Country: India South Asia PeoplesSouth Asia Peoples website

Number of People Groups

2,279

People Groups Unreached

2,048 (89.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

1,435,205,000

Population in Unreached

1,365,346,000 (95.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent *

2.33%

% Evangelical

Unknown

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

3.9%
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.
Map Notes

Click column headings for sorting ▲▼
Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent *
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Abdul 41,000 87,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Abor 1,900 1,900 Adi Unknown 16.36 % -
 Ad Dharmi 1,240,000 1,240,000 Punjabi, Eastern Hinduism 0.34 % 25
 Adi 83,000 87,000 Adi Unknown 21.03 % -
 Adi Andhra 367,000 368,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.86 % 7
Adi Andhra Christian 43,000 43,000 Telugu Christianity 100.00 % -
 Adi Dravida 10,237,000 10,237,000 Tamil Hinduism ☀︎ 0.10 % 205
Adi Dravida Christian 785,000 785,000 Tamil Christianity 100.00 % -
Adi Gallong 21,000 21,000 Adi, Galo Unknown 40.08 % -
 Adi Karnataka 3,541,000 3,541,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.51 % 71
Adi Karnataka Christian 209,000 209,000 Kannada Christianity 100.00 % -
 Adi Minyong 29,000 29,000 Adi Unknown 17.76 % -
 Adi Padam 16,000 16,000 Adi Unknown 30.11 % -
Adi Pasi 3,600 3,600 Adi Unknown 19.98 % -
Adi Ramo 1,600 1,800 Adi Unknown 45.87 % -
 Adiyan 20,000 20,000 Malayalam Hinduism 0.77 % 1
Agamudaiyan Mukkulattar 2,500 2,500 Tamil Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Agamudaiyan Nattaman 789,000 798,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.19 % 16
Agamudaiyan Udayar 10,000 10,000 Tamil Hinduism 17.96 % -
 Agamudaiyan unspecified 260,000 269,000 Tamil Hinduism 0.50 % 5
 Agariya (Hindu traditions) 249,000 249,000 Agariya Hinduism 0.29 % 5
 Agariya (Muslim traditions) 18,000 20,000 Urdu Islam ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Agaru 1,900 1,900 Telugu Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
Ager (Hindu traditions) 17,000 18,000 Kannada Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Aghori 83,000 83,000 Hindi Hinduism ☀︎ 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
  Totals:  2,279 1,435,205,000         2,048 2.33 % 0.00 % 27,983 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 6,515,000                
  UN Country Population (2024) 1,441,720,000                
Click column headings for sorting ▲▼
State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 451,000 286 247 86.4 % 335,000 74.3 % 3
Andhra Pradesh 63,121,000 490 452 92.2 % 62,066,000 98.3 % 13
Arunachal Pradesh 1,581,000 216 115 53.2 % 467,000 29.5 % 25
Assam 35,316,000 354 261 73.7 % 27,412,000 77.6 % 35
Bihar 130,228,000 487 460 94.5 % 129,501,000 99.4 % 38
Chandigarh 1,308,000 463 431 93.1 % 1,298,000 99.2 % 1
Chhattisgarh 33,106,000 560 525 93.8 % 31,926,000 96.4 % 27
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 389,000 191 182 95.3 % 387,000 99.5 % 1
Daman and Diu 298,000 219 210 95.9 % 293,000 98.3 % 2
Delhi 21,531,000 765 707 92.4 % 21,398,000 99.4 % 11
Goa 1,831,000 311 288 92.6 % 1,324,000 72.3 % 2
Gujarat 76,199,000 650 613 94.3 % 75,606,000 99.2 % 33
Haryana 31,517,000 471 457 97.0 % 31,480,000 99.9 % 22
Himachal Pradesh 8,857,000 376 354 94.1 % 8,840,000 99.8 % 12
Jammu and Kashmir 15,077,000 296 287 97.0 % 15,058,000 99.9 % 20
Jharkhand 39,839,000 541 506 93.5 % 32,430,000 81.4 % 24
Karnataka 72,533,000 659 621 94.2 % 71,270,000 98.3 % 31
Kerala 40,112,000 412 361 87.6 % 32,571,000 81.2 % 14
Ladakh 307,000 52 50 96.2 % 307,000 100.0 % 2
Lakshadweep 74,000 10 7 70.0 % 74,000 99.5 % 1
Madhya Pradesh 90,821,000 779 732 94.0 % 90,722,000 99.9 % 55
Maharashtra 137,530,000 865 803 92.8 % 136,152,000 99.0 % 36
Manipur 3,420,000 199 127 63.8 % 2,004,000 58.6 % 16
Meghalaya 3,469,000 208 153 73.6 % 441,000 12.7 % 11
Mizoram 1,341,000 130 84 64.6 % 148,000 11.0 % 8
Nagaland 2,307,000 169 106 62.7 % 216,000 9.4 % 12
Odisha 50,533,000 705 663 94.0 % 44,220,000 87.5 % 30
Puducherry 1,506,000 242 217 89.7 % 1,413,000 93.8 % 4
Punjab 35,472,000 475 448 94.3 % 35,245,000 99.4 % 23
Rajasthan 84,864,000 575 560 97.4 % 84,840,000 100.0 % 33
Sikkim 704,000 85 72 84.7 % 401,000 57.0 % 6
Tamil Nadu 88,325,000 583 515 88.3 % 82,596,000 93.5 % 38
Telangana 42,357,000 522 481 92.1 % 41,816,000 98.7 % 33
Tripura 4,313,000 270 210 77.8 % 3,091,000 71.7 % 8
Uttar Pradesh 275,129,000 786 759 96.6 % 275,054,000 100.0 % 75
Uttarakhand 14,674,000 582 563 96.7 % 14,647,000 99.8 % 13
West Bengal 116,861,000 689 617 89.6 % 111,432,000 95.4 % 23
Country:   1,435,205,000 2,279 2,048 89.9 % 1,365,346,000 95.1 % 741

