First in India


Serial No. Name India's First
1. Faria in 1966 First Miss World
2. Susmita Sen in 1994 First Miss Universe
3. Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997 First Booker Prize
4. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954 First Bharat Ratna
5. Khan Abdul Ghaffar First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna
6. Saifuddin Kitchlu First Person to receive Stalin Prize
7. Sivaji Ganesan First Chevalier
8. Shri Shankar Kurup First Person to receive Jnapith Award
9. Devika Rani in 1969 First Dadasaheb Phalke Award
10. D.K. Jatar, captain of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for "most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice." First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumous)
11. Vinoba Bhave First Magsaysay Award
12. Dhan Gopal Mukerji First Winner of a major literary award in the United States
13. Bipasha Basu, 1996 First Ford Supermodel of the World(contest)
14. Bhanu Athaiya First Indian recipient of 'Oscar Award'
Serial No. Name India's First
1. General Sir Roy Bucher First Commander-in-Chief of Free India
2. General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa, 1949 First Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India
3. Air Marshall Sir Thomas Elmhirst First Chief of Air Staff
4. Air Marshall Subroto Mukerjee, 1954 First Indian Chief of Staff
5. Vice Admiral R D Katari First Chief of Naval Staff
6. S.H.F. Manekshaw First Field Marshall of India
7. Major Somnath Sharma First Person to receive Paramvir Chakra
8. Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma, 1984 First Cosmonaut
9. INS Chakra First Atomic Submarine of India
10. Agni First Medium Range Missile
11. Prithvi (Striking range - 250 kms) First Indian Missile
12. Tarapur India's First Nuclear Centre
Serial No. Name India's First
1. Alam Ara, 1931 First Sound Film
2. Bhanu Athaiya for the Best Costume Design for Gandhi (film) in 1982 First Oscar winner
3. Mother India in 1957 First Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
4. Shyamchi Aai in 1954 First National Film Award for Cinema
5. Mughal-e-Azam in 2004(the original black-and-white version was released in 1960) First Colorized Film
6. Hum Log, started in 1984, was also the first soap opera of India First Sponsored TV Serial
7. Kamal Haasan First Actor to entact 10 roles
Serial No. Name India's First
1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962) First President of India
2. Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-1964). The first term lasted till 1952 after which he was re-elected. First Prime Minister of India
3. Dr. S Radhakrishan First Vice President of India
4. Vallabhbhai Patel First Deputy Prime Minister of India
5. India Ghandi (1977) when the Indian National Congress lost to he Janta Party. First Prime Minister to be voted out of Office
6. Manmohan Singh First Sikh Prime Minister
7. Giani Zail Singh First Sikh President
8. By Janta Party with Morarji Desai as the Prime Minister (1977-1980) First Non-Congress Government
9. Morarji Desai First Prime Minster of India resigned without completing his full term
10. P.V. Narasimha Rao, June 21, 1991 to May 16 1996 First Prime Minister to lead a minority government for a full term(five years)
11. P.V. Narasimha Rao, June 21, 1991 to May 16 1996 First Prime Minster from South India
12. Warren Hastings First Governor-General
13. Lord William Bentick First British Governor-General
14. Lord Canning First British Viceroy of India
15. Lord Mountbatten, 1947 First Governor General of Independent India
16. C Rajagopalachari, 1948 First and Last Indian Governor-General of Indian Union
17. Justice Hiralal J Kania First Chief Justice of India
18. Surendra Nath Banerjee First Indian to pass ICS
19. Satyendranath Tagore, 1863 First Indian ICS Officer
20. Shri G.V. Mavlankar First Speaker of Lok Sabha
21. Shri R.K.Shanmukhan Chettys First Finance Minister of Independent India
22. Shri R.K.Shanmukhan Chettys on Nov. 26, 1947 Presentation of First Budget after India's Independence
23. Dr. Zakhir Hussain First President to die in Office
24. Charan Singh First Prime Minister who did not face the Parliament
25. Justice M Hidaytullah First Chief Justice of Supreme Court to become President of India
26. Abul Kalam Azad First Education Minister
27. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel First Home Minister
28. Sukumar Sen First Chief Election Commissioner
29. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (1950) First Minister to region from Union Cabinet
Serial No. Name India's First
1. Rabindranath Tagore for the Noble Prize in Literature, 1913. 
He was also the first Asian to get the Prize.
First Noble Prize Winner
2. C.V. Raman in 1930 First Noble Prize in Physics
3. Har Gobind Khorana in 1968. (Indian Born US Citizen) First Noble Prize in Medicine
4. Mother Teresa in 1979. (Albanian nun, Indian Citizen) First Noble Peace Prize
5. Amartya Sen in 1998 First Noble Prize in Economics
Serial No. Name India's First
1. Gold for Hockey at the 1928 Summer Olympics Amsterdam, beating the Nethherlands. First Olympic team medal
2. Norman Pritchard, 1900 First Olympic individual medal (in British India)
3. Bronze by K.D. Jadhav for wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympic Helsinki. First Olympic individual medal
4. Mihir Sen First Person to swim across the English Channel
5. Mihir Sen, 1958 First Women to swim across the English Channel
6. Narain Karthikeyan First Formula I race driver
7. Force India F1 First Formula I team
8. Narain Karthikeyan, Zhuhai, China, 2007 First A1 GP race victory
9. Delhi (1951) First Asian Games organised
Serial No. Name India's First
1. Maharshi Karve starts SNDT University in Pune With five students in 1916. First Women's University
2. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit First Woman to hold a Union Cabinet post
3. Sarojini Naidu, in charge of United Provinces First Woman governor of Independent India
4. 1953 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit First Woman president of UN General Assembly
5. 1966 Indira Gandhi First Woman Prime Minister of India
6. 1972 Kiran Bedi First Woman IPS Officer of India
7. 1979 Mother Teresa First Woman to win Nobel Peace Prize
8. 1984 Bachendri Pal First Indian Woman to climb Mount Everest
9. 1997 Arundhati Roy First Indian Woman to win Booker Prize
10. 2007 Pratibha Patil First Woman President
11. 2009 Meira Kumar First Woman Speaker of Lok Sabha
12. Rita Faria First Indian Woman to become "Miss World"
13. Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi First Woman judge in Supreme Court
14. Miss C.B. Muthamma First Woman Ambassador
15. Santosh Yadav First Woman to climb Mount Everest twice
16. Mrs. Annie Besant First Woman President of the Indian National Congress
17. Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani First Woman Chief Minister of an Indian State
18. Roze Millian Bethew First Woman chairman of Union Public Service Commission
19. Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya First Woman Director General of Police (DGP)
20. Puneeta Arora First Woman Lieutenant General
21. P. Bandopadhyaya First Woman Air Vice Marshal
22. Sushama Chawala First Woman chairperson of Indian Airlines
23. Razia Sultan First &Last Muslim Woman ruler of Delhi
24. Niraja Bhanot First Woman to receive Ashoka Chakra
25. Arati Saha First Woman to cross English Channel
26. Indira Gandhi First Woman to receive Bharat Ratna
27. Ashapurna Devi First Woman to receive Gyanpith Award
28. Savitribai Phule First Woman Headmistress in school
29. Mahel Musa First Indian woman who reached Antarctica