India: Literacy rate

(measure: percent; source: UNESCO)

India: Literacy rate

: For that indicator, UNESCO provides data for India from 1981 to 2011. The average value for India during that period was 56.41 percent with a minumum of 40.76 percent in 1981 and a maximum of 69.3 percent in 2011. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: Percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of literates aged 15 years and over by the corresponding age group population and multiplying the result by 100.