Click column headings for sorting ▲▼
Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 288,885,000 20.1 % 97.2 % 0.0 % 1.2 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 803,771,000 56.0 % 70.7 % 24.3 % 1.8 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 221,618,000 15.4 % 93.1 % 0.0 % 0.4 % 3.5 % 2.9 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 120,930,000 8.4 % 81.2 % 1.5 % 9.5 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.8 %
1,435,205,000
Click column headings for sorting ▲▼
Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Adi adi 15 1 Complete Bible
Adi, Galo adl 2 0 New Testament
Agariya agi 1 1 Unspecified
Aimol aim 1 0 New Testament
Aiton aio 1 1 Translation Started
Anal anm 1 0 Complete Bible
Angika anp 1 1 Bible Portions
Apatani apt 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Mesopotamian acm 1 1 New Testament
Assamese asm 16 13 Complete Bible
Asuri asr 1 0 Unspecified
Awadhi awa 1 1 Complete Bible
Badaga bfq 1 1 New Testament
Balti bft 1 1 Bible Portions
Bengali ben 130 127 Complete Bible
Bhatri bgw 1 1 New Testament
Bhili bhb 2 2 New Testament
Bhojpuri bho 9 9 New Testament
Bhunjia bhu 1 1 New Testament
Biate biu 1 0 Complete Bible
Birhor biy 1 0 Unspecified
Bishnupuriya bpy 1 1 Bible Portions
Bondo bfw 1 1 Bible Portions
Boro (India) brx 2 0 Complete Bible
Brokskat bkk 1 1 Unspecified
Bugun bgg 1 0 New Testament
Buksa tkb 1 1 Bible Portions
Burmese mya 1 1 Complete Bible
Chakma ccp 1 1 Complete Bible
Chambeali cdh 3 3 New Testament
Changthang cna 1 1 Translation Started
Chaura crv 1 1 Translation Started
Chhattisgarhi hne 10 10 Complete Bible
Chin, Falam cfm 2 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Hakha cnh 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Paite pck 1 0 Complete Bible
Chin, Thado tcz 9 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chiru cdf 1 0 New Testament
Chodri cdi 1 1 New Testament
Dangi dhn 1 1 New Testament
Dari prs 1 1 Complete Bible
Deori der 1 1 Bible Portions
Dhundari dhd 3 3 New Testament
Digaro-Mishmi mhu 2 0 Bible Portions
Dimasa dis 2 1 New Testament
Dogri dgo 14 14 New Testament
Dubli dub 2 2 New Testament
Duruwa pci 2 2 New Testament
Dzongkha dzo 1 1 Complete Bible
English eng 1 0 Complete Bible
Gaddi gbk 1 1 New Testament
Gahri bfu 1 1 Bible Portions
Gamit gbl 1 0 New Testament
Gangte gnb 1 0 Complete Bible
Garasia, Adiwasi gas 1 1 New Testament
Garhwali gbm 5 5 New Testament
Garo grt 1 0 Complete Bible
Gata' gaq 1 1 New Testament
Gondi, Adilabad wsg 1 1 New Testament
Gondi, Northern gno 8 8 New Testament
Gujarati guj 134 132 Complete Bible
Gujari gju 2 2 Unspecified
Halbi hlb 1 1 New Testament
Haroti hoj 1 1 New Testament
Haryanvi bgc 1 1 New Testament
Hindi hin 541 539 Complete Bible
Hmar hmr 1 0 Complete Bible
Ho hoc 2 2 New Testament
Hrangkhol hra 1 0 Complete Bible
Hruso hru 1 0 Translation Started
Idu-Mishmi clk 1 0 Bible Portions
Indian Sign Language ins 1 0 Bible Portions
Irula iru 1 1 Bible Portions
Jarawa anq 1 1 Translation Started
Jaunsari jns 1 1 New Testament
Jingpho kac 1 1 Complete Bible
Kacchi kfr 4 4 New Testament
Kamar keq 1 1 Unspecified
Kangri xnr 6 6 New Testament
Kanikkaran kev 1 1 Translation Started
Kannada kan 87 85 Complete Bible
Karbi mjw 1 0 Complete Bible
Karen, S'gaw ksw 1 0 Complete Bible
Kashmiri kas 33 33 Complete Bible
Khamba kbg 2 2 Translation Started
Khamyang ksu 1 1 Translation Started
Kharia khr 1 0 New Testament
Khasi kha 1 0 Complete Bible
