Formation and reorganisation of Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh was formed and reorganised in 1956 under the state reorganisation commission 1953 under the chairmanship of Fazal Ali. In 2000 Chhattisgarh was separated from MP. Before 1956 MP was known as central province.

Division of Madhya Pradesh before 1956

Before independence Madhya Pradesh was divided into several provinces during British rule. And after independence, the state was divided into four parts with different capitals. Madhya Pradesh was divided into three parts A, B, and C which includes these following states.

1. Central Province and Berar

Including Present Chattisgarh, Mahakaushal, Vidarbha With capital at Nagpur. Chief was Ravishankar Shukla. It was included in Part A. Central province formed by British government on 2nd November 1861 and berar was included in 1936 by British.

2. Madhya Bharat

Also known as central India, Including Gwalior and Indore region included in Part B, With capital at Indore and Gwalior. Its chief was Shankar Dayal Sharma. State head of Madhya Bharat was Jiwaji Rao Scindia. Madhya Bharat state was formed on 28 may 1948.

3. Vindhya Pradesh

Its capital was Rewa. it includes the. Bundelkhand region of MP. in Part C. Its chief was Sambhu Nath Shukla. Vindhya Pradesh was formed on 12 March 1948

4. Bhopal Estate

Bhopal was a separate State. It was also in part C.

Bhopal became Indian state on 1 May 1949

Madhya Pradesh Reorganisation

On 1st November 1956, Madhya Pradesh was declared as a new state. With 9 Divisions and 43 districts Under the recommendations of the Fazal Ali commission or SRC commission of 1953.

State Reorganisation Commission 1956

It was formed on 9th December 1953. Its Chief was Fazal Ali, HN Kunjru and Dr KM Panicker was its members.

MP districts and divisions formation

In 1956 there are 43 districts in MP and 9 divisions. But districts and divisions are extended by MP govt. From time to time.

In 1972 district (Bhopal + Rajnand gaon) new district was formed, Earlier Bhopal was a tehsil of Sehore on 26 January 1972 Bhopal became the capital of the MP and the Sehore division was renamed as Bhopal.

In 1980 Chambal and Bastar (currently in Chattisgarh) division was formed.

In 1981 Hosangabad was Formed

In 1998 10 New districts were formed by B.P. Dubey commission and 6 divisions were formed by MM singhdev commission i.e. MP has 61 districts and 12 divisions in 1998.

In 2000 Chattisgarh was carved out from Madhya Pradesh

MP in present form

On 1st November 2000, MP was reorganised and Chattisgard was separated, resulted in 45 districts and 9 divisions in M.P.

In 2003 three new districts Burhanpur from Khandwa, Ashoknagar from Guna, and Anooppur from Shahdol were formed.

In 2006 Hosangabad was renamed as Narmadapuram.

On 17th May 2008, Alirajpur from Jhabua and On 24 May 2008 Singrauli from Sidhi was formed.

On 14th June 2008, the Shahdol division was formed which results in 50 districts and 10 divisions.

On 15th August 2013 Agar Malva from Sajapur was formed.

In October 2018 new district Niwadi was formed from Tikamgarh.

MP district list with divisions

There are 52 districts and 10 divisions in Madhya Pradesh. Here are all districts in Madhya Pradesh with divisions.

In Bhopal division

  • Bhopal

  • Sehore

  • Rajgarh 

  • Raisen 

  • Vidisha

Gwalior Division

  • Gwalior
  • Datia
  • Shivpuri
  • Guna
  • Ashoknagar

Sagar Division

  • Sagar 
  • Damoh
  • Panna 
  • Chattarpur
  • Tikamgarh
  • Niwari

Rewa Division

  • Rewa 
  • Satna 
  • Sidhi
  • Singrauli

Shahdol Division

  • Shahdol
  • Umaria 
  • Annoppur


  • Hosagabaad 
  • Harda
  • Betul

Chambal Division

  • Bhind 
  • Morena 
  • Sheopur


  • Ujjain
  • Dewas
  • Shajapur

  • Agar Malva
  • Mandsaur
  • Ratlam
  • Neemuch


  • Indore
  • Dhar 
  • Jahbua 
  • Alirajpur 
  • Barwani
  • Khargone
  • Khandwa
  • Burhanpur


  • Jabalpur
  • Katni
  • Narsinghpur
  • Chhindwara
  • Seoni
  • Balaghat
  • Dindori
  • Mandla

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