Gopalganj district, India

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Not to be confused with Gopalganj District, Bangladesh.
Gopalganj district
गोपालगंज जिला
District of Bihar
Location of Gopalganj district in Bihar
Location of Gopalganj district in Bihar
Country India
State Bihar
Administrative division Saran
Headquarters [[Gopalganj]]
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Gopalganj
 • Assembly seats Baikunthpur, Barauli, Gopalganj, Kuchaikote, Bhore, Hathua
 • Total 4,000 km2 (2,000 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,558,037
 • Density 640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
 • Literacy 67.04 per cent
 • Sex ratio 1021 highest in Bihar
Major highways NH-28
Website Official website

Gopalganj is one of the administrative districts in the Indian state of Bihar. The district headquarters is the town of Gopalganj, and the district is part of Saran Division.[1] Major languages spoken are Bhojpuri, Urdu and Hindi.


Gopalganj district, India occupies an area of 2,033 square kilometres (785 sq mi),[2] comparatively equivalent to Spain's Tenerife Island.[3]


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Gopalganj one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[4] It is one of the 38 districts in Bihar currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[4]


According to the 2011 census Gopalganj district, India has a population of 2,558,037,[5] roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait[6] or the US state of Nevada.[7] This gives it a ranking of 163rd in India (out of a total of 640).[5] The district has a population density of 1,258 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,260/sq mi) .[5] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 18.83%.[5] Gopalganj has a sex ratio of 1015 females for every 1000 males,[5] and a literacy rate of 67.04%.[5]

Based on the 2010 census:

  • Population: 2,558,037 (2.62% of the state)[8]
  • Density of population: 1258
  • Men: 1,269,677 (49.89%)
  • Women: 1,288,360 (50.12%)
  • Urban population: 130,536 (6.07%)
  • Rural population: 2,018,807 (93.93%)
  •  % of Scheduled castes: 12.43%
  •  % of Scheduled tribes: 0.29%


Initially, Gopalganj had little to offer in terms of good quality education to its residents. Presently Schools and colleges in the city are either run by the government or by private trusts and individuals. The schools are each affiliated with either the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), or the Bihar School Examination Board.[9] English is the medium of instruction in most private schools; though government run schools offer both English and Hindi. After completing their secondary education, which involves ten years of schooling, students typically enroll at Higher Secondary School in one of the three streams—Arts, Commerce or Science.some colleges are Kamla rai college. In which kamla rai arts college and kamla rai science college is well known for education.

Notable persons[edit]

Notable persons hailing from Gopalganj include:

  • Shri Kamla Rai renowned freedom fighter social activist and two times MLA in 1951 and 1957... Kalma rai college was started by his efforts to strengthen the education system in district.
  • Abdul Ghafoor, former Chief Minister of Bihar, 1973 to 1975
  • Laloo Prasad Yadav, former Chief Minister of Bihar and former Rail Minister of India
  • Rabri Devi, thrice Chief Minister of Bihar, wife of Laloo Prasad Yadav
  • Ram Dulari Sinha of the Indian National Congress, former Union-Minister of state, and Former Governor of Kerala, and freedom fighter
  • UK Sinha, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India
  • Anurag Kumar, Director, IISc.
  • Pankaj Tripathi, Actor, Bollywood.
  • Deepak Ram, HR-Officer, KSA
  • Sri Surendra singh, Ex- Education minister, govt. of bihar
  • Arun Kumar Bharti, Data Analytics(2014- Till) in Delhi From Dharm Parsa, Manjha Garh.
  • Dr.Bhaiya Singh, IAS. District magistrate . chhapra


  1. ^ a b "Welcome GOPALGANJ". 2011-07-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. 
  2. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Bihar: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. pp. 1118–1119. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. 
  3. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 1998-02-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. Tenerife2,034km2 
  4. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Kuwait 2,595,62 
  7. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Nevada 2,700,551 
  8. ^ "Gopalganj District At a Glance". 2011-07-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Bihar School Examination Board". 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 

Coordinates: 26°27′55″N 84°26′30″E / 26.4654°N 84.4416°E / 26.4654; 84.4416