List of Prime Ministers of India by Longevity
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List of Prime Ministers of India by Longevity
Living as of 18 October 2019
Prime Minister Date of birth Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh (1932-11-04) 4 November 1932 (age 86) 2004–2014
H. D. Deve Gowda (1933-05-18) 18 May 1933 (age 86) 1996–1997
Narendra Modi (1950-09-17) 17 September 1950 (age 69) 2014–

This is a List of prime ministers of India by longevity. Where the person in question is still living, the longevity is calculated up to 18 October 2019.

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.

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 166 days, which falls between Narendra Modi and P. V. Narasimha Rao. The oldest person to become Prime Minister was Morarji Desai, who became Prime Minister at the age of 81 years, 23 days. The youngest person to become Prime Minister was Rajiv Gandhi, who became Prime Minister at the age of 40 years, 72 days.

The oldest living Prime Minister is Manmohan Singh, born 26 September 1932 (aged 87 years, 22 days). The youngest living Prime Minister is the incumbent Narendra Modi, born 17 September 1950 (aged 69 years, 31 days). Manmohan Singh and H. D. Deve Gowda are the only surviving former Prime Ministers of India.

The longest lived Prime Minister was Morarji Desai, who lived to the age of 99 years, 41 days. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the second longest-lived Prime Minister, who lived to the age of 93 years, 234 days, 5 years and 172 days short of Desai. The shortest lived Prime Minister was Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated at the age of 46 years, 274 days. Lal Bahadur Shastri is the only prime minister to die abroad, when he died in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbek SSR in 1966.

The Prime Minister with the longest retirement is H. D. Deve Gowda. He left office 22 years, 180 days ago on 21 April 1997 and is still alive. The prime minister with the shortest retirement is Rajiv Gandhi, who died on 21 May 1991, 1 year and 170 days after leaving office on 2 December 1989.

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.

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).

Prime Ministers of India

#
Prime Minister
Date of birth
Place 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
Place of death
Length of Retirement
Lifespan
1 Nehru, JawaharlalJawaharlal Nehru 1889-11-14(1889-11-14)14 November 1889 Prayagraj,
North-Western Provinces
15 August 1947 (1947-08-15) 57-27457 years, 274 days 27 May 1964 (1964-05-27)[1] 16-28616 years, 286 days 1964-05-27(1964-05-27)27 May 1964 New Delhi N/A 27,222 days (74 years, 195 days)
2 Shastri, Lal BahadurLal Bahadur Shastri 1904-10-02(1904-10-02)2 October 1904 Mughalsarai,
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
9 June 1964 (1964-06-09) 59-25159 years, 251 days 11 January 1966 (1966-01-11)[1] 01-2161 year, 216 days 1966-01-11(1966-01-11)11 January 1966 Tashkent,
Uzbek SSR
N/A 22,381 days (61 years, 101 days)
3 Gandhi, IndiraIndira Gandhi 1917-11-19(1917-11-19)19 November 1917 Allahabad,
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
24 January 1966 (1966-01-24) 48-06648 years, 66 days 31 October 1984 (1984-10-31)[1] 15-35015 years, 350 days 1984-10-31(1984-10-31)31 October 1984 New Delhi N/A 24,453 days (66 years, 347 days)
4 Desai, MorarjiMorarji Desai 1896-02-29(1896-02-29)29 February 1896 Bhadeli,
Bombay Presidency
24 March 1977 (1977-03-24) 81-02381 years, 24 days 28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) 02-1262 years, 126 days 1995-04-10(1995-04-10)10 April 1995 Bombay,
Maharashtra
15 years, 256 days 36,199 days (99 years, 41 days)
5 Singh, CharanCharan Singh 1902-12-23(1902-12-23)23 December 1902 Noorpur,
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) 76-21776 years, 217 days 14 January 1980 (1980-01-14) 00-170170 days 1987-05-29(1987-05-29)29 May 1987 New Delhi 7 years, 135 days 30,838 days (84 years, 157 days)
6 Gandhi, RajivRajiv Gandhi 1944-08-20(1944-08-20)20 August 1944 Bombay,
Bombay Presidency
31 October 1984 (1984-10-31) 40-07240 years, 72 days 2 December 1989 (1989-12-02) 05-0325 years, 32 days 1991-05-21(1991-05-21)21 May 1991 Sriperumpudur,
Tamil Nadu
1 year, 170 days 17,075 days (46 years, 274 days)
7 Singh, V. P.V. P. Singh 1931-06-25(1931-06-25)25 June 1931 Allahabad,
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
2 December 1989 (1989-12-02) 58-16058 years, 160 days 10 November 1990 (1990-11-10) 00-343343 days 2008-11-27(2008-11-27)27 November 2008 New Delhi 17 years, 361 days 28,280 days (77 years, 155 days)
8 Shekhar, ChandraChandra Shekhar 1927-07-01(1927-07-01)1 July 1927 Ibrahimpatti,
United Provinces of Agra and Oudh
10 November 1990 (1990-11-10) 63-13263 years, 132 days 21 June 1991 (1991-06-21) 00-223223 days 2007-07-08(2007-07-08)8 July 2007 New Delhi 16 years, 17 days 29,227 days (80 years, 7 days)
9 Rao, P. V. NarasimhaP. V. Narasimha Rao 1921-06-28(1921-06-28)28 June 1921 Narsampet,
Hyderabad State
21 June 1991 (1991-06-21) 69-35869 years, 358 days 16 May 1996 (1996-05-16) 04-3304 years, 330 days 2004-12-23(2004-12-23)23 December 2004 New Delhi 8 years, 221 days 30,494 days (83 years, 178 days)
10 Vajpayee, Atal BihariAtal Bihari Vajpayee 1924-12-25(1924-12-25)25 December 1924 Gwalior,
Gwalior State
16 May 1996 (1996-05-16) 71-14371 years, 143 days 22 May 2004 (2004-05-22) 06-0786 years, 78 days 2018-08-16(2018-08-16)16 August 2018 New Delhi 14 years, 86 days 34,202 days (93 years, 234 days)
11 Gowda, H. D. DeveH. D. Deve Gowda 1933-05-18(1933-05-18)18 May 1933 Haradanahalli,
Kingdom of Mysore
1 June 1996 (1996-06-01) 63-01463 years, 14 days 21 April 1997 (1997-04-21) 00-324324 days  – 2019-10-18  – 22 years, 180 days 31,564 days (86 years, 153 days)
12 Gujral, I. K.I. K. Gujral 1919-12-04(1919-12-04)4 December 1919 Pari Derveza,
Punjab Province
21 April 1997 (1997-04-21) 77-13877 years, 138 days 19 March 1998 (1998-03-19) 00-332332 days 2012-11-30(2012-11-30)30 November 2012 Gurgaon, Haryana 14 years, 256 days 33,965 days (92 years, 362 days)
13 Singh, Dr. ManmohanManmohan Singh 1932-09-26(1932-09-26)26 September 1932 Gah,
Punjab Province
22 May 2004 (2004-05-22) 71-23971 years, 239 days 26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) 10-00410 years, 4 days  – 2019-10-18  – 5 years, 145 days 31,798 days (87 years, 22 days)
14 Modi, NarendraNarendra Modi 1950-09-17(1950-09-17)17 September 1950 Vadnagar,
Bombay State
26 May 2014 (2014-05-26) 63-25163 years, 251 days Incumbent 05-1525 years, 145 days  –  – 2019-10-18 Incumbent 25,233 days (69 years, 31 days)

