List of Presidents of India

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The President of India is the head of state of India and the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. The president is referred to as the first citizen of India. Although vested with these powers by the Constitution of India, the position is largely a ceremonial one and executive powers are de facto exercised by the Prime minister.

The president is elected by the Electoral College composed of elected members of the parliament houses, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, and also members of the Vidhan Sabha, the state legislative assemblies. Presidents may remain in office for a tenure of five years, as stated by article 56, part V, of the Constitution of India.

List of Presidents of India
List of Presidents of India

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Rajendra Prasad(1884–1963)

Rajendra Prasad
Rajendra Prasad First President of India

Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India. When India became a republic in 1950, Prasad was elected its first president by the Constituent Assembly. Following the general election of 1951, he was elected president by the electoral college of the first Parliament of India and its state legislatures. In 1957, Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only president to serve two full terms.

Born: 3 December 1884

Place of Birth: Zeradai, Bihar

Death: 28 February 1963

Place of Death: Patna

Tenure in Office: 26 January 1950 to 13 May 1962, 12 years, 107 days

Vice President: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan(1888-1975)

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Second President of India

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (5 September 1888 – 17 April 1975) was an Indian philosopher and statesman who served as the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India (1962–1967).

Born: 5 September 1888

Place of Birth: Thiruttani , Madras Presidency, British India

Death: 17 April 1975

Place of Death: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Tenure in Office: 13 May 1952 – 12 May 1962 (As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 14 May 1962 – 13 May 1967 (As President of India)

Vice President: Zakir Husain

Zakir Husain(1897-1969)

Zakir Husain
Zakir Husain Third President of India

Zakir Husain Khan (8 February 1897 – 3 May 1969) was the third President of India, from 13 May 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969.

He previously served as Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962 and as Vice President of India from 1962 to 1967.

Born: 8 February 1897

Place of Birth: Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India

Death: 3 May 1969

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 13 May 1962 – 12 May 1967 (As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969 ( As President of India)

Vice President: Varahagiri Venkata Giri

Varahagiri Venkata Giri( 1894 – 1980)

Varahagiri Venkata Giri
Varahagiri Venkata Giri Fourth president of India

Varahagiri Venkata Giri(10 August 1894 – 24 June 1980), commonly known as V. V. Giri, was the fourth president of India from 24 August 1969 to 24 August 1974. As president, Giri was the only person to be elected as an independent candidate.

Born: 10 August 1894

Place of Birth: Berhampur in Odisha, India

Death: 24 June 1980

Place of Death: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Tenure in Office: 13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969 ( As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 3 May 1969 – 20 July 1969 (As Acting President of India)

Tenure in Office: 24 August 1969 – 24 August 1974 (As President of India)

Vice President: Gopal Swarup Pathak

Mohammad Hidayatullah (17 December 1905 – 18 September 1992)

Mohammad Hidayatullah
Mohammad Hidayatullah Acting President of India

Mohammad Hidayatullah (17 December 1905 – 18 September 1992) was the 11th Chief Justice of India serving from 25 February 1968 to 16 December 1970, and the Sixth Vice President of India, serving from 31 August 1979 to 30 August 1984. He had also served as the Acting President of India from 20 July 1969 to 24 August 1969 and from 6 October 1982 to 31 October 1982.

Born: 17 December 1905

Place of Birth: Lucknow, United Provinces, British India 

Death: 18 September 1992

Place of Death: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Tenure in Office: 20 July 1969 – 24 August 1969 (As Acting President of India)

Tenure in Office: 31 August 1979 – 30 August 1984 (As Vice President of India)

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1905 – 1977)

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Fifth President of India

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (13 May 1905 – 11 February 1977) was the fifth President of India from 1974 to 1977 and also the 2nd President of India to die in office.

Born: 13 May 1905

Place of Birth: Delhi, British India

Death: 11 February 1977

Place of Death: New Delhi, India

Tenure in Office: 24 August 1974 – 11 February 1977 (As President of India)

Vice President: B. D. Jatti, Gopal Swarup Pathak

Basappa Danappa Jatti (1912 – 2002)

Basappa Danappa Jatti
Basappa Danappa Jatti Acting President of India

Basappa Danappa Jatti was the fifth Vice President of India, serving from 1974 to 1979. He was Acting President of India from 11 February to 25 July 1977.

Born: 10 September 1912

Place of Birth: Savalagi, Bombay Presidency, British India (now in Karnataka, India)

Death: 7 June 2002

Place of Death: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Tenure in Office: 31 August 1974 – 30 August 1979 (As Vice President)

Tenure in Office: 11 February 1977 – 25 July 1977 (As Acting President of India)

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy(1912 – 2002)

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Sixth President of India

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (19 May 1913 – 1 June 1996) was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. He was the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a two-time Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a Union Minister—before becoming the youngest-ever Indian president.

