List of Mayoites

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Alumni of Mayo College and now Mayo College Girls School are often referred to as Mayoites, they include Statesmen, Writers, Athletes, Businesspersons, Diplomats, etc.


Name Profession Notability
Jaideep Mehrotra Artist Since 1967 he has had 18 solo shows and more than 30 Groups to his credit. A pioneer of digital media in Indian art [1][2]
Shakti Maira Artist Artist, sculptor and writer. His work is in the National Gallery of Modern Art and private collections around the world. Author of 'Towards Ananda: Rethinking Indian Art and Aesthetics.' [3][4][5]

Civil Servants[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Amber Sen IPS officer Educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. Formerly Special Secretary, Research and Analysis Wing and Strategic Intelligence Advisor, National Security Council. His 38-year career focused on issues related to Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Asia, Afghanistan, Terrorism, and counter-terrorism.[6][7][8]
JK Dutt IPS officer Head and Commander [9] of India's National Security Guard.[10] Awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry in 1977, Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1988 and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1997.
Arup Patnaik IPS officer Additional Director-General, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Maharashtra. Police Medal for Meritorious Service and President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
K. C. Verma Secretary (Security) Served as Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and Director Research and Analysis Wing, India [11]
Probir Sen Director, India International Centre Member of the Indian Administrative Service. Served as Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industry in the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, former Chairman & Managing Director of Air India & Indian Airlines
Amitabh Kant IAS officer CEO Niti AAyog


Name Profession Notability
Dr. Bentval Ravindra Prabhu Researcher Awarded the Queen's Award for Forestry by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace [12]
HH Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III GCIE, KCSI Nawab of Junagadh He is credited with a conservation effort that helped ensure the survival of the asiatic lion.[13][14]


Name Profession Notability
Gurjit Singh IFS Officer Indian ambassador to Germany and previously Indonesia and Ethiopia Representative of India to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Author of 'The Abalone Factor' and 'The Injera and the Paratha'.[15]
Sanjay Singh IFS Officer Ambassador of India to Iran

Media and journalism[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Vir Sanghvi Editor Ex-Editor, Hindustan Times, Talk-Show Host[16]
Charu Sharma Anchor Sports anchor on television
Tunku Varadarajan Editor Editor, Newsweek
Siddharth Varadarajan Editor Ex-Editor, The Hindu and Visiting Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley[17]
Dhiren Bhagat (Oxon) Journalist, Poet Died at 31 in Delhi. Wrote for the Spectator (London), the Sunday Observer, the Indian Post, and the Illustrated Weekly of India, the Telegraph, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, India Today, Sunday, Harpers and Queen, and the London Magazine. Also wrote short stories and poetry.[18]
Manvendra Singh Member of Parliament, Editor Ex Assistant Editor, Indian Express


Name Notability
HH Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu & Kashmir The last ruler of J & K (father of Dr. Karan Singh)
HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jaipur Erstwhile Maharaja of Jaipur. Ace polo player, Indian Ambassador to Spain,(married Maharani Gayatri Devi)
Prince Jagat Singh of Jaipur Son of Sawai Man Singh and Gayatri Devi. Schooled at Mayo and at the Harrow School.
HH Maharaja Sawai Kumar Padmanabh Singh Maharaja of Jaipur [19]
HH Maharaja Ganga Singh GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, GBE, KCB, GCStJ Erstwhile Maharaja of the princely state of Bikaner from 1888 to 1943. He is widely remembered as a modern reformist visionary, and he was also the only "non-White" member of the British Imperial War Cabinet during World War I.
Maharajkumar of Vizianagram Cricketer and politician. Educated at Mayo College and at Haileybury and Imperial Service College. Was knighted although he renounced his knighthood after India gained her independence.
Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar, GCIE Heir Apparent of the princely state of Mysore.
HH Maharaja Rajendra Singh of Rajpipla Polo player, son of HH Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla, Gohil dynasty which traces its lineage to the 6th century A.D.
Maharaj Nagendra Singh of the State of Dungarpur Born 18 March 1914, was educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Cambridge, England. He obtained his Doctorate in Law from the same university and joined the Indian Civil Service. Appointed a Judge, he later became the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
HH Maharana Mahendra Singh Mewar Erstwhile ruler of Udaipur (Mewar Dynasty)
HH Rana Arvind Singh Ruler of Udaipur (Mewar Dynasty)
Kirit Bikram Deb Burman Maharaja of Tripura (princely state). The second-oldest lineage in the world after the Mikados of Japan [20]
HH Maharaja Prem Singh From the erstwhile royal family of Chamba
HH Maharao Brijraj Singh of Kotah From the erstwhile royal family of Kotah
Prince Shivraj Singh of Marwar-Jodhpur Prince of the erstwhile Royal Family of Jodhpur, which can trace its lineage back to 1226 A.D.
HH Maharaja Jitendra Singh From the erstwhile royal family of Alwar
HRH Princess Shruti Princess of Nepal. A member of the Shah Dynasty.
HRH HH Said Bin Taimur The twelfth Sultan of Oman
Pragmulji III of Cutch Present titular head of Cutch in Gujarat, India
HH Nawab Muhammad Mahabat Khan III GCIE, KCSI Babi Bahadur of Junagadh. He is credited with a conservation effort that helped ensure the survival of the asiatic lion.[13][14]


