Sheila Dikshit was born on March 31, 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab state. She finished her primary education at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi and also finished a Master's degree in Arts from Miranda House, Delhi University. She then proceeded to pursue a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Delhi. She married Shri Vinod Dikshit who was a respected Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. The famous freedom fighter and Union Cabinet Minister Shri Umashankar Dikshit was Sheila Dikshit's father-in-law. Her son Sandeep Dikshit is now a Member of Parliament (MP). She has a daughter as well.