States and union territories of India

Indian States and Union territories
Category Federated state
Location Republic of India
Number 29 States
7 Union territories
Populations States: 607,688 Sikkim – 199,581,477 Uttar Pradesh
Union Territories: 64,429 Lakshadweep – 11,007,835 National Capital Territory
Areas States: 3,700 km2 (1,429 sq mi) Goa – 342,269 km2 (132,151 sq mi) Rajasthan
Union territories: 31 km2 (12 sq mi) Lakshadweep – 8,070 km2 (3,117 sq mi) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Government State government, Union Government (Union territories)
Subdivisions District, Divisions

India is a federal union comprising twenty-nine states and seven union territories. The states and union territories are further subdivided into districts and further into smaller administrative divisions.

Responsibilities and authorities

The Constitution of India distributes the sovereign executive and legislative powers exercisable with respect to the territory of any State between the Union and that State.[1]


Administrative division of India in 1951


The Indian subcontinent has been ruled by many different ethnic groups throughout its history, each instituting their own policies of administrative division in the region.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] During the British Raj, the original administrative structure was mostly kept, and India was divided into provinces (also called Presidencies) that were directly governed by the British and princely states which were nominally controlled by a local prince or raja loyal to the British Empire, which held de facto sovereignty (suzerainty) over the princely states.


Between 1947 and 1950, the territories of the princely states were politically integrated into the Indian Union. Most were merged into existing provinces; others were organised into new provinces, such as Rajputana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Bharat, and Vindhya Pradesh, made up of multiple princely states; a few, including Mysore, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Bilaspur, became separate provinces. The new Constitution of India, which came into force on 26 January 1950, made India a sovereign democratic republic. The new republic was also declared to be a "Union of States".[12] The constitution of 1950 distinguished between three main types of states:

States reorganization (1951-56)

The Union Territory of Puducherry was created in 1954 comprising the previous French enclaves of Pondichéry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahé.[13] Andhra State was created on October 1, 1953 from the Telugu-speaking northern districts of Madras State.[14]

The States Reorganisation Act of 1956 reorganised the states based on linguistic lines resulting in the creation of the new states.[15] As a result of this act, Madras State retained its name with Kanyakumari district added to from Travancore-Cochin. Andhra Pradesh was created with the merger of Andhra State with the Telugu-speaking districts of Hyderabad State in 1956. Kerala was created with the merger of Malabar district and the Kasaragod taluk of South Canara districts of Madras State with Travancore-Cochin. Mysore State was re-organized with the addition of districts of Bellary and South Canara (excluding Kasaragod taluk) and the Kollegal taluk of Coimbatore district from the Madras State, the districts of Belgaum, Bijapur, North Canara and Dharwad from Bombay State, the Kannada-majority districts of Bidar, Raichur and Gulbarga from Hyderabad State and the province of Coorg. The Laccadive Islands which were divided between South Canara and Malabar districts of Madras State were united and organised into the union territory of Lakshadweep.

Bombay State was enlarged by the addition of Saurashtra State and Kutch State, the Marathi-speaking districts of Nagpur Division of Madhya Pradesh and Marathwada region of Hyderabad State. Rajasthan and Punjab gained territories from Ajmer and Patiala and East Punjab States Union respectively and certain territories of Bihar was transferred to West Bengal.


Bombay State was split into the linguistic states of Gujarat and Maharashtra on 1 May 1960 by the Bombay Reorganisation Act.[16] Nagaland was formed on 1 December 1963.[17] The Punjab Reorganisation Act of 1966 resulted in the creation of Haryana on 1 November and the transfer of the northern districts of Punjab to Himachal Pradesh.[18] The act also designated Chandigarh as a union territory and the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana.[19][20]

Madras state was renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968. North-eastern states of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura were formed on 21 January 1972.[21] Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka in 1973. On 16 May 1975, Sikkim became the 22nd state of the Indian Union and the state's monarchy was abolished.[22] In 1987, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram became states on 20 February, followed by Goa on 30 May, while Goa's northern exclaves of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli became separate union territories.[23]

In November 2000, three new states were created namely, Chhattisgarh from eastern Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal from northwest Uttar Pradesh (renamed Uttarakhand in 2007) and Jharkhand from southern districts of Bihar.[24][25][26][27] Orissa was renamed as Odisha in 2011. Telangana was created on June 2, 2014 as ten former districts of north-western Andhra Pradesh.[28][29]

