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States and Capitals of India 2021: India has 28 states and 8 UTs

States and Capitals of India 2021: India (Bharat) is located in the Southern part of the largest continent in the World, Asia and is officially known as the Republic of India. It is governed by the parliamentary form of government. There are 28 states and 8 union territories (UT’s) in India, as per the latest data of the year 2021. Each state and union territory in India has an administrative, legislative and judicial capital. Every state is ruled by a Chief Minister. Here we have covered the list of the Indian States, Union Territories, and their capitals.

 India is the second most popular country in the whole world. It is also considered to be the 7th largest country all around the world. Being such a large country, it can become difficult to manage the country activities it. Indian constitution provided Central Government the right to divide the country into different States and UTs as per suitability. All the details related with States and Union Territories of India are covered in this article below.

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Date of Formation of Indian States and Capital Since 1947

State Capital Formation date Official language CM Governor
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad (till 2 June 2024) Amravati (proposed) 1St October 1953 Telugu YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar 20th February 1987 English Pema Khandu B. D. Mishra
Assam Dispur 26th January 1950 Assamese Himanta Biswa Sarma Jagdish Mukhi
Bihar Patna 26th January 1950 Hindi Nitish Kumar Phagu Chauhan
Chhattisgarh Raipur 1st November 2000 Chattisgarhi Bhupesh Baghel Sushri Anusuiya Uikey
Goa Panaji 30th May 1987 Konkani Pramod Sawant Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Gujarat Gandhinagar 1st May 1960 Gujarati Vijaybhai R. Rupani Acharya Dev Vrat
Haryana Chandigarh 1st November 1966 Haryanvi Mnohar Lal Satyadev Narayan Arya
Himachal Pradesh Shimla 25th January 1971 Hindi Jairam Thakur Bandaru Dattatraya
Jharkhand Ranchi 15th November 2000 Hindi Hemant Soren Droupadi Murmu
Karnataka Bengaluru 1st November 1965 Kannada B. S. Yediyurapa Vajubhai Vala
Kerala Thiruvananthapura 1st November 1965 Malayalam Pinarayi Vijayan Arif Mohammed Khan
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal 1st November 1965 Hindi Shivraj Singh Chouhan Anandiben Patel
Maharashtra Mumbai 1st May 1960 Marathi Uddhav Thackeray Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Manipur Imphal 21st January 1972 Meitelion (Manipuri) N. Biren Singh Najma Heptulla
Meghalaya Shillong 21st January 1972 English Conrad Kongkal Sangma Satya Pal Malik
Mizoram Aizawl 20th February 1987 Mizo Pu Zoramthanga P.S. Sreedharan Pilla
Nagaland Kohima 1st December 1963 English Neiphiu Rio R. N. Ravi
Odisha Bhubaneswar 26th January 1950 Oriya Naveen Patnaik Ganeshi Lal
Punjab Chandigarh 1st November 1966 Punjabi Capt. Amarinder Singh V.P. Singh Badnore
Rajasthan Jaipur 1st November 1956 Hindi Ashok Gehlot Kalraj Mishra
Sikkim Gangtok 16th May 1975 Nepal PS Golay Ganga Prasad
Tamil Nadu Chennai 26th January 1950 Tamil M.K. Stalin Banwarilal Purohit
Telangana Hyderabad 2nd June 2014 Telugu, Urdu K Chandrasekhar Rao Tamilisai Soundararajan
Tripura Agartala 21st January 1972 Bengalu and Kokborok Biplab Kumar Deb Ramesh Bais
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow 26th January 1950 Hindi Yogi Aditya Nath Anandiben Patel
Uttarakhand Dehradun 9th November 2000 Hindi Tirath Singh Rawat Baby Rani Maurya
West Bengal Kolkata 26th January 1950 Bengali Mamata Banerjee Jagdeep Dhankhar

 

Difference Between States And Union Territories

Before we get into the State and Capitals, let us first understand the difference between a state and a union territory. Out of the eight union territories in India, Delhi, Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) and Jammu & Kashmir have their own legislatures. Each union territory has a capital of its own or the main area of administration.

