From GST To Aadhaar Cards – What Are The Most Googled Terms In India For 2017?

We are Googling more than ever now. Because God forbid we ask another human being a question when we can throw the same question into the vast void that is the internet.

But as 2017 comes to a close, there is a nee dot we understand what exactly the country has been up to for the entire year. What exactly have you been typing into that little search bar for 12 months…like everything else, Google has the answers, so let’s take a look.

Please Note: All stats have been taken directly from Google’s report. 

#1 Overall

The film that killed in India as well as globally has done it yet again. Taking over our lives for a good chunk of 2017, Baahubali conquered the internet with a vast majority of people wanting to know more online.

Following Baahubali 2 we have Indian Premier League and Live Cricket Score. 

Other terms that made the top 10 overall category are –

3rd Dangal
4th Half Girlfriend
5th Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya
6th Munna Michael
7th Jagga Jasoos
8th Champions Trophy
9th Raees

#2 How To…

Aadhaar cards have been all the rage in 2017, mostly because the Government truly enjoyed watching a whole nation desperately trying to figure out just how many things suddenly needed an Aadhar Card to be linked to them. Google’s how to section can definitely take you to some of the weirder places on the internet, but this year, India kept it pretty tame.

With searches for how to book Jio phone and how to buy bitcoin in India coming in second and third respectively. Both Reliance’s suspiciously cheap mobile plans along with the sudden surge in the popularity of the cryptocurrency. The rest of the ranking searches are –

4th How to take a screenshot
5th How to remove holi colour from face
6th How to file GST returns
7th How to invest in mutual funds
8th How to mine bitcoin
9th How to vote for Bigg Boss 11
10th How to mine ethereum in India

#3 Entertainers

Miss Leone is smart, sassy and daring, so we’re kind of glad she beat out the expected big Bollywood names for the coveted top spot.

Following her is Arshi Khan who skyrocketed to the top of the search engine’s list thanks to Bigg Boss and Sapna Choudhary who also made her name on one of television’s most-watched shows. The remainder of the top ten are –

4th Vidya Vox
5th Disha Patani
6th Sunil Grover
7th Shilpa Shinde
8th Bandagi Karla
9th Sagarika Ghatge
10th Rana Daggubati

#4 Songs

Hawa Hawa form Mubarakan was apparently the ultimate party track of the year. Who knew? We didn’t.

But nonetheless, it comes out on top above Mere Rashke Kamar at number 2 and the global sensation Despacito at number 3. The remainder of the top searched songs for 2017 in India were –

4th Dil Diya Gallan
5th Raabta
6th Ding Dang
7th Kaabil
8th Shape of You
9th Mubarakan
10th Mile Ho Tum Humko


The Indian Premier League is a phenomenon that combines two of India’s greatest loves – Bollywood and Cricket – into one steamy pile loaded with controversy and adrenaline. No wonder it’s come out on top.

News events that followed fast on its heels were the ICC Champions Trophy and CBSE results. Other current events that the nation wanted to know more about included –

4th UP Election Results
5th Good And Services Tax
6th Wimbledon
7th Miss World Ceremony
8th Bitcoin Price
9th Union Budget
10th US Open

#6 What Is…

What is GST? We’ve Googled it, we’ve scoured the newspapers, we’ve headed over to YouTube, we’ve asked all the CA uncles and aunts we have. Do we quite know what it means? Not yet. GST is undoubtedly the demonitization of 2017.

What is bitcoin and What is jalikattu are two more questions that plague our great nation. Followed by –

4th What is a BS3 vehicle
5th What is peta
6th What is Jio prime
7th What is Cassini
8th What is a fidget
9th What is a lunar eclipse
10th What is ransomware

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