Guwahati: According to a latest report on National Statistical Office (NSO), Kerala has once again emerged as the most literate state in the country with 96.2 per cent literacy while Assam has emerged as the fifth most literate state in the country with 85.9 per cent of literacy rate.
At all-India level, the male literacy rate is higher at 84.7 per cent compared to 70.3 per cent among women.
The study has pegged the overall literacy rate in the country at about 77.7%. In rural areas, the literacy rate is 73.5% compared to 87.7% in urban areas of the country. A sample of 64,519 rural households from 8,097 villages and 49,238 urban households from 6,188 blocks was surveyed all-over India.
The report stated that Andhra Pradesh is at the bottom with a rate of 66.4 per cent.
The survey showed that the male literacy rate is higher than female literacy rate in all states. In Kerala, the male literacy rate is 97.4 per cent compared to 95.2 per cent among females.
The report on ‘Household Social Consumption: Education in India’ as part of 75th round of National Sample Survey – from July 2017 to June 2018’ provides for state-wise detail of literacy rate among the persons aged seven years and above.
According to the study, after Kerala, Delhi has the best literacy rate at 88.7 per cent, followed by Uttarkhand’s 87.6 per cent, Himachal Pradesh’s 86.6 per cent and Assam’s at 85.9 per cent.
On the other hand, Rajasthan is just above Andhra Pradesh with literacy rate at 69.7 per cent. The other states with low literacy rates are – Bihar at 70.9 per cent, Telangana at 72.8 per cent, Uttar Pradesh at 73 per cent and Madhya Pradesh at 73.7 per cent.
Nearly 35 per cent of persons of age 15-29 years reported use of internet during the 30 days prior to the date of survey. The proportions were nearly 25 per cent in rural areas and 58 per cent in urban areas.
The report also revealed that nearly 4 per cent of rural households and 23 per cent of urban households possessed computer.
Among persons of age 15-29 years, nearly 24 per cent in rural areas and 56 per cent in urban areas were able to operate a computer.