List of Governor-General of India – UPSC Notes

The British East India Company came to India as a trading company in 1600, when it got an exclusive right of trading under the Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth I on 31 December 1600. But soon, the British started conquesting territories in India one after another. By the end of the 18th Century, the British East India Company began governing three presidencies in India: Bengal, Madras, and Bombay. The British established their control over these presidencies through Governor-General.

Governors of Bengal

With the Battle of Plassey in 1757, the British East India Company acquired the political power next only to the Bengal Nawabs. Various chief agents and Governors were appointed to look after the company affairs in the Bengal region. Robert Clive became the first British Governor of Bengal in 1757. After the Battle of Buxar in 1764, the Company obtained the Diwani of Bengal, Bihar, and Odisha. With the acquisition of Diwani rights (rights to collect revenue), the East India Company became a significant political power.

YearGovernor of BengalNotable events
1757-1760Robert CliveBattle of Plassey (1757).
Battle of Chinsurah (1759).
John Zephaniah Holwell succeeded Robert Clive as a temporary Governor of Bengal in 1760.
1760-1765Henry VansittartBattle of Wandiwash (1760).
Battle of Buxar (1764).
1765-1767Robert CliveIntroduction of Dual System of Administration in Bengal in 1765.
Robert Clive crushed the “Monghyr Mutiny” (or White Mutiny) in 1766.
1767-1769Harry VerselstFirst Anglo-Mysore War (1767-1769).
1769-1772John CartierBengal famine of 1770.
1772-1773Warren HastingsEstablished the office of District Magistrate in 1772.
Warren Hasting made Calcutta the capital of British India in 1772.

Governor-General of Bengal

In 1773, the British Parliament passed the Regulating Act of 1773 to overhaul the management of East India Company’s rule in India. This 1773 Act raised the status of ‘Governor of Bengal’ to ‘Governor-General of Bengal‘. The Regulating Act 1773 also made the Governors of Bombay and Madras subordinate to the Governor-General of Bengal. Lord Warren Hastings became the first Governor-General of Bengal.

YearGovernor-General of BengalMajor Reforms and Events
1773-1785Warren Hastings1. Regulating Act of 1773.
2. Establishment of Supreme Court at Calcutta.
3. Moved Treasury (all important offices of the Company) from Murshidabad to Calcutta.
4. End of Dual System of Administration in Bengal (introduced by Robert Clive in 1765).
5. Abolished the Dastak system (introduced by Robert Clive).
6. Experimentation of land settlements (Five years settlement of 1772, changed to 1 year in 1776).
7. First Anglo-Maratha War (1775-82) and the Treaty of Salbai (1782).
8. Formed Aimni Commission in 1776.
9. First Indian Newspaper “Bengal Gazette” by ‘James Augustus Hicky’, published in 1780.
10. Second Anglo-Mysore War (1780-84).
11. Foundation of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (1784).
12. Pitt’s India Act of 1784.
13. First Rohilla War (1773-74).
14. Stopped Mughal Pension to Shal Alam II.
15. English Translation of “Bhagwat Gita” by ‘Charles Wilkins’ (1785).
16. First Governor-General to be prosecuted for impeachment (as a consequence of his involvement in the First Rohilla War).
1786-1793Lord Cornwallis1. Third Mysore War (1790-92) and Treaty of Seringapatam (1792).
2. Establishment of Sanskrit College at Benares by ‘Johnathan Ducan’ in 1791.
3. Introduction of Permanent Settlement in Bihar and Bengal in 1793.
4. Introduction of Cornwallis Code in 1793, incorporating several judicial reforms.
5. Separation of revenue administration and civil jurisdiction.
6. Establishment of lower courts and appellate courts.
7. Introduction of Civil Services in India.
1793-1798John Shore1. Policy of Non-Intervention.
2. Charter Act of 1793.
3. Second Rohilla War (1794).
4. Battle of Kharda between Nizam and Marathas (1795).
1798-1805Lord Wellesley1. Introduction of Subsidiary Alliance (1798).
2. Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1799).
3. Press Censorship Act of 1799.
4. Establishment of Fort William College in Calcutta in 1800.
5. Took over the administration of Tanjore (1799), Surat (1800), and Carnatic (1801).
6. The Subsidiary Treaty of Bassein in 1802.
7. Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803-05).
8. Establishment of Raj Bhavan at Calcutta in 1803.
9. Establishment of Madras Presidency.
1805-1807Sir George Barlow1. Vellore Mutiny (1806).
1807-1813Lord Minto I1. Vellu Thampi Revolt (1808-09).
2. Treaty of Amritsar with Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1809).
3. Charter Act of 1813.
1813-1823Marquess of Hastings1. Ended the Policy of Non-Intervention.
2. Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16), ended with the Treaty of Sugauli (1816).
3. Third Anglo-Maratha War (1816-18).
4. Abolition of Peshwaship.
5. Establishment of Hindu College at Calcutta in 1817.
6. The Pindari War (1817-18).
7. Withdrew of Press Censorship Act of 1799 (in 1818).
8. Creation of Bombay Presidency in 1818.
9. Establishment of “Ryotwari System” in Madras Presidency in 1820 by Governor ‘Sir Thomas Munro’.
10. Introduction of the “Mahalwari System” in Northern India by ‘Holt Mackenzie’ in 1822.
11. Bengal Tenancy Act was passed in 1822.
12. The General Committee of Public Instruction was formed in 1823.
1823John Adam1. Enactment of Licensing Regulations of 1823.
1823-1828Lord Amherst1. First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-26) and the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826.
2. Establishment of Sanskrit College at Calcutta in 1824.
3. Mutiny of Barrackpore in 1824.
4. Capture of Bharatpur (1826).

