List of Districts in India | State wise District List | Population | Area

List of Districts in India 2021

A district (zilā in Hindi) is an administrative division of an Indian state or Union territory. As of 2020 there are a total of 741 districts in in 36 States/UT of India .

District Officers

District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner or District Collector, an IAS officer, in charge of administration and revenue collection. Superintendent of Police (SP) or Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) or Deputy Commissioner of Police, an IPS officer, responsible for maintaining law and order.

No. of Districts in each State/Union Territory

Largest & Smallest District in India by Area

Kutch district of Gujarat covering an area of 45,074 km² is the largest district of India. Mahe District in Puducherry is the smallest district of India. The total area is Just 9 km2 & is surrounded by North Malabar of Kerala State.

# By AreaDistrictArea
LargestKutch, Gujarat45652 km2
Smallest Mahe, Puducherry 9 km²

 Source: Census 2011

Largest & Smallest District in India by Population

North 24 Parganas in West Bengal is the most populated district in the whole of India. As per Census 2011, Thane was the most populated district with 11,060,148;  however, in August 2014 the district was split into two with the creation of a new Palghar district, leaving the reduced Thane district with a 2011 Census population of 8,070,032. 

Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh with a population of Just 8004 is the least populated district in India

# by PopulationDistrictPopulation (Census 2011)
Most PopulatedNorth 24 Parganas, West Bengal10,009,781 persons
LeastDibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh8004 persons 

Source: Census 2011

District with Highest & Lowest Literacy rate

Serchhip in Mizoram has the highest literacy rate in India. Its literacy rate is 97.91%. Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh with a literacy rate of 36.1% is the least literate district in India.

# by Literacy RateDistrictLiteracy Rate
Most LiterateSerchip, Mizoram97.91%
LeastAlirajpur, Madhya Pradesh36.1%

Source: Census 2011

District with Highest & Lowest Male Female Ratio

Mahe in Puducherry has the highest Male-Female Sex ratio in India.  Daman District in Daman & Diu has the lowest male-female sex ratio in India.

# by Literacy RateDistrictSex ratio 
HighestMahe, Puducherry1184 females to 1000 males
LowestDaman, Daman & Diu534 females to 1000 males

Source: Census 2011