At 42.7 per cent, Muslims have the highest percentage of illiterates, while Jains, at 86.4 per cent, have the highest percentage of literates, according to Census 2011 data on education level by religious community and gender released Wednesday.
According to the data, the percentage of illiterates is 36.4 for Hindus, 32.5 for Sikhs, 28.2 for Buddhists and 25.6 for Christians. The overall percentage of illiterates is 36.9 for all communities.
The Christian community has 74.3 per cent literacy, followed by Buddhists (71.8 per cent ), Sikhs (67.5 per cent), Hindus (63.6 per cent) and Muslims (57.3 per cent).
For religious communities as a whole, only 5.63 per cent have attained education levels of graduation and above. Of people who have studied up to graduation or above, 61.6 per cent are men and 38.4 per cent women.
In 7-16 years age group for all religious communities as a whole, 11.7 per cent are illiterate, 1.46 per cent are literate without education, 36.67 per cent are educated below primary, 28.62 per cent have studied primary level; 15.56 per cent till middle school, and 5.69 per cent till matriculation.
In the 17-18 age group for all religious communities, 11.73 per cent are illiterate, 2.62 per cent are literate without education, 4.62 per cent are educated till below primary, 14.35 per cent till primary, 18.59 per cent till middle school, 31.97 per cent till matriculation and 14.99 per cent till higher secondary level.
In the 19-24 age group for all religious communities, 16.25 per cent are illiterate, 4.20 per cent are literate without education, 5.73 per cent are educated till below primary, 14.93 per cent till primary, 19.66 per cent till middle, 11.58 till matriculation, 16.84 per cent till higher secondary, 0.20 per cent have a non-technical diploma, 1.56 per cent have a technical diploma, and 10.91 per cent are graduates and above.
Among Jains, 25.65 per cent are graduates or have studied further. Of them, 44.8 per cent are women. The corresponding figure is 8.84 per cent for Christians (49.8 per cent women), 6.39 per cent for Sikhs (49.9 per cent women), 6.17 per cent for Buddhists (38.15 per cent women), 5.98 for Hindus (37.5 per cent women) and 2.75 per cent for Muslims, of whom 36.65 per cent are women.