Found this one on Jayanth‘s twitter update:

The Government of India is “Of the people, by the people and for the people” and they are all set to prove this right.

Government of India is now seeking your help to decide what the symbol of a Rupee looks like. Are you bored of writing Rs or INR, or just want your Rupee to look as cool as a $, then go to this page and choose one of the options and suggest your choice, remember every opinion counts.

You Can Design And Vote How Indian Rupee Symbol Looks

They have about 19 symbols to choose from and if you think none of them are worth being the symbol of Indian Rupee, and if you believe you have a cooler design for the Indian Rupee, go ahead design one and send it to [email protected]

See some of the symbols sent by ET readers.

You never know if your design’s the lucky one to be selected as our Nations Rupee Design.

This also means that once this is finalized, we have one more character added to the keyboard and all the software code need to be updated, so maintenance projects are sure to benefit from these 😉

Update: The result of the competition are out and this image was selected as the Indian Rupee Symbol.


  1. (Reg. The Symbol for Indian rupee competition)
    In the matter of:

    This appeal has been filed by Shri Rakesh kumar singh against the order dated 7.1.2020 of the CPIO of Department of Economic Affairs.

    2. In his application dated 14-12-2009 addressed to the CPIO, the applicant had sought information on 14 points relating to the competition of symbol of Indian rupee. The CPIO furnished the information on 7-1-2010. The appellant is not satisfied with the information furnished on 3 points, i.e. Point No. 1, 4 & 13 and hence this appeal on these points.
    3. Comments of CPIO have been invited. The points on which the appellant is not satisfied with the reply of the CPIO and the factual position is discussed in the succeeding paragraphs.
    4. In point No.1 of his application, the applicant had asked in information about the name, profession and the home-state of the members of Jury appointed by the Government for finalisation of the design of Indian Rupee. The CPIO furnished the name/designation of the member of the jury along with the organization and place where the organization is located. The information relating to home-state of the member is not maintained and as such this information cannot be provided.
    5. In point No.4, the applicant had asked information as to the number of total designs received and out of those how many have been rejected. The CPIO informed him that there were 3,331 eligible entries, out of which 5 Final entries were selected by the Jury. This should satisfy the query of the applicant.
    6. In point No. 13, applicant had sought information about the date and mode of information to the contestants about the selection of 5 designs. The CPIO had informed him that final result is yet to be decided. In the comments, CPIO had intimated that the information to the selected contestants was sent on 25-11-2009 through letter. This information was also posted on the website of the Ministry in December 2009. This should satisfy the query of the applicant.
    7. In view of above observations, the appeal is disposed off.

  2. Shri Sushil Kumar, Under Secretary to the Govt. of India & CPIO vode latter no.F.No. 3/40/09-Cy Dated 7th January, 2010 had given me Information under RTI Act, 2005

    Que. 1 Name, Professian & Home State of all the member of jury
    (i) Smt. Usha Thorat, Deputy Governor, RBI, Mumbai-Chairman.
    (ii) Shri K.V. Eapen, Joint Secretary, Deptt. of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.
    (iii) Ms. T. Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi.
    (iv) Smt. Aditi Mehta, Joint Secretary, Indira Gandhi national Center for Arts New Delhi.
    (v)Shri Anil Sinha, Chairperson, Integrated Desgin Services and Industry Programmes & Projects, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
    (vi) Professor Hemant Nagdive, Director, JJ School of Arts, Mumbai.
    (vii) Shri Bazil Shaikh, Chief General Manager, RBI, Mumbai.
    Que. 2-How meny desins received in hindi/English & other languages out of eligible 2644 designs.
    Ans -The Designs do not have any Language, it is the shape (Drawing) only.
    Que. 3-How meny meetings when , where & each date of meeting, time taken for the meeting & average time of applicant design taken reg. Totat entries of evaluation ?
    Ans. Meetings of Jury were held on 29/30 September, 2009 in Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi and on 16th November, 2009 in Reserve Bank of India, New Delhi for evaluation of entries. The meetings on 29th and 30th September were from 10.00AM to 5.00PM and the meeting meeting on 16th November was from 2.00 PM to 5.00PM
    Que. 4- Total received deigns and total of rejects deigns?
    Ans. There are 3331 eligible entries out of which five final entries were selected by the jury.
    Que. 7- The script of applicant which in Hindi language be translate in other language presents before jury.
    Ans. Only symbol of the applicant was presented to the Jury for selection.
    Que. 10- Explain briefly the rule (hindi-MANAK) of as widely accepting across the INDIA.
    Ans. The criteria adopted by the Jury in selecting the symbol was that the symbol should represent the historical and cultural ethos of the country as widely accepted across the Country and that the symbol has to be in the Indian National Language script or a visual representation. The second stage of selection focused on finer details such as whether the symbol
    (i) is distinct;
    (ii)can evoke a ready recall in India as well as internationally;
    (iii) is not unduly cluttered, i.e. simplicity;
    (iv) has strength of design;
    (v) is easy to write and typecast; and
    (vi) has integrity, unity of form and compact look
    Que. 11-The Biodata of eligible design put-up before jury or Coding Procedure in applied?
    Ans. Coding procedure was adopted.

