Tricks to Remember All Prime Minister of India

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : July 31st, 2023

As you all know, India became an independent country in 1947 and Jawahar Lal Nehru was the first elected Prime Minister (PM) of India. So far, Jawahar Lal Nehru has been the longest-serving PM, while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM who served for the shortest duration.
In this blog, we are sharing the chronological order of Prime Ministers of India, tricks to remember them (in both English & Hindi), and mind maps stating the powers, functions, and other relevant information regarding the PM role.

List of Prime Ministers in India & Office Tenure

Here is a complete list of all the Prime Ministers of India along with their office tenure in chronological order.



Term of Service

Major Contributions/ Reforms

Jawahar Lal Nehru


5 August 1947-27 May 1964

16 years, 286 days

  • The first prime minister of India and longest-serving PM of India, first to die in office.
  • He brought the reform of the Ancient Hindu Civil Code.

Gulzarilal Nanda


27 May 1964 to 9 June 1964,

13 days

  • He was the first interim prime minister of India.
  • He served twice as the acting PM of India.

Lal Bahadur Shastri


9 June 1964 to 11 January 1966

1 year, 216 days

  • He gave slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ during Indo-Pak war of 1965.
  • He also promoted the White Revolution in India.

Indira Gandhi


24 January 1966 to 24 March 1977

11 years, 59 days

  • First lady Prime Minister of India
  • She was named the Women of the Millennium and is the first lady to receive Bharat Ratna.

Morarji Desai


24 March 1977 – 28 July 1979

2 year, 116 days

  • He was the Oldest to become PM at 81 and first PM who resigned without completing his office tenure.
  • Also, he formally ended the state of emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi.
  • Moreover, he is the only Indian Prime Minister who got Nishaan-e-Pakistan (Pakistan’s highest civilian award)

Charan Singh


28 July 1979 to 14 Jan. 1980

170 days

  • Only PM who did not face the Parliament.
  • He removed the Zamindari System and brought Land Reform Acts in India.

Indira Gandhi


14 Jan.1980 to 31 Oct. 1984

4 years, 291 days

  • First lady who served as PM for the second term.
  • She also got Bangladesh Swadhinata Samman. She is the world’s longest-serving PM.
  • Her courage and boldness helped India win over Pakistan in 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Rajiv Gandhi


31 Oct 1984 to 2 Dec. 1989

5 years, 32 days

  • Youngest to become PM @ 40 year
  • Also, he brought computers to India.

V. P. Singh


2 Dec. 1989 to 10 Nov. 1990

343 days

First PM to step down after a vote of no confidence

Chandra Shekhar


10 November 1990 to 21 June 1991

223 days

He was from Samajwadi Janata Party

P. V. Narasimha Rao


21 June 1991 to 16 May 1996

4 years, 330 days

  • First PM from South India.
  • He is known as the Father of Indian Economic Reforms.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

(born 1924)

16 May 1996 to 1 June 1996

16 days

  • PM for shortest tenure.
  • He improved India’s telecom industries.
  • Also, he took initiatives to improve Indo- Pak relationships.

H. D. Deve Gowda

(born 1933)

1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997

324 days

He belonged to Janata Dal

Inder Kumar Gujral


21 April 1997 to 19 March 1998 for 332 days

He resisted signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty which paved the path to the Pokhran Nuclear Tests.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

(born 1924)

19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004

6 years, 64 days

First Non-Congress PM who completed a full term as PM

Manmohan Singh

(born 1932)

22 May 2004 to 26 May 2014

10 years, 4 May 2 days

  • First Sikh PM
  • He founded 8 new IITs in India.
  • He also initiated the National Rural Health Mission.

Narendra Modi

(born 1950)

26 May 2014, Incumbent - Present

4th Prime Minister of India who served two consecutive tenures



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Trick to Remember Prime Minister of India

Trick in Hindi

- Nehru के Gujar जाने के सदमे से Lal Bahadur भी Gujar गये। तब Indira को Desh सँभालने में Charan Singh ने मदद की| Indira की हत्या के बाद Rajiv, Vishwanath के साथ अपने माँ के भासन का CD Program Video (PV) देखते थे। उसी वक़्त Vajpeyee Deve Gowda के साथ Gujarat गये। वहा Vajpeyee ने Manmohan को बोला, अब की बार Modi सरकार|

Nehru – Jawahar Lal Nehru

Gujar – Gulzarilal Nanda

Lal Bahadur – Lal Bahadur Shastri

Gujar – Gulzarlilal Nanda

Indira – Indira Gandhi

Desh – Moraji Desai

Charan Singh – Charan Singh

Indira – Indira Gandhi

Rajiv – Rajiv Gandhi

Vishwanath – Vishwanath Pratap Singh

CD – Chandra Sekhar

Program Video (PV) – PV Narasimha Rao

Vajpayee – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Deve Gowda – H.D Deve Gowda

Gujarat – Inder Kumar Gujral

Vajpayee – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Manmohan – Manmohan Singh

Modi – Narendra Modi

Trick in English

1. Nehru, Gulzar, and Shastri told Indira to bring More Chocolate Ice Cream but Indira refused Very Politely  

2. Shekhar watched Narsimha movie with Vajpayee in HD print

3. Inder and Vajpayee said Manmohan it’s time for Narendra Modi to become the new PM

Nehru - Jawahar Lal Nehru

Gulzar - Gulzarilal Nanda

Shastri – Lal Bahadur Shastri

Indira – Indira Gandhi

More – Moraji Desai

Chocolate – Charan Singh

Rajiv – Rajiv Gandhi (Add an exception here)

Very Politely - Vishwanath Pratap Singh

Shekhar - Chandra Sekhar

Narsimha - PV Narasimha Rao

Vajpayee – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

HD - H.D Deve Gowda

Inder - Inder Kumar Gujral

Vajpayee – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Manmohan – Manmohan Singh

Modi – Narendra Modi

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