List of Prime Ministers of India by longevity

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This is a list of Indian Prime Ministers by longevity. Where the person in question is still living, the longevity is calculated up to 20 April 2017.

Two measures of the longevity are given - this is to allow for the differing number of leap days occurring within the life of each Prime Minister. The first column is the number of days between date of birth and date of death, allowing for leap days; the second column breaks this number down into years and days, with the years being the number of whole years the Prime Minister lived, and the days being the remaining number of days after his/her last birthday.

Age of the Prime Ministers when assuming office is shown in this bar chart. It is not quite a bell curve (mean age is 64.62 years and is marked by red line).

If a Prime Minister served more than one non-consecutive term, the dates listed below are for the beginning of their first term, and the end of their final term.

The median age at which a Prime Minister first takes office is roughly 64 years and 8 months, which falls between Gulzarilal Nanda and Chandra Shekhar. The youngest person to become Prime Minister was Rajiv Gandhi, who became Prime Minister at the age of 40 years, 72 days. The oldest person to become Prime Minister was Morarji Desai, who became Prime Minister at the age of 81 years, 23 days.

The oldest living Prime Minister is Atal Bihari Vajpayee, born 25 December 1924 (aged 92 years, 116 days). The youngest living Prime Minister is the incumbent Narendra Modi, born 17 September 1950 (aged 66 years, 215 days).

The longest lived Prime Minister was Gulzarilal Nanda, who lived to the age of 99 years, 195 days. Morarji Desai was the second-longest lived Prime Minister, and the longest lived elected Prime Minister (Nanda, a cabinet minister, served as acting Prime Minister when both Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri died in office). Desai lived to the age of 99 years, 40 days, only 155 days short of matching Nanda. The shortest lived Prime Minister was Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated at the age of 46 years, 274 days.

Narendra Modi (17 September 1950) is the first Prime Minister of India to be born after the Independence of India. All other former Prime Ministers were born before the Independence of India. Before him, Rajiv Gandhi was the last born Prime Minister (20 August 1944), but he was assassinated in 1991.

Prime Ministers of India[edit]

#
Prime Minister
Date of birth
Start date
of (first) term
Age at beginning
of (first) term
End date
of (final) term
Total time
in office
Date of death
Lifespan
1 Nehru, JawaharlalJawaharlal Nehru 1889-11-14(1889-11-14)14 November 1889 15 August 1947 (1947-08-15) 57-27457 years, 274 days 27 May 1964 (1964-05-27)[1] 06,1306,130 days 1964-05-2727 May 1964(1964-05-27) 27,222 days (74 years, 195 days)
2 Shastri, Lal BahadurLal Bahadur Shastri 1904-10-02(1904-10-02)2 October 1904 9 June 1964 (1964-06-09) 59-25159 years, 251 days 11 January 1966 (1966-01-11)[1] 00,581581 days 1966-01-1111 January 1966(1966-01-11) 22,381 days (61 years, 101 days)
3 Nanda, GulzarilalGulzarilal Nanda 1898-07-04(1898-07-04)4 July 1898 27 May 1964 (1964-05-27) 65-32865 years, 328 days 24 January 1966 (1966-01-24) 00,02626 days 1998-01-1515 January 1998(1998-01-15) 36,354 days (99 years, 195 days)
4 Gandhi, IndiraIndira Gandhi 1917-11-19(1917-11-19)19 November 1917 24 January 1966 (1966-01-24) 48-06648 years, 66 days 31 October 1984 (1984-10-31)[1] 05,8295,829 days 1984-10-3131 October 1984(1984-10-31) 24,453 days (66 years, 347 days)
5 Desai, MorarjiMorarji Desai 1896-02-29(1896-02-29)29 February 1896 24 March 1977 (1977-03-24) 81-02381 years, 23 days 28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) 00,856856 days 1995-04-1010 April 1995(1995-04-10) 36,199 days (99 years, 40 days)
6 Singh, CharanCharan Singh 1902-12-23(1902-12-23)23 December 1902 28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) 76-21776 years, 217 days 14 January 1980 (1980-01-14) 00,170170 days 1987-05-2929 May 1987(1987-05-29) 30,838 days (84 years, 157 days)
7 Gandhi, RajivRajiv Gandhi 1944-08-20(1944-08-20)20 August 1944 31 October 1984 (1984-10-31) 40-07240 years, 72 days 2 December 1989 (1989-12-02) 01,8581,858 days 1991-05-2121 May 1991(1991-05-21) 17,075 days (46 years, 274 days)
8 Singh, V. P.V. P. Singh 1931-06-25(1931-06-25)25 June 1931 2 December 1989 (1989-12-02) 58-16058 years, 160 days 10 November 1990 (1990-11-10) 00,343343 days 2008-11-2727 November 2008(2008-11-27) 28,280 days (77 years, 155 days)
9 Shekhar, ChandraChandra Shekhar 1927-07-01(1927-07-01)1 July 1927 10 November 1990 (1990-11-10) 63-13263 years, 132 days 21 June 1991 (1991-06-21) 00,223223 days 2007-07-088 July 2007(2007-07-08) 29,227 days (80 years, 7 days)
10 Rao, P. V. NarasimhaP. V. Narasimha Rao 1921-06-28(1921-06-28)28 June 1921 21 June 1991 (1991-06-21) 69-35869 years, 358 days 16 May 1996 (1996-05-16) 01,7911,791 days 2004-12-2323 December 2004(2004-12-23) 30,494 days (83 years, 178 days)
11 Vajpayee, Atal BihariAtal Bihari Vajpayee 1924-12-25(1924-12-25)25 December 1924 16 May 1996 (1996-05-16) 71-14371 years, 143 days 22 May 2004 (2004-05-22) 02,2722,272 days 2017-04-20 33,719 days (92 years, 116 days)
12 Gowda, H. D. DeveH. D. Deve Gowda 1933-05-18(1933-05-18)18 May 1933 1 June 1996 (1996-06-01) 63-01463 years, 14 days 21 April 1997 (1997-04-21) 00,324324 days 2017-04-20 30,653 days (83 years, 337 days)
13 Gujral, I. K.I. K. Gujral 1919-12-04(1919-12-04)4 December 1919 21 April 1997 (1997-04-21) 77-13877 years, 138 days 19 March 1998 (1998-03-19) 00,332332 days 2012-11-3030 November 2012(2012-11-30) 33,965 days (92 years, 362 days)
14 Singh, Dr. ManmohanManmohan Singh 1932-09-26(1932-09-26)26 September 1932 22 May 2004 (2004-05-22) 71-23971 years, 239 days 26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) 03,6553,656 days 2017-04-20 30,887 days (84 years, 206 days)
15 Modi, NarendraNarendra Modi 1950-09-17(1950-09-17)17 September 1950 26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) 63-25163 years, 251 days NA 00,8891,060 days 2017-04-20 24,322 days (66 years, 215 days)
# Prime Minister Date of birth Start date
of (first) term
Age at beginning
of first) term
End date
of (final) term
Total time
in office
Date of death Lifespan

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  1. ^ a b c Died in office on this date.