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Biggest Cities in India

How many of India's 20 most populous urban areas can you name?
Based on urban area population, not city proper
According to citypopulation.de, January 2021
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: February 26, 2021
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First submittedJanuary 27, 2013
Times taken56,374
Average score50.0%
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Population
City
31.3 m
Delhi
25.6 m
Mumbai
17.0 m
Kolkata
12.7 m
Bangalore
11.6 m
Chennai
10.4 m
Hyderabad
8.75 m
Ahmedabad
Population
City
7.10 m
Pune
6.90 m
Surat
4.05 m
Jaipur
3.80 m
Lucknow
3.50 m
Kanpur
3.33 m
Nagpur
3.28 m
Indore
Population
City
2.98 m
Bhilai / Raipur
2.78 m
Coimbatore
2.73 m
Patna
2.48 m
Bhopal
2.43 m
Chandigarh
2.35 m
Agra
69 Comments
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Level 82
Feb 20, 2013
Got the top 5, and 3 others... but should have got more. I had heard of all of these before except Bhilai, Vadodara, and Indore.
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Level 18
Dec 6, 2014
Got 15!
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Level 82
Jun 12, 2015
I got 16 this time including the top 8. I guess I'm learning...
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Level 75
Jun 12, 2015
Maybe there's hope for me, then. I only got 4, but had heard of a few more.
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Level 82
Apr 9, 2018
This time I got Bhilai by typing in "Raipur"
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Level 31
Nov 5, 2020
isn't it Ahmemabad?
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2022
Bhilai and Raipur are actually 2 separate cities, but they are quite close, Ahmedabad on the other hand is in a whole different state.
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Level 74
Aug 7, 2018
Damn! Got Vadodara, but it seems to have been overtaken
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Level 27
Feb 20, 2013
I didn't know that Delhi and New Delhi are the same... or did they merge?
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Level 52
Mar 14, 2013
sometimes they're considered 1 city sometimes 2
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Level 82
Jun 13, 2015
New Delhi is a neighborhood of Delhi.
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Level 32
Jun 15, 2015
it is not any neighborhood...Delhi NCR is a union territory and New Delhi is a new city in Delhi built by British which is capital of Delhi NCR as well as India...
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Level 82
Jun 16, 2015
A new "city" inside of a larger existing city? So in other words, it's a neighborhood of Delhi.
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Level 87
Sep 11, 2015
It's one of the 11 districts of Delhi... So yes, same city.
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Level 65
Jan 17, 2022
Saying New Delhi is the capital instead of Delhi is like saying that Westminister is the capital of UK, not London, or that Chiyoda is the capital of Japan, not Tokyo.
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Level 61
Feb 27, 2023
well the things is that New Delhi is the capital of India and London is the capital of the United Kingdom.
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Level 70
May 2, 2022
also for example in london and manchester there is greater london/manchester yet no one says that london is a neighbourhood of greater london and manchester is a neighbourhood of greater manchester
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Level 37
May 30, 2021
Because I am from India, i can just tell you that New Delhi and Old Delhi are both different things. They are right next to each other but New Delhi has more advanced technology than Old Delhi, AKA. Delhi. Thats why the keep it seperate.
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Level 73
May 31, 2021
Actually, Old Delhi isn't the same as Delhi. Delhi is the national capital territory. It contains several cities (or sub-cities) within it, the most notable of which are: New Delhi, Old Delhi, Dwarka, Rohini and Shahdara. New Delhi also happens to be the capital city of both – the territory and the country. The territory is divided into eleven districts. New Delhi is also a district.

Then, the NCR is a big area which includes nearby cities of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and others.

