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The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, but coming before the Padma Shri. It is announced on the occasion of Republic Day of India every year. It is conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan sometime around March or April.

Padma Bhushan
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Awarded by President of India
Type Civilian
Category National
Description
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Statistics
Instituted 1954
First awarded 1954
Last awarded 2016
Total awarded 1225
Award rank
← Padma Vibhushan Padma Shri & Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal →

The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, but coming before the Padma Shri. It is announced on the occasion of Republic Day of India every year. It is conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan sometime around March or April.