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National Awards to Teachers

This topic provides information about National Awards to Teachers instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The National Award to Teachers are given away by the President of India on 5th September (Teacher's Day) every year to give public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. The award was instituted in 1958.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has revised the guidelines for the selection of Teachers for National Awards (2017).

About the awards

The number of awards has been rationalized to 45. This has been necessary to restore the prestige of the awards (under the earlier scheme the number of awardees had crossed 300). The award carries a Silver Medal, Certificate and Rs.50,000/- as award money.


  • School teachers and Heads of Schools working in recognized primary/ middle /high / higher secondary schools under the following categories:
    • Schools run by State Govt. /UTs Administration, schools run by local bodies, schools aided by State Govt. and UT Administration.
    • Central Govt. Schools i.e. Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), Central Schools for Tibetans (CTSA), Sainik Schools run by Ministry of Defence (MoD), Schools run by Atomic Energy Education Society (AEES).
    • Schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (other than those at indicated above)
    • Schools affiliated to Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE) (Other than those indicated above)
  • Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year (at least for four months i.e. upto 30th April in the year to which National Award relates) may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions.
  • Teachers whose names were recommended last year or before can be considered again if they are still otherwise eligible and are recommended by the State Government/ Union Territories.
  • Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training Institutes are not eligible for these awards.
  • Teacher/Headmaster should not have indulged in tuitions.
  • Only regular Teachers and Heads of Schools will be eligible.
  • Contractual Teachers and Shiksha Mitras will not be eligible.

Procedure for selection

Considerations to guide the selection of teachers at various levels.

Teachers will be evaluated based on an evaluation matrix that contains two types of criteria for evaluation:

  1. Objective criteria: Under this the teachers will be awarded marks against each of the objective criteria. These criteria are given the weightage of 20 out of 100.
  2. Criteria based on performance: Under this, teachers will be awarded marks on criteria based on performance e.g. initiatives to improve learning outcomes, innovative experiments undertaken, organization of extra and co-curricular activities, use of Teaching Learning Material, social mobility, ensuring experiential learning, unique ways to ensure physical education to students etc. These criteria are given the weightage of 80 out of 100.

Evaluation Matrix for National Award to Teachers

Category A:  Objective Criteria

Sl No.


Maximum Marks / Ceiling


Work done by teacher to encourage community, parents, alumni etc. to contribute to the school in any way e.g. physical infrastructure, computers, mid day meal, funds, books etc.



Publication (Research papers/Articles in international/national journals{with ISSN}, Books {with ISBN}, etc.) in the last 5 years



Annual Performance Appraisal Reports or other performance appraisal tools of last 3 years



Is the teacher attending school regularly without any complaints?



Whether the teacher is regularly attending the in-service training he/she is deputed to?



Work done by teacher to increase enrolment and reduce dropouts.



Whether the teacher is enrolled for any course under SWAYAM or any other MOOCS platform



Development of e-contents, textbooks, teacher handbooks for SCERTs, Boards or NCERT




Category B: Criteria based on performance (Indicative and illustrative only)

Sl No.


Maximum Marks


Innovative experiments (like use of ICT, joyful learning technique) undertaken by teacher for greater impact of his/her teaching on the students. Development and use of appropriate pedagogic approaches in day to day teaching activities including Teaching Learning Material, Low cost teaching aids etc.

(Based on number, scale and impact of innovations/experiments)



Organization of extra and co-curricular activities

(Based on number, scale and impact of experiments)



  1. Mobilization of society for school infrastructure and for spreading social awareness among children.
  2. Promotion of nation building and national integration




Grand Total


Procedure for application and selection:
  1. All the applications would be received through an online web portal.
  2. In case of State/UTs, teachers and Heads of schools themselves shall apply directly by filling the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date.
  3. Every applicant shall submit a portfolio, online along with the Entry Form. The portfolio shall include relevant supporting material such as documents, tools, reports of activities, field visits, photographs, audios or videos etc.
  4. Undertaking by the applicant: Each applicant shall give an undertaking that all the information/data submitted is true to the best of his/her knowledge and if anything is found at any later date to be untrue then he/she will be liable to disciplinary action.

First level scrutiny will be done by District Selection Committee (DSC) headed by the District Education Officer. After the detailed evaluation of the applications, DSC will shortlist 3 names and forward these to State Selection Committee through online portal along with vigilance clearance certificate of each of the 3 applicants.

The State Selection Committee (SSC) will be headed by Principal Secretary/ Secretary of State Education Department. The SSC will evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates, subject to the maximum number allotted to the States/UTs and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal.

Independent Jury at National level headed by retired Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, MHRD would review the list of candidates as forwarded by all the 36 SSCs and 7 OSCs and carry out fresh assessment.

For the complete guidelines of the award, click here.

List of award winners

To get the year-wise and category-wise list of awardees, click here.

Source : MHRD.

LOMAS DHUNGEL Jul 29, 2019 07:44 PM

Dear sir/ madam,

I am a school teacher from Sikkim. To provide my students on a first hand experience on the topics of pollution and cleanliness I had founded a small initiative known as "HARIYO MAKHA- SIKKIM AGAINST POLLUTION" in 2015.

Since then I have been motivating my students and experimenting on newer ideas on waste management. My ideas are alongside the theme of Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan. We are also earning small revenues out of our works which is completely utilised in helping needy students in getting admission to NIOS and IGNOU. We have been successful in helping a total of 7 students so far.

I have been working on cleanliness and waste management. I wanted to know whether I am eligible for your competition.

If yes, I was interested to share my story and apply for the award mentioned by you. I would be thankful if you could guide me in this regard. I wanted to know the last date for applying and the mail ID where i should send my works. I would eagerly be waiting for your mail or Phone call.

Thanking you

Lomas Dhungel
Graduate Teacher (Maths)
Govt Sr Sec School, Makha, East Sikkim

Mail ID - *******@gmail.com
Phone- 96098-53380

pankaj sinha Jun 26, 2018 06:20 AM

how to fill other information and how to attach supporting documents with which format please

Prathmesh Pandey Jan 22, 2018 01:56 PM

good afternoon sir,
i an interested for awards. so i need some guidance on how i can suggest my name

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