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BHARAT RATNA
‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian Award of the country, was instituted in the year
1954.
Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for
these awards.
It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest
order in any field of human endeavour.
The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister himself to
the President. No formal recommendations for this are necessary.
The number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year.
On conferment of the award, the recipient receives a Sanad (certificate) signed by
the President and a medallion.
The Award does not carry any monetary grant.
In terms of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, the award cannot be used as a prefix or
suffix to the recipient's name. However, should an award winner consider it
necessary, he/she may use the following expression in their bio-
data/letterhead/visiting card etc. to indicate that he/she is a recipient of the award:
‘Awarded Bharat Ratna by the President’
or
‘Recipient of Bharat Ratna Award’

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  • 1. BHARAT RATNA ‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian Award of the country, was instituted in the year 1954. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these awards. It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister himself to the President. No formal recommendations for this are necessary. The number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year. On conferment of the award, the recipient receives a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion. The Award does not carry any monetary grant. In terms of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, the award cannot be used as a prefix or suffix to the recipient's name. However, should an award winner consider it necessary, he/she may use the following expression in their bio- data/letterhead/visiting card etc. to indicate that he/she is a recipient of the award: ‘Awarded Bharat Ratna by the President’ or ‘Recipient of Bharat Ratna Award’