List of Presidents of India

list of presidents of india

The President of India is the head of the Indian State and Commander-in-chief of all the Armed Forces of India. All Executive actions of the government are taken in the name of the President. However, The President of India is only the nominal head of the government of India, and he acts based on the aid and advise of the Council of Ministers led by the Prime Minster. The post of the President of India is based on Article 52 of the constitution of India, which states that there shall be a President of India. From Independence to till date 14 presidents served the country. First President of India was Dr. Rajendra Prasad (25th Jan 1950 – 13th May 1962), and the current President of India is Shri Ram Nath Kovind (25th July 2017 – Present). Below is a list of Presidents of India since independence.

List of Presidents of India 

Name Start date End date Profile
1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad January 26th, 1950 May 13th, 1962 He was the first President of the Republic India.
2. Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan May 13th, 1962 May 13th, 1967 He was the 2nd President of India. He was formerly a teacher. His birthday November 5th is celebrated as teachers day in India.
3. Dr Zakir Hussain May 13th, 1967 May 3rd, 1969 He was the 3rd President of India. His tenure is the shortest. First President to die in Office.
4. Varahagiri Venkata Giri May 3rd, 1969 July 20th, 1969 He was acting President because of Hussain’s death.
5. Mohammad Hidayatullah July 20th, 1969 August 24th, 1969 He was acting President till Giri’s presidency.
6. Varahagiri Venkata Giri August 24th, 1969 August 24th, 1974 He was the 4th President of India. He is the only president who served both as acting president and President
7. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed August 24th, 1974 February 11th, 1977 He was the 5th President of India. 2nd President to die in Office.
8. Basappa Danappa Jatti February 11th, 1977 July 25th, 1977 Served as acting president upon the death of Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. He was formerly chief minister of Mysore.
9. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy July 25th, 1977 July 25th, 1982 He was the 6th President of India. He is the only president till date to get elected unopposed. He was the youngest that became president at 64 years.
10. Giani Zail Singh July 25th, 1982 July 25th, 1987 He was the 7th President of India. First President who was a Sikh
11. Ramaswamy Venkataraman July 25th, 1987 July 25th, 1992 He was the 8th President of India. He was also a lawyer and a professional politician. At 76 years, he was the oldest to become the president.
12. Shankar Dayal Sharma July 25th, 1992 July 25th, 1997 He was the 9th President of India. He was formerly chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
13. Kocheril Raman Narayanan July 25th, 1997 July 25th, 2002 He was the 10th President of India and served as a diplomat. He is the first dalit president of india
14. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam July 25th, 2002 July 25th, 2007 He was the 11th President of India, and he was a great scientist. He was awarded Bharata Ratna. He is popular as “People’s President”.
15. Pratibha Patil July 25th, 2007 July 25th, 2012 She was the 12th President of India, and she was the first woman to Be President.
16. Pranab Mukherjee July 25th, 2012 July 25th, 2017 He was the 13th President of India, and was a senior leader of the Congress party. He served in a number of cabinet ministerial positions. Just before becoming the President of India, he was serving as the Finance Minster of India.
17. Shri Ram Nath Kovind July 25th, 2017 present He is the 14th President of India, and he previously served as the Governor of Bihar

 

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List of Presidents of India

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