Oldest living Prime Ministers of India

Not all prime ministers live to become the oldest of their time. Of the 11 deceased prime ministers, 6 eventually became the oldest of their time, while 5 did not. Morarji Desai became the oldest living prime minister when he was appointed in 1977 and remained so until his death in 1995, for a record 18 years and 17 days. Lal Bahadur Shastri became the oldest living prime minister when he was appointed in 1964, but he held this distinction for only 1 year and 216 days.

On one occasion the oldest living prime minister lost this distinction not by her death, but due to the appointment of a prime minister who was older. Indira Gandhi lost this distinction when Morarji Desai was appointed. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the oldest to acquire this distinction at the age of 87 years, and 341 days. Charan Singh, who was 84 years, and 157 days old when he died was the oldest prime minister to die without ever acquiring this distinction V. P. Singh who died on 27 November 2008 at the age of 77 years and 155 days was the most recent prime minister to die without ever acquiring this distinction .

Prime Minister Period when oldest living prime minister Age Duration
Start date End date at start at end
Jawaharlal Nehru 15 August 1947 27 May 1964 57 years, 274 days 74 years, 195 days 16 years, 286 days
Lal Bahadur Shastri 9 June 1964 11 January 1966 59 years, 251 days 61 years, 101 days 1 year, 216 days
Indira Gandhi 24 January 1966 24 March 1977 48 years, 66 days 59 years, 125 days 11 years, 59 days
Morarji Desai 24 March 1977 10 April 1995 81 years, 24 days 99 years, 41 days 18 years, 17 days
I. K. Gujral 10 April 1995 30 November 2012 75 years, 127 days 92 years, 362 days 17 years, 234 days
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 30 November 2012 16 August 2018 87 years, 341 days 93 years, 234 days 5 years, 259 days
Manmohan Singh 16 August 2018 85 years, 324 days 1 year, 63 days
Prime Minister Start date End date Age at start Age at end Duration

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  1. ^ a b c Died in office on this date.
  2. ^ Updated daily according to UTC.

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