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  • 28 June, 2022

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Department of School Education and Literacy under the Ministry of Education has released the Centre’s first-ever Performance Grading Index for the district (PGI-D) for the year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Ministry of education approve the release of the Performance Grading Index 2019-20 for the state and union territories.


  • PGI-D evaluates the performance of the school education system mainly at the district level by creating an index for comprehensive analysis.
  • Based on the data collected from various sources such as the unified district information system for education plus (UDISE+), National Achievement Survey(NAS),2017 and data provided by respective districts the PGD-I assesses the performance of the school education system.

Structure: Its structure comprises a total weightage of 600 points across 83 indicators, which have been divided into six categories:

  • Outcomes, Effective Classroom Transaction, Infrastructure Facilities and Student Entitlements, School Safety and Child Protection, Digital Learning and Governance Process.
  • Two categories — digital learning and effective classroom transaction have been added mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Assessment Grades:

  • The PGI-D grades the districts into ten grades. The highest achievable grade is ‘Daksh’, which is for districts scoring more than 90% of the total points in that category or the overall.
  • Daksh is followed by ‘Utkarsh’ (81% to 90%), ‘Ati Uttam’ (71% to 80%), ‘Uttam’ (61% to 70%), ‘Prachesta-1’ (51% to 60%) and ‘Prachesta-2’ (41% to 50%).
  • The lowest grade in PGI-D is ‘Akanshi-3’ which is for scores up to 10% of the total points.
  • Not even the single district figured in the highest ‘Daksh’ grade in both these years.


  • The score of the assessment shows the areas where a district needs to improve. The PGI-D will reflect the relative performance of all the districts on a uniform scale and will also encourage them to perform better.
  • At the same time, it will also act as a good source of information for best practices followed by States and union territories, which can be shared.
  • It helps the students, parents, teachers and administration to know the performance of their district while can even compare with another district to evaluate their performance and efforts needed.


Best performer

  • Three districts of Rajasthan performed the best in the assessment Sikar, Jhunjhunu, and Jaipur figured in the Utkarsh grade
  • Rajasthan has the highest number of districts, with 24 districts followed by Punjab (14), Gujarat(13) and Kerala (13) in this grade.


  • South Salmara-Mankachra (Assam), Alirajpur (Madhya Pradesh), North Garo Hills, and South Garo Hills in Meghalaya were the lowest performance
  • 12 states which don’t have a single district in the Ati-Uttam and Uttam are Bihar, Goa, Jammu Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.
  • The number of districts in all the categories has increased which indicates the progress of many districts.

Source: PIB


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