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Officially Recognized Languages of India

There are 23 languages that are officially recognized by the Constitution of India. How many can you name?
Native speakers in 2011 according to Wikipedia
Quiz by deepfern
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Last updated: July 3, 2022
First submittedJune 21, 2016
Times taken19,397
Average score39.1%
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Official Languages
# Native
Language
226,000
English
528,000,000
Hindi
Schedule 8 Languages
# Native
Language
15,300,000
Assamese
97,200,000
Bengali
1,480,000
Bodo
2,600,000
Dogri
55,500,000
Gujarati
528,000,000
Hindi
43,700,000
Kannada
6,800,000
Kashmiri
2,260,000
Konkani
13,600,000
Maithili
34,800,000
Malayalam
Schedule 8 Languages
# Native
Language
1,760,000
Manipuri
83,000,000
Marathi
2,930,000
Nepali
37,500,000
Odia
33,000,000
Punjabi
none
Sanskrit
7,400,000
Santali
2,780,000
Sindhi
69,000,000
Tamil
81,000,000
Telugu
50,800,000
Urdu
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Level 76
Jan 24, 2017
How about Nepalese for Nepali?
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Level 67
Apr 27, 2017
Indeed
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Level 70
Feb 10, 2017
Surprised Sinhalese isn't there.
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Level 55
Sep 29, 2020
Not much of a Sri Lankan diaspora in India
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Level 58
Mar 15, 2017
Sinhalese or Sinhala is the language of the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka. Sinhalese is the biggest ethnic group in Sri Lanka and while India has people of Tamil ethnicity like Sri Lanka, there are no native Sinhalese people in India.
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Level 26
Mar 15, 2017
That is Santhali
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Level 93
May 12, 2017
are you speak canadian?
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Level 55
Jun 23, 2020
Lol, Canada has nothing to do with Kannada. The former is a soveriegn nation in North America while the later is the regional language of Karnataka state of India. It just has similar spellings.
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Level 39
Dec 19, 2021
Kannada is the official language of a state in India and canadian is not even a language
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2022
Guys... he was joking
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Level 43
Sep 19, 2022
r/whoosh
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Level 84
May 12, 2017
People still speak Sanskrit? hm...
+2
Level 48
May 12, 2017
My eyebrows raised too.
+18
Level 49
May 12, 2017
Sanskrit is great language. yuge.

It's actually spoken as a native language by a small village of more than 14000 people in northern India, the state in which it is a secondary official language after Hindi.

Recently there were talks of making it mandatory in all schools, it already is taught in many schools, seeing it is basically like the Latin for most Indians.

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Level 57
Apr 1, 2020
I can easily understand, read and write Sanskrit despite being only 14.
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Level 24
May 12, 2017
English is not an official language yet most understandable language .
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Level 64
May 12, 2017
MORE TIME
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Level 87
May 12, 2017
Is 2 minutes really enough time to think of all these different languages? I would say no.
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Level 67
Aug 20, 2017
I always thought Urdu was one of schedule 8 languages
+1
Level 90
Jan 16, 2019
its on the list
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Level 75
Oct 15, 2017
Great quiz. But more time please!!
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Level 43
Jan 22, 2018
Meitelion should be accepted as well. It is one of the alternate names of Manipuri.
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2018
Do update the numbers as the language data from the 2011 Census has recently been released by the Government.
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Level 73
May 7, 2020
I got three more correct than the last time I took this quiz thanks to having done a lot of research on Indian movies last year.
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Level 55
Jul 7, 2020
Interesting how English is the second least-spoken language in India despite being one of the two official languages there.
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Level 51
Jul 29, 2020
A lot of people in India do speak and Understand English, its just not many people's first language.
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Level 55
Sep 16, 2020
Yeah
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Level 39
Dec 19, 2021
But still it's quite low
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Level 67
Sep 14, 2022
Not many people have been converted to having English as a first language. In fact, I'm actually surprised there are native English speaking communities in India, unless the data also counts immigrants.
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Level 67
Sep 15, 2022
After having a day to think about it, it turns out that I could be considered an Indian that speaks English as a native language. Bruh.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2022
Extremely short on time, I don't think I could've completed it even if I had heard of them all.
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Level 42
Sep 16, 2022
Managed to get Nepali but forgot about Hindi. Ahh, JetPunk-itis, we meet again.