List of all Presidents of India from 1950-2023

List of all Presidents of India from 1950 to 2023: Check the list of Presidents of India who has been elected so far. Draupadi Murmu became the 15th President of India on July 21, 2022.
List of Presidents of India from 1947 to 2022
List of Presidents of India from 1947 to 2022

List of all Presidents of India from 1947 to 2023: Draupadi Murmu is serving as the 15th President of India and is the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post in the country.  Going by the support extended by various parties, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Draupadi Murmu, from the start, had a clear edge over the opposition's candidate Yashwant Sinha.

List of Presidents of India (1950- 2023)

The President is the Head of the State in India. He or she is called the first citizen of the country. Article 52 of the Indian Consitution states that there shall be a President of India and as per Article 53, all the executive powers of the Union shall be executed by him or her either directly or through officers subordinates to him. 

On 26 November 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted and came into force on 26 January 1950. The first constitutional head of the state, the President of India was Rajendra Prasad. 

1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad

President Rajendra Prasad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India, who had worked as president for two terms. He was also the President of the Constituent Assembly and the Chief Leader of the Indian Independence Movement. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1962.

2. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on 5 September 1888, and this day is celebrated as Teacher's Day. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1954.

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3. Dr. Zakir Husain

President Zakir Husain

Dr. Zakir Husain became the first Muslim President of India and died at his post. The immediate Vice President, V.V. Giri was made the acting President. After that, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mohammad Hidayatullah became acting President from 20 July 1969 to 24 August 1969. 
Mohammad Hidayatullah was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of art by the Government of India in 2002. He also brought a revolution in education in India. 

4. V. V. Giri

President V V Giri

V.V Giri was the fourth President of India. His full name was Varahagiri Venkata Giri. He became the only person to be elected President as an independent candidate. In 1975, he was awarded Bharat Ratna.

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5. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

President Fakhrudin Ali Ahmed

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was the fifth President of India. He was the second President who died in the post of the President. BD Jattha was made Acting President.

6. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy

President Neelam Sanjeva Reddy

Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy became the sixth President of India. He was the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was directly elected to the post of Lok Sabha speaker and became the youngest President who occupied Rashtrapati Bhavan and contested twice for the post of president.

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7. Giani Zail Singh

President Giani Zail Singh

Prior to becoming the President, he was also the Chief Minister of Punjab and the Minister at the Centre. He also used Pocket Veto on the Indian Post Office Bill. During his presidency, many incidents took places, such as Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

8. R. Venkataraman

President Venkataraman

R. Venkataraman was elected as the President of India from 25 July 1987 to 25 July 1992. Earlier he was Vice-President of India from 1984 to 1987. He has received many honours from different parts of the world. He is a receiver of "Tamra Patra" for his contributions to India's freedom struggle. Besides this, the Russian government had conferred the Soviet Land Prize for writing the travelogue on former Tamil Nadu Prime Minister, Kumaraswami Kamaraj's.

9. Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma

President Shankar Dayal Sharma

He was the eighth Vice President of India before becoming president. From 1952 to 1956 he was the Chief Minister of Bhopal and Cabinet Minister from 1956 to 1967. The International Bar Association gave them the 'Living Legend of Law Award of Recognition' due to their multi-achievements in the legal profession.

10. K R Narayanan

President K R NArayanan

K. R. Narayanan was the first Dalit President of India and the first Malayali person to receive the highest office of the country. He was the first President to vote in the Lok Sabha elections and addressed the state assembly.

11. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

President Abdul Kalam

Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam came to be known as ‘Missile Man of India’. He was the first scientist who took over the post of President and the first President of India who won the most votes. In his directorial, Rohini-1 satellites, Agni and Prithvi missiles were successfully launched. The Pokhran-II nuclear tests conducted in India in 1998 after the original nuclear test of 1974 saw him in a pivotal political, organisational and technical role. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1997.

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12. Shrimati Pratibha Singh Patil

President Pratibha Singh Patil

She was the Governor of Rajasthan before becoming the President. From 1962 to 1985, she was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly five times and was elected from Amravati to the Lok Sabha in 1991. Not only this, she was also the first woman president to fly Sukhoi.

13. Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee 13 President of India

Pranab Mukherjee was the finance minister in the central government before contesting the presidential election. He was awarded the best Parliamentary Award in 1997 and Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour in 2008. He died on 31 August, 2020 (Monday) at the age of 84. 

14. Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind


Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Uttar Pradesh, India. He is an Indian lawyer and politician. He was the 14th and current President of India. He became the President on 25 July 2017 and is a member of the Bhartiya Janata Party. He is the former Governor of Bihar. His approach towards political problems earned him praise across the political spectrum. As a Governor his achievements were the creation of a judicial commission to investigate corruption in universities.

15. Draupadi Murmu


Draupadi Murmu became the 15th President of India on July 21, 2022. Draupadi Murmu was born on June 20, 1958, in Uparbeda village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha in a Santali tribal family to Biranchi Narayan Tudu. She is a former Governor of Jharkhand. Draupadi Murmu, in 2007, received the Nilkantha Award for the best MLA ( Member of the Legislative Assembly) by Odisha Legislative Assembly. 

No. Name Tenure
1 Rajendra Prasad 26 January 1950 - 13 May 1962
2 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 13 May 1962 – 13 May 1967
3 Zakir Hussain 13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969
VV Giri (Acting President) 3 May 1969 – 20 July 1969
Mohammad Hidayatullah (Acting President) 20 July 1969 to 24 August 1969
4 V.V Giri 24 August 1969 – 24 August 1974
5 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed 24 August 1974 – 11 February 1977
Basappa Danappa Jatti (Acting President) 11 February 1977 - 25 July 1977
6 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy 25 July 1977 – 25 July 1982
7 Giani Zail Singh 25 July 1982 – 25 July 1987
8 R Venkataraman 25 July 1987 – 25 July 1992
9 Shankar Dayal Sharma 25 July 1992 – 25 July 1997
10 K R Narayanan 25 July 1997 – 25 July 2002
11 APJ Abdul Kalam 25 July 2002 – 25 July 2007
12 Pratibha Patil 25 July 2007 – 25 July 2012
13 Pranab Mukherjee 25 July – 25 July 2017
14 Ram Nath Kovind 25 July 2017 – 21 July 2022
15 Draupadi Murmu 21 July 2022-Incumbent

President of India: Election and Powers

In the Constitution Part V (The Union) under Chapter, I (The Executive) details of qualifications, election, and impeachment of the President of India are given. That is Articles 52 to 78 in Part V of the Constitution deal with the Union Executive. The President of India is also the head of the executive, legislature, and judiciary of the country. 

The President holds office for a tenure of five years from the date on which he enters his office. However, he can resign from his office at any time by addressing the resignation letter to the Vice-President. Further, he can also be removed from office before the completion of his term by the process of impeachment. The President can hold office beyond his term of five years until his successor assumes charge. He is also eligible for re-election to that office.

The Electoral College elects the President of India, which includes the elected members of both the Houses of Parliament, the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry and the representation of its members is preferential. Their vote is single transferable and their second choice is counted too.

Interesting Facts About President of India

  • Only Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India's first president, has served in that capacity for two terms.
  • After Zakir Hussain passed away while in office in 1969, V.V.Giri took over as interim president.
  • He is still the only individual to have served in those roles simultaneously.
  • Three acting presidents have also served as president for a brief period of time in addition to total fourteen presidents.
  • Zakir Husain and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, two presidents, passed away while being in office.
  • Pratibha Patil, who was elected as the country's 12th President in 2007, is the first woman to hold the position.

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Who is the first citizen of India?

The first citizen of India is the President because he or she represents our country. He is the constitutional head of the nation, and all executive decisions are taken in his name.

Who was the first President of India?

Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the First President of India. He took oath

Who is the first woman President of India?

On 25 July 2007, Pratibha Patil took the oath as India's first woman President. She is the 12th President of India.

How many Presidents are there in India until 2022?

Since 1950, India has had 14 full-time Presidents. The 14th President of India is Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

Who is the current President of India?

Shri Ram Nath Kovind is the current President of India.
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