One of the main factors contributing to this relatively low literacy rate is usefulness of education and availability of schools.
Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above) from The World Bank: Data. Literacy rate, adult female (% of females ages 15 and above). Literacy . India. 2018. 74. Indonesia. 2018. 96. Iran, Islamic Rep. 2016. 86. Iraq. 2018. 50.
While the overall literacy rate works out to be 64.8 %, the male literacy rate is 75.3% and that for females is 53.7%, showing a gap of 21.6 percentage points.
State-wise Gap in the Literacy Rates of Males and Females over decades As per 2011 census, literacy rate in India has been reported as 74.04% with a 14%.
In 2015, adult literacy rate for India was 72.2 %. Adult literacy rate of India increased from 48.2 % in 1991 to 72.2 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of.