States and union territories of India
|Indian States and Union territories|
|Location||Republic of India|
7 Union territories
|Populations||States: 607,688 Sikkim – 199,581,477 Uttar Pradesh
Union Territories: 64,429 Lakshadweep – 11,007,835 National Capital Territory
|Areas||States: 3,700 km2 (1,429 sq mi) Goa – 342,269 km2 (132,151 sq mi) Rajasthan
Union territories: 31 km2 (12 sq mi) Lakshadweep – 8,070 km2 (3,117 sq mi) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
|Government||State government, Union Government (Union territories)|
India is a federal union comprising twenty-nine states and seven union territories. The states and union territories are further subdivided into districts and further into smaller administrative divisions.
The Indian Subcontinent has been ruled by many different ethnic groups throughout its history, each instituting their own policies of administrative division in the region. During the British Raj, the original administrative structure was mostly kept, and India was divided into provinces (also called Presidencies) that were directly governed by the British and princely states which were nominally controlled by a local prince or raja loyal to the British Empire, who held de facto sovereignty (suzerainty) over the princely states.
Between 1947 and 1950, the territories of the princely states were politically integrated into the Indian Union. Most were merged into existing provinces; others were organised into new provinces, such as Rajputana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Bharat, and Vindhya Pradesh, made up of multiple princely states; a few, including Mysore, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Bilaspur, became separate provinces. The new Constitution of India, which came into force on 26 January 1950, made India a sovereign democratic republic. The new republic was also declared to be a "Union of States". The constitution of 1950 distinguished between three main types of states:
- Part A states, which were the former governors' provinces of British India, were ruled by an elected governor and state legislature. The nine Part A states were Assam, Bihar, Bombay, Madhya Pradesh (formerly Central Provinces and Berar), Madras, Orissa, Punjab (formerly East Punjab), Uttar Pradesh (formerly the United Provinces), and West Bengal.
- The eight Part B states were former princely states or groups of princely states, governed by a rajpramukh, who was usually the ruler of a constituent state, and an elected legislature. The rajpramukh was appointed by the President of India. The Part B states were Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Bharat, Mysore, Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU), Rajasthan, Saurashtra, and Travancore-Cochin.
- The ten Part C states included both the former chief commissioners' provinces and some princely states, and each was governed by a chief commissioner appointed by the President of India. The Part C states were Ajmer, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Coorg, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Cutch, Manipur, Tripura, and Vindhya Pradesh.
- The only Part D state was the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which were administered by a lieutenant governor appointed by the central government.
States Reorganization (1951-56)
The Union Territory of Puducherry was created in 1954 comprising the previous French enclaves of Pondichéry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahé. Andhra State was created on October 1, 1953 from the Telugu-speaking northern districts of Madras State.
The States Reorganisation Act of 1956 reorganized the states based on linguistic lines resulting in the creation of the new states. As a result of this act, Madras State retained its name with Kanyakumari district added to from Travancore-Cochin. Andhra Pradesh was created with the merger of Andhra State with the Telugu-speaking districts of Hyderabad State in 1956. Kerala was created with the merger of Malabar district and the Kasaragod taluk of South Canara districts of Madras State with Travancore-Cochin. Mysore State was re-organized with the addition of districts of Bellary and South Canara (excluding Kasaragod taluk) and the Kollegal taluk of Coimbatore district from the Madras State, the districts of Belgaum, Bijapur, North Canara and Dharwad from Bombay State, the Kannada-majority districts of Bidar, Raichur and Gulbarga from Hyderabad State and the province of Coorg. The Laccadive Islands which were divided between South Canara and Malabar districts of Madras State were united and organized into the union territory of Lakshadweep.
Bombay State was enlarged by the addition of Saurashtra State and Kutch State, the Marathi-speaking districts of Nagpur Division of Madhya Pradesh and Marathwada region of Hyderabad State. Rajasthan and Punjab gained territories from Ajmer and Patiala and East Punjab States Union respectively and certain territories of Bihar was transferred to West Bengal.
Bombay State was split into the linguistic states of Gujarat and Maharashtra on 1 May 1960 by the Bombay Reorganisation Act. Nagaland was formed on 1 December 1963. The Punjab Reorganisation Act of 1966 resulted in the creation of Haryana on 1 November and the transfer of the northern districts of Punjab to Himachal Pradesh. The act also designated Chandigarh as a union territory and the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana.
Madras state was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968. North-eastern states of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura were formed on 21 January 1972. Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka in 1973. On 16 May 1975, Sikkim became the 22nd state of the Indian Union and the state's monarchy was abolished. In 1987, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram became states on 20 February, followed by Goa on 30 May, while Goa's northern exclaves of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli became separate union territories.
