List of RBI Governors of India from 1935 to 2016


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was established in 1935 and nationalised on January 1, 1949.

The general administration and direction of RBI is managed by a Central Board of Directors consisting of 20 members which includes 1 Governor, 4 Deputy Governors, 1 Government official appointed by the Union Government of India to give representation to important stratas in economic life of the country.

Read in Hindi : भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक के गवर्नर की सूची

C. D. Deshmukh was the first Indian governor. At present Urjit R. Patel is the Governor of RBI, who took over from Raghuram Rajan on 4 September, 2016.

No. Governors Term of office
1. Osborne Smith 1 April, 1935 – 30 June, 1937
2. James Braid Taylor 1 July, 1937 – 17 February, 1943
3. C. D. Deshmukh 11 August, 1943 – 30 June, 1949
4. Benegal Rama Rau 1 July, 1949 – 14 January, 1957
5. K. G. Ambegaonkar 14 January, 1957 – 28 February, 1957
6. H. V. R. Iyengar 1 March, 1957 – 28 February, 1962
7. P. C. Bhattacharya 1 March, 1962 – 30 June, 1967
8. L. K. Jha 1 July, 1967 – 3 May, 1970
9. B. N. Adarkar 4 May, 1970 – 15 June, 1970
10. S. Jagannathan 16 June, 1970 – 19 May, 1975
11. N. C. Sen Gupta 19 May, 1975 – 19 August, 1975
12. K. R. Puri 20 August, 1975 – 2 May, 1977
13. M. Narasimham 3 May, 1977 – 30 November, 1977
14. I. G. Patel 1 December, 1977 – 15 September, 1982
15. Manmohan Singh 16 September, 1982 – 14 January, 1985
16. Amitav Ghosh 15 January, 1985 – 4 February, 1985
17. R. N. Malhotra 4 February, 1985 – 22 December, 1990
18. S. Venkitaramanan 22 December, 1990 – 21 December, 1992
19.
C. Rangarajan 22 December, 1992 – 21 November, 1997
20. Bimal Jalan 22 November, 1997 – 6 September, 2003
21. Y. V. Reddy 6 September, 2003 – 5 September, 2008
22. D. Subbarao 5 September, 2008 – 4 September, 2013
23. Raghuram Rajan 4 September, 2013 – 4 September, 2016
24. Urjit R. Patel 4 September, 2016 – Incumbent

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