Kinnauri kfk 1 1 New Testament
Koch kdq 1 1 Bible Portions
Kodava kfa 2 2 New Testament
Koireng nkd 1 0 New Testament
Kok Borok trp 9 1 Complete Bible
Kolami, Northwestern kfb 1 1 New Testament
Kom (India) kmm 1 0 Complete Bible
Konkani knn 10 8 Complete Bible
Konkani, Goan gom 16 13 Complete Bible
Korku kfq 4 4 New Testament
Koya kff 3 3 New Testament
Kudiya kfg 1 1 Translation Started
Kui, Dawik dwk 1 0 Bible Portions
Kukna kex 1 1 New Testament
Kumaoni kfy 6 6 New Testament
Kurichiya kfh 1 1 Translation Started
Kurumba, Betta xub 1 1 New Testament
Kurumba, Jennu xuj 1 1 Bible Portions
Kurux kru 1 0 Complete Bible
Kuvi kxv 1 1 New Testament
Ladakhi lbj 4 4 New Testament
Lambadi lmn 3 3 New Testament
Lamkang lmk 1 0 Complete Bible
Lepcha lep 1 0 New Testament
Lhomi lhm 1 0 New Testament
Lish lsh 1 1 Translation Started
Lisu lis 1 0 Complete Bible
Magahi mag 1 1 New Testament
Maithili mai 4 4 New Testament
Mal Paharia mkb 3 1 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 93 81 Complete Bible
Maldivian div 1 1 Bible Portions
Malvi mup 1 1 New Testament
Mandeali mjl 2 2 New Testament
Mara mrh 3 0 Complete Bible
Marathi mar 93 91 Complete Bible
Marwari (India) rwr 21 21 New Testament
Meitei mni 8 8 Complete Bible
Mewari mtr 2 2 New Testament
Miju-Mishmi mxj 2 1 Bible Portions
Mising mrg 1 1 New Testament
Mizo lus 6 0 Complete Bible
Monpa, Kalaktang kkf 1 0 Translation Started
Monpa, Tawang twm 2 2 Unspecified
Munda unx 1 0 New Testament
Mundari unr 2 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Angami njm 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Ao njo 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Chang nbc 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Chokri nri 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Chothe nct 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Inpui nkf 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Kharam kfw 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Khiamniungan kix 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Konyak nbe 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Liangmai njn 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Lotha njh 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Mao nbi 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Maram nma 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Maring nng 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Monsang nmh 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Moyon nmo 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Nocte njb 3 0 New Testament
Naga, Phom nph 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Pochuri npo 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Poumai pmx 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Sangtam nsa 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Southern Rengma nre 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Sumi nsm 2 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Tangkhul (India) nmf 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Tangshang nst 9 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Tarao tro 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Thangal nki 1 0 New Testament
Naga, Wancho nnp 1 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Yimchungru yim 2 0 Complete Bible
Naga, Zeme nzm 1 0 Complete Bible
Nagamese nag 1 0 New Testament
Nepali npi 21 14 Complete Bible
Nicobarese, Car caq 1 0 Complete Bible
