Administrative divisions of India

The administrative divisions of India are subnational administrative units of India; they are composed of a nested hierarchy of administrative divisions.

Indian states and territories frequently use different local titles for the same level of subdivision (e.g., the mandals of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana correspond to tehsils of Uttar Pradesh and other Hindi-speaking states but to talukas of Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu).[1]

The smaller subdivisions (villages and blocks) exist only in rural areas. In urban areas, urban local bodies exist instead of these rural subdivisions.

Tiers of IndiaEdit

The diagram below outlines the six tiers of government:

(e.g. West Bengal State)
(e.g. Presidency Division)
(e.g. North 24 Parganas District)
(e.g. Basirhat Subdivision)
(e.g. Basirhat II Block)

Zones and regionsEdit


The six zones of India

The states of India have been grouped into six zones having an Advisory Council "to develop the habit of cooperative working" among these States. Zonal Councils were set up vide Part-III of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956. The North Eastern States' special problems are addressed by another statutory body - The North Eastern Council, created by the North Eastern Council Act, 1971.[2] The present composition of each of these Zonal Councils is as under:[3]

Cultural zonesEdit

Each zone has a zonal headquarters where a zonal cultural center has been established.[7] Several states have membership in multiple zones, but no state subdivisions are utilized in the zonal divisions. In addition to promoting the culture of the zones they are responsible for, each zonal center also works to cross-promote and create exposure to other cultural zones of India by organizing functions and inviting artistes from other zones.

Location of the headquarters of each cultural zone
Zone Zonal Centre Extent
South Culture Zone South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana[8]
South Central Culture Zone South-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana[9]
North Culture Zone North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Punjab Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand[10]
North Central Culture Zone North-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand[11]
East Culture Zone East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal[12]
North East Culture Zone North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura[13]
West Culture Zone West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan[14]

States and union territoriesEdit

India is composed of 28 states and eight union territories (including a national capital territory).[15] The union territories are governed by administrators, appointed by the President of India. Three of these territories (Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Puducherry) have been given partial statehood, with elected legislatures and executive councils of ministers, with reduced powers.

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A clickable map of the 28 states and 8 union territories of India


Number State Code Estd. Capital
1 Andhra Pradesh AP Amaravati
2 Arunachal Pradesh AR Itanagar
3 Assam AS Dispur
4 Bihar BR Patna
5 Chhattisgarh CG Raipur[a]
6 Goa GA Panaji
7 Gujarat GJ Gandhinagar
8 Haryana HR Chandigarh (shared with Punjab, also a Union Territory)
9 Himachal Pradesh HP Shimla (summer), Dharamshala (winter)
10 Jharkhand JH Ranchi
11 Karnataka KA Bangalore
12 Kerala KL Thiruvananthapuram
13 Madhya Pradesh MP Bhopal
14 Maharashtra MH Mumbai (summer), Nagpur (winter)
15 Manipur MN Imphal
16 Meghalaya ML Shillong
17 Mizoram MZ Aizawl
18 Nagaland NL Kohima
19 Odisha OD Bhubaneshwar
20 Punjab PB Chandigarh (shared with Haryana, also a Union Territory)
21 Rajasthan RJ Jaipur
22 Sikkim SK Gangtok
23 Tamil Nadu TN Chennai
24 Telangana TS Hyderabad
25 Tripura TR Agartala
26 Uttar Pradesh UP Lucknow
27 Uttarakhand UT Bhararisain (summer), Dehradun (winter)
28 West Bengal WB Kolkata

Union territoriesEdit

Letter / number Union territory Code Capital
A Andaman and Nicobar Islands AN Port Blair
B Chandigarh CH Chandigarh (also the capital of Haryana and Punjab)
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu DD Daman
D Jammu and Kashmir JK Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter)
E Ladakh LA Leh and Kargil
F Lakshadweep LD Kavaratti
G National Capital Territory of Delhi DL New Delhi
H Puducherry PY Pondicherry

Autonomous administrative divisionsEdit

Autonomous areas in North East India

The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India allows for the formation of autonomous administrative divisions which have been given autonomy within their respective states.[16] Most of these autonomous areas are located in North East India.

