List of Vice-Presidents of India

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The Vice-President of India is the second highest constitutional office in the Indian Government after the President. In accordance with Article 65 of the Indian Constitution, the Vice-President discharges the functions of the President when a contingency arises due to the resignation, removal, death or the inability of the President to discharge his functions. He is also the ex officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India.[1] The Vice President is elected by an electoral college consisting of all the members of both houses of the Parliament in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote via a secret ballot conducted by the Election Commission of India. Once elected the Vice President continues in office for a five-year term, but can continue in office irrespective of the expiry of the term, until a successor assumes office. The Vice President can be removed by a resolution passed by an effective majority in the Rajya Sabha.[2]

There have been 13 vice-president, since the inception of the post in 1950. The first Vice-president of India took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 13 May 1952

On 11 August 2017 Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the 15th Vice-President of India, thus becoming the 13th person to hold the office.[3]


The complete list of Vice-Presidents of India includes the persons sworn into the office as Vice-President of India, following the adoption of the Constitution of India in 1950. Some of whom later became presidents.[4]

Colour key
  Vice President was an Independent candidate
  Vice President was an candidate of Indian National Congress (INC)
  Vice President was an candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  Vice President was an candidate of the Janata Dal (JD)
Portrait Elected
(% votes)
Took office Left office Term (in years) Notes President(s) Candidate of
1 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Photograph of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan presented to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962.jpg 1952


13 May 1952 12 May 1962 10 Radhakrishnan was a prominent scholar. Besides being awarded the Bharat Ratna he also held the position of vice-chancellor in the Banaras Hindu University and the Andhra college. He served as the Vice-President for two terms. Rajendra Prasad   Independent
2 Zakir Husain
13 May 1962 12 May 1967 5 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan   Independent
3 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
13 May 1967 3 May 1969 2 Zakir Husain   Independent
4 Gopal Swarup Pathak
31 August 1969 30 August 1974 5 Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1969–1974)

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974)

5 Basappa Danappa Jatti
31 August 1974 30 August 1979 5 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974–1977)

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1977–1979)
  Indian National Congress
6 Mohammad Hidayatullah
31 August 1979 30 August 1984 5 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1979–1982)

Giani Zail Singh (1982–1984)
7 Ramaswamy Venkataraman
R Venkataraman.jpg 1984
31 August 1984 24 July 1987 3 Giani Zail Singh   Indian National Congress
8 Shankar Dayal Sharma
Shankar Dayal Sharma 36.jpg 1987
3 September 1987 24 July 1992 5 Ramaswamy Venkataraman   Indian National Congress
9 Kocheril Raman Narayanan
President Clinton with Indian president K. R. Narayanan (cropped).jpg 1992
21 August 1992 24 July 1997 5 Shankar Dayal Sharma   Indian National Congress
10 Krishan Kantdagger
21 August 1997 27 July 2002 4 Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1997–2002)

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (2002)
  Janata Dal
11 Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.jpg 2002
19 August 2002 21 July 2007 5 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam   Bharatiya Janata Party
12 Mohammad Hamid Ansari
Hamid ansari.jpg 2007

11 August 2007 11 August 2017 10 Pratibha Patil (2007–2012)

Pranab Mukherjee (2012–2017)

Ram Nath Kovind (2017)
  Indian National Congress
13 Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu
Venkaiah Naidu 2 (cropped).jpg 2017
11 August 2017 Incumbent Ram Nath Kovind   Bharatiya Janata Party
  • † Died in office
Venkaiah NaiduMohammad Hamid AnsariBhairon Singh ShekhawatKrishan KantK. R. NarayananShankar Dayal SharmaRamaswamy VenkataramanMohammad HidayatullahB. D. JattiGopal Swarup PathakV. V. GiriZakir Husain (politician)Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

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Footnotes and References[edit]

  1. ^ "VPI & Constitution | Vice President of India | Government of India". Retrieved 2018-01-14. 
  2. ^ Media Division,Election Commission of India. "Background information of Vice Presidential election for 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as Vice-President". The Hindu. PTI. 2017-08-11. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-01-14. 
  4. ^ List of Presidents /Vice Presidents Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine.

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