RAS Mains: Sports and Yoga

Sports-Yoga India Rajasthan RAS Mains GS Paper 3 (1)

India is home to a diverse population playing many different kinds of sports across the country. Cricket is the most popular sport in India. Field Hockey is the most successful sport for India at Olympics with India winning six consecutive (8 total) hockey gold medals at Olympics between 1928 and 1956.  Kabaddi is the most popular indigenous sport in the country. As per a RTI in 2012, it was confirmed by Sports Ministry that hockey was not the national sport of India (TOI). In fact, the country does not have a national game as no game has been notified as such.

As per the Constitutional provisions, Sports & Physical Education are a State subject. The development of sports had been conceived originally as an activity that would require a broad centralized direction along with the freedom and given to individual States to decide the course of their individual sports policy.

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports looks after the affairs of sports in India. In April, 2008, two separate Departments, namely, Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports, were created under the Ministry. At State Level in Rajasthan, there is Department of Youth Affairs and Sports to coordinate sports related activities within the state.


  • Union Level:  To be Updated
  • State Level: Sh. Ashok Chandana

Sports and Yoga in RAS Mains


Sports Policies



Rajasthan State Sports Council:

Sports Awards:

Eminent Players

First Aid in Sports.

Participation of Indian Athletes in Olympics and Para-Olympic Games.

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