Autonomous district councils operating under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India are shown like this.[clarification needed]

State/Union Territory Autonomous Council Headquarters Districts / Subdivisions
Assam Bodoland Territorial Council Kokrajhar Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang,Udalguri
Deori Autonomous Council Narayanpur Lakhimpur
North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council Haflong Dima Hasao
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council Diphu East Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong
Mising Autonomous Council Dhemaji Dhemaji
Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council Dudhnoi Kamrup Rural, Goalpara
Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dibrugarh
Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council Titabar
Tiwa Autonomous District Council Morigaon
Ladakh Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil Kargil
Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh Leh
Manipur Chandel Autonomous District Council Chandel
Churachandpur Autonomous District Council Churachandpur
Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council Kangpokpi Saikul, Saitu and Sadar Hills West subdivisions of Kangpokpi district
Senapati Autonomous District Council Senapati
Tamenglong Autonomous District Council Tamenglong
Ukhul Autonomous District Council Ukhrul
Meghalaya Garo Hills Autonomous District Council Tura East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, North Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills
Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council Jowai East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills
Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council Shillong West Khasi Hills, East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi
Mizoram Chakma Autonomous District Council Kamalanagar Tuichawng subdivision
Lai Autonomous District Council Lawngtlai Lawngtlai subdivision, Sangau subdivision
Mara Autonomous District Council Siaha Siaha subdivision, Tipa subdivision
Tripura Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council Khumulwng
West Bengal Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Darjeeling Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik subdivisions of Darjeeling district, Kalimpong district


Many of the Indian states are subdivided into divisions, which have official administrative governmental status, and each division is headed by a senior IAS officer called Divisional Commissioner. Currently, superdistrict administrative divisions exist in 18 of the 28 states and 3 of the 8 union territories. The states of Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Sikkim, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Goa, and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands do not have divisions. Currently, there are a total of 102 divisions in India.

State/Union Territory Division Headquarter District Districts
Arunachal Pradesh East Namsai Lohit, Anjaw, Tirap, Changlang, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, East Siang, Upper Siang, Longding, Namsai, Siang
West Lower Subansiri Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Lower Siang and Itanagar Capital Complex
Assam Upper Assam Division Jorhat Charaideo, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Sivasagar, and Tinsukia
Lower Assam Division Guwahati Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhubri, Goalpara, Nalbari, Kamrup Metropolitan, Kamrup Rural, Kokrajhar, and South Salmara-Mankachar
North Assam Division Tezpur Biswanath, Darrang, Sonitpur, and Udalguri
Central Assam Division Nagaon Dima Hasao, Hojai, East Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, and Nagaon
Barak Valley Silchar Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj
Bihar Patna division Patna Patna, Nalanda, Bhojpur, Rohtas, Buxar and Kaimur
Tirhut division Muzaffarpur West Champaran, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and Vaishali
Saran division Chhapra Saran, Siwan and Gopalganj
Darbhanga division Darbhanga Darbhanga, Madhubani and Samastipur
Kosi division Saharsa Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul
Purnia division Purnia Purnia, Katihar, Araria and Kishanganj
Bhagalpur division Bhagalpur Bhagalpur and Banka
Munger division Munger Munger, Jamui, Khagaria, Lakhisarai, Begusarai and Sheikhpura
Magadh division Gaya Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Arwal
Chhattisgarh Surguja Surguja Koriya, Balrampur-Ramanujganj, Surajpur, Jashpur, Surguja and Mahendragarh
Bilaspur Bilaspur Bilaspur, Mungeli, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh, Gourella Pendra Marwahi, Sarangarh-Bilaigarh, Sakti
Durg Durg Kabirdham (Kawardha), Bemetara, Durg, Balod, Rajnandgaon, Mohla Manpur Chouki and Khairagarh
Raipur Raipur Mahasamund, Baloda Bazar, Gariaband, Raipur and Dhamtari
Bastar division Bastar Kanker (Uttar Bastar), Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Bastar, Dantewada (Dakshin Bastar), Bijapur and Sukma
Haryana Hisar division Hisar Fatehabad, Jind, Hisar and Sirsa
Gurgaon division Gurugram Gurugram, Mahendragarh and Rewari
Ambala division Ambala Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panchkula and Yamuna Nagar
Faridabad division Faridabad Faridabad, Palwal and Nuh
Rohtak division Rohtak Jhajjar, Charkhi Dadri, Rohtak, Sonipat and Bhiwani
Karnal division Karnal Karnal, Panipat and Kaithal
Himachal Pradesh Kangra Kangra Chamba, Kangra and Una
Mandi Mandi Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti and Mandi
Shimla Shimla Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmaur and Solan
Jharkhand Palamu division Palamu Garhwa, Latehar and Palamu
North Chotanagpur division Hazaribagh Bokaro, Chatra, Dhanbad, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Koderma and Ramgarh
South Chotanagpur division Ranchi Gumla, Khunti, Lohardaga, Ranchi and Simdega
Kolhan division West Singhbhum East Singhbhum, Seraikela Kharsawan district, and West Singhbhum
Santhal Pargana division Dumka Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Jamtara, Sahibganj and Pakur
Karnataka Bangalore division Bangalore Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Kolar, Shivamogga and Tumakuru
Mysore division Mysuru Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya and Mysuru
Belgaum division Belagavi Bagalkot, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri and Uttara Kannada
Kalaburagi division Kalaburagi

