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100 Biggest Cities of British India with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the 100 most populous cities of India under British rule in 1931?
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Population figures according to the Census of India of 1931.
Several of these cities have since been absorbed into larger cities.
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United Provinces of
Agra and Oudh
251,097
Lucknow
219,189
Cawnpore
(Kanpur)
205,487
Agra
201,037
Benares
(Varanasi)
173,895
Allahabad
134,179
Bareilly
110,562
Moradabad
91,181
Meerut
83,878
Aligarh
79,316
Shahjahanpur
78,655
Saharanpur
74,216
Rampur
64,591
Jhansi
62,505
Shikarpur
60,590
Muttra
(Mathura)
59,369
Gorakhpur
 
 
Ajmer-Merwara
Province
119,524
Ajmer
 
 
Assam
Province
85,804
Imphal
 
 
Baroda
Presidency
109,639
Baroda
(Vadodara)
 
 
Bihar and Orissa
Province
159,690
Patna
88,005
Gaya
83,847
Bhagalpur
83,738
Jamshedpur
65,263
Cuttack
60,676
Darbhanga
52,863
Monghyr
(Munger)
50,517
Ranchi
Presidency of
Bombay
1,161,383
Bombay
(Mumbai)
310,000
Ahmedabad
247,791
Karachi
198,078
Poona
(Pune)
144,654
Sholapur
(Solapur)
98,936
Surat
96,021
Hyderabad
89,982
Hubli
69,860
Kolhapur
69,277
Sukkur
 
 
Burma
Province
398,967
Rangoon
(Yangon)
134,950
Mandalay
65,506
Moulmein
(Mawlamyine)
 
 
Central India
Agency
127,327
Indore
61,037
Bhopal
 
 
Central Provinces
and Berar
215,165
Nagpur
104,317
Jubbulpore
(Jabalpur)
 
 
Gwalior
Presidency
78,680
Lashkar
53,779
Ujjain
Presidency of
Fort St. George
645,586
Madras
(Chennai)
182,018
Madura
(Madurai)
142,843
Trichinopoly
(Tiruchirappalli)
102,179
Salem
99,273
Calicut
(Kozhikode)
95,198
Coimbatore
66,889
Tanjore
(Thanjavur)
66,756
Mangalore
65,952
Cocanada
(Kakinada)
65,258
Conjeeveram
(Kanchipuram)
65,179
Guntur
63,526
Rajahmundry
62,317
Kumbakonam
60,427
Bezawada
(Vijayawada)
60,395
Tuticorin
(Thoothukudi)
59,057
Cuddalore
57,342
Ellore
(Eluru)
57,303
Vizagapatam
(Visakhapatnam)
57,265
Vellore
57,078
Tinnevelly
(Tirunelveli)
56,928
Masulipatnam
(Machilipatnam)
51,990
Palamcottah
(Palayamkottai)
 
 
Presidency of
Fort William in Bengal
1,193,651
Calcutta
(Kolkata)
224,873
Howrah
138,518
Dacca
(Dhaka)
84,975
Bhatpara
58,134
Kharagpur
53,156
Chittagong
49,584
Titagarh
 
 
State of
Hyderabad
346,093
Hyderabad
120,801
Secunderabad
62,119
Warangal
State of
Jammu and Kashmir
173,573
Srinagar
 
 
Kingdom of
Mysore
306,470
Bangalore
107,142
Mysore
85,103
Kolar Gold Fields
 
 
North-West Frontier
Province
87,440
Peshawar
 
 
Punjab
Province
400,075
Lahore
347,539
Delhi
263,210
Amritsar
108,351
Multan
85,093
Sialkot
75,767
Rawalpindi
74,295
Jullundur
(Jalandhar)
66,098
Ludhiana
64,855
New Delhi
58,716
Gujranwala
 
 
Punjab States
Agency
55,129
Patiala
 
 
Rajputana
Agency
144,179
Jaipur
94,736
Jodhpur
85,927
Bikaner
 
 
Travancore
State
96,016
Trivandrum
(Thiruvananthapuram)
 
 
Western India States
Agency
75,594
Bhavnagar
55,056
Jamnagar
4 Comments
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Level 69
Jan 24, 2023
Pretty surprising that only one cracks a million.
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Level 40
Jan 24, 2023
Pedantic point that doesn't affect the results, but the map shows Sikkim as part of the Raj when, like Bhutan, it was separate.
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Level 61
Jan 25, 2023
idk if you're taking quiz ideas, but if so, I have one: Countries of the World in 430 BC. I dont know if it would be too hard, But i would play it
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Level 59
Apr 15, 2023
I've been looking through Indian censuses and we found the same site lol