Previously, India was ruled by a Governor-General. The Viceroys continued to hold the title of Governor-General as well as that of Viceroy.
|Name||Entered office||Left office||Party|
|The Viscount Canning later The Earl Canning, P.C.||1 November 1858||21 March 1862||Peelite|
|The Earl of Elgin, K.T., G.C.B., K.S.I., P.C.||21 March 1862||20 November 1863||Liberal|
|The Rt. Hon. Sir John Lawrence, G.C.B., K.S.I.||12 January 1864||12 January 1869|
|The Earl of Mayo, K.P., G.C.S.I., P.C.||12 January 1869||8 February 1872||Conservative|
|The Lord Northbrook, G.C.S.I., P.C.||3 May 1872||12 April 1876||Liberal|
The Lord Lytton, G.C.S.I.
|12 April 1876||8 June 1880||Conservative|
|The Marquess of Ripon, K.G., G.C.S.I., P.C.||8 June 1880||13 December 1884||Liberal|
|The Earl of Dufferin, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., P.C.||13 December 1884||10 December 1888||Liberal|
|The Marquess of Lansdowne, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E.||10 December 1888||11 October 1894||Liberal Unionist|
|The Earl of Elgin, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., P.C.||11 October 1894||6 January 1899||Liberal|
|The Lord Curzon of Kedleston, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., P.C.||6 January 1899||18 November 1905||Conservative|
|The Earl of Minto, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., P.C.||18 November 1905||23 November 1910||Unionist|
|The Lord Hardinge of Penshurst, G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., P.C.||23 November 1910||4 April 1916|
|The Lord Chelmsford, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., P.C.||4 April 1916||2 April 1921|
|The Earl of Reading, G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., K.C.V.O., P.C.||2 April 1921||3 April 1926||Liberal|
|The Lord Irwin, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., P.C.||3 April 1926||18 April 1931||Conservative|
|The Earl of Willingdon, G.C.S.I., G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E., G.B.E., P.C.||18 April 1931||18 April 1936||Liberal|
|The Marquess of Linlithgow, K.T., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., O.B.E., P.C.||18 April 1936||1 October 1943||Conservative|
|Field Marshal The Viscount Wavell, G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., K.C.V.O., C.M.G., M.C., P.C.||1 October 1943||21 February 1947|
|Rear-Admiral The Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, K.G., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., K.C.B., D.S.O.||21 February 1947||15 August 1947|
Thereafter, the representative of the King in India was the Governor-General of India, until India became a republic in 1950.