Governor-General of India

The Charter Act of 1833 re-designated the office of the “Governor-General of Bengal” with the “Governor-General of India“. Lord William Bentinck became the first Governor-General of India in 1833.

YearGovernor-General of IndiaMajor Reforms and Events
1828-1835Lord William Bentinck1. Abolition of Sati through Bengal Sati Regulation 1829.
2. Suppression of Thugee (1829-35)
3. Kol Rebellion (1831-32).
4. Barasat Uprising, led by ‘Titumir’, in 1831.
5. Annexation of Mysore (1831), Coorg (1834), and Central Cachar (1834).
6. Battle of Balakot (1831).
7. Introduction of the “Malawari system” of land revenue in Central India, Punjab, and Western UP, by ‘Robert Merttins Bird’ in 1833.
8. Charter Act of 1833.
9. Abolition of Slavery in 1833.
10. Abolition of female infanticide in 1834.
11. English Education Act 1835.
12. Introduction of English as a medium of instruction (1835).
13. Establishment of Medical College at Calcutta in 1835.
14. Abolition of the provincial courts of appeal and circuit (set up by Cornwallis).
15. Appointment of Commissioners of revenue and circuit.
1835-1836Sir Charles Metcalfe1. Repealed 1823 Licensing Regulations; therefore, Charles Metcalfe, also known as ‘Liberation of Indian Press’.
2. Establishment of Calcutta Public Library in 1836.
1836-1842Lord Auckland1. Improvement of domestic schools.
2. Expansion of commercial industry of India.
3. Tripartite Treaty in 1838.
4. Death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1839).
5. First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42).
6. First Bengali daily newspaper ‘Sambad Prabhakar‘ (published in 1839).
7. “Tattwabodhini Sabha” was formed by ‘Debandranath Tagore’ in 1839.
8. Established Bank of Bombay in 1840.
1842-1844Lord Ellenborough1. Gwalior War (1843).
2. Annexation of Sindh (1843).
3. Established Bank of Madras in 1843.
4. Indian Slavery Act of 1843.
1844-1848Lord Hardinge I1. Establishment of the first Engineering College at Roorkee in 1844.
2. First Anglo-Sikh War (1845-46) and the Treaty of Lahore (1846).
3. Treaty of Bhairowal (1846).
4. Social reforms, including the abolition of female infanticide and human sacrifice.
1848-1856Lord Dalhousie1. Introduced “Doctrine of Lapse” in 1848.
2. Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-49) and annexation of Punjab (1849).
3. Annexation of Satra (1848), Jaitpur and Sambalpur (1849), Udaipur (1852), Jhansi (1853), Nagpur (1854), and Awadh (1856).
4. Establishment of Bethune Collegiate School (for female education) at Calcutta by J. E. Bethune in 1849.
5. Caste Disabilities Removal Act (or Lex Loci Act) of 1850.
6. The First Telegraph line was laid between Diamond Harbour to Calcutta in 1851.
7. Second Anglo-Burmese War (1852).
8. Introduced the first Postal Stamp in India by ‘Sir Bartle Frere’ on 1 July 1852 in the Scinde district.
9. Charter Act of 1853.
10. Railway Minute of 1853.
11. Laying down the first Railway line connecting Bombay and Thane in 1853.
12. Charles Wood Despatch (1854).
13. Post Office Act of 1854.
14. Ganges Canal was declared open (1854).
15. Established Public Works Department in every province in 1854.
16. Santhal Rebellion (1855).
17. Religious Disabilities Act of 1856.
18. Completely banned female infanticide and human sacrifice in Central Province, Odisha, and Maharashtra.
19. Hindu Widow’s Remarriage Act of 1856.
1856-1858Lord Canning1. General Service Enlistment Act of 1856.
2. Establishment of three universities at Calcutta, Madras, and Bombay in 1857.
3. Revolt of 1857.
4. Licensing Act of 1857.

