South Asia Literacy Rate 1975-2021

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 2019 was 72.95%, a 0.71% increase from 2018.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2018 was 72.24%, a 0.55% 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.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
East Asia & Pacific 95.77%
Latin America & Caribbean 94.29%
World 86.48%
South Asia 72.95%
Sub-Saharan Africa 65.47%
South Asia Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2019 72.95% 0.71%
2018 72.24% 0.55%
2017 71.70% 0.70%
2016 71.00% 1.34%
2015 69.66% 0.92%
2014 68.73% 0.72%
2013 68.01% 0.75%
2012 67.27% 0.75%
2011 66.51% 0.49%
2010 66.02% 1.68%
2009 64.34% 0.70%
2008 63.64% 1.92%
2007 61.71% 0.90%
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% 0.72%
1989 44.75% 0.75%
1988 44.00% 0.74%
1987 43.26% 0.65%
1986 42.61% 0.64%
1985 41.97% 0.65%
1984 41.32% 0.65%
1983 40.68% 0.65%
1982 40.03% 1.23%
1981 38.80% 0.00%
1980 38.81% 0.62%
1979 38.19% 0.63%
1978 37.56% 0.65%
1977 36.92% 0.66%
1976 36.26% 0.01%
1975 36.25% 0.01%