Name Profession Notability
Jaswant Singh Politician Finance Minister of India (1996 & 2004), External Affairs Minister of India (1998) & Minister of Defence for India
Natwar Singh (Cantab.) Indian Foreign Service & Politician He was Member of Parliament, has received Padma Bhushan. Served as Ambassador to Pakistan and as Minister of External Affairs
Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo Politician Former Chief Minister of Orissa
Manvendra Singh Politician Member of Parliament
Jitendra Singh Politician AICC Secy & Maharaja of Alwar
V.P. Singh Politician Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Thakur Ganpat Singh Politician Member of Legislative Assembly, Ajmer, 1951.
Bhawani Singh of Pokhran Politician Member 1st Lok Sabha (1952)[21]
Deepender Singh Hooda Politician Member of Parliament from the Indian National Congress from the Rohtak constituency in Haryana. He is the son of Bhupinder Singh Hooda who served as Chief Minister of Haryana, while his grandfather, Ranbir Singh Hooda, was a freedom fighter, a member of the Constituent Assembly and Minister in Punjab.[22]


Name Profession Notability
Vikram Chandra Writer Wrote Red Earth & Pouring Rain (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and the David Higham Prize for Fiction), Sacred Games, etc. (Senior Lecturer in English at the University of California Berkeley[23]
Indra Sinha, Cantab. Writer Author, Animal's People, short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Winner of 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Europe and South Asia; The Death of Mr Love; The Cybergypsies (non-fiction); Tantra (non-fiction); Kama Sutra (Translation)
Ruchir Joshi Writer Author of The Last Jet-Engine Laugh and of Electric Feather, India's first anthology of erotica.[18]
Sudeep Chakravarti Writer Author of Tin Fish, a novel set in Mayo College,[24] and an important non-fiction work Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country
Maroof Raza Defence Analyst, Writer, Educationalist Defence Correspondent at NDTV and Associate Editor of the Indian Defence Review. Visiting Research Fellow at the War Studies Department of King's College, London. He graduated from St. Stephens College, King's College London & Cambridge University

Armed Forces[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy and the erstwhile Commandant of National Defence College.[25][26]
Lt. Gen. Nathu Singh Rathore Indian Army The first Lt. General of the Indian Army. He was favoured by Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck to be the first Indian Army Chief, but declined the position to Jawaharlal Nehru because he felt it would not be fair to supersede his senior General Cariappa.
Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, PVSM, AVSM Indian Army Governor of Assam
Lt. Gen Sanjeev Anand, PVSM, AVSM Indian Army Former Adjutant General of the Indian Army.[27]
Lt Gen Randhir Singh (Retd.) Indian Army
Lt Gen Aditya Singh Indian Army C in C, Andamans, C in C Southern Command
HH Maharao Shri Bhim Singh II Indian Army Honorary Brigadier in the Indian Army and also Honorary Colonel of the 17 Poona Horse. During the Second World War he was a member of the Viceroy's War Council. Up-Rajpramukh of Rajasthan State 1948/1956. He has also served as India's alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1956

Commerce and Industry[edit]


Name Profession Notability
Ravi Kant Vice Chairman and M.D. Tata Motors
Vikram Mehta Served as Chairman Shell India
Probir Sen Board Member Bharat Petroleum
Balesh Sharma CEO Vodafone Czech Republic [28]

Hospitality and drinks

Name Profession Notability
Veer Vijay Singh COO The Taj Vivanta. Has been with Taj for over 30 years and was included in Hotelier India's Top 50 Power List.[29]
Lalit Khaitan Chairman & MD Radico Khaitan.[30]
Karan Grover Director Grover Vineyards Ltd.[31]

Information Technology

Name Profession Notability
Ashwin Ram Chief Innovation Officer Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated. BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Received the President of India's Gold Medal for best undergraduate performance). MS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. degree from Yale University.
Probir Sen Board Member HCL Technologies Ltd.
Ambarish Raghuvanshi Co-founder and CFO Info Edge (India) (parent company of,, jeevansathi, and others)[32]