Ballari, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Raichur, Yadgir and Vijayanagara

Madhya Pradesh Bhopal division Bhopal

Bhopal, Raisen, Rajgarh, Sehore and Vidisha

Indore division Indore

Alirajpur district Barwani, Burhanpur, Indore, Dhar, Jhabua, Khandwa and Khargone

Gwalior division Gwalior

Gwalior, Ashoknagar, Shivpuri, Datia and Guna

Jabalpur division Jabalpur Balaghat, Chhindwara, Jabalpur, Katni, Mandla, Narsinghpur, Seoni and Dindori
Rewa division Rewa

Rewa, Satna, Sidhi and Singrauli

Sagar division Sagar

Chhatarpur, Damoh, Panna, Sagar, Tikamgarh and Niwari

Shahdol division Shahdol

Anuppur, Shahdol and Umaria

Ujjain division Ujjain

Agar Malwa, Dewas, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ratlam, Ujjain and Shajapur

Chambal division Morena

Morena, Sheopur and Bhind

Narmadapuram division Betul

Betul, Harda and Hoshangabad

Maharashtra Amravati division Amravati

Akola, Amravati, Buldana, Yavatmal and Washim

Aurangabad division Aurangabad

Aurangabad Beed, Jalna, Osmanabad, Nanded, Latur, Parbhani and Hingoli

Konkan division Mumbai

Mumbai City, Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg

Nagpur division Nagpur

Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Nagpur and Wardha

Nashik division Nashik

Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Nashik

Pune division Pune

Kolhapur, Pune, Sangli, Satara and Solapur

Meghalaya Tura West Garo Hills

South West Garo Hills, West Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills

Shillong East Khasi Hills

West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi, East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills, and East Jaintia Hills

Nagaland Nagaland Kohima

Chümoukedima, Dimapur, Kiphire, Kohima, Longleng, Mokokchung, Mon, Niuland, Noklak, Peren, Phek, Shamator, Tseminyü, Tuensang, Wokha and Zünheboto

Odisha Central Cuttack

Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, and Puri

Northern Sambalpur

Angul, Balangir, Bargarh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Kendujhar, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundargarh

Southern Berhampur

Boudh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Rayagada

Punjab Patiala Patiala

Patiala, Sangrur, Malerkotla, Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana

Faridkot Faridkot

Faridkot, Bathinda and Mansa

Firozepur Firozepur

Firozepur, Moga, Shri Muktsar Sahib and Fazilka

Jalandhar Jalandhar

Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur

Rup Nagar Rup Nagar

Rup Nagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar

Rajasthan Jaipur division Jaipur

Jaipur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Dausa

Jodhpur division Jodhpur

Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Pali and Sirohi

Ajmer division Ajmer

Ajmer, Bhilwara, Nagaur and Tonk

Udaipur division Udaipur

Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Dungarpur and Rajsamand

Bikaner division Bikaner

Bikaner, Churu, Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh

Kota division Kota

Baran, Bundi, Jhalawar and Kota

Bharatpur division Bharatpur

Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai and Madhopur

Uttar Pradesh Agra division Agra

Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri and Mathura

Aligarh division Aligarh

Aligarh, Etah, Hathras and Kasganj

Ayodhya division Ayodhya

Ambedkar Nagar, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Sultanpur and Amethi

Azamgarh division Azamgarh

Azamgarh, Ballia and Mau

Bareilly division Bareilly

Badaun, Bareilly, Pilibhit and Shahjahanpur

Basti division Basti

Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharthnagar

Chitrakoot division Chitrakoot

Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur and Mahoba

Devipatan division Gonda

Bahraich, Balarampur, Gonda and Shravasti

Gorakhpur division Gorakhpur

Deoria, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and Maharajganj

Jhansi division Jhansi

Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur

Kanpur division Kanpur Nagar

Auraiya, Etawah, Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Kanpur Dehat and Kanpur Nagar

