Trick to Remember All Presidents of India

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : December 1st, 2021

The President of India is the highest post in the country and heads the three Indian armies and is known as the first citizen of India. The first citizen of India is called the President in Hindi and the God of the state in Sanskrit. The President of the country is elected by the elected representatives of the Parliament and the Legislature of the state. Below is the list of all the Presidents of India along with their important details.

List of Presidents of India and their Serving Years

Name of President

Year of Birth

Year of Service

Political Party

Dr. Rajendra Prasad


January 26, 1950, to May 13, 1962

Indian National Congress

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


May 13, 1962, to May 13, 1967


Dr. Zakir Hussain


May 13, 1967, to May 03, 1969


Varahagiri Venkatgiri (Acting)


May 03, 1969, to July 20, 1969


Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah (Acting)


July 20, 1969, to August 24, 1969


Varahagiri Venkatgiri


August 24, 1969, to August 24, 1974


Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed


August 24, 1974, to July 25, 1977

Indian National Congress

B.D. Jatti


February 11, 1977, to July 25, 1977


Neelam Sanjiva Reddy


July 25, 1977, to July 25, 1982

Janta Party

Giani Zail Singh


July 25, 1982, to July 25, 1987

Indian National Congress

R. Venkataraman


July 25, 1987, to July 25, 1992

Indian National Congress

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma


July 25, 1992, to July 25, 1997

Indian National Congress

K.R. Narayanan


July 25, 1997, to July 25, 2002


Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam


July 25, 2002, to July 25, 2007


Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil


July 25, 2007, to July 25, 2012

Indian National Congress

Shri Pranab Mukherjee


July 25, 2012, to July 25, 2017

Indian National Congress

Shri Ram Nath Kovind


July 25, 2017, to incumbent

Bhartiya Janta Party

Trick to Remember All Presidents of India (Hindi)

राजू की राधा जाकर गिरी फखरुद्दीन रेड्डी की जेल में, रमाशंकर नारायण की कलम से प्रतिभा दिखी | प्रणब ने सबको राम राम किया

  1. राजू– डॉ. राजेन्द्र प्रसाद (Dr. Rajendra Prasad)
  2. राधा– डॉ. सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन (Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan)
  3. जाकरडॉ. जाकिर हुसैन (Dr. Zakir Hussain)
  4. गिरी– वाराहगिरि वेंकट गिरि (Varahgiri Venkat Giri)
  5. फखरूद्दीन– फखरूद्दीन अली अहमद (Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed)
  6. रेड्डी– नीलम संजीवा रेड्डी (Nilam Sanjeeva Reddy)
  7. जेल– ज्ञानी जैल सिंह (Gyani Zail Singh)
  8. रमा– रमाशंकर वेंकट रमण (R. Venkat Raman)
  9. शंकर– डॉ शंकर दयाल शर्मा (Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma)
  10. नारायण– के. आर. नारायणन (K. R. Narayanan)
  11. कलम– डॉ ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम (Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam)
  12. प्रतिभा– प्रतिभा देवी सिंह पाटिल (Pratibha Devi Singh Patil)
  13. प्रणव– प्रणव मुखर्जी (Pranab Mukharjee)       

Trick to Remember All Presidents of India (English)

Honey Singh tried a new version of his RaP song of Shah Rukh Khan Lungi dance along with tabla played by Zakir Hussain
RaP: Rajendra Prasad

SRK – Sarvapalli Radha Krishnan

Zakir Hussain tabla maestro (3rd president's name is also Zakir Hussain)

Very Funny Neelam Got Venkat, Shankar, Narayan, Abdul and Pratibha laughing on the floor.

V: Varahagiri Venkatgiri

F: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

Neelam: Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

G: Giani Zail Singh

Venkat: R. Venkataraman

Shankar: Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma

Narayan: K.R. Narayanan

Abdul: Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Pratibha Prays to Ram

Pratibha: Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil

P: Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Ram: Shri Ram Nath Kovind

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Important Notes on All Presidents of India 

  1. Rajendra Prasad

His tenure was from 26 January 1950 to 13 May 1962. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India and the President of India for the longest time for 12 years. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was also the President of the Constituent Assembly. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna award in 1962.

