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STATEMENT 4

Scheduled Languages in descending order of speaker's strength - 2001
S. No. Language Persons who returned the language as their mother tongue Percentage to total population **
       
1  Hindi 422,048,642 41.03
2  Bengali 83,369,769 8.11
3  Telugu 74,002,856 7.19
4  Marathi 71,936,894 6.99
5  Tamil 60,793,814 5.91
6  Urdu 51,536,111 5.01
7  Gujarati 46,091,617 4.48
8  Kannada 37,924,011 3.69
9  Malayalam 33,066,392 3.21
10  Oriya 33,017,446 3.21
11  Punjabi 29,102,477 2.83
12  Assamese 13,168,484 1.28
13  Maithili 12,179,122 1.18
14  Santali 6,469,600 0.63
15  Kashmiri 5,527,698 0.54
16  Nepali 2,871,749 0.28
17  Sindhi 2,535,485 0.25
18  Konkani 2,489,015 0.24
19  Dogri 2,282,589 0.22
20  Manipuri * 1,466,705 0.14
21  Bodo 1,350,478 0.13
22  Sanskrit 14,135 N


*   Excludes figures of Paomata, Mao-Maram and Purul sub-divisions of Senapati district of Manipur for 2001 Census. 
** The percentage of speakers of each language for 2001 has been worked out on the total population of India    
     excluding the population of Mao-Maram, Paomata and Purul subdivisions of Senapati district of Manipur due to 
     cancellation of census results. N - Stands for negligible.