What is Padma Bhushan?
The Padma Bhushan award is India's third-highest civilian award given for “distinguished service of a high order...without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex.” The award recognises achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
However, government servants, including those working with Public Ssector Undertakings are not eligible for the award.
It is one of the most honorary awards given by the government of India, preceded only by Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.
The Padma Awards, which comprise the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri, are announced on the eve of Republic Day and are conferred on the recommendations of the Padma Awards Committee, constituted by the Prime Minister every year.