List Of Female Chief Ministers In India (2022 Updated)

Female Chief Ministers In India

Last Updated: 10 March 2022

Before getting into the list of Female Chief Ministers in India, Let us have a quick intro about Chief Ministers in India.

The Chief Minister is the chief executive of Indian states. In accordance with the Constitution of India, the governor is a state’s de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the Chief Minister.

Eligibility For Becoming A Chief Minister


The Constitution of India sets the Principal Qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of the Chief Minister. A Chief Minister must be:

  • A Citizen of India
  • He/She should be a Member of the State Legislature
  • He/She should be of 25 years of age or more

Procedure For Electing A Chief Minister


  • Following elections to the Legislative Assembly, the State’s Governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the Government.
  • This is procedurally established by the Vote of Confidence in the Legislative Assembly, as suggested by the Governor of the state who is the appointing authority.
  • The governor appoints the Chief Minister, whose council of ministers is collectively responsible to the assembly.
  • He/She must have the confidence of the Assembly.
  • The Chief Minister’s term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.

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Facts About Chief Ministers In India


  • Pawan Kumar Chamling, former Chief Minister of Sikkim is the longest-serving Chief Minister of India for a term length of 24 Years 165 Days ( 12 Dec 1994 – 26 May 2019)
  • Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi is the longest-serving female Chief Minister of India for a term length of 15 Years 25 Days (3 Dec 1998 – 28 Dec 2013)
  • V. N. Janaki Ramachandran, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is the shortest-serving female Chief Minister of India for a term length of 23 Days (7 Jan 1988 – 30 Jan 1988)
  • As of 2019, the highest salary is drawn by chief ministers of Telangana, which is ₹410,000 (US$5,400) and lowest by the chief ministers of Tripura which is ₹105,500 (US$1,400) legally.
  • Various states in India throughout the history have appointed Deputy Chief Ministers. Despite being not mentioned in the constitution or law, the Deputy-Chief Minister office is often used to pacify factions within the party or coalition.

Indian Women have broken gender barriers and worked hard in the field of Science, Art, Law, Cinema, Politics, etc to achieve success and become champions. Read the list of Female Chief Ministers In India.

Female Chief Ministers In India


No.Chief MinisterState/UTTerm InTerm OutTotal Term
1Anwara Taimur
(INC)
Assam06 Dec 198030 Jun
1981
206 Days
2Rabri Devi
(RJD)
Bihar25 July 199711 Feb
1999
2746 Days
Rabri Devi
(RJD)
Bihar09 Mar 199902 Mar
2000
~
Rabri Devi
(RJD)
Bihar11 Mar 200006 Mar
2005
~
3Sushma Swaraj
(BJP)
Delhi12 Oct 199803 Dec
1998
52 Days
4Sheila Dikshit
(INC)
Delhi03 Dec 199828 Dec
2013
5504 Days
5Shashikala Kakodkar
(MGP)
Goa12 Aug 197327 Apr
1979
2084 Days
6Anandiben Patel
(BJP)
Gujarat22 May 201407 Aug
2016
808 Days
7Mehbooba Mufti
(PDP)
Jammu
Kashmir
04 Apr 201620 Jun
2018
807 Days
8Uma Bharti
(BJP)
Madhya Pradesh08 Dec 200323 Aug
2004
259 Days
9Nandini Satpathy
(INC)
Odisha14 Jun 197203 Mar
1973
1278 Days
Nandini Satpathy
(INC)
Odisha06 Mar 197416 Dec
1976
~
10Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
(INC)
Punjab21 Nov 199612 Feb
1997
83 Days
11Vasundhara Raje
(BJP)
Rajasthan08 Dec 200311 Dec
2008
3659 Days
Vasundhara Raje
(BJP)
Rajasthan08 Dec 201316 Dec
2018
~
12V. N. Janaki Ramachandran
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu07 Jan 198830 Jan
1988
23 Days
13J. Jayalalithaa
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu24 Jun 199112 May
1996
5238 Days
J. Jayalalithaa
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu14 May 200121 Sep
2001
~
J. Jayalalithaa
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu02 Mar 200212 May
2006
~
J. Jayalalithaa
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu16 May 201127 Sep
2014
~
J. Jayalalithaa
(AIADMK)
Tamil Nadu23 May 201505 Dec
2016
~
14Sucheta Kripalani
(INC)
Uttar Pradesh02 Oct 196313 Mar
1967
1258 Days
15Mayawati
(BSP)
Uttar Pradesh13 Jun 199518 Oct
1995
2562 Days
Mayawati
(BSP)
Uttar Pradesh21 Mar 199721 Sep
1997
~
Mayawati
(BSP)
Uttar Pradesh03 May 200229 Aug
2003
~
Mayawati
(BSP)
Uttar Pradesh13 May 200715 Mar
2012
~
16Mamata Banerjee
(AITC)
West Bengal20 May 2011Incumbent~
Acronyms:
1) INC: Indian National Congress
2) RJD: Rashtriya Janata Dal
3) MGP: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
4) BJP: Bharatiya Janata Party
5) PDP: Peoples Democratic Party
6) AIADMK: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
7) BSP: Bahujan Samaj Party
8) AITC: All India Trinamool Congress
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