Over the years, the number of candidates for Lok Sabha polls have seen a tremendous increase with the figure touching 10 contestants per constituency in 2004 compared to 3.83 in the first general elections held in 1952.
For the first Lok Sabha, there were only 1,874 candidates for 489 seats, averaging 3.83 contestants per seat, while in 1957 only 1,519 candidates were in the fray for 494 seats averaging 3.07 per constituency.
This trend of having 3 to 5 candidates per seat continued till 1977 but it witnessed a big shift in 1980 when the elections for the seventh Lok Sabha were held.
A total of 4,629 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats in the general elections in 1980, thus averaging 8.54 contestants per seat.
With constant increase in the number of contestants in the successive general elections, the average contestants also continued to rise gradually but in 1996, a sudden surge in average with 25.69 candidates per seat indicated an abnormal shift.