Governor-General and Viceroys of India

The Indian Rebellion of 1857 forced the British Parliament to pass the Government of India Act of 1858. With the GOI Act of 1858, the East India Company’s rule in India ended. The British Crown assumed direct responsibility for the administration of British Indian territories. The Government of India Act of 1858 provided a special designation of “Viceroy of India” to the Governor-General of India. Lord Canning became the first Viceroy of India in 1858.

YearGovernor-General and Viceroy of IndiaMajor Reforms and Events
1858-1862Lord Canning1. Government of India Act of 1858.
2. Queen Victoria Proclamation on 1 November 1858.
3. Creation of office of Secretary of State for India.
4. Formation of Imperial Civil Services.
5. Introduced a system of Budget.
6. “White Mutiny” by European troops in 1859.
7. Indigo Revolt in Bengal (1859-60).
8. first Tenancy Act – “Bengal Rent Act (Act X) of 1859”.
9. Introduction of Income Tax by Sir James Wilson in 1860.
10. Enactment of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in 1860.
11. Indian High Courts Act of 1861.
12. Indian Councils Act of 1861.
13. Indian Civil Service Act of 1861.
14. Police Act of 1861.
15. Establishment of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1861.
16. Army Amalgamation Scheme of 1861.
17. Introduction of Portfolio System.
1862-1863Lord Elgin I1. Suppression of “Wahabi Movement“.
2. Establishment of High Courts at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras in 1862.
1864-1869Lord John Lawrence1. The Policy of Masterly Inactivity.
2. Establishment of Shimla as the summer capital of India in 1864.
3. Bhutan War (1864-65).
4. Establishment of the first Provincial High Court in Allahabad in 1866.
5. Odisha Famine of 1866.
6. Famine Commission was constituted under Henry Campbell in 1867.
7. The Tenancy Act was passed in Punjab and Awadh in 1868.
1869-1872Lord Mayo1. Opening of the Rajkot College in Kathiawar and the Mayo College at Ajmer for political training of Indian princess.
2. Started Financial decentralization in 1870.
3. Formation of “Indian Reform Association” by Keshub Chandra Sen in 1870.
4. Enacted the IPC Amendment Sedition Act of 1870 to tackle the Wahabi Movement.
5. Started the Census in India in 1872.
6. Establishment of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce in 1872.
7. Establishment of Statistical Survey of India in 1872.
8. Assassinated of Lord Mayo by a Pathan Sher Ali Afridi in 1872.
1872-1876Lord Northbrook1. Kuka Movement in Punjab, led by Ram Singh in 1772.
2. Satyashodak Samaj in Maharasthra, launched by Jyotiba Phule in 1873.
3. Trial of Gaekwad of Baroda in 1874.
4. Married Women’s Property Act of 1874.
5. Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in 1875.
6. Prince of Wales Edward VII visited India in 1875.
7. Dramatic Performances Act of 1876.
8. Northbrook resigned in 1876 on the issue of a treaty with Amir of Afghanistan Sher Ali Khan.
1876-1880Lord Lytton1. Royal Titles Act of 1876. Under this Act, Queen Victoria assumed the title of ‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ or ‘Empress of India’.
2. First Royal Durbar in Delhi on 1 January 1877.
3. Great Famine of 1876-78 affected Madras, Bombay, Mysore, Hyderabad, Central parts of India, and Punjab.
4. Famine Commission was appointed under Richard Strachey in 1878.
5. Vernacular Press Act of 1878.
6. Statutory Civil Service Act of 1878.
7. Indian Arms Act of 1878.
8. Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80) and the Treaty of Gandamak in 1879.
1880-1884Lord Ripon1. First Factory Act of 1881.
2. First Synchronous Census (complete Census) in India on 17 February 1881.
3. Negotiable Instrument Act of 1881.
4. Restoration of the Mysore Kingdom to its ruler (1881).
5. Repeal of Arms Act of 1878 (in 1881).
6. Continuation of Financial decentralization.
8. Repeal of Vernacular Press Act 1878 (in 1882).
9. Government Resolution on local-self government (1882).
10. Appointment of Education Commission under Sir William Hunter in 1882.
11. Establishment of Punjab University in 1882.
12. Ilbert Bill (1883).
13. Lord Ripon passed the Famine Codes in 1883.
1884-1888Lord Dufferin1. Third Anglo-Burmese War (1885).
2. Formation of Indian National Congress (1885).
3. Bengal Tenancy Act of 1885.
4. Aitchison Commission (1886).
5. Awadh Tenancy Act of 1886.
6. Punjab Tenancy Act of 1887.
1888-1894Lord Lansdowne1. Factory Act of 1891.
2. Age of Consent Act of 1891 prohibited the marriages of girls under the age of 12.
3. Indian Councils Act of 1892.