Basis of Difference States Union Territories
Control and Administration The state has its own administrative units with their own elected government. Union Territories are constituent units that are controlled and administered by the Central Government.
Executive Head Executive Head is the Governor Executive Head is the President
Relationship with Centre The relationship with the Centre is Federal. Unitary with the Centre. i.e. all the powers rests in the hands of Union.
Headed by Administered by the Chief Minister and elected by the people. Administered by the Administrator which is appointed by the President. (except Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir)
Real Head Chief Minister is the real head. Lieutenant is the real head.

States and Capitals of India

With knowledge of states and union territories, now let us have a look at the states and capitals of India. The states and the capitals is one of the most important topics of General Awareness and General Knowledge Questions in a number of competitive exams held in the country. The 28 Indian States and their capitals are as follows.

 States and Capitals of India

S.no

States

Capitals

1 Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad (Proposed Capital Amaravati)
2 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
3 Assam Dispur
4 Bihar Patna
5 Chhattisgarh Raipur
6 Goa Panaji
7 Gujarat Gandhinagar
8 Haryana Chandigarh
9 Himachal Pradesh Shimla
10 Jharkhand Ranchi
11 Karnataka Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore)
12 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
13 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
14 Maharashtra Mumbai
15 Manipur Imphal
16 Meghalaya Shillong
17 Mizoram Aizawl
18 Nagaland Kohima
19 Odisha Bhubaneswar
20 Punjab Chandigarh
21 Rajasthan Jaipur
22 Sikkim Gangtok
23 Tamil Nadu Chennai
24 Telangana Hyderabad
25 Tripura Agartala
26 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
27 Uttarakhand Dehradun, Gairsain (Summer)
28 West Bengal Kolkata

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Union Territories Of India: Updates

Before we get into the Union Territories and their capitals, let us first have a look at the recent updates on UT’s as of March 2021.

  1. With effect from 26th January 2020, India has 8 union territories. The Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have become a single union territory since January 26 through a Bill passed by the Parliament in the winter session.
  2. On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its division into two Union Territories i.e. UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
  3. With the merger of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the number of UT’s have come down to eight.

Union Territories and Capitals

At Present India has 8 Union Territories and 28 States. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into two Union Territories (UT) of  J& K and Ladakh. The newly formed Union Territories have been formed under a reorganization act passed by the Parliament on 5-6 August 2020. At present India has 8 Union Territories.

Union Territories of India

S.no

Union territories

Capital

1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
2 Chandigarh Chandigarh
3 Dadra and Nagar Haveli,
Daman  & Diu
Daman
4 Delhi New Delhi
5 Lakshadweep Kavaratti
6 Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
7 Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)
8 Ladakh Leh

How Delhi, Puducherry, J& K are different from other Union Territories?

  1. In India, all the states and three union territories, i.e. Puducherry, Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir possess elected legislature and government.
  2. There is a total of eight union territories in India, out of which 3, i.e. Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, and Puducherry, have their elected members and the Chief Minister, as these are granted with partial statehood, by an amendment to the Constitution.
  3. Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, and Puducherry possess their own legislative assembly and executive council and operate like states. The remaining union territories are controlled and regulated by the Union of the country, that’s why named as a union territory.

How Sates and Capital Of India information will be useful for upcoming government exams?

Question related to States and Union Territories of India are generally asked in the exams for Railway Job, Bank Job, LIC AAO, State Jobs, etc. many other competitive exams. Go through the article above that is provided with the list of States, their capitals, CM, Governor, their official language, UTs and their capitals information which will be useful for the Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

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States and Capitals of India, FAQ’s

Q. Which UT has merged during January 2020?

Ans. Daman and Diu has merged with Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Q. What is the reason behind division of India into different States and UTs?

Ans. Due to administrative purpose in the country there has been a division between States and UTs

Q. Currently how many States and UTs are present in our country?

Ans. Currently there are 8 UTs present in our country which was in effect from 26th January, 2020.

Q. Who is considered to be the head of a UT?

Ans. Lt. Governors & Administrators are considered to be the head of a UT

Q. How many states are there in India 30 or 29?

Ans. There are 28 states and 8 UTs in India. 

 

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