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 Arjuna 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 Arjuna 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 Name
2020 Hockey Shivendra Pratap Santosh Singh
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 Fouaad 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

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

Previous Years Arjuna 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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