Which State has the Highest Literacy Rate?

Map of India Highlighting State with the Highest Literacy Rate
Map of India depicting state with the highest literacy rate in the country

Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India.

The literacy rate is one of the keys to measuring socio-economic progress. For calculating the effective literacy rate, the population aged seven years and above is taken into account. India had a literacy rate of around 12% at the time of independence. Through multi-tier efforts, it has now attained a literacy rate of 74.04% as per the 2011 census. However, the current literacy rate of India is still way below the world average of 84%.

As per the 2011 census, the state of Kerala has the highest literacy rate at 93.91%. The male literacy rate in Kerala is 96.02% whereas the female literacy rate is 91.98%. The state has registered a decadal growth of 3.14 percentage points from the 2001 census.

Mizoram comes in second place with 91.58% of the population being literate as per the 2011 census. The male literacy rate is 93.72% whereas the female literacy rate is 89.40%. The state of Mizoram has registered a decadal growth of 2.53 percentage points.

Tripura comes in third place with a literacy rate of 87.75% as per the 2011 census. The male literacy rate is 92.18% whereas the female literacy rate is 83.15%. The state has registered a decadal growth of 14.03 percentage points.

Tripura is closely followed by Goa, with a literacy rate of 87.40% as per the 2011 census. The male literacy rate is 92.81% whereas the female literacy rate is 81.84%. The state has registered a remarkable decadal growth of 6.69 percentage points.

Among the Union Territories, Lakshadweep has the highest literacy rate of 92.28%. The male literacy rate is 96.11% whereas the female literacy rate is 88.25%. Lakshadweep has registered a decadal growth of 5.19 percentage points.

Bihar has the lowest literacy rate, which is only 63.82%. The male literacy rate is 73.39% whereas the female literacy rate is 53.33%. However, the state has registered a decadal growth of 14.8 percentage points, which is a good sign.

Among the Union Territories, Jammu & Kashmir (including UT of Ladakh) has the lowest literacy rate at 68.74%. The male literacy rate is 78.26% whereas the female literacy rate is 58.01%. (For Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, combined data of unified Jammu & Kashmir is available, before the bifurcation of the state.)

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