What is the total number of districts in India?

The states in India are further divided into districts for better administration. The number of districts in a state generally depends on the population density. Uttar Pradesh which is the most populous state in India has the most number of districts among all states. Currently, the total number of districts in India is 740.

India is a country with a humongous population. The population is still rising at a fairly high rate. The total number of districts in India is expected to rise further in the coming years. The following is a list showing the number of districts state-wise.

State-wise number of districts

StateNumber of districtsArea rankPopulation rank
1Andhra Pradesh13710
2Arunachal Pradesh251426
3Assam341615
4Bihar38123
5Chhattisgarh28917
6Goa22825
7Gujarat3359
8Haryana222018
9Himachal Pradesh121720
10Jharkhand241514
11Karnataka3168
12Kerala142113
13Madhya Pradesh5225
14Maharashtra3632
15Manipur162323
16Meghalaya112222
17Mizoram112427
18Nagaland122524
19Odisha30811
20Punjab231916
21Rajasthan3317
22Sikkim52728
23Tamil Nadu38106
24Telangana331112
25Tripura82621
26Uttar Pradesh7541
27Uttarakhand131819
28West Bengal23134
Total – 695
Union territoryNumber of districtsArea RankPopulation rank
1Andaman and Nicobar islands 336
2Chandigarh 174
3Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 355
4Jammu and Kashmir 2022
5Ladakh 217
6Lakshadweep 188
7National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) 1141
8Puducherry 463
Total – 45

Key points

  • Kutch (Kachchh) district is the largest district in India in terms of area. It has an area of 45,674 square kilometers.
  • Leh district is the second-largest district in India. However, considering the disputed regions of Gilgit Baltistan and Aksai Chin, Leh becomes the largest district.
  • The smallest district in India is Mahe which is just about 9 square kilometers in area. Mahe is one of the four districts of Puducherry union territory.
  • 3 new districts are proposed in Madhya Pradesh- Nagda, Maihar, and Chachaura.
  • 1 new district Tamulpur is proposed in Assam.
  • The National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) has 11 districts.
  • Goa has the least number of districts among all states. Goa has only two districts- North Goa and South Goa.

The article was last updated on 2 November 2021.


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