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Guidelines for Identifying Census Centres

Banks are required to furnish information on, inter alia, revenue centre (hereinafter centre) of the concerned branch along with its population size as per the latest Census (i.e. Census 2001) in proforma I / II. Above information are incorporated in the branch-bank statistics system (also known as Master Office File (MOF) System) maintained at RBI. Based on the size of the population, a centre is classified either into rural, semi-urban, urban, or metropolitan as under:

  1. Rural: population less than 10,000
  2. Semi-Urban: 10,000 and above and less than 1 lakh
  3. Urban: 1 lakh and above and less than 10 lakh
  4. Metropolitan: 10 lakh and above

For the purpose of correct classification of a centre, the bank should mention the correct name of the centre (i.e. city/town/ village in census data) and not just the locality. For this purpose, Banks may refer to the latest Census of India data (i.e. Census 2001). Clarification can also be obtained from the Block Development Officer, Village Panchayat, Tehsildar/ Municipality or Municipal Corporation Office/ Office of the District Collector or District Census Authority in this regard.

While referring to census data, banks may also see brief guidelines as below:

  1. The lowest granularity of location for Bank Branches is Centre.
  2. MOF follows the latest Census of India (i.e. Census 2001) and subsequent reorganizations of geographical boundaries by the Central/State Governments to identify the valid centre and its population.
  3. MOF considers 16 digits unique code which is allocated to each census centre viz. State (2 digits) + District (2 digits) + Tehsil / Taluk / C.D Block (4 digits) + city/town/village code (8 digits)
  4. Based on the census population, centers are classified as Rural/ Semi-Urban/Urban/ Metropolitan.
  5. Whenever the centre is not available in census record, the original population certificate may be obtained from the competent authority of that revenue unit viz. Block Development Officer, Village Panchayat, Tehsildar/ Municipality or Municipal Corporation Office/ Office of the District Collector or District Census Authority etc. as the case may be. The certificate should clearly mention that the centre is a revenue centre falling in a particular tehsil/development block along with its total population. This certificate should be obtained for revenue units only and not for localities.

Exceptional Cases of Census of India 2001

Followings are the illustrations of some exceptional cases and guidelines to decide on correct centre names in those cases:

A. A centre spanning across two or more districts within a state

Guideline: It would be treated as two or more mutually exclusive centres based on the districts in which it is located and classified according to the population of the part coming under the undivided centre in that district.


i) Center Hyderabad spans over districts of Rangareddi, Hyderabad, and Medak in Andhra Pradesh withpart population sizes1 of 1745814, 3612427, and 96954 respectively.

Centre "Hyderabad (Ran)" in Rangareddi district, "Hyderabad (Hyd)" in Hyderabad district, and “Hyderabad (Med)” in Medak district with respective population sizes of 1745814, 3612427, and 96954 are three separate centres in MOF.

ii) Center Siliguri - spanned across districts Jalpaiguri and Darjiling in West Bengal.

Same as centre Hyderabad (A(i)).

iii) Center Mumbai – spanned across districts Mumbai and Mumbai Surburban.

Same as centre Hyderabad (A(i)).

B.Same centre (same 8 digit census centre code) spanning across two Tehsils

Guideline: There will be only one centre in one of the two tehsils having larger population size. Population of the centre will be the total population of the part-centres in two tehsils. The tehsil which covers the major part of such centre in terms of population size will be the tehsil of the centre.


i) Center Chirimiri in district Koriya spans over tehsils Baikunthpur and Manendragarh with respective part population sizes of 18,577 and 74,796.

There will be only one centre Chirimiri in Manendragarh tehsil as population of Manendragarh is more than that of Baikunthpur and the population of Chirimiri will be 93,373 (18,577+74,796 =93,373).

ii) Centre Dibrugarh in district Dibrugarh spans over tehsils Dibrugarh West and Dibrugarh East with respective part population sizes of 7,941 and 1,25,630.

Same as centre Chirimiri (B(i)).

iii) Center Idukki Township in district Idukki spans over tehsils Udumbanchola and Thodupuzha with respective part population sizes of 2,311 and 9,036.

Same as centre Chirimiri (B(i)).

C. Outgrowth (OG)

Guideline: Outgrowth is a part of a bigger centre to be considered as bigger centre only, not a separate center.


  1. Bakrol (OG), Jitodiya (OG), Mogri (OG), and Gamdi (OG) – all are part of bigger center Anand in district Anand in Gujarat.Therefore, the centre of the branches located at these OGs is Anand.
  2. Rethore (OG), Satnai (OG), Jarwas (OG), and Muhali (OG) - all are part of bigger center Khurai in district Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.
  3. Vayalar (OG), Thanneermukkam (OG) – all are part of bigger center Cherthala in district Alappuza in Kerala
Banks should report correct centre name and population group classification of centres while seeking authorisation for opening of branches/offices in the respective centre from the Department of Banking Operations and Development/Rural Planning and Credit Department/Urban Banks Department. For information on banked centres, “Branch Locator” link available on http://dbie.rbi.org.in may be referred to. The link is also accessible from www.rbi.org.in at the following path: http://dbie.rbi.org.in.

In case banks need further clarification or information they may refer the case to DSIM, CO at the following address.

The Director
Reserve Bank of India
Bank Branch Statistics Division
Department of Statistics and Information Management, Central Office
C-9, 6th Floor, Bandra-Kurla Complex
Bandra (East)
Mumbai - 400 001
Telephone: 022-26578100/8300 (Extn.7360/7361/7362/7613)
Fax: 022-2657 0847

1 as per Census 2001 for extended boundary (2006) of centre Hyderabad

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