Gyaankosh – Firsts in India

List of First Female associated with India
  • First Woman President : Pratibha Patil
  • First Woman Prime Minister : Indira Gandhi
  • First Woman Governor : Sarojini Naidu
  • First Woman Chief Minister of State : Sucheta Kripalani
  • First Woman IPS Officer : Kiran Bedi
  • First Women Director General of Police : Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
  • First Woman President of INC : Annie Besant
  • First Woman Judge of Supreme Court : Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
  • First Woman Minister in a Government : Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
  • First Woman to climb Mount Everest : Bachendri Pal
  • First Woman to climb Mount Everest twice : Santosh Yadav
  • First Female Amputee to climb the Mount Everest : Arunima Sinha
  • First Woman Olympic Medal Winner : Karnam Malleshwari
  • First Woman Asian Games Gold Medal Winner : Kamaljeet Sandhu
  • First Indian Woman to win WTA Title : Sania Mirza
  • First Woman to become Miss World : Reita Faria
  • First Woman to become Miss Universe : Sushmita Sen
  • First Woman President of United Nations General Assembly : Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • First Women Chairman of Union Public Service Commission : Roze Millian Bethew
  • First Women Judge : Anna Chandy
  • First Women Chief Justice of High Court : Leela Seth
  • First Foreign Minister of India : Sushma Swaraj
  • First Women Minister of Indian Railways : Mamata Banerjee
  • First Women Speaker of the Lok Sabha : Meira Kumar
  • First Woman to get Ashok Chakra : Nirja Bhanot
  • First Indian Women to win the Booker Prize : Arundhati Roy
  • First Women to receive Nobel Prize : Mother Teresa
  • First Indian to win an Oscar Award : Bhanu Athaiya for the Best Costume Design for Gandhi in 1982
  • First Indian to win Dadasaheb Phalke Award : Devika Rani
  • First Indian Women to member of the Legion of Honour : Asha Pande
  • First Women to cross English Channel : Aarti Saha
  • First Women to receive Bharat Ratna : Indira Gandhi
  • First Woman Musician to get Bharat Ratna : MS Subbalakshmi
  • First Indian Woman to go to space : Kalpana Chawla
  • First Woman Lieutenent General of Indian Armed Forces and first female Vice Admiral in Indian Navy : Punita Arora
  • First Women Pilot in Indian Air Force : Harita Kaur Deol
  • First Woman Air Vice Marshal : Padmavathy Bandopadhyay
  • First Woman cadet to join Indian Army : Priya Jhingan
  • First Woman Stunt Rider of Indian Army : Captain Shikha Surabhi
  • First Woman in Indian Army to receive gallantry award – ‘Sena Medal’ : Lieutenant Colonel Mitali Madhumita
  • First Woman in Indian Army to be conferred with ‘Sword of Honour’ : Captain Divya Ajith Kumar
  • First Woman in Indian Air Force to be inducted as Flight Engineer : Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal 
List of First Male associated with India
  • First President of India : Dr. Rajendra Prasad
  • First Prime Minister of India : Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru
  • First Deputy Prime Minister of India : Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  • First President of Indian National Congress : W.C.Banerjee
  • First British Governor General of India : Lord William Bentinck
  • First British Governor General of Bengal : Lord Warren Hastings
  • First British Viceroy of India : Lord Charles Canning
  • First Governor General of free India : Lord Mountbatten
  • The First and the Last Indian to be Governor General of free India : C. Rajagopalachari
  • First Indian to join Indian Civil Services : Satyendra Nath Tagore
  • First Prime Minister of India who resigned without completing the full term : Morarji Desai
  • First Indian Commander-In-Chief of Free India : General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa
  • First President of India who died while in office : Dr. Zakhir Hussain
  • First Prime Minister of India who did not face the Parliament : Charan Singh
  • First Indian to win Nobel Prize : Rabindranath Tagore
  • First Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics : Dr. C.V.Raman
  • First Person of Indian Origin to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine : Hargovind Khurana
  • First person to receive Nobel Prize in Economics : Amartya Sen
  • First Indian to receive Ramon Magsaysay Award : Acharya Vinoba Bhave
  • First Indian to receive Bharat Ratna Award : Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C.V. Raman, and Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
  • First Indian to receive Jnapith Award : Sri Shankar Kurup
  • First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumously) : Captain D.K. Jatar
  • First man who introduced Printing Press in India : James Hicky
  • First Indian in Space : Rakesh Sharma
  • First Indian to cross English Channel : Mihir Sen
  • First Speaker of the Lok Sabha : G.V.Mavalankar
  • First Vice President of India : Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
  • First Education Minister of India : Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad
  • First Home Minister of India : Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  • First Indian Air Chief Marshall : Vice Admiral R.K.Katari
  • First Judge of the International Court of Justice : Dr. Nagendra Singh
  • First Person to get Param Vir Chakra : Major Somnath Sharma
  • First Election Commissioner : Sukumar Sen
  • First Chief Justice of Supreme Court : Justice Harilal Jekisundas Kania
  • First Indian Pilot : J.R.D.Tata
  • First Chief Justice of Supreme Court to become President of India :  Justice M Hidaytullah
  • First Commander-in-Chief of Free India : General Sir Roy Bucher
  • First Chief of Air Staff : Air Marshall Sir Thomas Elmhirst
  • First Indian Chief of Staff :  Air Marshall Subroto Mukerje
  • First Field Marshall of India : S.H.F. Manekshaw
  • First Person to receive Stalin Prize : Saifuddin Kitchlew
  • First Indian actor to be made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres : Sivaji Ganesan
  • First Winner of a major literary award in the United States : Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • First Olympic Individual Medal : Bronze by K.D. Jadhav for wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympic.
  • First Formula 1 race driver : Narain Karthikeyan
  • First Chess Grandmaster : Viswanathan Anand in 1988, at the age of 18
  • First Olympic Individual Medal in Tennis : Leander Paes
  • 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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