ANSWER: 130.2 million
Census data indicates 130.2 million workers literate but below matric secondary level
Newly released census data on literacy status and educational levels of numerous types of workers and non workers in the country has revealed the following:
- Nearly 130.2 million of the total 362.6 million main workers are literate but below matric secondary level.
- Census data further shows 104.3 workers are illiterate which constitutes 28.8% of the main workers
- Around 71.5 million or 19.7% are matriculate secondary below graduate level.
Newly released census data also found that of 55.5 million marginal workers available for work in the nation, around 21.9 million or 39.4% are illiterates followed closely by 20.9 million or 37.6% literates bellow matric secondary and 8 million or 14.5% matrics secondary below graduate level. Among 60.7 million non workers seeking availability of jobs in India, a majority constitutes literates below matric secondary level followed by matric-secondary below graduate and illiterate. Between 2001-2011, there was a 59.2 million increase in literate workers of which a majority (20.5 million rise) was reported under the category matric secondary below graduate followed by 16.2 million below matric-secondary and 11 million as graduate and above other than technical degree. The overall data shows that 4.5% of the nation’s population is educated to the point of graduation or above while only 32.6% of the population has not received education till primary school level.