Dewas District is now divided into six tehsils namely Sonkatch, Dewas, Bagli, Kannod, Tonk-Khurd and Khategaon. Dewas tehsil is situated on the north-western part of the district, Sonkatch on the north-eastern part, Bagli on the south, Kannod on the south-central part and Khategaon on the South-east. Proper roadways connect all the tehsil headquarters. The headquarters of Dewas tehsil, which is also the district headquarters, is situated on the Bombay-Agra National Highway No.3 and is also connected by broad-gauge railway line of western Railway.
Dewas is known for their water management and irrigation programs in rural areas. Until 2005 Dewas was a drought area and farmers was having major problems as production was at very low level. But after Umakant Umrao took over as district collector of Dewas things started changing. Today village farmers have plenty of water and it is helping them for removing their poverty. Dewas district became model for other districts in India.