Administrative Divisions of India

By K Balaji|Updated : August 25th, 2022

India is a vast country with a massive population. The first article of our Constitution mentions the administrative composition of India, and the Administrative Divisions of India are said to be subnational administrative units.

The administrative divisions of India are composed of a nested social hierarchy of divisions. Villages include smaller subdivisions in rural areas, whereas local bodies are present in urban areas instead of these rural subdivisions.

Administrative Divisions of India List

India has states and union territories (UTs) clubbed into zones, while each state is further divided into districts. The districts have sub-divisions that are further classified into various blocks and villages.

Creating Administrative divisions in India serves many purposes like it offers convenience to the administrative services, focusing on the development of particular regions of India, and preserving the rights of the tribal people as required in the constitution.

Zones Wise Administrative Divisions of India

The states and UTs of India are categorised into five zones. The motive behind this is to develop the habit of corporate working among these states. These zonal councils came into existence with the State Recognition Act of 1956. The zonal Administrative Divisions of India are

Zones of India

Location

The Northern Zone

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Chandigarh (UT).

The Central Zone

Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh.

The Eastern Zone

Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Sikkim and West Bengal.

The Western Zone.

Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli (UT).

The Southern Zone

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (UT).

Cultural zones of India

Each zone in parts of India has a zonal headquarters where a cultural centre has been accepted. Each zone of India is responsible for cross-promoting and creating exposure to other cultural zones of India by organising functions and inviting artists from different zones. Have a look at the cultural zones of India below.

Zone

Centre of Zone

Stretch

North East Culture Zone

North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, Nagaland

Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland

North Central Culture Zone

North-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

South Culture Zone

South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana

North Culture Zone

North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Punjab

Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, Haryana, Ladakh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand

East Culture Zone

East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal

South Central Culture Zone

South-Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana

West Culture Zone

West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan

States Wise Administrative Divisions of India

India is a union of states where the supreme law of the land is the Constitution. In 1956, The States Reorganisation Act was enacted, reorganising the states according to languages and culture.

According to the Administrative Divisions of India, we have 28 states. These are mentioned in the table below.

S.No.

Regions of India

Capital

1

Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati

2

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

3

Assam

Dispur

4

Bihar

Patna

5

Chhattisgarh

Raipur

6

Goa

Panaji

7

Gujarat

Gandhinagar

8

Haryana

Chandigarh

9

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

10

Jharkhand

Ranchi

11

Karnataka

Bengaluru

12

Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

13

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal

14

Maharashtra

Mumbai

15

Manipur

Imphal

16

Meghalaya

Shillong

17

Mizoram

Aizawl

18

Nagaland

Kohima

19

Odisha

Bhubaneswar

20

Punjab

Chandigarh

21

Rajasthan

Jaipur

22

Sikkim

Gangtok

23

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

24

Telangana

Hyderabad

25

Tripura

Agartala

26

Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow

27

Uttarakhand

Dehradun

28

West Bengal

Kolkata

Divisions of States and Union Territories in India

The table represents the number of divisions in each state or Union Territory. There are 102 Divisions in India. Also, some regions of India in any form have no official administrative governmental status. For instance, the Regions of Assam and Gujarat.

Name of State or Union Territory

Number of Divisions

Andhra Pradesh

-

Arunachal Pradesh

2

Assam

5

Bihar

9

Chhattisgarh

5

Goa

-

Gujarat

-

Haryana

6

Himachal Pradesh

3

Telangana

-

Jharkhand

5

Karnataka

4

Kerala

-

Madhya Pradesh

10

Maharashtra

6

Manipur

-

Meghalaya

2

Mizoram

-

Nagaland

1

Odisha

3

Punjab

5

Rajasthan

7

Sikkim

-

Tamil Nadu

-

Tripura

-

Uttar Pradesh

18

Uttarakhand

2

West Bengal

5

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

-

Chandigarh

-

Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu

-

Jammu and Kashmir

2

Lakshadweep

-

Delhi

1

Puducherry

-

Ladakh

1

Total

102

Union Territories Wise Administrative Divisions of India

For a long time, India had 7 UTs. With the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two UTs - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

On 26th January 2020, Daman and Diu, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli were recognised as 1 UT. According to the Administrative Divisions of India, there are 8 UTs.

S.NO.

Union Territories

Capital

1

Andaman and Nicobar Island

Port Blair

2

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

3

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu

Daman

4

NCT of Delhi

Delhi

5

Ladakh

Leh

6

Lakshadweep

Kavaratti

7

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu(winter), Srinagar(summer)

8

Puducherry

Puducherry

Districts Wise Administrative Divisions of India

  • States are divided into various districts, and to have administrative convenience; these districts are grouped to form zones.
  • Each state has a different number of zones/divisions. E.g., Maharashtra has 6 divisions, while Odisha has 3.
  • According to the Administrative Divisions of India, currently, there are 742 districts in India.
  • Each district is further divided into sub-districts, which are named differently in different parts of India. These administrative sections may be known as Taluka, Tehsil, Block etc.
  • The smallest administration unit is a village in a rural area and a town in an urban area.
  • States with a population of more than 20 lakhs are required to create Panchayats at three levels - village, intermediate and district levels.

The Administrative Divisions of India pave the way for institutions to reach out to every corner of the country. This systematic federal system makes the administration of this country run smooth, ensuring justice and equality for its citizens.

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FAQs on Administrative Divisions of India

  • As per the Administrative Divisions of India 2022, India currently has 28 states.

  • As per the Administrative Divisions of India, sub-districts in India have different names, like Taluka, Tehsil, Community Development Block, Mandal etc.

  • Currently, there are around 102 political divisions in India. Political division means a geographic unit from which an executive is elected and an officeholder represented.

  • There are about 5,650 talukas in India, according to the Administrative Divisions of India 2022.

  • The four administrative divisions of Karnataka are

    • Bangalore Division.
    • Belgaum Division.
    • Kalaburagi Division ( Gulbarga division)
    • Mysore Division.
  • Some Indian states are subdivided into divisions (Mandal), each comprising various districts:

    • Divisions of Bihar.
    • Divisions of Goa.
    • Divisions of Assam.
    • Divisions of Chhattisgarh.
    • Divisions of Gujarat.
    • Divisions of Arunachal Pradesh.
    • Divisions of Andhra Pradesh.
    • Divisions of Haryana.
  • Administrative division, also known as administrative region, refers to the geographical areas into which a particular, independent sovereign state (country) is divided.

  • There are six regions of India: Central India, East India, North India, Northeast India, South India, and Western India.

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