Lucknow division Lucknow

Hardoi, Lakhimpur Kheri, Lucknow, Raebareli, Sitapur and Unnao

Meerut division Meerut

Baghpat, Bulandshahar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Hapur

Mirzapur division Mirzapur

Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar and Sonbhadra

Moradabad division Moradabad

Bijnor, Amroha, Moradabad, Rampur and Sambhal

Allahabad division Allahabad

Allahabad, Fatehpur, Kaushambi and Pratapgarh

Saharanpur division Saharanpur

Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur and Shamli

Varanasi division Varanasi

Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur and Varanasi

Uttarakhand Kumaon division Nainital

Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar

Garhwal division Pauri

Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal and Uttarkashi

West Bengal Presidency division Kolkata

Howrah, Kolkata, Nadia, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas

Medinipur division Paschim Medinipur

Bankura, Jhargram, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur and Purulia

Malda division Malda

Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad and Uttar Dinajpur

Burdwan division Hooghly

Birbhum, Hooghly, Paschim Bardhaman and Purba Bardhaman

Jalpaiguri division Jalpaiguri

Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong

Delhi Delhi division Central Delhi

Central Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, Shahdara, South Delhi, South East Delhi, South West Delhi and West Delhi

Jammu and Kashmir Jammu Division Jammu Jammu, Doda, Kathua, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Samba and Udhampur
Kashmir Division Srinagar Srinagar, Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Shopian
Ladakh Ladakh Division Leh Kargil and Leh
No. of divisions in each state or UT
Map key Name of State or Union Territory (Italicized) Number of Divisions Population[17] Population/district
1 Andhra Pradesh - 49,386,799 3,798,985
2 Arunachal Pradesh 2 1,383,727 57,656
3 Assam 5 31,169,272 944,523
4 Bihar 9 104,099,452 2,739,459
5 Chhattisgarh 5 25,545,198 946,118
6 Goa - 1,458,545 729,273
7 Gujarat - 60,439,692 1,831,506
8 Haryana 6 25,351,462 1,152,339
9 Himachal Pradesh 3 6,864,602 572,050
10 Telangana - 35,193,978 1,135,290
11 Jharkhand 5 32,988,134 1,374,506
12 Karnataka 4 61,095,297 2,036,510
13 Kerala - 33,406,061 2,386,147
14 Madhya Pradesh 10 72,626,809 1,396,669
15 Maharashtra 6 112,374,333 3,121,509
16 Manipur - 2,721,756 170,110
17 Meghalaya 2 2,966,889 269,717
18 Mizoram - 1,097,206 137,151
19 Nagaland 1 1,978,502 179,864
20 Odisha 3 41,974,218 1,399,141
21 Punjab 5 27,743,338 1,261,061
22 Rajasthan 7 68,548,437 2,077,225
23 Sikkim - 610,577 152,644
24 Tamil Nadu - 72,147,030 2,254,595
25 Tripura - 3,673,917 459,240
26 Uttar Pradesh 18 199,812,341 2,664,165
27 Uttarakhand 2 10,086,292 775,869
28 West Bengal 5 91,276,115 3,968,527
A Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 380,581 126,860
B Chandigarh - 1,055,450 1,055,450
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu - 586,956 195,652
D Jammu and Kashmir 2 12,258,433 612,922
E Lakshadweep - 64,473 64,473
F Delhi 1 16,787,941 1,526,176
G Puducherry - 1,247,953 311,988
H Ladakh 1 290,492 145,246
36 Total  102 1,210,854,977 1,677,084

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States and territories of India, numbered as per the table


Regions within statesEdit

Some states consist of regions, which have no official administrative governmental status. They are purely geographic regions; some correspond to historic countries, states or provinces. A region may comprise one or more divisions, averaging about three divisions per region. However, the boundaries of the regions and the boundaries of the divisions do not always coincide exactly. So far there has been no movement to give the regions official administrative status. If this was to be done, it would presumably require that the boundaries of the regions be slightly modified so that they correspond exactly with their constituent districts.


States and territories (or divisions) are further subdivided into districts (zilla), of which there are 775 (as of 2022). Each District is headed by an IAS officer called District Magistrate.

