List of all Prime Ministers of India (1947-2022)

On 26 May 2014, Narendra Modi became India’s fourteenth and current prime minister. Jawaharlal Nehru is the first and longest-serving Prime Minister of India, whereas Indira Gandhi is the first and only female Prime Minister of India. Examine the complete list of India’s prime ministers.

A complete listing of Indian Prime Ministers: The 14th Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is the incumbent. He will be the first non-Congress Prime Minister of India to finish two consecutive terms. He would be the fourth Indian Prime Minister to serve two consecutive terms and the first to do it outside of the Congress party. The head of the government of the Republic of India is the Prime Minister of India. Executive authority is placed in the Prime Minister and their appointed Council of Ministers, whereas the President of India serves as the Constitutional, nominal, and ceremonial head of state.

In this page, we provide a list of all of India’s prime ministers, along with their terms, from 1947 through 2022.

List of all Prime Ministers of India (1947-2022)

S.N. Name Born-Dead Term of office Remark
1. Jawahar Lal Nehru (1889–1964) 15 August 1947 to 27 May 1964

16 years, 286 days

The first prime minister of India and the longest-serving PM of India, the first to die in office.
2. Gulzarilal Nanda (Acting) (1898-1998) 27 May 1964 to 9 June 1964,

13 days

First acting PM of India
3. Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904–1966) 9 June 1964 to 11 January 1966

1 year, 216 days

He has given the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ during the Indo-Pak war of 1965
4. Gulzari Lal Nanda  (Acting) (1898-1998) 11 January 1966 to 24 January 1966

13 days

5. Indira Gandhi (1917–1984) 24 January 1966 to 24 March 1977

11 years, 59 days

First female Prime Minister of India
6. Morarji Desai (1896–1995) 24 March 1977 to  28 July 1979

2 year, 126 days

Oldest to become PM (81 years old) and first to resign from office
7. Charan Singh (1902–1987) 28 July 1979 to 14 January 1980

170 days

Only PM who did not face the Parliament
8. Indira Gandhi (1917–1984) 14 January 1980 to 31 October 1984

4 years, 291 days

The first lady who served as PM for the second term
9. Rajiv Gandhi (1944–1991) 31 October 1984 to 2 December 1989

5 years, 32 days

Youngest to become PM (40 years old)
10. V. P. Singh (1931–2008) 2 December 1989 to 10 November 1990

343 days

First PM to step down after a vote of no confidence
11. Chandra Shekhar (1927–2007) 10 November 1990 to 21 June 1991

223 days

He belongs to  Samajwadi Janata Party
12. P. V. Narasimha Rao (1921–2004) 21 June 1991 to 16 May 1996

4 years, 330 days

First PM from south India
13. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924- 2018) 16 May 1996 to 1 June 1996

16 days

PM for shortest tenure
14. H. D. Deve Gowda (born 1933) 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997

324 days

He belongs to  Janata Dal
15. Inder Kumar Gujral (1919–2012) 21 April 1997 to 19 March 1998

332 days

16. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018) 19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004

6 years, 64 days

 The first non-congress PM who completed a full term as PM
17. Manmohan Singh (born 1932) 22 May 2004 to 26 May 2014

10 years, 4 days

 First Sikh PM
18. Narendra Modi (born 1950) 26 May 2014 – Present 4th Prime Minister of India who served two consecutive tenures

Article 75 of the Indian Constitution stipulates that the Prime Minister would be nominated by the President of India. The Prime Minister is the head of the Cabinet. While the President is the nominal head of state, the Prime Minister possesses the majority of executive authority. The responsibilities of the Prime Minister of India are outlined in Article 78 of the Indian Constitution. While carrying out his responsibilities, he serves as a liaison between the President and Cabinet.

The Prime Minister of India decides the dates for the Parliament session’s meetings and programs. He also determines when the House is prorogued or dissolved. As the government’s chief spokesman, he announces and responds to inquiries regarding major government programs.

Prime Minister (PM) makes recommendations to the President about the appointment of numerous officials, distributes and reshuffles diverse portfolios among Ministers, presides over meetings of the Council of Ministers, and affects their choices. The Prime Minister may ask any member to resign or suggest to the President that any Minister be removed from office.