Districts of British India

The Districts of British India were administrative units of the Government of the British Raj or Indian Empire. Districts were generally subdivisions of the provinces and divisions of British India[1]


Districts, often known as zillas in vernacular, were established as subdivisions of the provinces (praanths in vernacular) and divisions of British India that were under one of the three Presidencies. [2]

Most of the districts that were created during the British Raj became Districts of India after the independence of India.

Historical districtsEdit

The following list includes only districts of British India that became extinguished or that saw major changes in their history:

Districts in the Madras PresidencyEdit

Districts in the Bengal PresidencyEdit

Districts in the Bombay PresidencyEdit

Other districtsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India. Published under the authority of His Majesty's Secretary of State for India in Council. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907-1909
  2. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, vol. V, 1908

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