Finance & Banking

Name Profession Notability
Dr. Sushil Wadhwani, CBE Central Banker Bank of England Monetary policy Committee. Former London School of Economics Reader (7 years), he was appointed a full-time independent member of the Monetary Policy Committee after various private sector roles including Director, Equity Strategy at Goldman Sachs.
Dr. Rakesh Mohan Central Banker Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Gautam Vir CEO Development Credit Bank (Graduated from IIM-A and worked at Bank of America and Citi)[33]
PJ Nayak Chairman and M.D. Axis Bank[34] and Country Head Morgan Stanley[35]
Brij Singh Founder & CEO Baer Capital Partners, UAE [36]

Film and theatre[edit]

Goldie Behl at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch.
Goldie Behl at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch.
Name Profession Notability
Ajay Mehta Hollywood Actor TV shows, include Eli Stone, Sex and the City, Numb3rs, CSI: NY, Modern Family and Outsourced. Played Citigroup CEO, Vikram Pandit, in the TV movie Too Big to Fail, and the leader of India in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Tinnu Anand Actor, Film Director He has worked in more than 100 Bollywood movies.
Vivek Oberoi Actor Known for Shootout at Lokhandwala, Omkara (2006 film), Yuva, etc.
Rishi Kapoor Actor Did not graduate. Attended Mayo for less than one year before being transferred to the Campion School in Mumbai due to an illness.[37]
Sagarika Ghatge Actress Known for her role in Chak De India
Deeksha Seth Actress Active performer in Hindi and regional cinema of India
Aamir Raza Hussain Director, Actor Well known Theatre Personality, Recipient of the Padma Shree Award
Goldie Behl Director, Producer He has Directed and written Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai and Drona (2008 film). He has also Produced London, Paris, New York.
Aditya Lakhia Actor and Director Has appeared in Lagaan, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, etc.
Samir Karnik Director, Producer Has Directed Heroes (2008 film), Yamla Pagla Deewana, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na..., etc.
Karan Kundra TV Actor Lead role in Kitni Mohabbat Hai
Pradip Krishen Filmmaker Married to Booker Prize–winning author Arundhati Roy, Krishen read at St Stephens College, New Delhi and at Oxford before teaching History at Delhi University
Rahul Singh Actor Mayo College Batch of 1990. Has acted in Zubeidaa, 24 (Indian TV series) and various other plays and films.
Bobby Deol Bollywood Actor He is a well known actor and is the son of Dharmendra.
Priya Wal TV Actress Known for her role in Remix, CID, Pyar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani.
Vedita Pratap Singh Actress Bhindi Baazaar Inc. and Mumbai 125 KM


Name Profession Notability
Maharaj Nagendra Singh of Dungarpur Judge He obtained his Doctorate in Law from Cambridge and joined the Indian Civil Service. Appointed a Judge, he later became the Chief Justice of the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
Raghuvendra Singh Rathore Judge Rajasthan High Court

Sportspersons and Athletes[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Maharajkumar of Vizianagram Cricketer Indian Test captain, cricket administrator and legendary cricket commentator
Apurvi Chandela Shooter Won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
Lokendra Singh Ghanerao Polo Player Indian Polo Team Captain at the World Cup
Arun Lal Cricketer Test Cricketer and Sports Broadcaster[34]


Name Profession Notability
Siraj Hasan (D.Phil, Oxon Director Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore[38]
Alok Bhargava Professor University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park, Maryland. Well known for his research in econometric methodology and food policy issues in developing and developed countries
Eknath Ghate Mathematician Acclaimed mathematician and winner of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology. Earned his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD. at the University of California at Los Angeles.


Name Profession Notability
Jiggs Kalra Chef Celebrity Chef[39]
Raghuvendra Rathore Fashion Designer Comes from the Royal Family of Jodhpur[40]
Dr. Amit Goyal Scientist, Inventor Named as one of the world's Top 100 Innovators by MIT. Among the numerous national and international awards he has received the "Pride of India" Gold Award (sponsored by the NRI Institute) from the Ambassador of India in 2007.
Atul Khanna Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland Founder and Chairman of the Board of Systems Biology Worldwide, he was awarded by the President of the Republic of Finland.[41]
Karan Grover Architect Award-winning Architect [42]
Abhimanyu Dalal Architect A graduate in urban design from Harvard University, he was associated with the Chandni Chowk redevelopment master-plan in New Delhi[43]
Chhavi Rajawat Sarpanch Soda Village
Anirudh Chaudhry Secretary Haryana Cricket Association. Also Treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India


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