Current proposals



State ISO 3166-2:IN Vehicle
Capital Largest city Statehood Population[30] Area
Additional official
Andhra Pradesh IN-AP AP HyderabadNote 1 Visakhapatnam 1 October 1953 49,506,799 160,205 Telugu
Arunachal Pradesh IN-AR AR Itanagar 20 February 1987 1,383,727 83,743 English
Assam IN-AS AS Dispur Guwahati 26 January 1950 31,205,576 78,550 Assamese
Bihar IN-BR BR Patna 26 January 1950 104,099,452 99,200 Hindi Urdu
Chhattisgarh IN-CT CG Naya Raipur Raipur 1 November 2000 25,545,198 135,194 Hindi
Goa IN-GA GA Panaji Vasco da Gama 30 May 1987 1,458,545 3,702 Konkani Marathi
Gujarat IN-GJ GJ Gandhinagar Ahmedabad 1 May 1960 60,439,692 196,024 Gujarati
Haryana IN-HR HR Chandigarh Faridabad 1 November 1966 25,351,462 44,212 Hindi Punjabi[32][33]
Himachal Pradesh IN-HP HP Shimla 25 January 1971 6,864,602 55,673 Hindi English
Jammu and Kashmir IN-JK JK Srinagar (Summer)
Jammu (Winter)
Srinagar 26 January 1950 12,541,302 222,236 Urdu
Jharkhand IN-JH JH Ranchi Jamshedpur 15 November 2000 32,988,134 74,677 Hindi Bengali, Ho, Kharia, Khortha, Kurmali, Kurukh, Mundari, Nagpuri, Odia, Panchpargania, Santhali, Urdu[34]
Karnataka IN-KA KA Bengaluru 1 November 1956 61,095,297 191,791 Kannada
Kerala IN-KL KL Thiruvananthapuram Kochi 1 November 1956 33,406,061 38,863 Malayalam
Madhya Pradesh IN-MP MP Bhopal Indore 1 November 1956 72,626,809 308,252 Hindi
Maharashtra IN-MH MH Mumbai 1 May 1960 112,374,333 307,713 Marathi
Manipur IN-MN MN Imphal 21 January 1972 2,855,794 22,347 Manipuri English
Meghalaya IN-ML ML Shillong 21 January 1972 2,966,889 22,720 English Khasi[lower-alpha 1]
Mizoram IN-MZ MZ Aizawl 20 February 1987 1,097,206 21,081 Mizo, English, Hindi
Nagaland IN-NL NL Kohima Dimapur 1 December 1963 1,978,502 16,579 English
Odisha IN-OR OD Bhubaneswar 26 January 1950 41,974,218 155,820 Odia
Punjab IN-PB PB Chandigarh Ludhiana 1 November 1966 27,743,338 50,362 Punjabi
Rajasthan IN-RJ RJ Jaipur 1 November 1956 68,548,437 342,269 Hindi English
Sikkim IN-SK SK Gangtok 16 May 1975 610,577 7,096 English Bhutia, Gurung, Lepcha, Limboo, Manger, Mukhia, Newari, Rai, Sherpa, Tamang
Tamil Nadu IN-TN TN Chennai 26 January 1950 72,147,030 130,058 Tamil English
Telangana IN-TG TS HyderabadNote 1 2 June 2014 35,193,978[35] 114,840[35] Telugu, Urdu[36]
Tripura IN-TR TR Agartala 21 January 1972 3,673,917 10,492 Bengali, Kokborok, English
Uttar Pradesh IN-UP UP Lucknow Kanpur 26 January 1950 199,812,341 243,286 Hindi Urdu
Uttarakhand IN-UT UK DehradunNote 2 9 November 2000 10,086,292 53,483 Hindi Sanskrit[37]
West Bengal IN-WB WB Kolkata 26 January 1950 91,276,115 88,752 Bengali, Nepali[lower-alpha 2] Hindi, Urdu, Santhali, Odia, Punjabi

Union territories

Union territory ISO 3166-2:IN Vehicle code Capital Largest city Population[30] Area
Additional official
Andaman and Nicobar Islands IN-AN AN Port Blair 380,581 8,249 Hindi, English
Chandigarh IN-CH CH Chandigarh [lower-alpha 3] 1,055,450 114 English
Dadra and Nagar Haveli IN-DN DN Silvassa 343,709 491 Hindi, Gujarati Marathi
Daman and Diu IN-DD DD Daman 243,247 112 Konkani, Gujarati, Hindi, English[lower-alpha 4]
Delhi IN-DL DL New Delhi [lower-alpha 5] 16,787,941 1,490 Hindi Punjabi, Urdu[42]
Lakshadweep IN-LD LD Kavaratti 64,473 32 English Hindi
Puducherry IN-PY PY Pondicherry 1,247,953 492 Tamil, English Malayalam, Telugu

See also


  1. Khasi language has been declared as the Additional Official Language for all purposes in the District, Sub-Division and Block level offices of the State Government located in the Districts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya.
  2. Bengali and Nepali are the Official Languages in Darjeeling and Kurseong sub-divisions of Darjeeling district.
  3. Chandigarh is both a city and a union territory.
  4. It has also been informed that the communication with States/Centre has to be made in Hindi/English.
  5. Delhi is both a city and a union territory.


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