Districts of British India

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The Districts of British India were administrative units of the Government of the British Raj or Indian Empire. Districts were generally subdivisions of the provinces and divisions of British India[1]


Districts, often known as zillas in vernacular, were established as subdivisions of the provinces (praanths in vernacular) and divisions of British India that were under one of the three Presidencies. [2]

Most of the districts that were created during the British Raj became Districts of India after the independence of India.

Historical districts[edit]

The following list includes only districts of British India that became extinguished or that saw major changes in their history:

Districts in the Madras Presidency[edit]

Districts in the Bengal Presidency[edit]

Districts in the Bombay Presidency[edit]

Other districts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India. Published under the authority of His Majesty's Secretary of State for India in Council. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907-1909
  2. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, vol. V, 1908

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