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Level 3
Mar 1, 2013
yo! i live in india!
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Level 14
Mar 23, 2013
Missed Vadodara
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Level 82
Mar 3, 2019
I think it was overtaken by Chandigarh
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Level 22
Mar 1, 2014
Mumbai is the largest city in India not delhi
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Level 33
Apr 3, 2014
no it isnt
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Level 73
May 31, 2021
It is when counted by city proper. When metropolitan or urban area is used, then it is ranked second.
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Level 37
Sep 14, 2014
Got every city except Agra!
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Level 65
Feb 15, 2015
Got top 8 pretty quickly and then I was just lost.
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Level 50
Jun 13, 2015
I discovered a lot of cities with this quiz ^^
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Level 28
Jun 13, 2015
So India has over 1 billion people living in cities smaller than 2 million. Wow...
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Level 28
Jun 13, 2015
The rural population must be huge.
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Level 67
Aug 8, 2018
Probably more urban areas in India than rural.
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Level 71
May 30, 2021
Even though India is urbanizing fast and has many cities over 1 million (second only to China I believe), it still has a larger rural population. Like, according to this, the rural population accounts for about 2/3rds of the entire population.
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Level 61
May 30, 2021
Oh yeah, that's true. About 3/4ths of Indians live in rural areas. Only a quarter of Indians actually live in cities. So we have many cities with populations in their millions and yet the people in the cities are the minority XD
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Level 32
Jun 15, 2015
easy one
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Level 94
Sep 5, 2015
You should accept Raipur for Bhilai. Considering they're both about the same size (1 mil) and in the same greater metropolitan area. And Raipur is the capital.
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2018
Okay
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Level 70
Jul 18, 2016
Got 9, but knew over 15. Proud to know more than just the Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata a majority of people only know.
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Level 59
Jan 20, 2017
Did 13.Heard about all except Bhilai,Where it is though ?
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Level 45
May 25, 2017
You should accept Poona for Pune
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Level 75
May 22, 2018
That must be the origin of my favorite cucumber - poona kheera. It grows great in my garden and doesn't get bitter with age. I always wondered about its name. (It looks like a russet potato when it gets older, but still tastes good.)
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Level 71
Dec 31, 2017
Thanks for the link to citypopulation.de! I really wanted to see it!
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Level 42
May 26, 2018
please accept lko for lucknow
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Level 38
Jul 6, 2018
Raipur and Bhilai are not the same...they are 35 kms apart.
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Level 78
Aug 7, 2018
If you are willing to consider the Raipur - Bhillai - Durg Tri city metropolitan area, shouldn't the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan region should be considered. It has a population of over 5 million. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visakhapatnam_Metropolitan_Region
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Level 57
May 31, 2021
No they aren't they are merely a few KM apart. I live here and I can tell you.
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2018
could you accept "Lakhnau" as a type-in for Lucknow? i know it's not in common use, but it's a closer romanization than "Lucknow" is
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Level 82
Aug 7, 2018
I would pronounce both of those words almost exactly the same so how is it closer?
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Level 57
Aug 7, 2018
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Hi-Lucknow.ogg

sounds closer to a "lahk"

i should retract this request anyway. the NIC (an Indian institution) uses "Lucknow" rather than "Lahknau", which is probably just a very bad alternative spelling

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Level 59
May 31, 2021
I would also pronounce both the same - Lakhnau as I would pronounce it in german and Lucknow as an english word...

although Lucknow could easily be the name of an eastern german or polish city...

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Level 66
Oct 3, 2018
I think Ghaziabad should be on the list having an urban population more than Agra.
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Level 57
May 31, 2021
Ghaziabad is included in Delhi.
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Level 59
Jan 23, 2019
2 cities from Madhya Pradesh, 3 cities from Maharashtra, 2 cities from U.P, 2 cities from T.N, 2 cities from Gujarat and 1 city each from Rajasthan, W.B, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Punjab and Karnataka
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Level 56
Apr 25, 2019
Chandigarh is not in Punjab
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Level 57
May 31, 2021
But a part of the Urban Area of Chandigarh is in Punjab. Mohali the city included in the Urban Area is in Punjab. It also has a part in Haryana.
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Level 21
Mar 4, 2019
நான் சென்னையில் வாழ்கிறேன்
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Level 59
Apr 5, 2019
ஆனால் நீங்கள் சான் பிரான்சிஸ்கோவில் வசிக்கிறீர்கள் என்று உங்கள் சுயவிவரம் கூறுகிறது
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Level 79
Dec 15, 2019
Now it says she lives in Galveston, Texas.
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Level 76
Aug 21, 2019
Visited 5 of these on my recent visit to India (Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur and Surat). This quiz is a lot easier now after visiting and learning a bit more about the place. I always used to suck with Indian cities.
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Level 68
Mar 8, 2020
Got all. Yes, I am.
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Level 27
Jan 11, 2021
Typed everything possible for "Kolkata" except Kolkata lol
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Level 57
May 31, 2021
I'm glad that you added Raipur for Bhilai.

Using Raipur is more correct,because Raipur is the biggest of the 6 cities in the urban area as well as capital of the state. And Raipur is also being recognized by people across the world as it has hosted multiple events such as The FIH Super League in 2015 and Road Safety Super Series in 2021.

The reason behind usage of Bhilai is that Bhilai used to be bigger in 90s. When Chhattisgarh state was formed in 2000 Raipur became the capital and slowly surpassed Bhilai. Although Raipur as an smaller constituent Urban Area (which includes Raipur itself Birgaon and Naya Raipur) only surpassed smaller constituent Urban Area of Bhilai (which includes Bhilai, Durg and Charoda) in 2010.

Quizmaster I would also like to suggest to make a top 50 version of this.

And Coimbatore name has been changed to Koyampuththoor so please take this name as well.

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Level 45
May 31, 2021
16/20 = 80%

Am finnish

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Level 22
Jun 2, 2021
20/20 i got 100%
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Level 24
Jun 3, 2021
Damn it!I missed Surat
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Level 24
Jun 3, 2021
नमस्कार
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Level 59
Feb 15, 2023
Are you Indian?

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Level 61
Feb 19, 2023
19/20 never heard of Chandigarh
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Level 29
Jul 10, 2023
is the capital of Punjab and Haryana
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Level 43
Aug 31, 2023
I'm from China and I got 20/20 on my first go