Literacy Rate in India - 2011

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Literacy Rate:

The literacy rate is the number of educated people in a population, over the age of fifteen who can read and write.

As per Census of India statistics report, literacy rate has improved in last decade. As a result of free education system in the villages, the literacy rate has gone up tremendously, especially among females.

Literacy rate has increased from 64.83% in 2001 to 74.04% in 2011.
Male literacy- 82.14%
Female literacy- 65.46%
Number of Literates:

Male & Female - 778,454,120
Males- 444,203,762
Females - 334,250,358


Details of male and female literacy rates and the overall literacy rates in Indian States and Union Territories as per census data 2011.

S.No. State/Union Territories Literacy Rate-Male Literacy Rate-Female Literacy Rate
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands# 90.1% 81.8% 86.3%
2 Andhra Pradesh 75.6% 59.7% 67.7%
3 Arunachal Pradesh 73.7% 59.6% 67.0%
4 Assam 78.8% 67.3% 73.2%
5 Bihar 73.5% 53.3% 63.8%
6 Chandigarh 90.5% 81.4% 86.4%
7 Chhattisgarh 81.5% 60.6% 71.0%
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli# 86.5% 65.9% 77.7%
9 Daman & Diu# 91.5% 79.6% 87.1%
10 Goa 92.8% 81.8% 87.4%
11 Gujarat 87.2% 70.7% 79.3%
12 Haryana 85.4% 66.8% 76.6%
13 Himachal Pradesh 90.8% 76.6% 83.8%
14 Jammu & Kashmir 78.3% 58.0% 68.7%
15 Jharkhand 78.5% 56.2% 67.6%
16 Karnataka 82.8% 68.1% 75.6%
17 Kerala 96.0% 92.0% 93.9%
18 Lakshadweep# 96.1% 88.2% 92.3%
19 Madhya Pradesh 80.5% 60.0% 70.6%
20 Maharashtra 89.8% 75.5% 82.9%
21 Manipur 86.5% 73.2% 79.8%
22 Meghalaya 77.2% 73.8% 75.5%
23 Mizoram 93.7% 89.4% 91.6%
24 Nagaland 83.3% 76.7% 80.1%
25 NCT of Delhi# 91.0% 80.9% 86.3%
26 Orissa 82.4% 64.4% 73.5%
27 Puducherry# 92.1% 81.2% 86.5%
28 Punjab 81.5% 71.3% 76.7%
29 Rajasthan 80.5% 52.7% 67.1%
30 Sikkim 87.3% 76.4% 82.2%
31 Tamil Nadu 86.8% 73.9% 80.3%
32 Tripura 92.2% 83.1% 87.8%
33 Uttar Pradesh 79.2% 59.3% 69.7%
34 Uttarakhand 88.3% 70.7% 79.6%
35 West Bengal 82.7% 71.2% 77.1%
# - Union Territories
Source: Family Welfare Statistics in India - 2011 & CensusIndia.gov

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