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A clickable map of the 28 states and 8 union territories of India
No. of districts in each state or UT
Map key Name of State or Union Territory (Italicized) Number of Divisions Number of Districts Population[17] Population/district
1 Andhra Pradesh 26 49,386,799 3,798,985
2 Arunachal Pradesh 25 1,383,727 57,656
3 Assam 34 31,169,272 916,743
4 Bihar 38 104,099,452 2,739,459
5 Chhattisgarh 33 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 Jharkhand 24 32,988,134 1,374,506
11 Karnataka 31 61,095,297 2,036,510
12 Kerala 14 33,406,061 2,386,147
13 Madhya Pradesh 55 72,626,809 1,396,669
14 Maharashtra 36 112,374,333 3,121,509
15 Manipur 16 2,721,756 170,110
16 Meghalaya 11 2,966,889 269,717
17 Mizoram 11 1,097,206 137,151
18 Nagaland 16 1,978,502 179,864
19 Odisha 30 41,974,218 1,399,141
20 Punjab 22 27,743,338 1,261,061
21 Rajasthan 33 68,548,437 2,077,225
22 Sikkim 4 610,577 152,644
23 Tamil Nadu 38 72,147,030 2,254,595
24 Telangana 33 35,193,978 1,135,290
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 23 91,276,115 3,968,527
A Andaman and Nicobar Islands 3 380,581 126,860
B Chandigarh 1 1,055,450 1,055,450
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 3 586,956 195,652
D Jammu and Kashmir 20 12,258,433 612,922
E Ladakh 2 290,492 145,246
F Lakshadweep 1 64,473 64,473
G Delhi 11 16,787,941 1,526,176
H Puducherry 4 1,247,953 311,988
36 Total  743 1,210,692,258 1,677,084


Tehsils, talukas, subdivisions, mandals, circles, headed by a Tehsildar or Talukdar or MRO, comprise several villages or village clusters. The governmental / elected bodies at the tehsil level are called the Panchayat samiti.

States use varying names for their subdistricts.[18]

Type and number of subdistricts in each State
State Type Count
Andhra Pradesh Mandal 664[19]
Arunachal Pradesh Circle 149
Assam Subdivision 155
Bihar Subdivision 101
Chhattisgarh Tehsil 149
Goa Taluka 12
Gujarat Taluka 248
Haryana Tehsil 67
Himachal Pradesh Tehsil 109
Jharkhand Subdivision 210
Karnataka Taluka 206
Kerala Taluka 77
Madhya Pradesh Tehsil 367
Maharashtra Taluka 353
Manipur Subdivision 38
Meghalaya Subdivision 39
Mizoram Subdivision 22
Nagaland Circle 93
Odisha Tehsil 485
Punjab Tehsil 72
Rajasthan Tehsil 268
Sikkim Subdivision 9
Tamil Nadu Taluka 201
Telangana Mandal 452
Tripura Subdivision 38
Uttar Pradesh Tehsil 350
Uttarakhand Tehsil 113
West Bengal Subdivision 69
Type and number of subdistricts in each Union Territory
Union Territory Type Count
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tehsil 7
Chandigarh Tehsil 1
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Taluka 3
Delhi Tehsil 33
Jammu and Kashmir Tehsil 55
Ladakh Tehsil 4
Lakshadweep Subdivision 4
Puducherry Commune Panchayat 10

Rural levelEdit


The Community Development Block also known as CD Block or just block, is often the next level of administrative division (for development purposes, whereas tehsil is next to the district for revenue purposes).

State CD Block Number of
CD Blocks
Bihar CD Block 534
Haryana CD Block 140
Jharkhand CD Block 263[20]
Tripura CD Block 58
Uttarakhand CD Block 95
West Bengal CD Block 341[21]


Villages are often the lowest level of subdivisions in India. The governmental bodies at the village level are called Gram Panchayat, of which there were an estimated 256,000 in 2002. Each Gram Panchayat covers a large village or a cluster of smaller villages with a combined population exceeding 500 Gram Sabha. Clusters of villages are also sometimes called Hobli or Patti.


Certain governmental functions and activities - including clean water availability, rural development, and education - are tracked at a sub-village level.[22] These hamlets are termed "habitations". India is composed of 1,714,556 habitations [23] In some states, most villages have a single habitation; in others (notably Kerala and Tripura) there is a high ratio of habitations to villages.[24]

Metropolitan areaEdit

A metro area usually comprises multiple jurisdictions and municipalities: neighbourhoods, townships, cities, exurbs, suburbs, counties, districts, states, and even nations like the eurodistricts. As social, economic, and political institutions have changed, metropolitan areas have become key economic and political regions. Metropolitan areas include one or more urban areas, as well as satellite cities, towns, and intervening rural areas that are socio-economically tied to the urban core, typically measured by commuting patterns The metropolitan cities of India are: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Historical administrative divisionsEdit

See alsoEdit

Explanatory notesEdit

  1. ^ Naya Raipur is planned to replace Raipur as the capital city of Chhattisgarh.


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