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Outline of West Bengal

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to West Bengal.

West Bengal14th biggest, 4th most populous, 2nd in highest population density of the 29 states of the democratic Republic of India.[1] It is also the seventh-most populous sub-national entity in the world, with over 91 million inhabitants.[1] Covering a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., it is bordered by the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, and the Indian states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, and Assam. The state capital is Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). West Bengal encompasses two broad natural regions: the Gangetic Plain in the south and the sub-Himalayan and Himalayan area in the north.

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Geography of West Bengal

Administrative Districts and Divisions



A group of districts forms a division, which is administered by a 'Divisional Commissioner'. West Bengal is now divided in nineteen districts, grouped under three divisions:[2]

Jalpaiguri division Burdwan division Presidency division
  • Cooch Behar
  • Darjeeling
  • Jalpaiguri
  • Malda
  • North Dinajpur (Uttar Dinajpur)
  • South Dinajpur (Dakshin Dinajpur)
  • Bankura
  • Bardhaman
  • Birbhum
  • East Midnapore (Purba Medinipur)
  • Hooghly
  • Purulia
  • West Midnapore (Paschim Medinipur)
  • Howrah
  • Kolkata
  • Murshidabad
  • Nadia
  • North 24 Parganas (Uttar 24 Parganas)
  • South 24 Parganas (Dakshin 24 Parganas)


  1. ^ a b "India: Administrative Divisions (population and area)". Census of India. Archived from the original on December 17, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Directory of District, Sub division, Panchayat Samiti/ Block and Gram Panchayats in West Bengal, March 2008". West Bengal. National Informatics Centre, India. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19.