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Literacy rates in India, 1951 - 2001

Census year Persons Males Females Male-Female gap in literacy rate
1951 18.33 27.16 8.86 18.3
1961 28.3 40.4 15.35 25.05
1971 34.45 45.96 21.97 23.98
1981 43.57 56.38 29.76 26.62
1991 52.21 64.13 39.29 24.84
2001 65.38 75.85 54.16 21.7
         
Note: Literacy rate represents the number of literate persons as a percentage of the total population.
Source : Census of India