The present paper is an attempt to analyse the trends of differential in literacy rate, spatial patterns of urban-rural differential and the relationship between differential index and selected variables of development among the districts of Uttar Pradesh, India. The urban-rural differential index is found to be high in the south-eastern part and it tends to decline towards western part of the state. The relationship between rural literacy and urban literacy rate are marked by a substantial increase from western-central to eastern regions. The ‘t’ test reveals that male literacy rate, female literacy rate, urbanization, per capita income, commercialization, educational facilities, and medical facilities are the chief determinants.
Key words: Rural population, differential index, relationship, variables, literacy rate, urbanization.
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