Districts of India

Districts of India
The divisions of a district. Goa is a state divided into two districts. Each district is further divided into several talukas.

A district (Hindi: ज़िला Zilā) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. Districts are further subdivided, in some cases into Sub-Divisions, and otherwise directly into tehsils or talukas.

District officials include:

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

Most districts have a distinct headquarters; Mumbai is an example of a city which, despite coming under a district, does not have a district headquarters, though it does have a Collector.



No. of districts in each state or UT
Map key Name of State or Union Territory Dist.
1 Andhra Pradesh 23
2 Arunachal Pradesh 16
3 Assam 27
4 Bihar 38
5 Chhattisgarh 18
6 Goa   2
7 Gujarat 26
8 Haryana 21
9 Himachal Pradesh 12
10 Jammu and Kashmir 22
11 Jharkhand 24
12 Karnataka 30
13 Kerala 14
14 Madhya Pradesh 50
15 Maharashtra 35
16 Manipur   9
17 Meghalaya   7
18 Mizoram   8
19 Nagaland  11
20 Orissa 30
21 Punjab 20
22 Rajasthan 33
23 Sikkim   4
24 Tamil Nadu 32
25 Tripura   4
26 Uttar Pradesh 75
27 Uttarakhand 13
28 West Bengal 19
A Andaman and Nicobar   3
B Chandigarh   1
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli   1
D Daman and Diu   2
E Lakshadweep   1
F National Capital Territory of Delhi   9
G Puducherry   2
 % Total   640
States and territories of India, numbered as per the table


The majority of districts are named after their administrative center. Some are referred to by two names, a traditional one and one that uses the name of the town that is the headquarters. Since most of the districts are named after a town, the word "district" or "District" is appended to distinguish between the town and the district. Official websites very often use District with a capital D in this context.

Ambiguous names

The names of the 640 districts are mostly unique. There are some exceptions:

  • Within India five names are ambiguous, representing 10 districts: Aurangabad (BR, MH), Bijapur (CT, KA), Bilaspur (CT, HP), Hamirpur (HP, UP), Pratapgarh (RJ, UP).
  • Seven districts share names with districts in other countries in South Asia: Bhojpur (BR/Nepal), Daman (DD, Afghanistan), Ghaziabad (UP, Afghanistan), Gopalganj (BR, Bangladesh), Hyderabad (AP/Pakistan), Lalitpur (UP/Nepal), Poonch (JK, Pakistan)
  • One outside South Asia: Mansa District (PB, Zambia)

City districts

Note: Chandigarh is the capital of two states and 1 Union territory.

See also


External links

  • 2001 maps; provides maps of social, economic and demographic data of India in 2001

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