Former Presidents of India


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The President of India, is the head of state and first citizen of India, as well as the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The President is elected by the elected members of the Parliament of India (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) as well as of the state legislatures (Vidhan Sabhas), and serves for a term of five years.

Eligibility: Article 58 of the Constitution sets the principle qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of the President. A President must be:

1. A citizen of India

2. Of 35 years of age or above

3. Qualified to become a member of the Lok Sabha

4. The current Vice President.

5. The Governor of any State.

6. A Minister of the Union or of any State.

  Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Shri Pranab Mukherjee assumed office as the 13th President of India on July 25, 2012 (Incumbent)
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil (b – 1934)

Term of Office: 25 July 2007 TO 25 July 2012

DR. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (b – 1931)

Term of Office: 25 July 2002 TO 25 July 2007

Shri K. R. Narayanan (1920-2005)

Term of Office: 25 July 1997 TO 25 July 2002

Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma (1918-1999)

Term of Office: 25 July 1992 TO 25 July 1997

Shri R Venkataraman (1910-2009)

Term of Office: 25 July 1987 TO 25 July 1992

Giani Zail Singh (1916-1994)

Term of Office: 25 July 1982 TO 25 July 1987

SHRI NEELAM SANJIVA REDDY (1913-1996)

Term of Office: 25 July 1977 TO 25 July 1982

Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1905-1977)

Term of Office: 24 August 1974 TO 11 February 1977

Shri Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1894-1980)

Term of Office: 3 May 1969 TO 20 July 1969 and 24 August 1969 TO 24 August 1974

Dr. Zakir Husain (1897-1969)

Term of Office: 13 May 1967 TO 3 May 1969

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975)

Term of Office: 13 May 1962 TO 13 May 1967

Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1884-1963)

Term of Office: 26 January 1950 TO 13 May 1962

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