01.03.08. Education system overview | India

01.03.08. Education system overview | India

05 Jul 2022

The overall literacy rate in India was reported to be 74.04% in 2011 (Census of India, 2011). As per the more recent National Sample Survey Household Consumption on Education in India (2017-2018) which surveyed 64,519 rural and 49,238 urban households, literacy rates in the those aged 7 years and above was reported as 77.7% in 2017-2018 (National Statistical Office, 2020b).The literacy rate was lower in rural areas (73.5%) than urban areas (87.7%) and literacy rates were found to be higher in males (84.7%) than in females (70.3%) (National Statistical Office, 2020b).


Census of India. (2011). Literacy in India. Available from https://www.census2011.co.in/literacy.php

National Statistical Office. (2020b). Household Social Consumption on Education in India-NSS 75th Round. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India.