4. Setting up Durand Commission (1893) to define Durand Line between India and Afghanistan.
1894-1899Lord Elgin II1. Indian famine of 1896-97.
2. Spread of Bubonic plague in Bombay (1896).
3. Establishment of Ramakrishna Mission by Swami Vivekananda at Belur Math in 1897.
4. Two British officials (Walter Charles Rand and Ayerst) were assassinated by the Chapekar brothers (1897).
1899-1905Lord Curzon1. Calcutta Corporation Act of 1899.
2. Munda rebellion (Ulgulan Movement), led by Birsa Munda in 1899-1900.
3. Indian famine of 1899-1900.
4. Appointment of MacDonnell Commission (famine commission) in 1900.
5. Punjab Land Alienation Act 1900.
6. Department of Agriculture was constituted in 1901.
7. Establishment of the Department of Commerce and Industry.
8. Creation of North-West Frontier Province in 1901.
9. Appointment of the Scott-Moncrieff Commission (first irrigation commission) in 1901 to draw up a comprehensive irrigation plan for India (submitted the report in 1903).
10. Appointment of Railway Commission under Thomas Robertson in 1901 (submitted report after two years).
11. Appointment of Police Commission under Sir Andrew Frazer in 1902.
12. Appointment of Raleigh Universities Commission in 1902.
13. Second Delhi Durbar in 1903.
14. Indian Universities Act of 1904.
15. Cooperative Credit Societies Act of 1904.
16. Ancient Monuments Preservation Act of 1904.
17. Younghusband’s Mission to Tibet (1904).
18. Official Secrets Act of 1904 to curb the free press.
19. Establishment of Benaras Hindu Girls School by Annie Besant in 1904.
20. Establishment of Agriculture Research Institute at Pusa (Bihar) in 1905.
21. Partition of Bengal (1905).
22. Swadeshi Movement.
23. Curzon-Kitchener controversy.
1905-1910Lord Minto II1. Shimla deputation, led by Aga Khan III on 1 October 1906.
2. Establishment of the Muslim League by Aga Khan III and Khwaja Salimullah (Nawab of Dhaka) on 30 December 1906.
3. Foundation of Jugantar revolutionary group in Bengal (1906).
4. Split in Congress in the INC session of 1907 in Surat.
5. Seditious meetings (prohibition) Act 1907 to curb the extremist movement.
6. Establishment of TISCO by Jamsetji Tata in 1907.
7. Newspaper (Incitement to Offences) Act of 1908.
8. Muzaffarpur Conspiracy Case (1908)
9. Indian Councils Act of 1909 (Morley-Minto reforms 1909).
10. S. P. Sinha became the first Indian member to be appointed to Viceroy’s Executive Council.
11. Indian Press Act of 1910.
1910-1916Lord Hardinge II1. Third Delhi Durbar in 1911.
2. Transfer of capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.
3. Annulment of Partition of Bengal by King George V in 1911.
4. Partition of Bengal to form Bihar and Orissa province (1912).
5. Islington Commission (1912).
6. Delhi Conspiracy Case (1912).
7. Formation of Ghadar Party in San Francisco (United States) in 1913.
8. Hardinge Resolution on Education Policy (1913).
9. World War I (1914-18).
10. Komagata Maru incident (1914).
11. Creation of the McMohan Line between India and China in 1914.
12. Ghadar Mutiny (1915).
13. Mahatma Gandhi came to India from South Africa in 1915.
14. Establishment of the Hindu Mahasabha by Madan Mohan Malaviya (1915).
15. Foundation of Benarus Hindu University in 1916.
1916-1921Lord Chelmsford1. Formation of Indian Home Rule League Movement by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Annie Besant (1916).
2. First Women’s Univesity (SNDT Women’s University) at Pune, founded by Dhondo Keshav Karve (1916).
3. Lucknow Pack between Indian National Congress and Muslim League (1916).
4. Foundation of Sabarmati Ashram (1916).
5. Champaran Satyagrah (1916), the first Satyagraha movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in British India.
6. Montagu’s August Declaration (1917).
7. Saddler University Commission (1917).
8. Ahmedabad Mill Strike (1918).
9. Kheda Satyagraha (1918).
10. Government of India Act of 1919 (Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms 1919).
11. Rowlatt Act of 1919.
12. Jallianwala Bagh massacre (1919).
13. Khilafat Movement (1919-20) (later merged with the Non-cooperation movement in 1920).
14. Non-cooperation movement (1920-22).
15. B. G. Tilak died on 1 August 1920.
16. Foundation of Aligarh Muslim University in 1920.
17. Imperial Bank of India (now State Bank of India) was established in 1921.
18. Appointment of S. P. Sinha as governor of Bihar (the first Indian to become a governor).
1921-1926Lord Reading1. Malabar rebellion in Kerala (Moplah rebellion), the first Ethnic Rebellion (1921).
2. Rabindra Nath Tagore founded Visva-Bharati University in 1921.
