States and Capitals of India: List of 28 States and 8 UTs

States and Capitals of India: There are 28 States and 8 Union Territories (UTs) in India. let's take a look at all the states, UTs and their Capitals.

States and Capitals of India: Currently, in India there are a total of 28 states and 8 UTs currently after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir which is now a union territory along with ladakh. In the constitution of India, as per article 1 ‘India that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States. Indian which is known for its colorful culture  consist of: The territories of the states, Union territories (UTs), and Any territory that may be acquired’. The division of all the States and UTs is different based on certain factors such as population, geography, language or any other social & economic aspects. In this article, we will be covering everything related to “States and Capitals of India”, About India, the Difference between UT and States, etc. and everything an aspirant must know to prepare for the static GA section.

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How many states in India?

Governed by a parliamentary system, India is a federal constitutional republic and is known as the world’s most populous democracy. Earlier there were 29 states and 7 Union Territories but the Government Of India revoked article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and declared it as a union territory along with Ladakh. After the implementation of the decision, currently there are 28 states and 8 Union Territories as Daman & Diu is merged with Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

What is a State?

A state is defined as an independent unit that consists of its own Legislative Assembly and elected representatives. It is a territory in India that has its own Chief Minister. A state has its own separate government and legislative assembly. All the Functions of the state are handled by the State Government such as security, healthcare, governance, revenue generation etc.

List of States and Capitals

Given below is the list of States and Capital of India:

States and Capitals of India 2020

S.No States Name Capital Founded on
1 Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad (Proposed Capital Amaravati) 1 Nov. 1956
2 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar 20 Feb. 1987
3 Assam Dispur 26 Jan. 1950
4 Bihar Patna 26 Jan. 1950
5 Chhattisgarh Raipur 1 Nov. 2000
6 Goa Panaji 30 May. 1987
7 Gujarat Gandhinagar 1 May. 1960
8 Haryana Chandigarh 1 Nov. 1966
9 Himachal Pradesh Shimla 25 Jan. 1971
10 Jharkhand Ranchi 15 Nov. 2000
11 Karnataka Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) 1 Nov. 1956
12 Kerala Thiruvananthapuram 1 Nov. 1956
13 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal 1 Nov. 1956
14 Maharashtra Mumbai 1 May. 1960
15 Manipur Imphal 21 Jan. 1972
16 Meghalaya Shillong 21 Jan. 1972
17 Mizoram Aizawl 20 Feb. 1987
18 Nagaland Kohima 1 Dec. 1963
19 Odisha Bhubaneswar 26 Jan. 1950
20 Punjab Chandigarh 1 Nov. 1956
21 Rajasthan Jaipur 1 Nov. 1956
22 Sikkim Gangtok 16 May. 1975
23 Tamil Nadu Chennai 26 Jan. 1950
24 Telangana Hyderabad 2 Jun. 2014
25 Tripura Agartala 21 Jan. 1972
26 Uttar Pradesh Lucknow 26 Jan. 1950
27 Uttarakhand Dehradun (Winter)
Gairsain (Summer)
9 Nov. 2000
28 West Bengal Kolkata 1 Nov. 1956

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How many Union Territories in India?

Given below is the list of Union Territories along with their capital and foundation day:

Union Territories Names Capital Founded on
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair 1 Nov. 1956
Chandigarh Chandigarh 1 Nov. 1966
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu Daman 26 Jan. 2020
Delhi New Delhi 9 May. 1905
Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar (Summer)
Jammu (Winter)
31 Oct 2019
Lakshadweep Kavaratti 1 Nov. 1956
Puducherry Pondicherry 1 Nov. 1954
Ladakh Leh 31 Oct 2019

States and capitals of India

About India

India mainly located in South Asia and is officially known as the Republic of India. It comprises a total area of 3,287,263 sq. km, and has an estimated population of 135.26 crores (2019) which makes it the world’s second-most populous country.
Governed by a parliamentary system, India is a federal constitutional republic and is known as the world’s most populous democracy. Earlier there were 29 states and 7 Union Territories but the Government Of India revoked article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and declared it as a union territory along with Ladakh. After the  implementation of the decision, currently there are 28 states and 8 Union Territories as Daman & Diu is merged with Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

Each state and union territory has an administrative, legislative and judicial capital of its own. (The Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have a common high court as per the new guidelines)

Types of Capital

Given Below is a brief difference between the different kinds of capitals.

