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First in India are the 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 of 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’.

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First in India Male

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 Indian National Congress

W.C. Banerjee

The first Muslim President of 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 Hasting(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. Rajgopalachari

The first man who introduced printing press in India

James Hicky

The first Indian to join the I.C.S

Satyendra Nath Tagore

Indias 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 Singhji

The first Indian Member of the Viceroys executive council


The first President of India who died while in office

Dr. Zakhir Hussain

The first Muslim President of Indian Republic

Dr. Zakhir Hussain

The first Prime Minister of India who did not face the Parliament

Charan Singh

The first Field Marshal of India

S.H.F. Manekshaw

The first Indian to get Nobel Prize in Physics


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 traveller to visit India


The first person to receive Stalin Prize

Saifuddin Kitchlu

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 Hirala J. Kania

The first Indian Pilot

J.R.D. Tata (1929)

First in India Female

The first lady to become Miss World

Rita Faria

The first woman judge in Supreme Court

Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi

The first woman Ambassador

Miss C.B. Muthamma

The first woman Governor of a state in free India

Mrs Sarojini Naidu

The first woman Speaker of a State Assembly

Shanno Devi

The first woman Prime Minister

Mrs 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

Mrs 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 Honours 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

Mrs Vijaya Laxmi Pandit

The first woman Chief Minister of an Indian State

Mrs Sucheta Kripalani

The first woman Chairman of Union Public Service Commission

Roze Millian Bethew

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

Mrs 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

Mrs. 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 Prize

Mother Teresa

The first woman to receive Bharat Ratna

Mrs Indira Gandhi

The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award

Ashpurna Devi

List of First in India – General Knowledge

1) First-ever Indian Institute of Skills of the country at Kanpur in  – Uttar Pradesh

2) Maharashtra is the first state in the country to have a cyber police station in each district simultaneously.

3) Maharashtra became the first Indian state to adopt Fly Ash Utilisation Policy

4) First Children’s Court inaugurated in Hyderabad

5) Haryana – first state to implement the benefit of 7th Central Pay Commission

6) Gujarat becomes the first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.

7) First Happiness Junction of India – Sonepur (Bihar)

8) Punjab government has launched country’s first amphibious bus project at the Harike wetland near –  Amritsar.

9) In Himachal Pradesh, the first Cyber Crime Police Station has been opened at –  Shimla.

10) Hailakandi has become the first district in Assam to pay wages to tea garden workers through individual bank accounts.

11) Chhattisgarh has become the first state to adopt a resolution welcoming the demonetization of high-value currency notes
12) Palampur Assembly Constituency of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh  became the first e-assembly constituency of the country

13) Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene

14)First underwater restaurant – Ahmadabad

15) First railway university – Vadodara

16) First rail auto transportation and logistics hub – Chennai

17) First defense park – Ottapalam, Kerala

18) First LCD panel plant – Maharashtra

19) First civil aviation park – Gujarat

20) First ever gender park – Kerala

21) First space park – Bengaluru

22) First digital state – Kerala

23) First cash giving app – CASHe

24) First online interactive heritage portal – Sahapedia

25) First textile university – Surat

26) First tiger cell of India – Dehradun

27) World’s tallest girder rail bridge – Manipur

28) India’s first underground museum – New Delhi

29) India’s first design yatra  – Kerala

30) Nagpur  – first digital district of India

31) Asia’s biggest Jungle Safari – Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh

32) Asia’s first longest cycle highway – Uttar Pradesh

33) Akodara village (Gujarat) – first digital village in India

34) India’s first liquefied natural gas-driven bus – Kerala

35) First island district – Majuli, Assam

36) First children’s court – Hyderabad

37) First water metro project – Kochi

38) First state to approve sewage and water policy – Rajasthan

39) First state to adopt Street Lighting National program – Rajasthan

40) First state to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene – Jharkhand

List of First in India – Question and Answers:

  • Who is the first woman most recently participated in wwe?

Ans: Kavita Devi

  • Who is the first female officer in Indian army?

Ans: Priya Jhingan

  • Who is the first Defence Minister of India?

Answer: Baldev Singh

  • Who is the first Indian ever to go to space?

Answer: Rakesh Sharma in 1984

  • Who is the first Nobel Prize winner ever in India?

Ans: Rabindranath Tagore 1913

  • Who is the first Oscar Awards winner ever in India?

Ans: Satyajit Ray

  • Who is the first Indian to win most recent Miss Earth title?

Ans: Nicole Faria in 2010

  • Who is the most recent Indian to win first Miss Universal Peace and Humanity Title?

Ans: Ruhi Singh in 2014

  • What is the first Inter Continental Ballistic Missile in India most recently launched?

Ans: Agni V launched successfully in 2017(Range – 5500 to 8000 kms)

  • Who is the first Prime Minister of India?

Ans: Jawaharlal Nehru

  • What is the first silent film in India?

Ans: Raja Harishchandra made by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913

  • Who is the first lady judge of Supreme Court in India?

Ans: Mirasahib Fathima Beevi

  • Who is the first female railway driver ever in India?

Ans: Surekha Yadav

  • Who is the first female Indian to go to space?

Ans: Kalpana Chawla

  • Who is the first Indian female ever to win an Olympic medal?

Ans: Karnam Malleswari from Andhra Pradesh

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