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February 20, 2019 • 4:21 pm

List of 50+ Dams & Reservoir in India for IBPS, SSC & Government Exams



Are you an aspirant preparing for different competitive exams organised in India? Do you wish to make a strong grip on questions asked from general knowledge section?


If so, then you have landed at the right place!


In today's competitive exams, most of the questions of GK are asked from Geography subject. The questions are picked up from topics like Rivers in India, National Parks, Dams in India, Hills and from other relative areas.


You might have noticed that in previous year question papers of various exams, most of the questions were asked related to Indian Dams. So, you should pay more attention to such areas from where you can fetch as good marks as possible.


Here we are going to talk about Dams in India which is the most asked topic as per the Government Exams point of view.


Read the blog and boost your general knowledge!



Which are the Important Dams in India? Check Out Here!




Based on considerable facts of getting the names listed as highest dam of India, largest dam of India, oldest dam of India and multi-purpose use of projects, we have made a list of 5 major dams in India. To know about these, read the complete article.




1. Tehri Dam



The Tehri Dam of Uttarakhand is the highest dam in India, 2nd highest in Asia and 8th highest in the World.

Given below are the analytical data -


Height of the dam - 260 meter.


 Length is 575 meters (1,886 ft.)


 Creates a Reservoir area of – 2.6 Km3 (2,100,000)


 It is constructed on Bhagirathi river in Uttarakhand.


 This is an Earth and Rockfill.


T he construction of Tehri dam was started in 1978 and the first unit was started in the year.


 Right now, the installed capacity of Power plant is 1400 MW (Additional 400 MW from Koteshwar Dam project).




2. Bhakra Nangal Dam



This is the largest dam in India across the Sutlej River Himachal Pradesh.


Given below are the analytical data -


 Height of the Bhakra Nangal Dam is 225 meters.


 Length is 520 meters.


 It’s a Concrete Gravity dam.


 Its construction was started in 1948 and was completed in 1963.


 Its reservoir ‘Sagar Lake’ is the second largest reservoir in India, the first one is on Indira Sagar dam.


 Effective Storage Capacity of this dam is 7.19 km.


 It is the biggest multi-purpose river valley project in India.


 The capacity of the installed power plant is 1325 MW.




3. Hirakud Dam



Hirakud dam is one of the longest dams in the world.


Given below are the analytical data -

  The height of the dam is 60.96 meters.


 Length is 4.8 km.


 The dam is constructed on Mahanadi in Sambalpur Orissa.


 It construction was started in 1948 and completed in 1957.


 It is an Earthen dam.


 The effective storage capacity of this dam is 5.82 km3.


 It was one of the major multipurpose river valley plan in India after Independence.


 The capacity of the installed power plant is 347 MW.




4. Sardar Sarovar Dam



This dam is also known as Narmada Dam which is built on Holy Narmada River in Gujarat.


 The height of the dam is 138.68 meters (163 m from foundation)


 Length is 1210 meters.


 This is a gravity type dam.


 Its effective storage capacity is 5.80 km3.


 Installed Capacity of Power Plant is 1450 MW.




5. Indira Sagar Dam



The foundation stone of the project was laid by late Smt Indira Gandhi.


 The height of Indra Sagar Dam is 92 meters.


 Length is 653 meters.


 The project is completed in 2005 on Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh.


 It is a Gravity Concrete dam.


 Installed capacity of power plant is 1000 MW.


 It is India’s biggest dam in terms of water storage capacity.



We hope that your general knowledge will increase by reading the above information about the Dams.


Apart from the above-mentioned Dams, there are also some of other important dams from where questions can be asked in exam.


Scroll down to check the complete list of important dams with their location and rivers on which they build.




List of Dams in India | Their Location & Rivers on Which They are Built!




According to Central Water Commission (CWC), India has 5,254 functioning dams plus 447 under construction.

This is not a comprehensive list as there are many more small dams and barrages.


From the perspective of Upcoming Government Jobs exams, all the dams are not important to be known.


So, here we made a comprehensive list of dams, which are the most prevalent in India.



Scroll down and check the complete list.



