First in Awards and Titles in India

* Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to win India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna.
* Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest person alive at the time of receiving the India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna award (at the age of 40).
* The first Indian to receive Bharat Ratna award: Dr. Radhakrishnan (Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, C. V. Raman also receive the award in the same year- 1954).
* The first Indian to win Nobel Prize: Rabindranath Tagore for the Noble Prize in Literature, 1913. He was also the first Asian to get the Prize.
* The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics: C.V.Raman in 1930.
* The first person to receive Nobel Prize in Economics: Amartya Sen in 1998.
* First Noble Peace Prize: Mother Teresa in 1979. (Albanian nun, Indian Citizen).
* The first Person to receive Jnanpith award: Sri Shankar Kurup.
* The first person to get Param Vir Chakra: Major Somnath Sharma.
* The first person to receive Magsaysay Award: Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
* The first person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine: Hargovind Khurana in 1968 (Indian Born US Citizen).
* The first person to receive Stalin Prize: Saifuddin Kitchlu.
* First Miss World: Reita Faria in 1966.
* First Miss Universe: Susmita Sen in 1994.
* First Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997.
* First Bharat Ratna: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954.
* First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna: Khan Abdul Ghaffar.
* First Person to receive Stalin Prize: Saifuddin Kitchlu.
* First Chevalier: Sivaji Ganesan.
* First Person to receive Jnapith Award: Shri Shankar Kurup.
* First Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Devika Rani in 1969.
* First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumous): D.K. Jatar, captain of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for "most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice."
* First Magsaysay Award: Vinoba Bhave.
* First Winner of a major literary award in the United States: Dhan Gopal Mukerji.
* First Ford Supermodel of the World (contest): Bipasha Basu, 1996.
* First Indian to win an Academy Award (informally known as Oscar) : Bhanu Athaiya in 1983, for designing the costumes for Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.
* First Indian to win two Academy Awards (informally known as Oscar): A.R.Rahman in 2009.
* First Indian to receive an Honorary Academy Award: Satyajit Ray in 1992.
* First Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) Award:        Viswanathan Anand (1991–1992).
* First Padma Bhushan Award: Ajudhia Nath Khosla (Science & Engineering), A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar (Literature & Education), etc in 1954.
* First Dronacharya Award: O.M. Nambiar (Athletics) in 1985.
* First Arjuna Award: Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (Athletics), Nandu Natekar (Badminton), Sarbjit Singh (Basketball),  L. Buddy D' Souza (Boxing), Manuel Aaron (Chess), Saleem Durani (Cricket), P. K. Banerjee (Football), P. G. Sethi (Golf), Shyam Lal (Gymnastics), Prithipal Singh (Hockey), Ramanathan Krishnan (Lawn Tennis), Karni Singh (Shooting),  Jam. Bajarangi Prasad (Swimming), J.C. Vohra (Table Tennis), A. Palanisamy (Volleyball), A.N. Ghosh (Weightlifting), Hav. Udey Chand (Wrestling) all in 1961.

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