Arjuna Award


 The Arjuna Awards were instituted in 1961 by the government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. The award carries a cash prize of  500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll. Over the years the scope of the award has been expanded and a large number of sportspersons who belonged to the pre-Arjuna Award era were also included in the list. Further, the number of disciplines for which the award is given was increased to include indigenous games and the physically handicapped category. The Government has recentlyrevised the scheme for the Arjuna Award. As per the revised guidelines, to be eligible for the Award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous three years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. Any sports person tested positive for the use of drugs banned by the international Olympic committee in any laboratory accredited by international Olympic committee will not be eligible for Arjuna award.

From the year 2001, the award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories:

  • Olympic Games / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games / World Cup / World Championship Disciplines and Cricket
  • Indigenous Games
  • Sports for the Physically Challenged


General rules:

  • The nomination for the Arjuna Award is invited by the ministry of youth affairs and sports on a prescribed Performa from all recognized National Sports Federations recognized by the govt. of India, India Olympic association and State\UT govt. in the month of January each year. Last date for the receipt of nominations is 31st may of the same year. The nomination can be sent for one or up to three names in particular discipline/sports for that particular year.
  • Its main aim to ameliorate the standards of sports in the country. Generally theses award is given to one player of a game but this can be given to a female player of the same game.
  • No award will be made for second time to the same person.
  • Govt. of India decides the date and venue for the presentation of Arjuna award. The fixed date can be extended by the govt.of India.
  • Any sports federation can send a list of three players to govt. of India but govt. of India gives award to one player but in case of a female, she can also be awarded. So maximum two players i.e., one male and one female can be selected for the award from a game.
  • A selection committee constituted by the govt.of India decides the award. The selection committee is constituted every year by the govt. The committee comprises of the following member:

ü  Sports person of eminence: Chairperson.

ü  Olympian of eminence from different discipline: 5 members.

ü  Arjuna awardees from different disciplines: 4 members.

ü  Sports administrators.

ü  Director\deputy secretary {sports}

ü  Ministry of youth affairs and sports Govt. of India: member\secretary

Dronacharya Award


Dronacharya Award is an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching. The award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honor and a cash component of Rs.5,00,000. The award was instituted in 1985. Its main objective to raise prestige of coaches in sports and games. It also motives coaches to dedicate them towards training that can bring highest performance at international level. Dronacharya award is presented to such famous coaches, whose teams or players have shown good performance at international level consecutively three years. The application for the award is invited by National institute of sports, Sports authority of India, National sports federation and Indian Olympic association every year by 31st January.


This award is given to those who impart coaching temporarily, or permanently to the teams or players. His should also have good achievement during the three years previous to the year of award. The following capabilities are necessary for the eligibility of this award.

I.Individual Events: The coach is eligible for the Dronacharya award whose player/players has achieved following positions:

  • Who wins any medal\silver\bronge in the Olympic games, world cup tournaments or world championship for Olympic discipline.
  • Who wins any medal\silver\bronge in the Olympic games, world cup tournaments or world championship in non-Olympic association.
  • Who creates a world record or broken the world record which is ratified by the concerned international sports federation.
  • Who wins two gold medals in weither Asian games or the common wealth championships.
  • Who wins three gold medals in Asian championships or common wealth championships.
  • Who has won gold medal three times in Asian championship or in common wealth championship.

    II.Team Events: A coach is eligible if she\he is responsible for       training   teams, which win:

  • Any medal gold silver bronze in the Olympic games, world cup or world championships in Olympic or non Olympic disciplines, provided that the performance is Weather better or equal to the best performance achieved   earlier.
  • The team, which has won two gold, medals i.e. one gold medal in Asian games and second gold medal in Asian championship in the year of award or before that year.
  • The team, which has won two gold, medals i.e. one in Asian games and second in common wealth games in the year of award or before that year.


  1.     II.    Indigenous Sports: The coach who has been imparting training to a player or a team of a indigenous sports and that team has ameliorated the standard of sports during the last three years, is also eligible for Dronacharya awards.


Rajiv Khel Ratna Award

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The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (RGKR) is India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports. The words “Khel Ratna” literally translate to “Sports Gem” in Hindi. The award is named after the late Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. This award was instituted in the year 1991.It carries a medal, a scroll of honour and a substantial cash component. As of 2004-05, when the award was last bestowed, the cash component stands at Rs. 500,000/- The money has been increased from Rs.500, 000 to Rs.750, 000. The award was instituted in the year 1991-92 to supply the lack of a supreme national accolade in the field of sports. Predating the RGKR are the Arjuna awards that have always been given to outstanding sportspersons in each of many sporting disciplines every year. The Khel Ratna was devised to be an overarching honour, conferred for outstanding sporting performance, whether by an individual or a team, across all sporting disciplines in a given year.


  • The main objective of this award is to give social status and greater dignity to a sportsman in the society.
  • It motives the sportsman to give their highest performance in sports events.
  • This award intends to develop sports culture throughout the nation.
  • The main objectives of the award are motivation and social recognition of a sports person. The award is given yearly.


The award is given to sports person who has excelled in Olympic games, Asian games and common wealth games.


Mualana Abdul Kalam Azad Trophy (MAKA)

The MAKA trophy is mainly given to the top overall winners in the Inter-University Tournaments. As these tournaments are a very much and integral part of games and sports in the universities and colleges and they also play a very important in supplying the talents to the country. This is actually a rolling trophy and a small replica of the trophy is also awarded to the University for Retention. A committee that a constituted by the AIU recommends the award of MAKA trophy. They usually send their recommendations to the Ministry of Youth Affair and Sports of India each year. They recommend their names of 4 universities to the order of merit mentioning there score and also giving the calculation sheet. It is the Government who takes the final decisions about the winner of the MAKA trophy. Government of India instituted `Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy’ award in 1956-57. The overall top performing university in the Inter-University tournaments is conferred with MAKA Trophy, which is a rolling trophy along with a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh. Universities securing second and third positions are also provided with cash prize of Rs.5 lakh and Rs.3 lakh, respectively.




Dhyan Chand Award is India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games. The award is named after the legendary Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand. The award was initiated in 2002. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 Lakhs a plaque and scroll of honour.


 Information is compiled for PEFI by A.K.Shirotriya, Sports Officer, BIMTECH, Greater Noida (U.P.)

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