South Asia Literacy Rate 1960-2024

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 2022 was 74.19%, a 0.77% increase from 2021.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2021 was 73.42%, a 0.76% increase from 2020.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2020 was 72.66%, a 0.72% increase from 2019.
  • South Asia literacy rate for 2019 was 71.94%, a 0.14% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
North America 98.74%
Latin America & Caribbean 94.60%
World 87.01%
South Asia 74.19%
Sub-Saharan Africa 67.72%
East Asia & Pacific 0.00%
OECD members 0.00%
European Union 0.00%
Euro Area 0.00%
South Asia Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2022 74.19% 0.77%
2021 73.42% 0.76%
2020 72.66% 0.72%
2019 71.94% -0.14%
2018 72.08% 0.29%
2017 71.79% 0.69%
2016 71.10% 1.35%
2015 69.76% 0.96%
2014 68.79% 0.74%
2013 68.05% 0.75%
2012 67.31% 0.80%
2011 66.51% 0.47%
2010 66.04% 2.57%
2009 63.47% 0.67%
2008 62.79% 1.09%
2007 61.70% 1.54%
2006 60.16% -0.47%
2005 60.63% -0.25%
2004 60.88% 0.78%
2003 60.10% 0.89%
2002 59.20% 1.10%
2001 58.10% 0.45%
2000 57.65% 0.77%
1999 56.88% 0.77%
1998 56.10% 4.84%
1997 51.26% 0.81%
1996 50.45% 0.81%
1995 49.64% 0.79%
1994 48.85% 0.77%
1993 48.08% 1.00%
1992 47.09% 1.30%
1991 45.79% 0.43%
1990 45.36% 0.75%
1989 44.61% 0.77%
1988 43.85% 0.75%
1987 43.10% 0.66%
1986 42.44% 0.65%
1985 41.79% 0.65%
1984 41.13% 0.65%
1983 40.48% 0.65%
1982 39.83% 1.19%
1981 38.63% 0.04%
1980 38.60% 0.62%
1979 37.98% 0.64%
1978 37.34% 0.65%
1977 36.70% 0.65%
1976 36.04% 0.01%
1975 36.04% 36.04%
1974 0.00% 0.00%
1973 0.00% 0.00%
1972 0.00% 0.00%
1971 0.00% 0.00%
1970 0.00% 0.00%
1969 0.00% 0.00%
1968 0.00% 0.00%
1967 0.00% 0.00%
1966 0.00% 0.00%
1965 0.00% 0.00%
1964 0.00% 0.00%
1963 0.00% 0.00%
1962 0.00% 0.00%
1961 0.00% 0.00%
1960 0.00% 0.00%