In November 2000, three new states were created namely, Chhattisgarh from eastern Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal from northwest Uttar Pradesh (renamed Uttarakhand in 2007) and Jharkhand from southern districts of Bihar. Orissa was renamed as Odisha in 2011. Telangana was created on June 2, 2014 by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh and comprises ten districts in northwestern Andhra Pradesh.
|Map||Name||ISO 3166-2 code||Date of formation||Population||Area
(if not the capital)
|Literacy Rate (%)||% of total population that is urban|
|1||Andhra Pradesh||AP||1953 Oct 1
(as Andhra State)
|2||Arunachal Pradesh||AR||1987 Feb 20||1,382,611||83,743||English||Itanagar||17||66.95||20.8|
|3||Assam||AS||1912 Apr 1
(as Assam Province)
|31,169,272||78,550||Assamese, Bengali, Bodo||Dispur||Guwahati||397||73.18||12.9|
|4||Bihar||BR||1936 Apr 1||103,804,637||99,200||Hindi, Urdu||Patna||1,102||63.82||10.5|
|5||Chhattisgarh||CT||2000 Nov 1||25,540,196||135,194||Hindi||RaipurNote 2||189||71.04||20.1|
|6||Goa||GA||1987 May 30||1,457,723||3,702||Konkani||Panaji||Vasco||394||87.40||62.2|
|7||Gujarat||GJ||1960 May 1||60,383,628||196,024||Gujarati||Gandhinagar||Ahmedabad||308||79.31||37.4|
|8||Haryana||HR||1966 Nov 1||25,353,081||44,212||Hindi, Punjabi||Chandigarh
(shared, Union Territory)
|9||Himachal Pradesh||HP||1971 Jan 25||6,856,509||55,673||Hindi||Shimla||123||83.78||9.8|
|10||Jammu and Kashmir||JK||1947 Oct 26||12,548,926||222,236||Urdu||Srinagar (summer)
|11||Jharkhand||JH||2000 Nov 15||32,966,238||74,677||Hindi||Ranchi||Jamshedpur||414||67.63||22.2|
|12||Karnataka||KA||1956 Nov 1 (as Mysore State)||61,130,704||191,791||Kannada||Bengaluru||319||75.60||34.0|
|13||Kerala||KL||1956 Nov 1||33,387,677||38,863||Malayalam||Thiruvananthapuram||859||93.91||26.0|
|14||Madhya Pradesh||MP||1947 Aug 15||72,597,565||308,252||Hindi||Bhopal||Indore||236||70.63||26.5|
|15||Maharashtra||MH||1960 May 1||112,372,972||307,713||Marathi||Mumbai||365||82.91||42.4|
|16||Manipur||MN||1972 Jan 21||2,721,756||22,347||Manipuri||Imphal||122||79.85||25.1|
|17||Meghalaya||ML||1972 Jan 21||2,964,007||22,720||English, Garo, Hindi, Khasi, Pnar||Shillong||132||75.48||19.6|
|18||Mizoram||MZ||1987 Feb 20||1,091,014||21,081||Mizo, English||Aizawl||52||91.58||49.6|
|19||Nagaland||NL||1963 Dec 1||1,980,602||16,579||English||Kohima||Dimapur||119||80.11||17.2|
|20||Odisha||OR||1936 Apr 1
(as Orissa Province)
|21||Punjab||PB||1947 Aug 15
(as Patiala and East Punjab States Union)
(shared, Union Territory)
|22||Rajasthan||RJ||1950 Jan 26||68,621,012||342,269||Hindi||Jaipur||201||67.06||23.4|
|23||Sikkim||SK||1975 May 16||607,688||7,096||Bhutia, Gurung, Lepcha, Limbu, Manggar, Nepali, Newari, Sherpa, Sunwar, Tamang||Gangtok||86||82.20||11.1|
|24||Tamil Nadu||TN||1950 Jan 26
(as Madras State)
|25||Telangana||TG||2014 Jun 2||35,193,978||114,840||Telugu, Urdu||HyderabadNote 1||307 ||66.50% ||N/A|
|26||Tripura||TR||1972 Jan 21||3,671,032||10,492||Bengali, Tripuri||Agartala||350||87.75||17.1|
|27||Uttar Pradesh||UP||1902 Mar 22
(as United Provinces of Agra and Oudh)
|28||Uttarakhand||UT||2000 Nov 9 (as Uttaranchal)||10,116,752||53,483||Hindi, Sanskrit||DehradunNote 3||189||79.63||25.7|
|29||West Bengal||WB||1947 Aug 15||91,347,736||88,752||Bengali, Nepali[lower-alpha 1]||Kolkata||1,029||77.08||28.0|
- ^Note 1 Andhra Pradesh was divided into two states, Telangana and a residual Andhra Pradesh on 2 June 2014. Hyderabad, located entirely within the borders of Telangana, is to serve as joint capital for both states for a period of time not exceeding ten years.
- ^Note 2 Raipur is the interim capital of Chhattisgarh. The town of Naya Raipur 17 km from Raipur is envisaged as the state's new capital.
- ^Note 3 Dehradun is the interim capital of Uttarakhand. The town of Gairsain is envisaged as the state's new capital.
|Map||Name||ISO 3166-2 code||Population||Official
|Literacy Rate(%)||% Urban Population|
|A||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||AN||379,944||English, Hindi||Port Blair||46||86.27||32.6|
|B||Chandigarh||CH||1,054,686||English, Hindi, Punjabi||Chandigarh||9,252||86.43||89.8|
|C||Dadra and Nagar Haveli||DN||342,853||English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi||Silvassa||698||77.65||22.9|
|D||Daman and Diu||DD||242,911||English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi||Daman||2,169||87.07||36.2|
|F||National Capital Territory of Delhi||DL||11,007,835||English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu||New Delhi||11,297||86.34||93.2|
|G||Puducherry||PY||1,244,464||English, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu[lower-alpha 2]||Pondicherry||2,598||86.55||66.6|
- Autonomous regions of India
- Emblems of Indian States
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- List of adjectives and demonyms for states and territories of India
- List of states and union territories of India by population
- List of states in India by past population
- List of Indian state and union territory name etymologies
- Subdivisions of India
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