Election history of the current Lok Sabha members

The current Lok Sabha is the oldest since Independence, with an average age of 57.5 years. Despite this fact and contrary to what one might be inclined to believe, more than half of the current Lok Sabha members are first-time electees. Even though the average age of these newcomers is lower at 54.4 years, they still do not adequately represent the 25–40 age group.

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For 55%, or 299 out of 545 members, this is the first time they have been elected to the Lok Sabha.

19% or 106 out of 545 are in the Lok Sabha for the second time.

55% 19% 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 545
Lok Sabha members who have been elected more than once, are proportionately older than those who have been elected less often.
25 35 45 55 65 75 85 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Average age (years) Number of terms elected
is the average age of the members of the current Lok Sabha
is the average age of the first-time members of the current Lok Sabha
is the age of the three oldest first-time members of the current Lok Sabha
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 25–30 31–40 41–50 51–60 61–70 71–80 81–90 90–99 Population (%age) Age ranges (years)
Eligible Indian population New Lok Sabha members All Lok Sabha members
Less than 7% of first-time members belong to the 25–40 age group.

Members elected to the most number of Lok Sabhas who are still serving:

Basudeb Acharia of CPI(M) from West Bangal (71 yo)
Manikrao Hodlya Gavit of INC from Maharashtra (79 yo)

They have both been elected nine times.


Sumitra Mahajan of BJP from Madhya Pradesh (70 yo)

has been elected to the Lok Sabha seven times, the maximum for a serving woman.


Indrajit Gupta of CPI from West Bengal

holds the distinction of being elected for the most Lok Sabhas;

a total of eleven times.


Data about India's population was obtained from figures of the 2011 census: http://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/Age_level_Data/India/Age_data.xls

Data regarding the ages and experience of current and former Lok Sabha members was compiled from the official Lok Sabha website: (data for only 537 out of 544 members was available)

Average ages were used instead of the median ages for consistency with last week's post.

Feel free to look at the calculations used for our data: lok-sabha-elected-age-calculations.xls