Chandigarh: Punjab might be feeling pinch for getting ranked at 21 in literacy rate but the state has a reason to smile for doing well in the field of female education, registering 71.3 per cent literacy rate.

The female population in Punjab is said to have overshadowed their counterpart in literacy rate. In last ten years, male literacy rate has increased by 6.3 percent, while female literacy rate has gone up by 7.9 percent.

The literacy rate among males increased from 75.2 per cent to 81.5 per cent in ten years. However, the rate among females rose to 71.3 per cent from 63.4 percent.

In 2001, the average literacy rate of the state was 69.7 per cent which, after the census-2011, rose to 76.7 per cent.

The most illiterate district, Mansa, had registered 52.4 per cent literacy during the 2001 census. Now, it has been pegged at 62.8 per cent, showing 10 per cent rise.

Ten years ago, the literacy rate of males in Mansa was 58.9 per cent which has now increased to 68.4 per cent, showing 9.5 percent improvement.

The female literacy rate in the district which was at 45.2 per cent increased to 56.4 per cent, after the census-2011.

Presently, Hoshiyarpur district tops the literacy rate in the state. It registered 85.4 per cent which was at 81 per cent last decade.

The improvement in literacy among males and females was at the rate of 3.5 and 5.5 per cent respectively.

Literacy rate in Barnala district rose from 60.3 to 68.9 per cent, but the contribution from females was less in comparison to males whose literacy rate upped by 5.7 per cent to 73.1 per cent.

In females, literacy rate surged by 9.6 per cent to 64.1 per cent.

Similarly, in Sangroor district, 8.2 per cent improvement was registered by males in comparison to 9.9 percent literacy rate in females.

In rest of the districts also, the female population showed overall improvement in the literacy rate in comparison to male population.