Administrative divisions of India

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The Administrative divisions of India are Indian subnational administrative units; they compose a nested hierarchy of country subdivisions. Indian states and territories frequently use different local titles for the same level of subdivision (e.g., the Mandals of Andhra Pradesh correspond to Tehsils of Uttar Pradesh and other Hindi-speaking states and Talukas of Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu).[1]

The smaller subdivisions (villages and blocks) exist only in rural areas. In urban areas Urban Local Bodies exist instead of these rural subdivisions.

In the context of the Indian Constitution, local government bodies are the subject of the State List and are thereby governed by State Statutes, or in the case of Union Territories, by the Union Parliament. Federal recognition of local government was substantively expressed in the 74th Constitution Amendment Act of 1992.


The States have been grouped into six zones having an Advisory Council to develop the habit of cooperative working” among these States. Six Zonal Councils were set up vide Part-III of the States Reorganisation Act, 1956. The present composition of each of these Zonal Councils is as under:[2]

The Northern Zonal Council, comprising the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Chandigarh;

The North-Central Zonal Council, comprising the States of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and National Capital Territory of Delhi;

The North-Eastern Zonal Council, comprising the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura;

The Eastern Zonal Council, comprising the States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Western Zonal Council, comprising the States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu;

The Southern Zonal Council, comprising the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and the Union Territories Lakshadweep and Puducherry.

States and union territories[edit]

India is composed of 29 states and 7 union territories (including a national capital territory).[3] The union territories are governed by administrators, appointed by the President of India. Two of the territories (Delhi and Puducherry) have been given partial statehood, with elected legislatures and executive councils of ministers, but limited powers.

Number State Code Capital
1 Andhra Pradesh AP Hyderabad (shared with Telangana)
2 Arunachal Pradesh AR Itanagar
3 Assam AS Dispur
4 Bihar BR Patna
5 Chhattisgarh CG Raipur
6 Goa GA Panaji
7 Gujarat GJ Gandhinagar
8 Haryana HR Chandigarh (shared with Punjab)
9 Himachal Pradesh HP Shimla
10 Jammu and Kashmir JK Srinagar (summer), Jammu (winter)
11 Jharkhand JH Ranchi
12 Karnataka KA Bengaluru
13 Kerala KL Thiruvananthapuram
14 Madhya Pradesh MP Bhopal
15 Maharashtra MH Mumbai
16 Manipur MN Imphal
17 Meghalaya ML Shillong
18 Mizoram MZ Aizawl
19 Nagaland NL Kohima
20 Odisha OD Bhubaneshwar
21 Punjab PB Chandigarh (shared with Haryana)
22 Rajasthan RJ Jaipur
23 Sikkim SK Gangtok
24 Tamil Nadu TN Chennai
25 Telangana[4] TG Hyderabad (shared with Andhra Pradesh)
26 Tripura TR Agartala
27 Uttar Pradesh UP Lucknow
28 Uttarakhand UK Dehradun (interim)
29 West Bengal WB Kolkata
Union territories
Number Union territory Code Capital
A Andaman and Nicobar Islands AN Port Blair
B Chandigarh CH Chandigarh (also the capital of Haryana and Punjab)
C Dadra and Nagar Haveli DN Silvassa
D Daman and Diu DD Daman
E Lakshadweep LD Kavaratti
F National Capital Territory of Delhi DL New Delhi
G Puducherry PY Pondicherry
See also:
List of states and union territories of India by population (area can also be found)
Official languages of India#Languages currently used In Indian states and union territories


Some of the states of India are divided into regions. The Regions of India are not official administrative divisions. They have no official administrative governmental status. They are purely geographic regions; some correspond to historic countries, states or provinces. A region may comprise one or more divisions, averaging about three divisions per region. However, the boundaries of the regions and the boundaries of the divisions do not always coincide exactly. So far there has been no movement to give the regions official administrative status. If this was to be done, it would presumably require that the boundaries of the regions be slightly modified so that they correspond exactly with their constituent districts.


Some of the Indian states are subdivided into divisions, each comprising several districts:


States and territories (or divisions) are further subdivided into Districts (zilla), of which there are 655.[5]


Main article: Tehsils of India

Tehsils, talukas, blocks or mandals (sub-districts but can also refer to division), headed by a Tehsildar or Talukdar, comprise several villages or village clusters. The governmental bodies at the Tehsil level are called the panchayat samiti.

States use varying names for their sub-districts. Detailed information is as follows:[6]

State or U.T. Name for sub-district Number of sub-districts
Jammu and Kashmir Tehsil 59
Himachal Pradesh Tehsil 109
Punjab Tehsil 72
Chandigarh Tehsil 1
Uttarakhand Tehsil 49
Haryana Tehsil 67
Delhi Tehsil 27
Rajasthan Tehsil 241
Uttar Pradesh Tehsil 305
Bihar C.D.Block 533
Sikkim Sub-Division 9
Arunachal Pradesh Circle 149
Nagaland Circle 93
Manipur Sub-Division 38
Mizoram C.D.Block 22
Tripura C.D.Block 38
Meghalaya C.D.Block 39
Assam Circle 155
West Bengal C.D.Block 341
Jharkhand C.D.Block 210
Odisha Police Station 485
Chhattisgarh Tehsil 97
Madhya Pradesh Tehsil 259
Gujarat Taluka 226
Daman and Diu Taluka 2
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Taluka 1
Maharashtra Taluka 353
Andhra Pradesh Mandal 1125
Karnataka Taluka 175
Goa Taluka 12
Lakshadweep Sub-Division 4
Kerala Taluka 63
Tamil Nadu Taluka 201
Puducherry Commune Panchayat 10
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tehsil 7

Local level[edit]


The block is often the next level of administrative division after the tehsil.


A hobli is a subdivision of a taluka which groups adjoining villages in the state of Karnataka. They may have been made for administrative purposes by the revenue department of the state.


Villages are often the lowest level of subdivisions in India. The governmental bodies at the village level are called Gram Panchayat, of which there were an estimated 256,000 in 2002. Each Gram Panchayat covers a large village or a cluster of smaller villages with a combined population exceeding 500 Gram Sabha. Clusters of villages are also sometimes called Hobli or Patti.


Certain governmental functions and activities - including clean water availability, rural development, and education - are tracked at a sub-village level.[7] These hamlets are termed "habitations". India is composed of approximately 1.6 million habitations.[8] In some states, most villages have a single habitation; in others (notably Kerala and Tripura) there is a high ratio of habitations to villages.[9]


Municipalities of India are governed by Municipal Corporations (Nagar Nigam) for large urban areas, Municipal Councils (Nagar Palika) for smaller urban areas, and Town Councils (Nagar Panchayat) for suburban areas. Municipalities can be as large as a district or smaller than a Tehsil.


See also[edit]


  1. ^
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  3. ^ [1] States and Union Territories of India - Source - Government of India Official Website
  4. ^ "Appointed Day for Telangana State". 
  5. ^ "National Panchayat Directory". Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Statement showing the Nomenclature and Number of Sub-Districts in States/UTs". Office of The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, New Delhi. 2010–2011. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  7. ^ Indian Department of Drinking Water Supply
  8. ^ Indian Department of Drinking Water Supply
  9. ^ Indian Department of Education

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