List of Mughal Emperors

India has witnessed the reign of different rulers. Every name in the ruling phase of India has a special connotation. However, the most remarkable phase was the reign of Mughals. There were various Mughal emperors who had left a mark on the history pages of Medieval India. Be it the founder of the Mughal Empire – Babur or his invincible descendants like Humayun, Akbar, Aurangzeb, etc., each name has its own list of glory, achievements and power.

The Mughal reign started from 16th century and lasted till the 19th century. This article has the list of all the Mughal emperors in India and this is an important topic for the following exams-

  1. UPSC Exam
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List of Mughal Emperors in India (1526-1857)

The list of Mughal emperors who ruled India is given below:

Emperor Reign


Babur 1526–1530 Was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan through Timur and was the founder of the Mughal Empire after his victories at the Battle of Panipat (1526) and the Battle of Khanwa
Humayun 1530–1540 Reign interrupted by Suri Dynasty. Being young and inexperienced led him to be regarded as a less effective ruler than Sher Shah Suri, who defeated him and established the Suri Dynasty.
Suri Dynasty 1540-1555 No Mughal rule
Humayun 1555–1556 Restored rule was more unified and effective than the initial reign of 1530–1540.

He left the unified empire to his son, Akbar.

Akbar (was one of the youngest rulers. Became ruler at the age of 13) 1556–1605 He and Bairam Khan defeated Hemu during the Second Battle of Panipat and later won famous victories during the Siege of Chittorgarh and the Siege of Ranthambore. One of his most famous construction marvels was the Lahore Fort. He abolished Jizyah tax imposed on Hindus.

To know more about Akbar’s successors, check the linked article.

Jahangir 1605–1627 Opened relations with the British East India Company.
Shah Jahan 1628–1658 Under him, Mughal art and architecture reached their zenith.

He constructed the Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Jahangir mausoleum, and Shalimar Gardens in Lahore. Died in the captivity of his son Aurangzeb.

Aurangzeb 1658–1707 He reinterpreted Islamic law and presented the Fatawa-e-Alamgiri.

He captured the diamond mines of the Sultanate of Golconda and spent the major part of his last 27 years in the war with the Maratha rebels and expanded the empire to its greatest extent.

Bahadur Shah I (also known as Muazzam/Shah

Alam I)

1707–1712 After his reign, the empire went into steady decline due to the lack of leadership qualities among his immediate successors. He released Shahuji, Son of Shambuji, who was the elder son of Shivaji.
Jahandar Shah 1712–1713 Was an unpopular incompetent titular figurehead.
Furrukhsiyar 1713–1719 His reign marked the ascendancy of the manipulative Syed Brothers, execution of the rebel Banda. In 1717 he granted a Firman to the English East India Company granting them duty-free trading rights for Bengal, the Firman was repudiated by the notable Murshid Quli Khan.
Rafi UL-Darjat 1719 The 10th Mughal Emperor. He succeeded Furrukhsiyar, being proclaimed Badshah by the Syed Brothers.
Rafi Ud-Daulat 1719 Was Mughal emperor for a brief period in 1719.


1720 Attempted to seize the throne at the behest of the Syed Brothers in order to depose emperor Muhammad Shah
Muhammad Shah (also called Rangeela) 1719–1720


Got rid of the Syed Brothers. Countered the emergence of the renegade Marathas and lost large tracts of the Deccan and Malwa in the process. Suffered the invasion of Nadir-Shah of Persia in 1739.
Ahmad Shah Bahadur 1748–1754 His Minister Safdarjung was responsible for the Mughal Civil War, during which Mughal forces massacred by the Maratha during the Battle of Sikandarabad
Alamgir II 1754–1759 He was murdered by a conspiracy of Imad-UL-Mulk and his Maratha associate Sadashivrao Bhau
Shah Jahan III 1759-1760 He was overthrown after the Third Battle of Panipat by Prince Mirza Jawan Bakht.
Shah Alam II 1760–1806 He is known to have fought against the British East India Company during the Battle of Buxar and reformed the Mughal Army under the command of Mirza Najaf Khan and is thus known as one of the last effective Mughal Emperors.
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837 He designated Mir Fateh Ali Khan Talpur as the new Nawab of Sindh. Although he was under British protection his imperial name was removed from the official coinage after a brief dispute with the British East India Company.
Bahadur Shah


1837–1857 He was the last Mughal Emperor. He was deposed by the British and exiled to Burma following the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Aspirants can also go through India under the Mughal for detailed information on the Mughal rule in India.

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Mughal Emperors – Sample Questions & Answers

To understand the relevance of the topic Mughal Emperor in India it is important for aspirants to know the type of questions asked in the examination based on it. Hence, given below are a few sample question and answers on Mughal Emperors in India.

Q1. The most decorated work in Mughal paintings, Humza Nama and Tuti Nama, were made during the rule of which Mughal King?

Answer – Akbar

Q2. Which Mughal ruler earned the title Insan-i-Kamil (Perfect Man) for his peaceful personality and patience?

Answer – Barbur

Q3. When was Din-i-Ilahi started and by whom?

Answer – Din-I-Ilahi was started by Akbar in 1582

Q4. Who translated Tazuki – i – Baburi in Persian language?

Answer  – Abdur Rahim Khan -e-Kahna

Q5. At which of the following battles was Humayun defeated by Sher Shar Suri?

Answer – Battle of Chausa

Q6. Who lost the First Battle of Panipat?

Answer – Ibrahim Lodi lost the First Battle of Panipat fought in 1526

Q7. In Which year did emperor Akbar abolish the Jazia Tax levied on Non-muslims?

Answer – In 1564 Akbar abolish the Jazia Tax

Q8. Who defeated Mughals and captured Agra and Delhi under the rule of Bairam Khan?

Answer – Hemu Vikramaditya

Q9. During the Mughal rule, in whose reign was the empire territorially most extensive?

Answer – Aurangzeb

Q10. During which battle did Babur declared Jihad and assumed the title of Ghazi in India?

Answer – Battle of Khanwa fought in 1527 against Rana Sanga

The above-given questions are just samples for candidates references. For assistance with more questions check the Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions on the linked page.

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