Born: 19 May 1913

Place of Birth: Illur, Anantapur District, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Andhra Pradesh, India)

Death: 1 June 1996

Place of Death: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Tenure in Office: 25 July 1977 – 25 July 1982 (As President of India)

Vice President: B. D. Jatti, Mohammad Hidayatullah

Zail Singh(1916–1994)

Zail Singh
Zail Singh Seventh President of India

Zail Sigh was the seventh President of India serving from 1982 to 1987. Prior to his presidency, he was a politician with the Indian National Congress party, and had held several ministerial posts in the Union Cabinet, including that of Home Minister. His presidency was marked by Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He died of injuries in 1994 after a car accident.

Born: 5 May 1916

Place of Birth: Sandhwan, Punjab Province, British India (now in Punjab, India)

Death: 25 December 1994

Place of Death: Chandigarh, India

Tenure in Office: 25 July 1982 – 25 July 1987 (As President of India)

Vice President: Mohammad Hidayatullah, R. Venkataraman

R. Venkataraman( 1910 – 2009)

R. Venkataraman
R. Venkataraman Eighth President of India.

R. Venkataraman was an Indian lawyer, Indian independence activist and politician who served as a Union Minister and as the eighth President of India.

Born: 4 December 1910

Place of Birth: Rajamadam, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Tamil Nadu, India)

Death: 27 January 2009

Place of Death: New Delhi, India

Tenure in Office: 31 August 1984 – 24 July 1987 (As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 25 July 1987 – 25 July 1992 (As President of India)

Vice President : Shankar Dayal Sharma

Shankar Dayal Sharma( 1918 – 1999)

Shankar Dayal Sharma
Shankar Dayal Sharma Ninth President of India

Shankar Dayal Sharma was the ninth President of India, serving from 1992 to 1997. Prior to his presidency, Sharma had been the eighth Vice President of India, serving under R. Venkataraman.

Born: 19 August 1918

Place of Birth: Bhopal, Bhopal State, British India (now in Madhya Pradesh, India)

Death: 26 December 1999

Place of Death: New Delhi, India

Tenure in Office: 3 September 1987 – 25 July 1992(As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 25 July 1992 – 25 July 1997 (As President of India)

Vice President: K. R. Narayanan

K. R. Narayanan(1921 – 2005)

K. R. Narayanan
K. R. Narayanan Tenth President of India

K. R. Narayanan was the tenth President of India and ninth Vice President of India.

Born: 4 February 1921

Place of Birth: Perumthanam, Travancore, British India
(now Uzhavoor, Kerala, India)

Death: 9 November 2005

Place of Death: New Delhi, India

Tenure in Office: 27 October 1992 – 24 July 1997 (As Vice President of India)

Tenure in Office: 25 July 1997 – 25 July 2002 (As President of India)

Vice President: Krishan Kant

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ( 1931 – 2015)

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 11th President of India

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam(Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam) was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Born: 15 October 1931

Place of Birth: Rameswaram, Madras Presidency, British India
(now in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India)

Death: 27 July 2015

Place of Death: Shillong, Meghalaya, India

Tenure in Office: 25 July 2002 – 25 July 2007 (As 11th President of India)

Vice President: Krishan Kant, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat

Pratibha Patil (born 19 December 1934)

Pratibha Patil
Pratibha Patil 12th President of India 

Pratibha Devisingh Patil is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012. A member of the Indian National Congress, Patil is the only woman to hold the office.

Born: 19 December 1934

Place of Birth: Nadgaon, Bombay Presidency, British India
(now in Maharashtra, India)

Tenure in Office: 25 July 2007 – 25 July 2012 (As 12th President of India)

Vice President of India: Mohammad Hamid Ansari

Pranab Mukherjee (born 11 December 1935)

Pranab Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee 13th President of India

Pranab Mukherjee (born 11 December 1935) is an Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017. He is a Bharat Ratna awardee, awarded in 2019 by President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

Born: 11 December 1935

Place of Birth: Mirati, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day West Bengal, India)

Tenure in Office: 25 July 2012 – 25 July 2017 (As 13th President of India)

Vice President: Mohammad Hamid Ansari

Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945)

Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind 14th President of India

Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945) is an Indian politician currently serving as the 14th President of India, in office since 25 July 2017. Previously he had served as the Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and was a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006. Kovind was nominated as a presidential candidate by the ruling NDA coalition and won the 2017 presidential election.

Born: 1 October 1945

Place of Birth: Paraunkh, United Provinces, British India
(present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)

Tenure in Office: Assumed office
25 July 2017 (Incubent)

Vice President: Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Venkaiah Naidu

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