Nyishi njz 4 0 Complete Bible
Odia ory 165 151 Complete Bible
Pahari, Kullu kfx 1 1 New Testament
Panchpargania tdb 2 2 New Testament
Pangwali pgg 1 1 New Testament
Paniya pcg 1 1 New Testament
Pardhan pch 1 1 Bible Portions
Pardhi pcl 1 1 Bible Portions
Phake phk 1 0 Translation Started
Pnar pbv 1 0 Bible Portions
Punjabi, Eastern pan 109 108 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Western pnb 6 6 New Testament
Purig prx 1 1 New Testament
Puroik suv 1 0 Bible Portions
Rakhine rki 1 1 Bible Portions
Rathawi rtw 1 1 New Testament
Ravula yea 1 1 Complete Bible
Sadri sck 2 2 New Testament
Sakachep sch 1 0 New Testament
Sansi ssi 1 1 Bible Portions
Santhali sat 1 0 Complete Bible
Sartang onp 2 2 Unspecified
Sentinel std 1 1 Translation Started
Shan shn 1 1 Complete Bible
Sherdukpen sdp 1 1 Translation Started
Sholaga sle 1 1 New Testament
Sikkimese sip 2 2 Unspecified
Simte smt 1 0 Complete Bible
Sindhi snd 2 2 Complete Bible
Singpho sgp 2 1 Complete Bible
Sinhala sin 1 1 Complete Bible
Syuba syw 1 1 Bible Portions
Tagin tgj 1 0 New Testament
Tamil tam 113 90 Complete Bible
Tangchangya tnv 1 0 Translation Started
Telugu tel 128 124 Complete Bible
Teressa tef 1 1 Translation Started
Tibetan, Central bod 1 1 Complete Bible
Tinani lbf 2 2 New Testament
Toda tcx 1 0 Bible Portions
Toto txo 1 1 Bible Portions
Tshangla tsj 1 1 New Testament
Tulu tcy 13 12 New Testament
Urdu urd 191 191 Complete Bible
Vaagri Booli vaa 1 1 New Testament
Vaiphei vap 1 0 Complete Bible
Varli vav 1 1 New Testament
Vasavi vas 1 1 New Testament
Wagdi wbr 2 2 New Testament
Yakkha ybh 1 0 New Testament
Yerukula yeu 1 1 New Testament
Zakhring zkr 1 0 Unspecified
Zo zom 1 0 Complete Bible
Totals: 221 2,279 2,048   131 104 148 208 23
Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in India. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in India
  • Christian ministry in India
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

India Statistics
People Groups 2,279
Unreached People Groups 2,048  (89.9%)
Population 1,435,205,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Population in Unreached 1,365,346,000  (95.1%)
Primary Religion Hinduism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.3%
Percent Evangelical Unknown
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 3.9%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 27,983
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 34%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, South
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code IN
Official Language(s) HindiEnglish
Literacy Rate 74%
Estimated Illiterate Population 373,153,000
Persecution Ranking 11 (1=Highest) Open Doors
India Maps
Language Map (Ethnologue)
Ethnolinguistic Map (Univ of Texas)
Perry-Castaneda Map Collection
India Prayer Email

Pray1040 - Learn about and pray for India in just 5 minutes per week! Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about India’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Sign up

India Prayer Cards / Guide

Prayer Cards


 All  Unreached

Prayer Guide


India Links
Operation World
Stratus Earth Index
Prosperity Index
Social Progress Index
Open Doors Persecution Ranking
World Factbook
Religious Freedom Report
UN Human Development Report
Ethnologue Language Listing
National Bible Society
India Videos
More great prayer resources at Prayercast



Joshua Project logo    Joshua Project    Copyright © 2024