Ages of Lok Sabha members and the general population

Over the years, the average age of the Lok Sabha has gradually been increasing — from 46.5 years for the first Lok Sabha to 57.5 years for the current one. In comparison, the average age of Indians as per the 2011 census is 27.8 years. This disparity in age between the citizens and their representatives dipped briefly after the 12th Lok Sabha elections, but continued thereafter.

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40 44 48 52 56 60 15th 14th 13th 12th 11th 10th 9th 8th 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st Average age of MPs Lok Sabhas
Thirty years older than the average age of the current population, this is the oldest Lok Sabha ever.
is the average age of MPs in the current Lok Sabha
is the average age of citizens in India (2011 census)
31–45 years of age 81
46–60 234
61–75 192
75+ 30
is the age of the oldest member of the Lok Sabha (Ram Sundar Das JD(U), Bihar)
is the age of the youngest member of the Lok Sabha (Hamdullah Sayeed INC, Lakshwadeep)
of our Lok Sabha members were born before Independence
40.7% 59.3%
60 years and olderUnder 60 years

In India, central government employees retire at the age of 60 years.

If held by that standard, about 222 Lok Sabha members would have to hang their boots.

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 Lok Sabha members
While the average age of Lok Sabha MPs is 57.5 years, the average age of citizens eligible to be MPs is 43.7 years  — a difference of 14.

Data about India's population was obtained from figures of the 2011 census:

Data regarding the ages of the current Lok Sabha members was compiled from the official Lok Sabha website: Data for only 537 out of 544 members was available.

Data regarding the average ages of the previous Lok Sabhas was obtained from: It was assumed that the average age was for each Lok Sabha near the end of its term.

Average ages were used instead of the median ages because we could only find sources for the average age of the previous Lok Sabhas.

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