Indian States and Capitals: India is the seventh-largest country in the world and also the second populous. It lies in southern Asia. It is officially known as the Republic of India. It is governed by a parliamentary form of government. It gets very difficult to manage a large country from one place. So Indian Constitution gives the right to the central government to make states feel suitable. There are 28 states and 8 Union territories in our country India. This article talks about the list of the Indian States and their Capitals.

States and Capitals of India

Many people don't know about the total number of States / Union Territories in India and their capitals. In this article, we are giving you the latest update on the States and Capitals of India. There are a total of 28 states and 8 union territories in India at present. Each state of India has an administrative, legislative and judicial capital some states all three functions are conducted in one capital. Every state is ruled by a Chief Minister. Here we have covered the list of the Indian States, Union Territories, and their capitals.

Indian States and Capitals

India has a total of 28 states and 8 union territories. The 28 Indian States and their capitals are as follows.

The Indian States and their Capitals
State NameCapital
Andhra PradeshAmaravati
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamDispur
BiharPatna
ChhattisgarhRaipur
GoaPanaji
GujaratGandhinagar
HaryanaChandigarh
Himachal PradeshShimla
JharkhandRanchi
KarnatakaBengaluru
KeralaThiruvananthapuram
Madhya PradeshBhopal
MaharashtraMumbai
ManipurImphal
MeghalayaShillong
MizoramAizawl
NagalandKohima
OdishaBhubaneswar
PunjabChandigarh
RajasthanJaipur
SikkimGangtok
Tamil NaduChennai
TelanganaHyderabad
TripuraAgartala
Uttar PradeshLucknow
UttarakhandDehradun (Winter)
Gairsain (Summer)
West BengalKolkata

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Indian Union Territories and Capitals

At Present India now has 28 States and 8 Union Territories. 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 NameCapital
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
ChandigarhChandigarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & DiuDaman
DelhiNew Delhi
Jammu and KashmirSrinagar (Summer)
Jammu (Winter)
LakshadweepKavaratti
PuducherryPondicherry
LadakhLeh

States and Capitals of India Map

You can check the latest political map of India which provides the total number of states and union territories in India and their capitals at present.

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States and Capitals: Important Points

After getting the list of Indian States & Union Territories with their capitals, let us first understand how to segregate a state from a union territory. Out of the eight union territories in India, three union territories have their own legislatures these are Delhi, Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) and Jammu and Kashmir. Each union territory and state has a capital of its own.

StateUnion Territories
 The state has its own administrative units with their own elected government.Union Territories are constituent units which are controlled and administered by the Central Government.
Executive Head is the GovernorExecutive Head is the President
The relationship with the Centre is Federal.Unitary with the Centre. i.e. all the powers rests in the hands of Union.
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)
Chief Minister is the real head.Lieutenant is the real head.

States and Capitals of India: Latest Updates

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

Since 26th January 2020, India had 8 union territories. The U.T Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have become a single union territory.

On August 5, the central government had also 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.

With the merger of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the number of UT's have come down to eight.

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The Indian States and Capitals 2022

As responsible citizens, we should know about the states and capitals of India. The states and capitals are very commonly asked as the General Awareness Questions in a number of competitive exams held all over the country.

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States and Capitals 2022- FAQs

Ans. India is a union of 28 states and 8 union territories in the country.

Ans. There are 8 union territories in India at present.

Ans. Daman and Diu is merged with Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

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

Ans. New Delhi is the capital of India.

Ans. Lieutenant Governor is the head of the Union Territory.

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