3. Chauri Chaura incident on 5 February 1922 and the subsequent withdrawal of the Non-Cooperation Movement by Mahatma Gandhi.
4. Repeal of the Press Act of 1910.
5. Repeal of the Rowlatt Act of 1919.
6. Peshawar Conspiracy Case (1922-27).
7. Formation of the Swaraj Party by C. R. Das and Motilal Nehru in 1923.
8. Appointment of Lee Commission in 1923 on public services reforms.
9. The Railway Budget was separated from General Budget in 1924.
10. Kanpur Bolshevik Conspiracy Case (1924).
11. Kakori train robbery (1925).
12. Foundation of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh by K. B. Hedgewar in 1925.
13. Communal riots in Multan, Amritsar, Delhi, Aligarh, Arvi, and Calcutta.
14. Foundation of the Communist Party of India in Kanpur in 1925.
15. Abolition of the cotton excise in December 1925.
16. Murder of Swami Shraddanand (1926).
1926-1931Lord Irwin1. Formation of the first Public Service Commission in India on 1 October 1926.
2. Appointment of the Harcourt Butler Indian States Commission (1927).
3. All-Parties Conference held at Lucknow (1928).
4. Nehru Report (1928).
5. Simon Commission (1928).
6. Death of Lala Lajpat Rai (1928).
7. Meerut Conspiracy Case (1929).
8. Bomb blast in the Central Legislative Assembly Hall of Delhi on 8 April 1929 by Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt.
9. Death of Jatin Das after prolonged hunger strike (1929).
10. Bomb accident in train in Delhi (1929).
11. ‘Deepavali Declaration’ by Lord Irwin on 31 October 1929 to grant India dominion status in due course.
12. Hartog Committee (1929).
13. Fourteen Points of Jinnah (1929).
14. Lahore session of the Congress (1929); Purna Swaraj Resolution.
15. Launching of Civil Disobedience Movement with Dandi March by Mahatma Gandhi on 12 March 1930.
16. Dharasana Satyagraha (1930).
17. Boycott of the First Round Table Conference (1930).
18. Allahabad Address by Sir Muhammad Iqbal (1930).
19. Chittagong Armoury raid in 1930.
20. Gandhi-Irwin Pact (1931).
21. Suspension of Civil Disobedience Movement.
22. Execution of Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar (1931).
1931-1936Lord Willingdon1. Second Round Table Conference (1931).
2. Announcement of Communal Award by Ramsay MacDonald (1932).
3. ‘Fast unto Death’ by Gandhi in Yeravada Prison.
4. Poona Pact between Mahatma Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar in 1932.
5. Third Round Table Conference (1932).
6. ‘Pakistan Declaration’ pamphlet written and published by Choudhry Rahmat on 28 January 1933.
7. Foundation of Congress Socialist Party by Jai Prakash Narayan and Acharya Narendra Deva in 1934.
8. Reserve Bank of India was established by passing the Reserve Bank of India Act of 1934.
9. Government of India Act of 1935.
10. Burma separated from India (1935).
11. Formation of All India Kisan Sabha in 1936.
1936-1944Lord Linlithgow1. Indian provincial elections (1937); Congress attained absolute majority.
2. Indian entry into World War II.
3. Resignation of the Congress Ministers after the outbreak of the Second World War.
4. Subhash Chandra Bose was elected as president of Congress at Haripura Session (1938).
5. Resignation of S.C. Bose and formation of the Forward Bloc (1939).
6. Day of Deliverance (22 December 1939).
7. Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940 by Muslim League demanding a separate state for Muslims.
8. August Offer (8 August 1940).
9. Launch of Individual Satyagrah on 17 October 1940 with Vinoba Bhave as the first satyagraha.
10. Cripps Mission (March 1942).
11. Formation of Indian Legion (1942).
12. Quit India Movement (1942).
13. Formation of Indian National Army (1942).
14. Bengal Famine (1943).
15. ‘Divide and Quit’ slogan at the Karachi session (1944) of the Muslim League.
1944-1947Lord Wavell1. C. R. Formula by C. Rajagopalachari (1944).
2. Failure of Gandhi-Jinnah talks (1944).
3. Desai-Liaqat Pact (January 1945).
4. Wavell Plan and Shimla Conference (June 1945).
5. End of Second World War (1945).
6. Cabinet Mission (1946).
7. Observance of “Direct Action Day” on 16 August 1946 by the Muslim League.
8. Formation of Interim Government on 2 September 1946.
9. Royal Indian Navy Mutiny (1946).
10. Announcement of end of British rule in India by Clement Attlee (Prime Minister of England) on 20 February 1947.
1947-1948Lord Mountbatten1. Mountbatten Plan (3 June 1947).
2. Indian Independence Act 1947 was passed on 18 July 1947.
3. Radcliffe Commission was appointed under Cyril Radcliffe to demarcate the borderline of Bengal Presidency and Punjab Province.

