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India - Adult (15+) literacy rate

72.2 (%) in 2015

In 2015, adult literacy rate for India was 72.2 %. Adult literacy rate of India increased from 48.2 % in 1991 to 72.2 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 11.01 %.

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What is adult literacy rate?

Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the 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.

What is India adult literacy rate?

Date Value Change, %
2015 72.2 4.22 %
2011 69.3 10.43 %
2006 62.8 2.85 %
2001 61.0 26.53 %
1991 48.2 18.30 %
1981 40.8

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