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Adult illiterate population

(number)

India is the top country by adult illiteracy in the world. As of 2015, adult illiteracy in India was 259 million that accounts for 35.33 % of the world's adult illiteracy. The top 5 countries (others are Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and Nigeria) account for 59.85 % of it. The world's total adult illiteracy was estimated at 734 million in 2015.

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What is adult illiteracy?

Adult illiterate population. Total is the total number of adults over age 15 who cannot both read and write with understanding a short simple statement on their everyday life.