Kerala tops the Indian Literacy Rate Chart with 96.2 per cent while Andhra Pradesh fares as the worst performer with 66.4 per cent (among persons of age 7 years), showed the National Statistical Office Survey report.
The NSO report titled ” Key Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India” from July 2017 to June 2018” provided state-wise detail of literacy rate among the persons aged seven years and above.
According to the report, Indian capital region Delhi scored the second position after Kerala with 88.7 per cent, followed by Uttarakhand with 87.6 per cent, Himachal Pradesh with 86.6 per cent and a surprise from North-East Assam fared well on the fifth position with 85.9 per cent.
On the opposite end of the chart, Andhra Pradesh was the worst performer with 66.4 per cent, Rajasthan is the second worst performer with 69.7 per cent, Bihar at 70.9 per cent, Telangana with 72.8 per cent while Uttar Pradesh was at 73 per cent.
The study pegged the overall literacy rate of the country at about 77.7 per cent. In rural areas, the literacy rate is 73.5 per cent compared to 87.7 per cent in urban areas of the country.
At all-India level, the male literacy rate is higher at 84.7 per cent compared to 70.3 per cent among women.
The survey showed that the male literacy rate is higher than female literacy rate among all states. In Kerala, the male literacy rate stood at 97.4 per cent compared to 95.2 per cent among females.
Similarly, the male literacy rate in Delhi stood a 93.7 per cent higher than 82.4 per cent among females.
Even in the worst-performing states, there was a considerable gap in male and female literacy rate.
In Andhra Pradesh, the male literacy rate is 73.4 per cent, higher than 59.5 per cent among females (of the age of seven year or above).