ABOUT INDIA

District of India

india-states-numbered-svgA district (zila) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. In some cases districts are further subdivided into sub-divisions, and in others directly into tehsils or talukas. As of 2016 there are a total of 687 districts, up from the 640 in the 2011 Census of India and the 593 recorded in the 2001 Census of India.

District officials include:

  • Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate or District Collector, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, in charge of administration and revenue collection
  • Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, responsible for maintaining law and order
  • Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, entrusted with the management of the forests, environment and wildlife of the district

Each of these officials is aided by officers from the appropriate branch of the state government.

Most districts have a distinct headquarters; Mumbai City district (MC) in Maharashtra (MH) is an example which, despite forming a district, does not have a clear headquarters, though it does have a District Collector.

Mahe of Puducherry is the smallest (9 km2) district of India by area while Kutch of Gujarat is the largest (45,652 km2) district of India by area.

No. of districts in each state or UT
Map key Name of State or Union Territory (Italicized) Number of Districts Population Population/district
1 Andhra Pradesh 13 49,386,799 3,798,985
2 Arunachal Pradesh 20 1,383,727 69,186
3 Assam 33 31,205,576 945,624
4 Bihar 38 104,099,452 2,739,459
5 Chhattisgarh 27 25,545,198 946,118
6 Goa   2 1,458,545 729,273
7 Gujarat 33 60,439,692 1,831,506
8 Haryana 22 25,351,462 1,152,339
9 Himachal Pradesh 12 6,864,602 572,050
10 Jammu and Kashmir 22 12,541,302 570,059
11 Jharkhand 24 32,988,134 1,374,506
12 Karnataka 30 61,095,297 2,036,510
13 Kerala 14 33,406,061 2,386,147
14 Madhya Pradesh 51 72,626,809 1,424,055
15 Maharashtra 36 112,374,333 3,121,509
16 Manipur 9 2,721,756 302,417
17 Meghalaya 11 2,966,889 269,717
18 Mizoram 8 1,097,206 137,151
19 Nagaland 11 1,978,502 179,864
20 Odisha 30 41,974,218 1,399,141
21 Punjab 22 27,743,338 1,261,061
22 Rajasthan 33 68,548,437 2,077,225
23 Sikkim 4 610,577 152,644
24 Tamil Nadu 32 72,147,030 2,254,595
25 Tripura 8 3,673,917 459,240
26 Uttar Pradesh 75 199,812,341 2,664,165
27 Uttarakhand 13 10,086,292 775,869
28 West Bengal 20 91,276,115 4,563,806
29 Telangana 31 35,193,978 1,135,290
A Andaman and Nicobar 3 380,581 126,860
B Chandigarh 1 1,055,450 1,055,450
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 343,709 343,709
D Daman and Diu 2 243,247 121,624
E Lakshadweep 1 64,473 64,473
F NCT Delhi 11 16,787,941 1,526,176
G Puducherry 4 1,247,953 311,988
36 Total 687 1,210,854,977 1,762,525

 

District
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Category Second-level administrative division
Location States and union territories of India
Number 687 (as of 2016)
Populations Greatest: Thane, Maharashtra—11,060,148 (2011 census)
Least: Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh—8,004 (2011 census)
Areas Largest: Kachchh, Gujarat—17,626 sq mi (45,650 km2)
Smallest: Mahe, Puducherry—3.36 sq mi (8.7 km2)
Government District Administration
Subdivisions Tehsil, Taluka, Mandal
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