The Droncharya Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports. From the year 2001, the award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories:
- Olympic Games / Asian Games / Commonwealth Games
- Indigenous Games
- World Cup / World Championship Disciplines and Cricket
- 13 Coaches
- 5 Lac GoI
- Rs. 5000/- per month Haryana
Dronacharya Award includes a ceremonial dress, a scroll of honor, a plaque and a cash prize of five lakh rupees. The winners are invited to the venue, where an award function is held. According to rules of the Award, no person can be honored twice with this award. However, the Award can be provided posthumously in case an outstanding coach is no more.
Dronacharya Awards are given to the trainers and coaches with consistent outstanding performance at:
- A-Global Olympic events.
- B-Sports disciplines recognized by the government.
- C-Indigenous sports recognized by the government.
An individual working as a fulltime or part time coach should have an excellent track record during the year for which the award is provided and besides that he should also have exhibited exceptional performance during the immediate three years prior to the year of the award.