Vice-President of India is the 2nd most important authoritative body after the President. As per Article 65 of the Indian Constitution, he is entitled to take important decisions in certain cases of contingency due to resignation, removal, death, impeachment or the inability of the president to discharge their functions.
The Vice-President of India is the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The necessary qualifications required for this post are listed below:
- Citizen of India who is above the age of 35 years
- He should not hold any office of profit under union government, state government, public authority and local authority.
There have been 13 Vice-presidents of India since the inception of the post in the Constitution. This article lists the Vice-Presidents of India from 1950 to 2020.
Candidates can know the List of Presidents of India that is again helpful in your exam preparation.
Vice – Presidents of India (1950-2020)
Do you know who was the First Vice-President of India?
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice-President of India. He took oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 13 May 1952.
The list of Vice-Presidents of India from 1950 to 2020 is listed below:
|Vice – President of India||Term of office|
|Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (First Vice-President of India)||13 May 1952 – 12 May 1957
13 May 1957 – 12 May 1962
|Zakir Hussain||13 May 1962 – 12 May 1967|
|V. V. Giri||13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969|
|Gopal Swarup Pathak||31 August 1969 – 30 August 1974|
|B. D. Jatti||31 August 1974 – 30 August 1979|
|Mohammad Hidayatullah||31 August 1979 – 30 August 1984|
|R. Venkataraman||31 August 1984 – 24 July 1987|
|Shankar Dayal Sharma||3 September 1987 – 24 July 1992|
|K. R. Narayanan||21 August 1992 – 24 July 1997|
|Krishan Kant||21 August 1997 – 27 July 2002|
|Bhairon Singh Shekhawat||19 August 2002 – 21 July 2007|
|Mohammad Hamid Ansari||11 August 2007 – 11 August 2012
11 August 2012 – 11 August 2017
|Venkaiah Naidu||11 August 2017 – Incumbent|
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Important Questions Based on the Vice-President of India
Q1. The Post of Vice-President of India has been taken from which constitution?
Ans. The post of Vice President of India is based on the model of Vice President of America.
Q2. Name the Vice-Presidents who were elected unopposed?
Ans. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Hidayatullah, Shankar Dayal Sharma served as Vice-Presidents and were elected unopposed.
Q3. Which article of the Indian Constitution states that ‘There shall be a Vice-President of India’?
Ans. Article 63 of the Indian Constitution states that ‘There shall be a Vice-President of India’.
Q.4. How can a Vice-President be removed from the office?
Ans. A Vice-President can be removed from office by the full process of impeachment, or the Rajya Sabha can remove VP by passing the resolution with an absolute majority but the consent of the Lok Sabha is necessary.
Q5. What is the tenure of the acting President?
Ans. Vice President can work as an acting President for a maximum period of 6 months.
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