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Census of India 2011: India population now 1.21 billion


As per the Census 2011, the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, published the provisional population count today on March 31.

The provisional population figure jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in the year 2001 and thus making India accounting 17.5 percent of the World’s population. The increase in population by 181 million in the last 10 years is significantly slower for the first time in 9 decades.

As per the provisional data, the total population comprises 623.7 million males and 586.5 million females. The data also interprets that the child sex ratio has dropped to 914 females per thousand males which is the lowest figures since 1947.

The best part of the current census is rise in India’s effective literacy rate by a 9.2 percent thus making it reach 74.04 percent subsiding the last decade’s rate of 64.83 percent. As per statistics, literacy in females increased significantly in comparison to males. The literacy rate in males saw an increase of 6.9 percent while it increased by 11.8 per cent for females to go from 53.67 to 65.46 per cent.

Kerala has the highest literacy rate at 93.91 per cent followed by Lakshadweep at 92.28 per cent. Bihar is at the bottom of the ladder with literacy rate of 63.82 followed by Arunachal Pradesh at 66.95.

Final census figures are expected to be released later this year.


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