  • An administrative capital refers to the  one where all the offices of the executive government are situated.
  • A legislative capital refers to the the one where the state assembly convenes.
  • A judicial capital refers to  the one where the territorial high courts are located.

All the states along with two union territories, Pondicherry and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have an elected form of government and legislatures. They are headed by their elected Chief Minister, who is elected for a term of five years. The Central government directly rules all the other union territories and has a representative in each UT known as the governor. Under the States Reorganization Act of 1956, the states were reorganized based on the language which is used there.

Capital of India

New Delhi is the capital of India. The foundation stone of New Delhi was laid by Emperor George V during the Delhi Durbar of 1911. British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker designed it. Finally, Viceroy and Governor-General of India Lord Irwin inaugurated it on 13 February 1931.

Financial Capital of India

Mumbai is known as the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India because it accounts for 25% industrial output, 5% of India’s GDP and also 70% of the capital transactions in the Indian economy and has financial institutions of national importance such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange Market, and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies.

As per an article of Times Of India, Mumbai has ceded its position as the financial capital of India according based on data released by oxford economics and the center is shifting to Gurugram and Delhi.

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Difference Between State And Union Territories

State Union Territory
A state is the division of a nation which has its own legislative assembly. A Union Territory doesn’t have a legislative assembly ( Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir)
Chief Minister is the real head. Lieutenant is the real head.
Executive head is Governor. Executive head is President.
Administered by Chief Minister. Administered by Administrator, appointed by President.
States have Autonomous Power. UTs do not have it.

States and Capitals of India: Articles in the Constitution

Under Part 1 of the constitution , Articles 1 to 4  describe India and its territories.

  • Article 1 describes India as the “Union of States” and not “Federation of states” The names of states and their territories are mentioned in the first schedule of the constitution.
  • Article 2 allows the parliament to ‘admit into the Union of India or establish new states on such terms as it thinks or find fit.’ Hence, it gives power to parliament to establish new states.
  • Article 3 permit the parliament to-
    a) form new state by separation of existing territory
    b) increase the area of state as seem fit
    c) diminish the area of any state as seem fit
    d) alter the boundary of any state as seem fit
    e) alter the name of any state as seem fit

List of Indian States and their Languages:

Sl.No. States Language
1 Andhra Pradesh Telengu and Urudu
2 Arunachal Pradesh Miji, Apotanji,Merdukpen, Tagin,

Adi,Honpa, Bangini-Nishi

3 Assam Assamese
4 Bihar Hindi
5 Chattisgarh Hindi
6 Goa Marathiand Konkani
7 Gujarat Gujarati
8 Haryana Hindi
9 Himachal Pradesh Hindi and Pahari
10 Mizoram Mizo and English
11 Jammu & Kashmir Kashmiri, Dogiri, Urdu,Ladakki, Pahari, Panjabi and Dadri
12 Jharkhand Hindi
13 Karnataka Kannada
14 Kerala Malayalam
15 MadhyaPradesh Hindi
16 Maharashtra Marathi
17 Manipur Manipuri
18 Meghalaya Khashi, JaintiaAnd Garo
19 Nagaland Ao, Konyak, Angami,Sema and Lotha
20 Odisha Oriya
21 Punjab Punjabi
22 Rajasthan Rajasthani and Hindi
23 Sikkim Bhutia, Hindi, Nepali,Lepcha, Limbu
24 Tamil Nadu Tamil
25 Tripura Bengali, Tripuri, Manipuri, Kakborak
26 Telangana Telugu
27 Uttar Pradesh Hindi
28 Uttrakhand Hindi
29 West Bengal Bengali

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

  1. In India,  majority of the  states and three union territories, i.e. Puducherry, Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir possess elected legislature and government.
  2. Currently, there are total 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 and these are granted with partial statehood, by an amendment to the Constitution.
  3. Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, and Puducherry are the only union territories that 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.

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FAQ: States and Capitals of India

Q. How many states are there in India in 2020?

Ans. Currently, there are 28 states in India.

Q. How many union territories are there in India?

Ans. There are total of 8 Union territories in India.

Q. What is the capital  of India?

Ans. New Delhi is the capital of India.

Q. Which Union territories was merged in January 2020?

Ans. Daman and Diu were merged in January 2020.

Q. Which state has been bifurcated to make  union territory?

Ans. State of Jammu and Kashmir is bifurcated into Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories.

Q. What is the Financial Capital Of India?

Ans. Mumbai is the Financial capital of India.

Q. Who is considered as the  head of Union Territory?

Ans. Lietuenant Governor is considered as the head of Union Territory.