South Asia Literacy Rate 1975-2020

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.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2018 was 72.25%, a 0.56% increase from 2017.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2017 was 71.70%, a 0.7% increase from 2016.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2016 was 71.00%, a 1.34% increase from 2015.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2015 was 69.66%, a 0.92% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
East Asia & Pacific 95.61%
Latin America & Caribbean 93.87%
World 86.30%
South Asia 72.25%
Sub-Saharan Africa 65.58%
South Asia Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 72.25% 0.56%
2017 71.70% 0.70%
2016 71.00% 1.34%
2015 69.66% 0.92%
2014 68.73% 0.72%
2013 68.01% 0.74%
2012 67.27% 0.75%
2011 66.52% 0.50%
2010 66.02% 1.68%
2009 64.34% 0.70%
2008 63.64% 1.66%
2007 61.98% 1.17%
2006 60.81% 0.17%
2005 60.64% -0.23%
2004 60.87% 0.77%
2003 60.10% 0.89%
2002 59.21% 1.08%
2001 58.13% 0.44%
2000 57.69% 0.77%
1999 56.92% 0.75%
1998 56.16% 4.88%
1997 51.28% 0.80%
1996 50.48% 0.80%
1995 49.68% 0.79%
1994 48.90% 0.77%
1993 48.12% 0.98%
1992 47.15% 1.29%
1991 45.86% 0.38%
1990 45.47% 0.74%
1989 44.73% 0.76%
1988 43.97% 0.75%
1987 43.22% 0.66%
1986 42.56% 0.65%
1985 41.91% 0.65%
1984 41.26% 0.65%
1983 40.60% 0.65%
1982 39.95% 1.23%
1981 38.72% 0.00%
1980 38.72% 0.62%
1979 38.11% 0.63%
1978 37.47% 0.65%
1977 36.82% 0.65%
1976 36.17% 0.01%
1975 36.16% 0.01%