|Category||Second-level administrative division|
|Location||States and union territories of India|
|Number||740 (as of 2020)|
|Populations||Greatest: Thane, Maharashtra—11,060,148 (2011 census)|
Least: Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh—8,004 (2011 census)
|Areas||Largest: Kutch, Gujarat—45,652 km2 (17,626 sq mi)|
Smallest: Mahé, Puducherry—8.69 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
|Subdivisions||Tehsil, Taluka, Mandal|
A district (zilā) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. In some cases districts are further subdivided into sub-divisions, and in others directly into tehsils or talukas. As of 2020[update] there are a total of 739 districts, up from the 640 in the 2011 Census of India and the 593 recorded in the 2001 Census of India.
District officials include:
Each of these officials is aided by officers from the appropriate branch of the state government.
Most districts have a distinct headquarters; but the districts of Mumbai City, in Maharashtra, Hyderabad in Telangana and Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, are examples where there is no distinct district headquarters, although there are district collectors.
|9||NE||Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore||Nellore||2,966,082||13,076||227|