List of Governors in India PDF- States & Union Territories Governors


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List of Governors in India: States and Union Territories is one of the most common topics for the General Awareness section for various Government exams conducted in the country. There are a total of 28 states and 8 Union Territories in India and each state has a Governor who is the chief executive head of that particular state and acts as a Central Government representative.

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List of Governors in India – Statewise (List of Current Indian Governors)

The table given below gives the state-wise list of Governors in India along with the dates on which they took over the position. Also, the names of the first state Governor of Independent India have been mentioned in the list below:

StateCurrent GovernorTook Over The Post OnFirst State Governor of Independent India
Andhra PradeshShri Biswa Bhusan HarichandanJuly 24, 2019Chandulal Madhavlal Trivedi
Arunachal PradeshBrig. (Dr.) B. D. Mishra (Retd.)October 3, 2017Bhishma Narain Singh
AssamProf. Jagdish MukhiOctober 1, 2017Sir Muhammad Saleh Akbar Hydari
BiharShri Phagu ChauhanJuly 29, 2019Jairamdas Daulatram
ChhattisgarhSushri Anusuiya UikeyJuly 29, 2019D.N. Sahay
GoaShri Satya Pal MalikNovember 3, 2019Major General K.P. Candeth
GujaratShri Acharya Dev VratJuly 22, 2019Mehdi Nawaz Jung
HaryanaShri Satyadeo Narayan AryaAugust 25, 2018Shri Dharma Vira
Himachal PradeshShri Bandaru DattatrayaSeptember 11, 2019S. Chakravarti
JharkhandShrimati Droupadi MurmuMay 18, 2015Prabhat Kumar
KarnatakaShri Vajubhai ValaSeptember 1, 2014Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar
KeralaShri Arif Mohammed KhanSeptember 6, 2019Burgula Ramakrishna Rao
Madhya PradeshShri Lal Ji TandonJuly 29, 2019Dr. Pattahbhi Sitaramayya
MaharashtraShri Bhagat Singh KoshyariSeptember 5, 2019Raja Sir Maharaj Singh
ManipurDr. Najma HeptullaAugust 21, 2016B. K. Nehru
MeghalayaShri Tathagata RoyJanuary 27, 2020Braj Kumar Nehru
MizoramShri P.S. Sreedharan PillaiNovember 5, 2019S.P. Mukherjee
NagalandShri R. N. RaviAugust 1, 2019Vishnu Sahay
OdishaProf. Ganeshi LalMay 29, 2018Dr. Kailash Nath Katju
PunjabShri V.P. Singh BadnoreAugust 22, 2016Chandulal Madhavlal Trivedi
RajasthanShri Kalraj MishraSeptember 9, 2019Raj Pramukh Sawai Sh. Mansingh
SikkimShri Ganga PrasadAugust 26, 2018B.B. Lal
Tamil NaduShri Banwarilal PurohitOctober 6, 2017Maharaja Shri Sir Krishna Kumarsingji Bhavsingji
TelanganaDr. Tamilisai SoundararajanSeptember 8, 2019E.S.L. Narasimhan
TripuraShri Ramesh BaisJuly 29, 2019B.K. Nehru
Uttar PradeshSmt. Anandiben PatelJuly 29, 2019Sarojini Naidu
UttarakhandSmt. Baby Rani MauryaAugust 26, 2018Surjit Singh Barnala
West BengalShri Jagdeep DhankharJuly 30, 2019Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari

List of Lieutenant Governors And Administrators for Union Territories

The post of Lieutenant Governor in a Union Territory is the same as that of a Governor in any State. The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the President of India for a tenure of five years.

There are a total of 8 Union Territories in India and given below is the list of Lieutenant Governors and Administrators for these Union Territories along with the dates they took over the post:

Union TerritoryLieutenant Governor (LG)/ AdministratorTook Over the Post on
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsAdmiral D.K. Joshi (LG)October 8, 2017
ChandigarhShri V.P. Singh Badnore (Administrator)August 22, 2016
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & DiuShri Praful Patel (Administrator)January 26, 2020
The Government of NCT of DelhiShri Anil Baijal (LG)December 31, 2016
Jammu & KashmirShri Girish Chandra Murmu (LG)October 31, 2019
LadakhShri Radha Krishna Mathur (LG)October 31, 2019
LakshadweepShri Dineshwar Sharma (Administrator)November 3, 2019
PuducherryDr. Kiran Bedi (LG)May 29, 2016

