Even as work is scheduled to begin to find candidates for the 18th Lok Sabha, the profile of the current Lower House and the progression of Members of Parliament's profiles over the years bear review.
In the 17th Lok Sabha, 27 per cent of MPs had studied up to Class 12.
By comparison, the 16th Lok Sabha had 20 per cent of MPs who had studied up to Class 12.
Since 1996, at least 75 per cent of the representatives of each Lok Sabha have been graduates.
In the first Lok Sabha (1952), the most common job MPs held was in the legal profession as lawyers (32 per cent), which has since come down over the years (only 4 per cent in the 17th Lok Sabha).
More MPs now declare their occupation as social and political work (from none in the first Lok Sabha to 38 per cent in the 17th Lok Sabha).
The average age of an MP is 54 years.
The 17th Lok Sabha has 12 per cent of its members below the age of 40. This is more than the 16th Lok Sabha, which had 8 per cent of MPs below the age of 40.
This bucks the longer term trend of an ageing Lok Sabha. The proportion of MPs below the age of 40 has steadily declined from 26 per cent in the first Lok Sabha.
On average, women MPs are six years younger compared to their male counterparts in the 17th Lok Sabha.
Text and graphics: PRS Legislative Research
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com