- Districts of India
A district (Hindi: ज़िला Zilā) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. Districts are further subdivided, in some cases into Sub-Divisions, and otherwise directly into tehsils or talukas.
District officials include:
- the Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate or District Collector, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, in charge of administration and revenue collection
- the Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, responsible for maintaining law and order
- the Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, entrusted with the management of the forests, environment and wildlife of the district
Each of these officials is aided by officers of the appropriate branches of state government.
No. of districts in each state or UT Map key Name of State or Union Territory Dist. 1 Andhra Pradesh 23 2 Arunachal Pradesh 16 3 Assam 27 4 Bihar 38 5 Chhattisgarh 18 6 Goa 2 7 Gujarat 26 8 Haryana 21 9 Himachal Pradesh 12 10 Jammu and Kashmir 22 11 Jharkhand 24 12 Karnataka 30 13 Kerala 14 14 Madhya Pradesh 50 15 Maharashtra 35 16 Manipur 9 17 Meghalaya 7 18 Mizoram 8 19 Nagaland 11 20 Orissa 30 21 Punjab 20 22 Rajasthan 33 23 Sikkim 4 24 Tamil Nadu 32 25 Tripura 4 26 Uttar Pradesh 75 27 Uttarakhand 13 28 West Bengal 19 A Andaman and Nicobar 3 B Chandigarh 1 C Dadra and Nagar Haveli 1 D Daman and Diu 2 E Lakshadweep 1 F National Capital Territory of Delhi 9 G Puducherry 2 % Total 640
The majority of districts are named after their administrative center. Some are referred to by two names, a traditional one and one that uses the name of the town that is the headquarters. Since most of the districts are named after a town, the word "district" or "District" is appended to distinguish between the town and the district. Official websites very often use District with a capital D in this context.
The names of the 640 districts are mostly unique. There are some exceptions:
- Within India five names are ambiguous, representing 10 districts: Aurangabad (BR, MH), Bijapur (CT, KA), Bilaspur (CT, HP), Hamirpur (HP, UP), Pratapgarh (RJ, UP).
- Seven districts share names with districts in other countries in South Asia: Bhojpur (BR/Nepal), Daman (DD, Afghanistan), Ghaziabad (UP, Afghanistan), Gopalganj (BR, Bangladesh), Hyderabad (AP/Pakistan), Lalitpur (UP/Nepal), Poonch (JK, Pakistan)
- One outside South Asia: Mansa District (PB, Zambia)
- Bangalore Urban district
- Ahmedabad District
- Calcutta District
- Mumbai City District
- Kanpur (city)
- In Pondicherry U.T.
Note: Chandigarh is the capital of two states and 1 Union territory.
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