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Top 10 Things that India Searched on Google in 2016


Google is the most dominant search engine in the world which accounts for 80% of the all the internet searches. Since 2017 is around the corner, we were wondering what Indians searched on Google in 2016.


This thought came to our mind when we saw the YouTube Rewind which celebrates the videos, people, music, and moves that made 2016.



Even Google creates a video titled “Google Year in a Search” which highlights what the world searched during 2016. In this post, we will cover up what were the most searched things on Google in India during 2016.



All the search trends listed below are published under Google trends. These are based on the overall searches that took place from the Google.co.in domain.

Below, we have listed the top 10 Google searches for 7 different search categories. From the 10 most trending searches to the 10 most trending smartphones. From news to actors, we tried to cover all the aspect related to the most trending subject in India. These are the results that most of the Indians are curious to know about and search on Google. The actual search volumes of these results are in billions or more.

So, here are the top 10 things that India searched on Google in the calendar year 2016.

Top 10 Trending Searches

  1. Olympic Games Rio 2016
  2. Pokemon Go
  3. Euro 2016
  4. Sultan
  5. Kabali
  6. iPhone 7
  7. IPL 2016
  8. Donald Trump
  9. Udta Punjab
  10. P V Sindhu

Top 10 Trending News Event

  1. Rio Olympics 2016
  2. US Elections
  3. Brexit
  4. 7th Pay Commission
  5. Auto Expo 2016
  6. Oscars 2016
  7. Demonetisation
  8. Surgical Strike
  9. Zika Virus
  10. BRICS Summit

Top 10 Trending People

  1. Donald Trump
  2. P V Sindhu
  3. Sonam Gupta
  4. Dipa Karmakar
  5. Disha Patani
  6. Urvashi Rautela
  7. Vijay Mallya
  8. Pooja Hegde
  9. Sakshi Malik
  10. Arnab Goswami

Top 10 Trending Movies

  1. Sultan
  2. Kabali
  3. Udta Punjab
  4. Airlift
  5. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  6. Sanam Re
  7. Sairat
  8. Rustom
  9. Housefull 3
  10. Mohenjo Daro

Top 10 Trending Mobile Devices

  1. Freedom 251
  2. iPhone 7
  3. Redmi Note 3
  4. Lenovo K4 Note
  5. Samsung J7
  6. Moto G4
  7. One Plus 3
  8. iPhone SE
  9. Google Pixel
  10. Lenovo K5 note

Top 10 Trending Bollywood Actor (Male)

  1. Sushant Singh Rajput
  2. Kabir Bedi
  3. Harshvardhan Kapoor
  4. Pulkit Samrat
  5. Salman Khan
  6. Arshad Warsi
  7. Suraj Pancholi
  8. Anupam Kher
  9. Ranveer Singh
  10. Vicky Kaushal

Top 10 Trending Bollywood Actor (Female)

  1. Disha Patani
  2. Urvashi Rautela
  3. Pooja Hegde
  4. Mandana Karimi
  5. Urmila Matondkar
  6. Nimrat Kaur
  7. Vaani Kapoor
  8. Nora Fatehi
  9. Kiara Advani
  10. Saiyami Kher
Most of the searches are predictable, but some come as a surprise. Also, the results indicate that Indians are really interested in the world events for, e.g., Donald Trump was the trending person in India.

Google collects all this data and performs analysis on the same using data mining techniques which help Google to better felicitate the searches and provide a more relevant search results.

These result also indicate that negative promotion makes people more curious to search for it, for example, lot of people searched about Sonam Gupta who is a fictitious character which got famous by a troll.

If you go into more detailed results, you can understand search habits and patterns of Indians. What do you think is the most surprising search result from the list? Which Google search result is the one that shocked you? Tell us in the comment section below and have a Great Year Ahead.

Happy 2017!

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