For administrative purposes, British India was divided into the following administrative divisions:

Main administrative divisions

Political units

While British India did administratively not include the princely states, which remained nominally outside the British Raj,[1] under the administration of their own rulers, the relationship of the British with these states was managed by:

Still, the British authorities recurred to the doctrine of lapse when they decided to interfere in the internal matters of a princely state.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Great Britain India Office. The Imperial Gazetteer of India. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.
  2. ^ William Cooke Taylor, A Popular History of British India