India's most literate states and union territories

According to a United Nations report, more than 70 crore people all over the world are unaware of the three Rs. They cannot read, write or do simple arithmetic. Most of them are from India, China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Although with a literacy rate of 74 percent, India has made steady progress in curbing illiteracy over the years, India is still far away from achieving total literacy.

Around 39 lakh people in India joined the country's neo-literate population in 2013. Let's take a look at the ten most literate regions (states and Union Territories) in the country as per the 2011 census.

India's most literate states and union territories

Kerala: This south Indian state enjoys the highest literacy rate in the country with 93.91 per cent, according to the 2011 census. According to the Daily Pioneer, more than 90 percent of Kerala's rural population has access to a primary school in the one kilometer diameter of their residence. The state was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

Lakshadweep: The union territory, Lakshadweep had the literacy rate of 92.28 percent as per the 2011 census. Amongst the union territories, it has the highest literacy rate in the country. It was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

Mizoram: Mizoram, with 91.58 per cent, ranks third in the country in literacy rates as per the 2011 census. Two districts in the state - Serchhip district (98.76 per cent) and Aizawl (98.50 per cent) recorded the highest literacy rate in India among districts in 2011. Mizoram was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

Goa: Goa's literacy rate recorded for the year 2011 was 87.4 per cent as per the national census. According to statistics, the state's literacy rate showed a marked improvement of 11 per cent from the previous year in 2011. Its effective literacy rate in 2001 was 76 percent. Goa was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

Daman and Diu: Daman and Diu in 2011 recorded a literacy rate of 87.07 per cent as per the national census. It was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

Puducherry: Puducherry recorded 86.55 per cent literacy rate in 2011 as per the national census. It was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.

India's most literate states and union territories

India's most literate states and union territories

Delhi: Delhi's literacy rate grew to 86.34 in 2011 from 81.67 per cent in 2001, marking a growth of 4.67 per cent as per the national census. The north district emerged as the most literate district in New Delhi with 6.71 per cent rise in the literacy rate in comparison with the 2001 census.

India's most literate states and union territories

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Andaman and Nicobar Islands emerged tenth in the country among the states and union territories with the most literacy rate in 2011, as per the national census. It recorded 86.27 per cent literacy rate that year. The union territory was among the ten states and union territories to have achieved its literacy target (above 85 per cent) set by the Planning Commission by the year 2011-12.