List of Governors of the Reserve Bank of India

The Governors of the Reserve Bank of India are the CEO of the Central Bank of India and the Ex-officio Chairman of its Central Board of Directors. Check the complete list of Governors of the RBI below.

List of the Governors of the Reserve Bank of India

 S.N.

Governor Name

Tenure

1. 

Sir Osborne Smith

April 1, 1935, to June 30, 1937

2.

Sir James Braid Taylor

July 1, 1937, to February 17, 1943

3.

Sir C. D. Deshmukh

August 11, 1943, to June 30, 1949

4.

Sir Benegal Rama Rau

July 1, 1949, to 14 January 1957

5.

  K. G. Ambegaonkar January 14, 1957, to 28 February 1957

6.

H. V. R. Iyengar

March 1, 1957, to February 28, 1962

7.

P. C. Bhattacharya

March 1, 1962, to June 30, 1967

8.

L. K. Jha

July 1, 1967 to May 3, 1970

9.

B. N. Adarkar

May 4, 1970, to June 15, 1970

10.

S. Jagannathan

June 16, 1970, to May 19, 1975

11.

N. C. Sen Gupta

May 19, 1975, to August 19, 1975

12.

K. R. Puri

August 20, 1975 to May 2, 1977

13.

M. Narasimhan

May 3, 1977 to November 30, 1977

14.

I.G. Patel

 December 1, 1977, to September 15, 1982

15.

Manmohan Singh

September 16, 1982, to January 14, 1985

16.

Amitav Ghosh

January 15, 1985, to February 4, 1985

17.

R. N. Malhotra

February 4, 1985, to December 22, 1990

18.

S. Venkatraman

December 22, 1990 to December 21, 1992

19.

C. Rangarajan

 December 22, 1992, to November 21, 1997

20.

Bimal Jalan

November 22, 1997 to September 6, 2003

21.

Y. V. Reddy

September 6, 2003, to September 5, 2008

22.

D. Subbarao

September 5, 2008, to September 4, 2013

23.

Raghuram Rajan

September 4, 2013, to September 4, 2016

24.

Urjit Patel

September 4, 2016, to December 11, 2018

      25.  Shashikanta Das             December 12, 2018, to present

The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Bank of India and the Ex-officio Chairman of its Central Board of Directors. The Indian note issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) bears the signature of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.Governors of RBI

  • The first Governor of the Reserve Bank of India was Sir Osborn Smith, while C.D. Deshmukh was the first Indian Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
  • At present, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India is Shaktikanta Das, who took charge on 12 December 2018.

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