  1. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Tenure from 13 May 1962 to 13 May 1967. Dr. Radhakrishnan was the first Vice-President of India who later became the President of India. Dr. Radhakrishnan was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1954

  1. Zakir Hussain

Tenure from 13 May 1967 to 3 May 1969. Dr. Zakir Hussain was the first Muslim President of India. He died while in office. After his death, the then Vice-President V.V. Giri was made the Acting President. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mohammed Hidayatullah, became acting President from July 20, 1969 to August 24, 1969, when V.V. Giri became the presidential candidate and vacated the post of President and Vice President.

  1. Varahagiri Venkatgiri

Tenure from 24 August 1969 to 24 August 1974. At the time of VV Giri's election, the second round had to be counted. Despite winning the support of the Congress, he won as an independent candidate. VV Giri was the first acting President of India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1975.

  1. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

Tenure from 24 August 1974 to 11 February 1977. The fifth President of India was Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. He was the second President who died while in office. B. B. after his death. D. Jatti was made the acting President.

  1. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

Tenure from 25 July 1977 to 25 July 1982. Neelam Sanjeev Reddy, who was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, became the sixth President of India. It was elected the only unopposed President of India after losing the election once.

  1. Giani Zail Singh

Tenure from 25 July 1982 to 25 July 1987. First Sikh President of India. Before becoming President, he was the Chief Minister of Punjab and a minister at the Center. President exercising the Pocket Veto on the Indian Post Office Bill.

  1. Venkataraman

Tenure from 25 July 1987 to 25 July 1992. R. Venkataraman had administered the oath of office to the Prime Minister. He was also the Vice President in 1984-87.

  1. Shankar Dayal Sharma

Tenure from 25 July 1992 to 25 July 1997. Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was the ninth President of India.

  1. R. Narayanan

Tenure from 25 July 1997 to 25 July 2002. K. R Narayan was the first Dalit President of India. He was the first president to vote for the Lok Sabha elections and address the state assembly.

  1. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Tenure from 25 July 2002 to 25 July 2007. Dr A. P.J. Abdul Kalam was the first scientist to become the President of India. He is the first President to win by most votes. His opposition candidate was Captain Laxmi Sehgal. Dr. Kalam is known as Missile Men of India, under his direction, Rohini-1 satellite and Agni and Prithvi missiles were successfully launched. Dr Kalam was instrumental in India's 1974 and 1998 nuclear tests. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1997. Dr Kalam is honored with many awards from foreign countries.

  1. Pratibha Devisingh Patil

Tenure from 25 July 2007 to 25 July 2012. Mrs. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil is the first woman President of India. Before becoming President, she was the Governor of Rajasthan and during 1962-85 she was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra five times and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Amravati in 1991. Mrs Pratibha Patil Sukhoi is the first woman President to fly an aircraft. His opponent in the presidential election was Bharosingh Shekhawat.

  1. Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Tenure from July 25, 2012, to now. Shri Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He is his rival candidate P.A. Sangma defeated and became president. Shri Mukherjee was born on 11 December 1935 in Mirati village in Virbhumi district of West Bengal. Mr. Mukherjee was awarded the 1997 Best Parliamentarian Award and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor in 2008. Mr Mukherjee has held various important positions in his political life. He held the post of Finance Minister in the Central Government before contesting the Presidential election.

  1. Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945) is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current President of India. Prior to his nomination, he served as the 26th Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and as 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. Before entering politics, he was a lawyer for 16 years and practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court until 1993.

Facts About the President of India

Here are some important facts regarding the President of India and the past Presidents which have served the country. Questions based on these facts are generally asked in the SSC and Railway examinations:

  • Rajendra Prasad was the longest-serving Indian President. He completed two tenures as the President of the country
  • The shortest-serving President was the third Indian President, Zakir Hussain. He passed away while he was in his office
  • Apart from the full-time Presidents mentioned in the table above, there were three interim Presidents. The three of them were: Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Mohammad Hidayatullah and Basappa Danappa Jatti
  • Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was not just the youngest President of the country but was also the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
  • Pratibha Patil was the first and the only women President of India
  • If the President of India intends to resign from his post, he/she needs to do it in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Article 61 of the Indian Constitution. The President needs to give a hand-written letter to the Vice President, in case of resignation
  • The President is elected by the members of both the House of Parliament and the elected members of the legislative assembly of States and Union Territories

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