List of Governors of Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the highest monetary authority of India. Since its establishment in 1935, by the British colonial government, 25 people have worked as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India so far.

The first Governor of the Reserve Bank of India was British banker Osborn Smith, while C.D. Deshmukh was the first Indian Governor of Reserve Bank of India. At present, the Governor of Reserve Bank of India is Shashikant Das, who took charge on 12 Dec. 2018.

The Governor of 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) is signed by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

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 Here is the list of all the Governors of Reserve Bank of India

 S.N.

Governor Name

Tenure

       1.

Osborne Smith

April 1, 1935 to June 30, 1937

2.

James Brend Taylor

July 1, 1937 to February 17, 1943

3.

C. D. Deshmukh

August 11, 1943 to June 30, 1949

4.

Benegal Rama Rao

July 1, 1949 to 14 January 1957

5.

  K. G. Amgaonkar

           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. Adarakar

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 19th August, 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 15 September, 1982

15.

Manmohan Singh

September 16, 1982 to 14 January 1985

16.

Amitabh Ghosh

January 15, 1985 to 4th February, 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 11 Dec.2018

      25.        Shashikant Das            From 12 Dec.2018

Note:
1. The person who worked as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India for the longest time  (total of 7 years, 197 day) was Benegal Rama Rao. He was on his post from July 1, 1949 to January 14, 1957.
2. The person who worked for the shortest time as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India was Amitabh Ghosh. He was employed for a total of 20 days from 15 January 1985 to 4 February 1985.

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