S.No. Dams in India Rivers Location
1. Rihand Dam (1962) Rihand Sonbhadra District, Uttar Pradesh
2. Sriram Sagar Project (1977) Godavari Nizamabad District, Telangana
3. Nizam Sagar Dam (1931) Godavari Kamareddy, Telangana
4. Bhavanisagar Dam (1955) Bhavani  Erode District, Tamil Nadu
5. Mettur Dam (1934) Kaveri Salem District, Tamil Nadu
6. Perunchani Dam Paralayar Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu
7. Bisaplur Dam (1999) Banas Tonk District, Rajasthan
8. Indravati Dam (2001) Indravati Kalahandi District, Orisa
9. Mulshi Dam (1927) Mula Pune, Maharashtra
10. Jayakwadi Dam Godavari Aurangabad District, Maharashtra
11. Panshet Dam (1972) Ambi Pune, Maharashtra
12. Kolkewadi Dam (1975) Koyna Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra
13. Bhandardara Dam (1926) Pravara Akola, Maharashtra
14. Radhanagari Dam (1954) Bhogavati Kolhapur District, Maharashtra
15. Khadakwasla Dam (1969) Mutha Pune, Maharashtra
16. Gandhi Sagar Dam (1960) Chambal Mandsaur District, Madhya Pradesh
17. Rajghat Dam (2005) Betwa Madhya Pradesh & Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh
18. Bargi Dam (1988) Narmada Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh
19. Bansagar Dam (2006) Son Shahdol District, Madhya Pradesh
20. Cheruthoni Dam Periyar Idukki District, Kerala
21. Mullaperiyar Dam (1895) Periyar Idukki District, Kerala
22. Neyyar Dam (1958) Neyyar Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala
23. Walayar Dam (1964) Walayar Palakkad District, Kerala
24. Idukki Dam Periyar Idukki, Kerala
25. Banasura Sagar Dam Kabini Wayanad District, Kerala
26. Tungabhadra Dam Tungabhadra Ballari District, Karnataka
27. Kodasalli Dam (2000) Kalindi Karwar District, Karnataka
28. Basava Sagara (1932) Krishna Yadgir District, Karnataka
29. Krishna Raja Sagar Dam (1938) Kaveri Mandya, Karnataka
30. Harangi Reservoir (1982) Harangi Kushalnagar, Karnataka
31. Kadra Dam (1997) Kalindai Karwar District, Karnataka
32. Almatti Dam (2005) Krishna Bijapur District, Karnataka
33. Panchet Dam (1959) Damodar Dhanbad, Jharkhand
34. Maithon Dam (1957) Damodar Dhanbad, Jharkhand
35. Chandil Dam Subarnarekha Seraikela Kharsawan District, Jharkhand
36. Uri Dam (2014) Jhelum Baramulla District, Jammu and Kashmir
37. Dumkhar Dam (2003) Indus Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir
38. Baglihar Dam (2004) Chenab Doda District, Jammu and Kashmir
39. Pandoh Dam (1977) Beas Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh
40. Nathpa Jhakri Dam (2004) Sutlej Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
41. Chamera Dam (1994) Ravi Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh
42. Pong Beas Talwara, Himachal Pradesh
43. Kallanai Dam Kaveri Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
44. Dantiwada Dam (1965) Dantiwada Banaskantha District, Gujrat
45. Dharoi Dam (1978) Sabarmati Mehsana & Sabarkantha Districts, Gujarat
46. Somasila Dam (1989) Penna Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
47. Srisailam Dam (1961) Krishna Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
48. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam (1967) Krishna Between Nalgonda District and Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana




Above, we discussed the dams from which questions can be asked in competitive exams like SSC, Railway, IBPS etc.


Now look at some of the questions that have been asked in the last few years exams by scrolling down the blog.


Read the below-mentioned questions with their answers and boost your general knowledge –





1. Hirakud (longest dam in India) dam is built on which river?


(A) Narmada

(B) Mahanadi

(C) Bhavani

(D) Krishna


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2. In which state the Koyna Dam situated?


(A) Himachal Pradesh

(B) Gujarat

(C) Maharashtra

(D) Jammu & Kashmir


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3. The highest dam in India built on which river?


(A) Jhelum river

(B) Musi river

(C) Kaveri river

(D) Bhagirathi river


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Bhagirathi river




4. What is the capacity of the installed power plant on Bhakra Nangal Dam?


(A) 1200 MW

(B) 1400 MW

(C) 1325 MW

(D) 1428 MW


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1325 MW




5. Srisailam Dam is situated over which of the following river?


(A) Yamuna

(B) Krishna

(C) Chenab

(D) Sutlej


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6. In which state the, Baglihar Dam is situated?


(A) Himachal Pradesh

(B) Uttar Pradesh

(C) Jammu and Kashmir

(D) Tamil Nadu


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Jammu and Kashmir




7. In which state, the Sardar Sarovar Dam has been constructed?


(A) Madhya Pradesh

(B) Gujarat

(C) Uttar Pradesh

(D) Andhra Pradesh


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8. Which are the two dams situated on Beas river?


(A) Pandoh & Uri

(B) Pong & Idukki

(C) Pong & Pandoh

(D) Pandoh & Idukki


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Pong & Pandoh




9. Narmada river is located in which of the following states?


(A) Madhya Pradesh

(B) Tamil Nadu

(C) Sikkim

(D) Rajasthan


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Madhya Pradesh




10. In which district of Rajasthan, Bisalpur Dam is constructed?


(A) Kota

(B) Ajmer

(C) Tonk

(D) Chittorgarh


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The maximum chances of asking the question for dams are from the list given above.


So, it would be better to read and absorb all the information given in this blog carefully.


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