Born on March 31, 1938, Ms Dikshit has an M.A. in history from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She was married to the late Vinod Dikshit, who was an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Her son Sandeep Dikshit is a Congress member of the Lok Sabha, representing the East Delhi constituency. She also has a daughter, Latika Dikshit Syed.