||The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities, such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; the Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order; and the Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions, which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. In 2017, the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 distinguished awardees. The list comprises of seven Padma Vibhushan, seven Padma Bhushan, and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. 19 of The awardees include 19 women as well as five foreigners/NRIs/PIOs/ and six posthumous.