List of Districts in West Bengal 2023

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 18, 2023, 21:17

West Bengal Districts consist of 23 distinguishable regions in the state which are headed by a Deputy Commissioner each. These districts are classified under five broad administrative divisions of Presidency, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Medinipur and Burdwan. Recently, the West Bengal Cabinet approved the decision of adding more West Bengal districts.

After the addition of new districts, the count of total districts in West Bengal will be 30. Here, we have shared the names and other important details regarding the existing and proposed districts in the state of West Bengal.

How Many District in West Bengal are there?

Currently, the number of total districts in West Bengal is 23. However, since the West Bengal Cabinet approved the decision of adding new districts to the state in 2022, the number of West Bengal districts will increase to 30 soon.

After India’s independence in 1947, the state of West Bengal was initially formed with only 14 districts. Subsequently, in the following years, many more districts in West Bengal were added by the West Bengal Cabinet.

Year

No. of West Bengal Districts

Name of Added Districts in West Bengal

1947

14

Calcutta (Kolkata), Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Bankura, Birbhum, Burdwan, Midnapore, Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, Malda, West Dinajpur, 24 Parganas

1950

15

Koch Bihar

1954

16

Chandannagore

1956

19

Dinajpur, 24 Parganas and Midnapore were bifurcated

2014

20

Alipurduar

2017

23

Kalimpong, Jhargram, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman

West Bengal District List

The 23 district in West Bengal each have a unique history and geographical as well as cultural relevance. Here, we have shared the names of all the West Bengal Districts, the year they were formed in, the area that they cover and the estimated population residing there

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Districts in West Bengal

Formed

Area

Population (2011)

1

Alipurduar

2014

3,383 km2

1,491,250

2

Bankura

1947

6,882 km2

3,596,674

3

Paschim Bardhaman

2017

1,603.17 km2

2,882,031

4

Purba Bardhaman

2017

5,432.69 km2

4,835,532

5

Birbhum

1947

4,545 km2

3,502,404

6

Cooch Behar

1950

3,387 km2

2,819,086

7

Darjeeling

1947

2,092.5 km2

1,595,181

8

Dakshin Dinajpur

1992

2,219 km2

1,676,276

9

Hooghly

1947

3,149 km2

5,519,145

10

Howrah

1947

1,467 km2

4,850,029

11

Jalpaiguri

1947

2,844 km2

2,381,596

12

Jhargram

2017

3,037.64 km2

1,136,548

13

Kolkata

1947

185 km2

4,496,694

14

Kalimpong

2017

1,044 km2

251,642

15

Malda

1947

3,733 km2

3,988,845

16

Paschim Medinipur

2002

6,308 km2

4,776,909

17

Purba Medinipur

2002

4,736 km2

5,095,875

18

Murshidabad

1947

5,324 km2

7,103,807

19

Nadia

1947

3,927 km2

5,167,601

20

North 24 Parganas

1986

4,094 km2

10,009,781

21

South 24 Parganas

1986

9,960 km2

8,161,961

22

Purulia

1956

6,259 km2

2,930,115

23

Uttar Dinajpur

1992

3,140 km2

3,007,134

New Districts in West Bengal

On 1 August 2022, the West Bengal Cabinet approved the formation of seven new districts in West Bengal. This will raise the number of districts in the state from 23 to 30. Here is more information about the new West Bengal districts and the areas they will be carved from

  • Ichhamati District and Basirhat District will be carved out from the existing North 24 Parganas District.
  • New Sundarban District will be carved from South 24 Parganas District.
  • Bishnupur District will be carved from the existing Bankura district in West Bengal.
  • Jangipur District and Berhampore district will be carved out from Murshidabad District.
  • New Ranaghat District will be carved from Nadia District.

Administrative Structure of Districts in West Bengal

West Bengal districts are divided into five different administrative divisions. The following table shows the districts and the divisions they are categorized under

Jalpaiguri division

Burdwan division

Malda division

Medinipur division

Presidency division

Alipurduar district,

Cooch Behar district,

Darjeeling district, Jalpaiguri district,

Kalimpong district

Birbhum district,

Hooghly district,

Paschim Bardhaman district,

Purba Bardhaman district

Malda district,

Uttar Dinajpur district,

Dakshin Dinajpur district,

Murshidabad district

Bankura district,

Jhargram district,

Purulia district,

Purba Medinipur district,

Paschim Medinipur district

Howrah district,

Kolkata district,

Nadia district,

North 24 Parganas district,

South 24 Parganas district

 

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FAQs on West Bengal Districts

Q1. How many districts are there in West Bengal?

There are 23 districts in West Bengal in total. These districts fall under five different administrative divisions, which are looked after by a Divisional Commissioner. The West Bengal Cabinet approved the formation of 7 new West Bengal districts on 1 August 2022.

Q2. What are the names of the new districts in West Bengal?

The names of new districts in West Bengal are Kalimpong, Jhargram, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman. These districts were formed in 2017 after the West Bengal Cabinet passed the proposal. Seven more districts will be added to the West Bengal district list soon.

Q3. Which is the largest district in West Bengal?

Spreading across an area of 9,960 square kilometres, South 24 Parganas is the largest district in West Bengal. This district has a population of 8,161,961 people living in it. This West Bengal district consists of the subdivisions of Baruipur, Canning, Diamond Harbour, Kakdwip, and Alipore Sadar.

Q4. Which is the newest district in West Bengal?

The newest districts in West Bengal are the Purba Bardhaman and Paschim Bardhaman districts. These districts were formed on 7 April 2017 by splitting the Bardhaman district. Another district, the Jhargram district was formed only a few days before, on 4 April 2017.

Q5. Where can I find the West Bengal district list?

The West Bengal district list has been shared here. We have shared the names of all the old and new districts of West Bengal, along with details about their current population and the area that they cover. Check out the detailed list of districts in West Bengal in the table shared here.