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.
No. of West Bengal Districts
Name of Added Districts in West Bengal
Calcutta (Kolkata), Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Bankura, Birbhum, Burdwan, Midnapore, Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, Malda, West Dinajpur, 24 Parganas
Dinajpur, 24 Parganas and Midnapore were bifurcated
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
Districts in West Bengal
North 24 Parganas
South 24 Parganas
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
Cooch Behar district,
Darjeeling district, Jalpaiguri district,
Paschim Bardhaman district,
Purba Bardhaman district
Uttar Dinajpur district,
Dakshin Dinajpur district,
Purba Medinipur district,
Paschim Medinipur district
North 24 Parganas district,
South 24 Parganas district
West Bengal District Map
Find out the geographic location of all the West Bengal districts on the map shared here. It will also give you a better idea of the size of the districts of the state. Check out the image for the List of Districts Present Today in West Bengal State.
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.