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Presidency division

Presidency division
Divisions of West Bengal (Presidency division in orange color)
Divisions of West Bengal (Presidency division in orange color)
StateWest Bengal
Districts1. Howrah, 2. Kolkata, 3. Nadia, 4. North 24 Paraganas, 5. South 24 Parganas
 • Total24,957 km2 (9,636 sq mi)
 (2001 census)
 • Total32,741,224
Main cropsPaddy, Jute, Pulses, Wheat, Mustard, Sesame, Sugarcane, Soybean, Onion, vegetables, Turmeric

Presidency Division is an administrative division within the Indian state of West Bengal. The headquarters and the largest city of the Presidency division is Kolkata, the state capital. Presidency division is bounded by Medinipur division to South-West, Burdwan division to North-West and Malda division to North. The whole east side of the division is covered by Bangladesh–India border. Shri A. R. Bardhan, IAS is the current Secretary and Divisional Commissioner of the division.[1]


It consists of 5 districts:[2]

List of districts

Code[3] District Headquarters[4] Established[5] Subdivisions[2] Area[4] Population 2011[4] Population Density Map
HR Howrah Howrah 1947 1,467 km2 (566 sq mi) 4,850,029 3,306/km2 (8,560/sq mi)
Howrah district.svg
KO Kolkata Kolkata 1947 185 km2 (71 sq mi) 4,486,679 24,252/km2 (62,810/sq mi)
Kolkata district new.svg
NA Nadia Krishnanagar 1947 3,927 km2 (1,516 sq mi) 5,168,488 1,316/km2 (3,410/sq mi)
Nadia district.svg
PN North 24 Parganas Barasat 1986[6] 4,094 km2 (1,581 sq mi) 10,082,852 2,463/km2 (6,380/sq mi)
North 24 Parganas district.svg
PS South 24 Parganas Alipore 1986[6] 9,960 km2 (3,850 sq mi) 8,153,176 819/km2 (2,120/sq mi)
South 24 Parganas district.svg
Total 23 24,957 km2 (9,636 sq mi) 32,741,224 1,312/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
India WB.svg


  1. ^ "Divisional Commissioners/ West Bengal". Office of the Resident Commissioner- Govt. of WB. 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Directory of District, Sub division, Panchayat Samiti/ Block and Gram Panchayats in West Bengal, March 2008". West Bengal. National Informatics Centre, India. 19 March 2008. p. 1. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  3. ^ "NIC Policy on format of e-mail Address: Appendix (2): Districts Abbreviations as per ISO 3166–2" (PDF). Ministry Of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. 18 August 2004. pp. 5–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 September 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Districts : West Bengal". Government of India portal. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  5. ^ Here 'Established' means year of establishment as a district of West Bengal. The state of West Bengal was established in 1947 with 14 districts of erstwhile Bengal province of British India.
  6. ^ a b Mandal, Asim Kumar (2003). The Sundarbans of India: A Development Analysis. Indus Publishing. pp. 168–169. ISBN 81-7387-143-4. Retrieved 4 September 2008.