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List of Districts in India 2021

A district (zilā in Hindi) is an administrative division of an Indian state or union territory. As of 2021, there are a total of 748 districts in 36 States/UTs of India. Uttar Pradesh with 75 districts has the maximum number of districts in the States. Goa has only 2 districts. Union Territories of Lakshadweep & Chandigarh has 1 district each.

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.

Top Districts of India by Population

As per the 2011 Census, Thane with a population of 1.10 Crores is the most populated district in India. In 2014 Thane got bifurcated split into two districts (Palhgar District). So now North 24 Parganas is the most populated district in India followed closely by Bangalore Urban district & Pune district. Similarly, Barddhman district which is 7th on the list in 2011 was bifurcated into Purba Bardhaman district and Paschim Bardhaman district. The list of the top 10 districts of India by population is as following

Top 10 populated districts of India

#DistrictState2011 Population2021 Estimates
1North 24 ParganasWest Bengal10,009,7811.07 Crores
2Bangalore UrbanKarnataka9,621,5511.15 Crores
3PuneMaharashtra9,429,4081.14 Crores
4Mumbai SuburbanMaharashtra9,356,96298 Lakhs
5South 24 ParganasWest Bengal8,161,96188 Lakhs
6ThaneMaharashtra8,070,032 88 Lakhs
7AhmedabadGujarat7,214,22580 Lakhs
8MurshidabadWest Bengal7,103,80776 lakhs
9JaipurRajasthan6,626,17876 lakhs
10NashikMaharashtra6,107,18768 lakhs

 Source: Census 2011

Largest Districts of India by Total Area

As per the 2011 Census, the Kachchh district in Gujarat is the largest district in India By area followed by Leh & Jaisalmer. Out of the top 10 districts by area, five districts are in a state of Rajasthan. Let look at Top 10 Largest Districts of India by Total Area

#DistrictStateArea(Km2)
1KachchhGujarat45652
2LehJammu and Kashmir45110
3JaisalmerRajasthan39313
4BikanerRajasthan28466
5BarmerRajasthan28393
6JodhpurRajasthan22901
7AnantapurAndhra Pradesh19130
8MahbubnagarAndhra Pradesh18432
9NagaurRajasthan17686
10KurnoolAndhra Pradesh17658

 Source: Census 2011

Smallest Districts of India by Total Area

As per the 2011 Census, the Mahe district in Puducherry is the smallest district in India By area followed by central Delhi & Yanam. Let look at Top 10 Smallest Districts of India by Total Area

RankDistrictStateArea(Km2)
1MahePuducherry9
2Central DelhiDelhi23
3YanamPuducherry17
4LakshadweepLakshadweep32
5New DelhiDelhi35
6DiuDaman and Diu40
7North DelhiDelhi59
8North East DelhiDelhi56
9East DelhiDelhi49
10DamanDaman and Diu72

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