India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic since its independence in 1947. The President of India serves as the head of the state, while the Prime Minister is the Head of the government. Just like other parliamentary republics, the executive powers of running a government lie with the Prime Minister of the country, while the role of the President is largely ceremonial. The President heads the executive and legislature of India and also serves as the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. His term is mostly of five years and is indirectly elected by the people through the elected members of both the houses of the parliament and the legislative assemblies of Delhi and Puducherry. The primary duty of the President is to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and the law of India. After the establishment of the Constitution of India in 1950, the inaugural post of the President was held by Dr Rajendra Prasad, who till date remains as the longest serving President and the only one to serve for two terms in office. India has had thirteen Presidents till date. Pratibha Patil, who assumed office as the 12th President of the country in 2007, became the first woman to serve the post. Pranab Mukherjee serves as the incumbent President of India since July 2012. Check this section to know more about the Presidents of India, their life and their works.
Ram Nath KovindRam Nath Kovind

01 October 1945

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee

11 December 1935

Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad

03 December 1884

Sarvepalli RadhakrishnanSarvepalli Radhakrishnan

05 September 1888

Pratibha PatilPratibha Patil

19 December 1934

K. R. NarayananK. R. Narayanan

27 October 1920

A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam

15 October 1931

V. V. GiriV. V. Giri

10 August 1894

Zail SinghZail Singh

05 May 1916

Dr Zakir HussainDr Zakir Husain

08 February 1897

Muhammad Zia-ul-HaqMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq

12 August 1924

Neelam Sanjiva ReddyNeelam Sanjiva Reddy

19 May 1913

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Shankar Dayal SharmaShankar Dayal Sharma

19 August 1918

Fakhruddin Ali AhmedFakhruddin Ali Ahmed

13 May 1905

R. VenkataramanR. Venkataraman

04 December 1910

Mohammad HidayatullahMohammad Hidayatullah

17 December 1905

Varahagiri Venkata GiriVarahagiri Venkata Giri

10 August 1894

Basappa Danappa JattiBasappa Danappa Jatti

10 September 1912

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Ramaswamy VenkataramanRamaswamy Venkataraman

04 December 1910

Kocheril Raman NarayananKocheril Raman Narayanan

27 October 1920