|1||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||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. He|
was also made a Knight of the Golden Army of Angels by Pope Paul VI.
|3||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 part|
in 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 of|
the 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 died|
during 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 of|
Parliament 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 of
|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 joined
the 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||Incumbent||Indian National Congress||Patil was the first woman to become President of India. She was also the first female Governor of Rajasthan|
* Acting President