India Literacy Rate 1981-2020

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.
  • India literacy rate for 2018 was 74.37%, a 5.07% increase from 2011.
  • India literacy rate for 2011 was 69.30%, a 6.55% increase from 2006.
  • India literacy rate for 2006 was 62.75%, a 1.74% increase from 2001.
  • India literacy rate for 2001 was 61.01%, a 12.79% increase from 1991.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Uzbekistan 99.99%
Kyrgyz Republic 99.59%
Mongolia 98.42%
West Bank and Gaza 97.22%
Indonesia 95.66%
Vietnam 95.00%
Sao Tome and Principe 92.82%
Sri Lanka 91.71%
El Salvador 89.01%
Eswatini 88.42%
Vanuatu 87.51%
Honduras 87.21%
Zambia 86.75%
Kenya 81.54%
Congo, Rep. 80.30%
Ghana 79.04%
Cameroon 77.07%
India 74.37%
Bangladesh 73.91%
Morocco 73.75%
Timor-Leste 68.07%
Nigeria 62.02%
Sudan 60.70%
India Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 74.37% 5.07%
2011 69.30% 6.55%
2006 62.75% 1.74%
2001 61.01% 12.79%
1991 48.22% 7.46%
1981 40.76% 7.46%