Sunday, January 22, 2006

Literacy rate

Approximatively 65% of India’s population is literate (census 2001).

Genders

While male literacy rate stood at 75.3%, female literacy rate was 53.7%. Male literacy went up by 11% and female literacy by 14.4% as compared to the figures in the 1991 Census.

Top / Bottom states

Kerala: 88%/94% (Female/Male Literacy)
Mizoram: 86%/91%
All India average: 54%/76%
Jharkhand: 40%/68%
Bihar: 33.6%/60.3%

Country Comparison

India's literacy rate of 65% remains considerably below the literacy rates of other Asian countries that also experienced colonialism. India's most literate state of Kerala just about equals Vietnam's 1999 census figure.

Vietnam: 92% (1999 census)
Sri Lanka: 90% (1995 estimate)
Indonesia: 84% (1995 estimate)
India: 65.4% (2001 census)

In comparison to other South Asian nations, India continues to lead.

India: 65.4% (2001 census)
Bhutan: 54% (1996 figure)
Nepal: 50% (2000 estimate)
Pakistan: 45.4% (1998 census estimate)

Sources: 1, 2

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