In the women's section, third-seeded Natasha Palha didn't take much time to get rid of Bengal's Amrita Mukherjee. Palha won 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second round meeting with qualifier Damini Sharma, who got the better of Manya Nagpal 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Shweta Rana, fifth-seeded Eettee Mehta, Srivaishnavi Peddireddy (seeded sixth) and Vaniya Dangwal (eighth) didn't face much trouble and made their way to the next round with easy straight-sets wins.
With Yuki Bhambri and Rutuja Bhosale, the men's and women's defending champions giving the event a miss, it will give other players an opportunity to showcase their talent.
With Yuki and other Davis Cuppers Sanam Singh and Vishnu Vardhan taking part in the Tashkent Challenger, the organisers plan to schedule the nationals in a way that dates don't clash with the ATP Challenger tournaments next year.