Governor-General of the Dominion of India

YearGovernor-General of Independent IndiaMajor Reforms and Events
1947-1948Lord MountbattenFirst Governor-General of Independent India
1948-1950Chakravarti RajagopalachariThe last Governor-General of India, before the office, was permanently abolished in 1950.


  1. Who was the first Governor-General of India?

    The first Governor-General in India (of Bengal) was Warren Hastings. The first official Governor-General of India was William Bentinck, as the Saint Helena Act 1833 re-designated the office of ‘Governor-General of Bengal’ to ‘Governor-General of India’.

  2. Who was the first Viceroy of India?

    Lord Canning became the first Viceroy of India in 1858 after the East India Company’s rule in India got transferred to the British Crown.

  3. Who was the first Governor-General of Independent India?

    Lord Mountbatten became the first Governor-General of the Dominion of India after India got independence on 15 August 1947.

  4. Who was the first Indian to be Governor-General of India?

    Chakravarti Rajagopalachari became the first Indian to be appointed as the Governor-General of India in 1948.

  5. Who was the first law member of the Executive Council of the Governor-General of India?

    Lord Macaulay became the first law member of the Governor-General’s Executive Council in 1835.

  6. Who was first India appointed to the Viceroy’s Executive Council?

    Satyendra Prasanna Sinha was the first Indian to be appointed to the Governor-General’s Executive Council in 1909.

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