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First In India- Those who set the yardstick!

Persons who accomplish any achievement for the first time set a benchmark for others to follow and as such make the whole nation to feel proud on them. Since these individuals achieve what had not been previously achieved by anyone before them, it becomes indispensable to be aware of them. And as such ‘First Indians’ have been a prominent category in the Static GK section of various competitive examinations like IIFT, Bank-PO, SSC etc. Besides being important for these competitive examinations, it is must to know the names of these personalities for acing various interviews including that of prestigious IIMs. So here is a list of ‘First in India’, segregated into males and females for easy recalling;

List of First in India (Male)

First Prime Minister of free IndiaPt. Jawaharlal Nehru
First batsman to score double century in One Day International cricket matchSachin Tendulkar
First man to have climbed Mount Everest twiceNawang Gombu
First President of Indian RepublicDr. Rajendra Prasad
First Indian PilotJ.R.D. Tata
First Indian to win Nobel PrizeRabindranath Tagore
First president of Indian National CongressW.C. Banerjee
First Muslim President of Indian National CongressBadruddin Tayyabji
First Muslim President of IndiaDr. Zakir Hussain
First British Governor General of IndiaLord William Bentinck
First British Viceroy of IndiaLord Canning
First Governor General of free IndiaLord Mountbatten
First and the last Indian Governer General of free IndiaC. Rajgopalachari
First man who introduce printing press in IndiaJames Hicky
First Indian to join the I.C.S.Satendranath Tagore
First Indian man in spaceRakesh Sharma
First Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing Full termMorarji Desai
First Indian Commander-in-Chief of IndiaGeneral Cariappa
First Cheif of Army StaffGen. Maharaj Rajendra Singhji
First Indian member of the Viceroy’s executive councilS.P. Sinha
First President of India who died while in officeDr. Zakir Hussain
First Prime Minister of India who did not face the ParliamentCharan Singh
First Field Marshal of IndiaS.H.F. Manekshaw
First Indian to get Nobel Prize in PhysicsC.V. Raman
First Indian to receive Bharat Ratna awardDr. Radhakrishnan
First Indian to cross English ChannelMihir Sen
First person to receive Gyanpith awardSri Shankar Kurup
First Speaker of the Lok SabhaGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar
First Vice-President of IndiaDr. Radhakrishnan
First Education MinisterAbul Kalam Azad
First Home Minister of IndiaSardar Vallabha Bhai Patel
First Indian Air Chief MarshalS. Mukharji
First Indian Naval ChiefVice Admiral R.D. Katari
First judge of International Court of JusticeDr. Nagendra Singh
First person to receive Paramveer ChakraMajor Somnath Sharma
First person to reach Mt. Everest without oxygenSherpa Anga Dorjee
First Chief Election CommissionerSukumar Sen
First person to receive Magsaysay AwardAchrya Vinoba Bhave
First person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in MedicineHargovind Khurana
First Chinese traveller to visit IndiaFahein
First person to receive Stalin PrizeSaifuddin Kitchlu
First person to resign from the central cabinateShyama Prasad Mukharji
First foreigner to receive Bharat RatnaKhan Abdul Gaffar Khan
First person to receive Nobel Prize in EconomicsAmartya Sen
First Chief Justice of Supreme CourtJustice Hiralal J. Kania
First President of Indian National CongressW.C. Banerjee
First batsman to score three test century in three successive tests on debutMohd. Azharuddin

List of First in India (Female)

First Woman Speaker of Lok SabhaMeira Kumar (2009)
India’s First Woman PresidentPratiba Patil
India’s First Woman Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi
India’s First Woman GovernorSarojini Naidu
India’s First Woman IPS OfficerKiran Bedi
First Woman Chief Minister of StateSucheta Kripalani
First Woman Union MinisterRajkumari Amrita Kaur
First Woman President of INCAnnie Besant
First Woman Judge of Supreme CourtMeera Sahib Fatima Bibi
First Woman to get Ashok ChakraNirja Bhanot
First Indian Woman Ambassador at UNVijalakshmi Pandit
First Indian woman who reached AntarcticaMahel Musa
First Indian Woman to get Nobel PrizeMother Teresa
First Indian Woman to swim across English ChannelArati Saha
First Indian Woman to climb Mt EverestBachendri Pal
First Indian Woman to become Miss WorldMiss Reita Faria
First Indian Woman to climb Mt Everest twiceSanthosh Yadhav
First Indian Woman to become Miss UniverseSusmita Sen
First Indian Woman to get Bharat RatnaIndira Gandhi
First Indian Woman to get Jnanpith AwardAshapurna Devi
First Indian Woman to win WTA TitleSania Mirza
First Indian Woman Airline PilotDurga Banerjee
First Indian Woman to win Gold in Asian GamesKamaljeet Sandhu
First Indian Woman President of INCSarojini Naidu
First Indian Woman to Booker PrizeArundhati Roy
First Woman Musician to get Bharat RatnaMS Subbalakshmi
First Indian Woman to go to spaceKalpana Chawla


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