  3. @Rohan – Can we get in touch over mail and discuss this in greater detail, or can you drop your number – US / India . We can get chatty over phone and take some action, if there is need for it.

    I’m studying Public Administration as I’m giving this years UPSC, and I will surely be interested in nailing all the corrupt Bureaucrats!


  4. From the day one I am closely following this great Indian bureaucracy tamasha . By profession I am concept head and brand strategy planner… in my career I launched national as well international brands
    What I noticed and learned is… failing of brand and not getting recognised in market as a brand ….
    Not only depends upon how you marketed that brand….but also how much efforts your creative powerhouse taken to create that image…
    So to create a successful brand identity the whole process of brainstorming and vibes of designers should be clear from all kind doubt and blames.
    But its oposit here in designing of rupee symbol case, whole process came under doubts from the day one because of its very confusing and unclear guidelines.
    And lately RTI filed by someone from design field which exposed other discrepancies in short listing process too. More than 800 shortlisted entries were never been published in public domain…. while declaring eligible number of shortlisted design entries.
    So, finally I set with my advocate and drafted down below Open RTI application… which any one of you could file it..
    It takes us 3 working days to understand what really going and finally drafted all our queries on paper.
    We divided queries in 4 separate RTI’s because some time authorities rejected RTI application by saying you are asking too much information.
    RTI is a best tool to fight bureaucracy and injustice …making an application under RTI and asking for specific information, the department has to furnish the information within 1 month. If the applicant is not happy or all the information asked for is not provided then an appeal lies to appellate authority designated in that department.
    Later on this becomes the base for filing a suit in the court.
    Let me make it very clear here guys we the Young and creative mind of India is not so dull to follow a mute justice!!
    We are lucky to have one last chance, as a RTI ….to make some positive change for the betterment of our Currency symbol design and by participating in this exercise we can get our dignity back…
    So guys file RTI Now…
    Step By Step Guidelines – How to File RTI for “Symbol for Indian Rupee” Under RTI ACT 2005:
    1. Download the editable RTI file from here – which includes total 4 numbers of RTI’s by clicking above link.
    2. Read full RTI application and fill all requested information from your end.
    3. Now click on this given link which will take you to state wise Post offices locator on Indian Post office website.
    4. Find nearest Post office and ask for 10RS/- Indian Postal order (IPO) in favor of Accounts officer, Appellate Authority Deptt. Of Economic Affairs, New Delhi .
    5. Fill your IPO information in each RTI application and make photocopy of each IPO too.
    6. Now make photocopy of all 4 final completely filled RTI application.(for your reference)
    7. Post all 4 RTI applications with IPO in 4 different sealed envelope via POST OFFICE REGISTED POST/ Speed post ONLY.
    8. To – Shri Surjit Singh., Director & Appellate Authority Deptt. Of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Room No. 68, North Block,New Delhi – 110001
    9. Don’t forget to collect your all 4 postal proof of mailing
    10. Now go to and check your speed post delivery status online.
    Note: Under RTI ACT 2005 no application will be entertained without paying 10Rs fee.
    Have happy RTIing

  5. @Soumen – Appreciate you interest, but I still feel the design is a bit overloaded. I’m curious to see how the other public will receive it, may be everyone’s not as lazy as me :P.


  6. @Gautam – The feeling of complexity you are having is due to the fact that this kind of orientation we don’t see in everyday’s use (i.e, alphabets/ numbers etc.), but otherwisae it is quite easy – The letter “R” is also difficult to write for the first time but continuous usage makes it smoother.

    If you try to write the symbol in a way I mentioned, you will surely find it so fast to write as comparable to Doller / Yen/ Euro.

  7. @Mewool – Nice – My rating will be 7/10 for concept and 6.5/10 for design execution. See if you can make it more catchy !! Then it will be a winner 🙂

  8. @Soumen – Interesting approach to come up with the design. But the designer has forgotten one of the most basic factor while designing and that is simplicity. The symbol looks rough, well that’s not a concern as it can be improved on that, but the major issue I see is with regards to simplicity.

    Ask yourself, if you want to write that symbol every time you want to mention the rupee symbol ?

    Good innovative thought gets 7.5 / 10 where as according to design standards I’ll rate it 2 /10 (design is not look and feel but the placement and complexities involved in it).

  9. My symbol is in the link below:
    You will find whatever, you suggested as part of it, and many more like Swastika symbol, King’s face used in ancient currencies, Ashok Chakra, Number 0, letters e.g, R,S,P,U,E,I etc. even ? or ??, holy signs like sacred kalash and also the sign of stability along with its negotiation with foriegn currencies with the use of horizontal bar having two open arms facing upward & downward to keep up with market fluctuation and finally as a whole visual representation of an emperor with one sword facing upward in right hand to fight enemies and the other one in left hand facing downward to hole peace in his country but yet it is so simple!
    I think it’s not at all complicated as it consists of 1 P, 1 O and 1 horizontal S. It is a three Stroke symbol, whereas $, £ are two stroke symbols and €, ¥ are of three strokes.
    Even, this symbol can be written in a single stroke by starting from the downside of P , followed by the O in anti-clockwise direction and finally the horizontal S. Moreover, the pattern is so unique that ambiguity will never arise with other letters/ currencies/numbers even if written carelessly or in too hurry.


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