List of Firsts in India- General Knowledge Facts About India pdf

List of First in India (Important)

 

Field of Achievement Name of Personality
The first President of Indian Republic Dr. Rajendra Prasad
The first Prime Minister of free India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
The first Indian to win Nobel Prize Rabindranath Tagore
The first President of INC (Indian National Congress) W.C. Banerjee
The first Muslim President of INC (Indian National Congress) Badruddin Tayyabji
The first Muslim President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain
The first British Governor General of India Lord William Bentinck (1833-1835)
The first British Governor General of Bengal Lord Warren Hastings (1774-1885)
The first British Viceroy of India Lord Canning
The first Governor General of free India Lord Mountbatten
The first and the last Indian to be Governor General of free India C. Rajagopalachari
The first man who introduced Printing Press in India James Hickey
The first Indian to join the I.C.S (Indian Civil Services) Satyendra Nath Tagore
India’s first man in Space Rakesh Sharma
The first Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing the full term Morarji Desai
The first Indian Commander-in-Chief of India General Cariappa
The first Chief of Army Staff Gen. Maharaj Rajendra Singh
The first Indian Member of the Viceroy’s executive council S.P. Sinha
The first President of India who died while in office Dr. Zakhir Hussain
The first Prime Minister of India who did not face the Parliament Choudhary Charan Singh
The first Field Marshal of India S.H.F. Manekshaw
The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics C.V.Raman
The first Indian to receive Bharat Ratna Award Dr. Radhakrishnan
The first Indian to cross English Channel Mihir Sen
The first Person to receive Jnanpith award Sri Shankar Kurup
The firs Speaker of the Lok Sabha Ganesh Vasudeva Mavalankar
The first Vice-President of India Dr. Radhakrishnan
The first Education Minister Abdul Kalam Azad
The first Home minister of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
The first Indian Air Chief Marshal S. Mukherjee
The first Indian Naval Chief Vice Admiral R.D. Katari
The first Judge of International Court of Justice Dr. Nagendra Singh
The first person to reach Mt. Everest without oxygen Sherpa Anga Dorjee
The first person to get Param Vir Chakra Major Somnath Sharma
The first Chief Election Commissioner Sukumar Sen
The first person to receive Magsaysay Award Acharya Vinoba Bhave
The first person of Indian origin to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine Hargovind Khurana
The first Chinese traveler to visit India Fahein
The first person to receive Stalin Prize Saifuddin Kichlu
The first person to resign from the Central Cabinet Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
The first person to receive Nobel Prize in Economics Amartya Sen
The first Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Hiralal J. Kania
The first Indian Pilot J.R.D. Tata (1929)

 

First in India (Female)




Field of Achievement Name of Personality
The first lady to become Miss World Rita Faria
The first woman judge in Supreme Court Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
The first woman Ambassador C.B. Muthamma
The first woman Governor of a state in free India Sarojini Naidu
The first woman Speaker of a State Assembly Shanno Devi
The first woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
The first woman Minister in a Government Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
The first woman to climb Mount Everest Bachhendri Pal
The first woman to climb Mount Everest twice Santosh Yadav
The first woman President of Indian National Congress Annie Besant
The first woman pilot in Indian Air Force Harita Kaur Dayal
The first woman Graduates Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
The first woman Airline Pilot Durba Banerjee
The first woman Honors Graduate Kamini Roy, 1886
The first woman Olympic medal Winner Karnam Malleswari, 2000
The first woman Asian Games Gold Medal Winner Kamlijit Sandhu
The first woman Lawyer Cornelia Sorabjee
The first woman President of United Nations General Assembly Vijaya Laxmi Pandit
The first woman Chief Minister of an Indian State Sucheta Kripalani
The first woman Chairman of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Roze Millian Bethea
The first woman Director General of Police Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
The first woman Judge Anna Chandy (She became judge in a district court in 1937)
The first woman Cheif Justice of High Court Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court)
The first woman Judge in Supreme Court of India Kumari Justice M. Fathima Beevi
The first woman Lieutenant General Puneeta Arora
The first woman Air Vice-Marshal P. Bandopadhyaya
The first woman chairperson of Indian Airlines Sushma Chawla
The first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi
The first and last Muslim woman ruler of India Razia Sultan
The first woman to receive Ashoka Chakra Nirja Bhanot
The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award Ashapurna Devi
The first woman to cross English Channel Aarti Saha
The first woman to receive Nobel (Peace) Prize Mother Teresa
The first woman to receive Bharat Ratna Mrs. Indira Gandhi
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First in India (Miscellaneous)




Field of Achievement Name of Personality
First Wax statue of a Living Indian Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud Museum in 1939
First Chinese pilgrim to Visit India Fa-Hien
First Exclusive Internet magazine Bharat Samachar
First Miss India to participate in Miss Universe Indrani Rehman
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First Judge in International Court of Justice Dr. Nagendra Singh
India’s First University Nalanda University
India’s First Open University Andhra Pradesh Open University
India’s First Lok Sabha Member to be elected with a record maximum number of votes P.V. Narasimha Rao
First Indian to reach Antarctica Lt. Ram Charan
First British to Visit India Hawkins
First Test tube baby of India Indira (Baby Harsha)
First Post Office Opened in India Kolkata (1727)

First in India (Sports)




Field of Achievement Name of Personality
First Olympic team medal Gold for Hockey at the 1928 Summer Olympics Amsterdam, beating the Netherlands.
First Olympic individual medal (in British India) Norman Pritchard, 1900
First Olympic individual medal Bronze by K.D. Jadhav for wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympic Helsinki.
First Person to swim across the English Channel Mihir Sen
First Women to swim across the English Channel Mihir Sen, 1958
First Formula I race driver Narain Karthikeyan
First Formula I team Force India F1
First A1 GP race victory Narain Karthikeyan, Zhuhai, China, 2007
First Asian Games organized Delhi (1951)

Chess

First Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in 1988, at the age of 18
First FIDE World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in December 2000
First Undisputed World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand in September 2007

Tennis

First Tennis Grand Slam title Mahesh Bhupati (partnering with Japanese Rika Hiraki) in the Mixed Doubles category of the 1997 French Open
First Tennis Grand Slam win by a woman Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the First round of 1998 Australian Open First Women in 4th round (highest as of 2008) of a tennis
Grand Slam event Sania Mirza in the Singles Category of the 2005 US Open
First Tennis Grand Slam Junior title Leander Paes in the Singles category of the 1990 Wimbledon Championship. He is also the only medal fetcher for India in the Atlanta Olympics. He won a bronze medal, the only medal that put India in the medal tally.
First Tennis Grand Slam Junior title by a woman Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the Doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships.

CRICKET

First Cricket tournament The Bombay Triangular which Later became the Bombay Quadrangular (1912-1936)
First Cricket Test Match Against England at Lord’s June, 25, 1932
First Cricket Captain CK Nayudu for the 1932 tour of England
First Cricketer to score a century Lala Amarnath in 1933 against England in South Bombay
First Cricketer to score a triple century Vijay Hazare
First Test Cricket hat-trick Harbhajan Singh against Australia in March 2001
First Cricketer World Cup Championship Win At the 1983 Cricket World Cup
First Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Test Cricket Sunil Gavaskar (he was the first in the world to achieve this feat.)
First Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODI Cricket Sachin Tendulkar (he was the first in the world to achieve this feat.)
First Cricketer to score 100 Test and ODI centuries Sachin Tendulkar




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