President of India list includes the names of 14 presidents who took an oath for serving the country between 1950 and 2020. The president or Rashtrapati the first citizen of India, is responsible for appointing the prime minister, the attorney-general and other ministers of India. Another important role of an Indian president is to safeguard and ensure the constitution of India.
The president holds the most powerful position in the Indian government and is appointed by the chief justice of India. The electoral college comprising the members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and Vidhan Sabha work in unison to elect the president. According to article 56-V of the Indian constitution, the president has to serve the office period of five years.
Aspirants preparing for government, banking or other competitive exams must check the president of India list to secure marks for such easy questions. As per the trend of previous year papers of competitive exams, this topic had been repeatedly asked in the general awareness section and polity section of UPSC.
List of Presidents of India From 1950 - 2020
Below you can go through the list of all presidents of India between 1950 and 2020 along with their terms of office.
Presidents of India
Term of Office
Dr Rajendra Prasad
Jan 26, 1950 - May 13, 1962
Born in 1884, he became the 1st president of India
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
May 13, 1962 – May 13, 1967
An Indian philosopher who also served as the first vice-president of India
Dr Zakir Hussain
May 13, 1967 – May 03, 1969
An Indian economist who previously served as governor of Bihar and vice-president of India
May 03, 1969 – July 20, 1969
Following the demise of Dr Hussain, V.V. Giri got appointed as the interim president
Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah
July 20, 1969 – August 24, 1969
Previously appointed as the 11th chief justice of India, he served as the interim president
August 24, 1969 – August 24, 1974
Having served as the acting president, he was appointed to serve the full- term as the 4th president of India
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
August 24, 1974 – February 11, 1977
He was the 5th president of India. He met his demise before completing the full-term office
February 11, 1977 – July 25, 1977
The 5th vice-president of India took charge as the acting president following the demise of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
July 25, 1977 – July 25, 1982
During his long political career, he served as the first CM of Andhra Pradesh, speaker of the Lok Sabha and a union minister
Giani Zail Singh
July 25, 1982 – July 25, 1987
Began his career in politics as a member of Indian National Congress, he served the Indian government as the 7th president.
July 25, 1987 – July 25, 1992
Formerly an Indian lawyer, he served as a union minister before serving as the president
Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma
July 25, 1992 – July 25, 1997
Prior to his presidency, he served as the CM of Bhopal and cabinet minister
July 25, 1997 – July 25, 2002
He entered the political sphere at Indira Gandhi’s request and won three successive general elections
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
July 25, 2002 – July 25, 2007
An aerospace scientist, who spent four decades in DRDO and ISRO. He is popularly known as ‘Missile Man of India’
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
July 25, 2007 – July 25, 2012
A member of the INS and the first woman to serve the government as the president of India
Shri Pranab Mukherjee
July 25, 2012 – July 25, 2017
Prior to his presidency, he was appointed as the union finance minister and the leader of the Rajya Sabha
Shri Ram Nath Kovind
July 25, 2017 – Present
Before winning the presidential election, he served as the governor of Bihar and a member of Rajya Sabha
The first president of India Dr Rajendra Prasad came to power in 1950 and remained in-charge of office for 12 years. He is the only president to serve two full terms. Before a year of his demise in 1963, he was awarded Bharat Ratna because of his contribution to the development of education in India and for shaping the Indian constitution.
The immediate successor of Dr Rajendra Prasad in the list of all presidents of India is Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1962, followed by Dr Zakir Hussain in 1967. The first woman president of India was Pratibha Patil, who got elected in 2007 as the12th president. Her successor Shri Pranab Mukherjee took charge as the president between 2012 and 2017. Shri Ram Nath Kovind became the 14th president of India and was appointed by chief justice Jagdish Singh Khehar.