List of Governors-General of Bengal

YearGovernor-General of BengalMajor Reforms & Events
1772-1785Warren HastingsFirst Governor-General of Bengal End to the dual system of administration Regulating Act of 1773Supreme Court at CalcuttaAsiatic Society of BengalFirst Anglo-Maratha War and Treaty of SalbaiFirst English translation of Bhagavad GitaPitt’s India Act-1784
1786-1793Lord CornwallisEstablishment of Appellate courts and lower grade courts Establishment of Sanskrit college third Anglo-Mysore War and Treaty of SeringapatamIntroduction of Permanent Settlement and civil services
1793-1798Sir John Shore Charter act of 1793 Policy of Non-interventionBattle of Kharda
1798-1805Lord Wellesley Introduction of Subsidiary Alliance System Fourth Anglo- Mysore war and the Treaty of BasseinSecond Anglo – Maratha war establishment of Madras presidencyEstablishing Fort William College at Calcutta
1805-1807Sir George BarlowThe Acting Governor-General of India until the arrival of Lord Minto, Diminished the area of British territory because of his passion for economy and retrenchment, The Mutiny of Vellore took place in 1806
1807-1813Lord Minto IConcluded the treaty of Amritsar with Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1809, Introduced the Charter Act of 1813
1813-1823Lord Hastings The policy of Non-intervention came to an end third Anglo-Maratha war abolition of PeshwashipEstablishment of the Ryotwari System in Madras (By Thomas Munroe) and BombayMahalwari system in north-western Provinces and Bombay
1823-1828 Lord Amherst The annexation of Assam led to the first Burmese war of 1824, The mutiny of Barrackpore in 1824

List of Governors in India – States & Union Territories Governors

Governor of India – Role, And Responsibilities

Governor is the constitutional head of each state. Every action taken in a state is done in the name of the Governor by the executive power (Chief Minister) of that State. 

Being the nominal head of the State, various responsibilities rest with the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor/Administrator. Given below are these responsibilities in brief:

  • Legislative, Judicial, Executive, and Financial powers are laid down for the Governor of a State
  • They have the right to address, summon, differ and dissolve the State Legislatures
  • In case of unforeseen circumstances, the Governor reserves the right to  make advances from the State Contingency Fund
  • The Chief Justice of a State High Court is elected with the consent of the State Governor
  • If no political party wins the Lok Sabha election, Governor holds the right to elect the Chief Minister for their states
  • In case of constitutional emergency, the President’s rule in a state is acted upon by the Governor
  • He can disqualify any member from elections with the consent of the Election Commission
  • State Legislators need to lay the state budget keeping the Governor’s opinion in consideration

Governor/Lieutenant Governor/Administrator – Key Points

There are certain points that need to be known with respect to the state Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Administrator in India:

  • They are appointed for a tenure of 5 years
  • As per the Governor’s Act of 1982, the monthly salary of a Governor is Rs. 1,10,000/-
  • The eligibility to become a Governor includes being a citizen of India, age above 35 years, must not hold any office of profit and he/she must not be a member of any state of union territory legislature
  • The same Governor can be appointed for more than one state
  • The Governor resides in the Raj Bhavan of the state during his/her tenure and is entitled to a fixed pension
  • Sarojini Naidu was the first woman to become an Indian state Governor

These are the few pointers that are important with respect to the General Awareness section of the various Government exams.

Facts About Governors in India

Given below are fact related to the Governors of India. Candidates must read them as questions based on these can be asked in the competitive exams.

  • Every information related to Governor is mentioned in Article 153 to Article 162 of the Indian Constitution
  • Information regarding the eligibility criteria of Governor is mentioned in Articles 157 and 158 of the Indian Constitution
  • It was The Governors Committee (1971) that laid the responsibility of administering a state in case of political instability
  • The Governors under the Government of India Act 1935 were “by the Raj, of the Raj and for the Raj”.

Sample Questions for Governors in India

Given below are a few sample questions related to the list of Governors in India which may help aspirants analyse the type of questions that may be asked from this topic in the upcoming government exams.

Q 1. Who was the first woman Governor of an Indian state?

Q 2. Who appoints the Governor of a State?

Q 3. Which of the following is not a responsibility of the state Governor? (Here candidates will have to choose the answer from the given options)

Q 4. What is the minimum age for a person to be eligible to become the Governor of a state?

Q 5. Who took over the post of Governor in Uttar Pradesh after Shri Ram Naik? (This may be asked with respect to any other state/UT)

Q 6. Who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh?

Q 7. Which article of the Indian Constitution provides for a Governor?

Q 8. Who has the authority to remove or replace the Governor of a State?

The questions mentioned above are just for the candidate’s reference. Candidates can refer to these questions and prepare themselves for the Government exams 2020.

FAQ on Governors of India

Q. Who was Bengal’s first Governor-General?

Ans: Warren Hastings was the first Governor-General of Bengal, serving from 1772 to 1785.

Q. Who was the last governor-general in India?

Ans: The answer is Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. After independence, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (1878-1972) became the only Indian and last governor-general of India. Rajagopalachari was appointed Governor-General of India’s Interim Government in June 1948 and served until January 1950

Q. Who was the first governor of India?

Ans: 1. Robert Clive was the first Governor-General of Bengal. 2. William Bentinck was the first Governor-General of India.

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