List of Presidents of India (1947 - 2014)

No Name Took office Left office Political Party Remarks
1 Dr Rajendra Prasad
26-Jan-1950
13-May-1962
Indian National Congress Prasad was the first President of independent India. He was also an independence activist of the Indian Independence Movement. Prasad was the only president to serve for two terms in office.
2 Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
13-May-1962
13-May-1967
Independent Radhakrishnan was a prominent philosopher, writer, a Knight of the Realm and also held the position of vice chancellor of the Andhra University and Banaras Hindu University. Hewas also made a Knight of the Golden Army of Angels by Pope Paul VI.
3 Dr Zakir Hussain
13-May-1967
3-May-1969
Independent Hussain was vice chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University and a recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. He died before his term of office was ended.

Varahagiri Venkata Giri *
3-May-1969
20-Jul-1969
Independent Giri was appointed as acting president following the death of Hussain. He resigned in a few months to take partin the presidential elections.

Muhammad Hidayatullah *
20-Jul-1969
24-Aug-1969
Independent Hidayatullah served as the Chief Justice of India, and was a recipient of the Order of the British Empire. He served as acting president until the election of Giri as the President of India.
4 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
24-Aug-1969
24-Aug-1974
Independent Giri is the only person to have served as both an acting president and president of India. He was a recipient ofthe Bharat Ratna, and has functioned as Indian Minister of Labour and High Commissioner to Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
5 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
24-Aug-1974
11-Feb-1977
Indian National Congress Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed served as a Minister before being elected as president. He died in 1977 before his term of office ended, and was the second Indian president to have diedduring a term of office.

Basappa Danappa Jatti *
11-Feb-1977
25-Jul-1977
Independent Jatti was the vice president of India during Ahmed’s term of office, and was sworn in as acting president upon Ahmed’s death. He earlier functioned as the Chief Minister for the State of Mysore.
6 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
25-Jul-1977
25-Jul-1982
Janata Party Reddy was the only Member ofParliament from the Janata Party to get elected from Andhra Pradesh. He was unanimously elected Speaker of the Lok Sabha on 26 March 1977 and relinquished this office on 13 July 1977 to become the 6th President ofIndia.
7 Giani Zail Singh
25-Jul-1982
25-Jul-1987
Indian National Congress In March 1972, Singh assumed the position of chief Minister of Punjab, and in 1980, he became Union Home Minister.
8 Ramaswamy Venkataraman
25-Jul-1987
25-Jul-1992
Indian National Congress In 1942, Venkataraman was jailed by the British for his involvement in the India’s independence movement.After his release, he was elected to independent India’s Provisional Parliament as a member of the Congress Party in 1950 and eventually joinedthe central government, where he first served as Minister of Finance and Industry and later as Minister of Defence.
9 Shankar Dayal Sharma
25-Jul-1992
25-Jul-1997
Indian National Congress Sharma was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and the Indian Minister for Communications. He has also served as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra.
10 Kocheril Raman Narayanan
25-Jul-1997
25-Jul-2002
Independent Narayanan served as India’s ambassador to Thailand, Turkey, China and United States of America. He received doctorates in Science and Law and was also a chancellor in several universities. He was also the vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
11 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
25-Jul-2002
25-Jul-2007
Independent Kalam was a scientist who played a leading role in the development of India’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. Kalam also received the Bharat Ratna.
12 Pratibha Patil
25-Jul-2007
25-Jul-2012 Indian National Congress Patil was the first woman to become President of India. She was also the first female Governor of Rajasthan
13   Pranab Mukherjee
25-Jul-2012
Incumbent Indian National Congress Mukherjee held various posts in the cabinet ministry for the Government of India such as Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister and Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission. He originally comes from West Bengal and is also the first Bengali to hold the post of the President.