List of districts in India
A district (zila) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. In some cases, districts are further subdivided into sub-divisions, and in others directly into tehsils or talukas. As of August 2022[update], there are a total of 766 districts, up from the 640 in the 2011 Census of India and the 593 recorded in the 2001 Census of India.
|Districts of India|
|Category||Second-level administrative division|
|Location||States and union territories of India|
|Number||766 (as of 1 August 2022)|
|Populations||Greatest: North 24 Parganas, West Bengal—10,082,852 (2011 census)|
Least: Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh—8,004 (2011 census)
|Areas||Largest: Kutch, Gujarat—45,652 km2 (17,626 sq mi)|
Smallest: Mahé, Puducherry—8.69 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
|Densities||Largest: Central Delhi, Delhi|
Smallest: Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
District officials include:
- District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner or District Collector, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, in charge of administration and revenue collection
- Superintendent of Police or Senior Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service, responsible for maintaining law and order
- Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, entrusted with the management of the forests, environment and wildlife of the district
Each of these officials is aided by officers from the appropriate branch of the state government.
Most districts have a distinct headquarters; but the districts of Mumbai City in Maharashtra, Kolkata in West Bengal, Hyderabad in Telangana, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu are examples where there are no distinct district headquarters, although there are district collectors.