Sub-districts (talukas) of Ahmedabad district.

India has 28 states and eight union territories, which are divided into divisions comprising several districts. Subdistricts are most commonly referred to as tehsils, which comes under a sub-division of a district. The current terms have replaced earlier geographical terms, such as pargana and thana.[1]

Subdistricts of India
CategorySubdistricts (Tehsils)
LocationRepublic of India
Created byConstitution of India
  • 26 January 1950
Number6057 (as of 2018)
PopulationsTehsil: Mauranipur – 393,994 (highest)
AreasTehsil: Mauranipur – 1,112 km2 (429 sq mi) (Largest)

Most subdistricts in India correspond to an area within a district including the designated city, town, hamlet, or other populated place that serves as its administrative centre, with possible additional towns, and usually a number of villages.[2]

In the Indian administrative context, states adopt various nomenclatures for their sub-district divisions, including Tehsil, Taluk, Circle, Subdivision, and Mandal. Notably, Tehsil predominates in North Indian states, whereas Taluk is prevalent in South Indian states. These delineations exist beneath the level of revenue division/sub-division within the administrative framework of a district. Each sub-district is headed by a tehsildar/mamlatdar/mandal revenue officer.

Statewise subdistricts

States use varying names for their sub-districts. Detailed information is as follows (as of 2018):[3]

State/ Union territory Subdistrict title No. of
Andhra Pradesh Mandal (circle) 679
Arunachal Pradesh Circle 149
Assam Subdivision 155
Bihar Subdivision 101
Chhattisgarh Tehsil 228
Goa Taluka 12
Gujarat Taluka 248[4]
Haryana Tehsil 67
Himachal Pradesh Tehsil 109
Jharkhand Subdivision 210
Karnataka Taluk 240
Kerala Taluk 78
Madhya Pradesh Tehsil 412
Maharashtra Taluka 353
Manipur Subdivision 38
Meghalaya Subdivision 39
Mizoram Subdivision 22
Nagaland Circle 93
Odisha Tehsil 485
Punjab Tehsil 172
Rajasthan Tehsil 268
Sikkim Subdivision 9
Tamil Nadu Taluk 215[5]
Telangana Mandal


Tripura Subdivision 38
Uttar Pradesh Tehsil 350
Uttarakhand Tehsil 113
West Bengal Subdivision 69
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tehsil 7
Chandigarh Tehsil 1
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Tehsil 3
Delhi Tehsil 33
Jammu and Kashmir Tehsil 55
Ladakh Tehsil 4
Lakshadweep Subdivision 4
Puducherry Tehsil 8
Total 6057

See also


  1. ^ Dutt, Ashok K.; Noble, Allen G.; Costa, Frank J.; Thakur, Sudhir K.; Thakur, Rajiv; Sharma, Hari S. (15 October 2015). Spatial Diversity and Dynamics in Resources and Urban Development: Volume 1: Regional Resources. Springer. ISBN 9789401797719 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "tehsil". Lexico UK English Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Statement showing the Nomenclature and Number of Sub-Districts in States/UTs". Office of The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, New Delhi. 2010–2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  4. ^ "State Govt Announces 23 New Talukas". DNA. 10 September 2013. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. ^ "State Govt About". tngov.