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Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India, District Wise Literacy Rate

Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India

In India there are many districts where literacy rate is very low. Here is a list of Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India. India is still developing to catch up with other developed country in terms of education as its Literacy rate is just 74.04% in 2011. On this page you may check the District Wise Literacy Rate of India. Literacy in rural areas are worse than urban India. Many districts of Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh and Orissa lie in the list of illiterate Districts.

Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India

2011 Census 2001 Census
Rank District State Average Male Female Average Male Female
1 Alirajpur Madhya Pradesh 36.10 42.02 30.29 31.10 40.18 22.01
2 Bijapur Chhattisgarh 40.86 50.46 31.11 30.35 40.31 20.34
3 Dantewada Chhattisgarh 42.12 51.92 32.54 30.45 39.97 21.18
4 Jhabua Madhya Pradesh 43.30 52.85 33.77 41.37 53.95 28.58
5 Nabarangapur Orissa 46.43 57.31 35.80 33.93 47.04 20.67
6 Shrawasti Uttar Pradesh 46.74 57.16 34.78 33.82 46.67 18.58
7 Malkangiri Orissa 48.54 59.07 38.28 30.53 40.14 20.91
8 Narayanpur Chhattisgarh 48.62 57.31 39.88 37.54 48.44 26.78
9 Kurung Kumey Arunachal Pradesh 48.75 55.12 42.64 25.74 34.08 17.45
10 Pakur Jharkhand 48.82 57.06 40.52 30.65 40.23 20.61


Alirajpur is one of the fifty District of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is spread over the 2,165 km2 area and population of this district is 728,677. In the year of 2011 literacy rate of this district was 36.10, which is least in all over the India. It is at the first rank in the Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India.


Bijapur district is one of the 27 districts of Chhattisgarh state in central India. Its area is 6,562.48 km2 and population of 2, 55, 180 people are spread over this area. According to the 2011 Census literacy rate Bijapur is 40.86. Most part of the district consists of hills so  is rich in forest.

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Dantewada is a district in the state of Chhattisgarh. It is at third rank in the Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India with 42.12 literacy rate. Area of Dantewada is 3, 410.50 km2 and its population was 247,029 in 2011. Until 1998, Dantewada was a tehsil of the larger Bastar District.


Jhabua is a district situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is spread over 3,782 km2 or (1,460 sq mi) area and lies in western part of Madhya Pradesh. Population of Jhabua is 1,024,091 and literacy rate of jhabua is 43.30. It is at the 4th place in the list of District Wise Literacy Rate.


Nabarangapur is district of Odisha, India, which is situated at the southwest corner of Odisha. Most of the land of this district is forested. It is spread over 5,294 km2 area and its population is 1,220,946. Literacy rate of Nabarangapur is 46.43 according to 2011 Census and it is at 5th place in the list of Top 10 Lowest Literate Districts Of India.

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Shravasti is one of the districts of the Uttar Pradesh state of India, which is one of the top ten illiterate districts in India. It spread over 1,858.2 km2 area and its population is 1,114,615. According to 2011 Census its literacy rate is 46.74.


Malkangiri district is a district of the state of Odisha, India. Its population is 612,727, which is spread over the 5,791 km2 area. Odia, English and Telugu are important languages of Malkangiri. Its literacy is 48.54 percent and it takes seventh place it list of illiterate districts.


Narayanpur is one of the 27 districts of Chhattisgarh State in Central India. Its area is 6640 km² and population is 110, 800 in 2001. Administrative headquarters of this district is Narayanpur town. It contains 366 villages and its literacy rate is 48.62.

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Kurung Kumey

Kurung Kumey is one of the 17 districts of the Arunachal Pradesh, India and it’s headquarter is situated at Koloriang. Its population is 89,717 and literacy rate is 48.75. it take 9th rank in the list of top ten illiterate districts. Kurung Kumey has a sex ratio of 1029 females for every 1000 males.


Pakur district is one of the 24 districts of Jharkhand state, India. Its population was 899,200 according to 2011 Census and it is spread over 686.21 km² area. It is situated on the north-eastern corner of Jharkhand state. Literacy rate of this district is 48.82 according to 2011 Census.

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