Indian Administrative Service
The Indian Administrative Service abbreviated to I. A. S. or IAS, is the administrative arm of the All India Services. Considered the premier civil service of India, the IAS is one of the three arms of the All India Services along with the Indian Police Service and the Indian Forest Service. Members of these three services serve the Government of India as well as the individual states. IAS officers may be deployed to various public sector undertakings; as with other countries following the Westminster parliamentary system of government, the IAS is a part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation, is an inseparable part of the executive of the Government of India. As such, the bureaucracy remains politically neutral and guarantees administrative continuity to the ruling party or coalition. Upon confirmation of service, an IAS officer serves a probationary period as a sub-divisional magistrate. Completion of this probation is followed by an executive administrative role in a district as a district magistrate and collector which lasts several years, as long as sixteen years in some states.
After this tenure, an officer may be promoted to head a whole state division, as a divisional commissioner. On attaining the higher scales of the pay matrix, IAS officers may lead government departments or ministries. In these roles, IAS officers represent the country at the international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. If serving on a deputation, they may be employed in intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or the United Nations, or its agencies. IAS officers are involved in the conduct of elections in India as mandated by the Election Commission of India. During the occupation of India by the East India Company, the civil services were classified into three – covenanted and special civil services; the covenanted civil service, or the East India Company's Civil Service, as it was called comprised British civil servants occupying the senior posts in the government.
The uncovenanted civil service was introduced to facilitate the entry of Indians onto the lower rung of the administration. The special service comprised specialised departments, such as the Indian Forest Service, the Imperial Police and the Indian Political Service, whose ranks were drawn from either the covenanted civil service or the British Indian Army; the Imperial Police included many British Indian Army officers among its members, although after 1893 an annual exam was used to select its officers. In 1858 the HEICCS was replaced by the Indian Civil Service, which became the highest civil service in the British Raj between 1858 and 1947; the last British appointments to the ICS were made in 1942. With the passing of the Government of India Act 1919 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the Indian civil services—under the general oversight of the Secretary of State for India—were split into two arms, the All India Services and the Central Services; the Indian Civil Service was one of the ten All India Services.
In 1946 at the Premier's Conference, the Central Cabinet decided to form the Indian Administrative Service, based on the Indian Civil Service. There is no alternative to this administrative system... The Union will go, you will not have a united India if you do not have good All-India Service which has the independence to speak out its mind, which has sense of security that you will standby your work... If you do not adopt this course do not follow the present Constitution. Substitute something else... these people are the instrument. Remove them and I see nothing but a picture of chaos all over the country; when India was partitioned following the departure of the British in 1947, the Indian Civil Service was divided between the new dominions of India and Pakistan. The Indian remnant of the ICS was named the Indian Administrative Service, while the Pakistani remnant was named the Pakistan Administrative Service; the modern Indian Administrative Service was created under Article 312 in part XIV of the Constitution of India, the All India Services Act, 1951.
There are three modes of recruitment into the Indian Administrative Service. IAS officers may enter the IAS by passing the Civil Services Examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Officers recruited; some IAS officers are recruited from the state civil services, and, in rare cases, selected from non-state civil service. The ratio between direct recruits and promotees is fixed at 2:1. All IAS officers, regardless of the mode of entry, are appointed by the President of India. Only about 180 candidates out of over 1 million applicants, who apply through the Civil Services Examination, are successful, a success rate of less than 0.01 per cent. As a result, the members of the service are referred as "heaven-born". Unlike candidates appointed to other civil services, a successful IAS candidate is rendered ineligible to re-enter the Civil Services Examination. From 1951 to 1979, an IAS candidate was required to submit two additional papers, as well as three optional papers to be eligible for the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service.
The two additional papers were postgraduate level submissions, compared to the graduate level of the optional papers, it was this distinction that resulted in a higher status for the IAS and IFS. The two postgraduate level submissions were removed, but this has not changed the perceived higher status of the IAS and IFS. After the selection process, the su
Ramanagara district, is one of the 30 districts of Karnataka state in southern India. Ramanagara City is the administrative headquarters of this district; the district is part of Bengaluru Division. Ramanagara district was carved out of the erstwhile Bengaluru Rural district on 23 August 2007, comprising Ramanagara, Channapatna and Magadi taluks. Ramanagara is 50 km southwest of Bengaluru, it has an average elevation of 747 metres. Ramanagara is famous for the huge rocky outcroppings; the popular places for rock climbing are. This gives it a ranking of 421st in India; the district has a population density of 303 inhabitants per square kilometre. Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 5.06%. Ramanagara has a sex ratio of 976 females for every 1000 males, a literacy rate of 69.2%. Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, one of the biggest in Asia, giving it the other name of Silk City, It is called as Cosmopolitan Cocoon Market because of the people from different states participates in cocoon transaction here.
On an average, 35 Metric tons of cocoons are being transacted daily in this market. In Ramanagara, there are 600 cottage basins, 85 multi-end reeling units and 04 Automatic Reeling Unit of 400 Ends capacities. There are about 95 Twisting units functioning at this place. Ramanagara district includes the Bidadi Industrial Area, the first Industrial Area in the state, which houses the manufacturing units of Toyota and Coca-Cola, a 1400 MW combined cycle gas-based power plant; this region has several tall granitic hills which are famous for many short rock climbs 1 to 2 pitches in length. Grades vary from 5.8 American to 5.11 American. It is home to some of the world's oldest granite outcrops; some of the interesting climbs are on the Wanakkal wall, on the Rainbow wall, on Anna-Thamma. Another well-known hill is Ramadevarabetta. Along with Savandurga this was one of the shooting locations for David Lean's A Passage to India. Small door like grottoes was made in the rock to resemble caves, it was in this region that the path-breaking Hindi movie, was shot.
Other famous hills in the region include Handigundi. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a popular tourist spot in the district; these hills have been threatened by quarrying and plans to carve these hills into statues. The region is covered in scrub forest and is home to threatened bird species such as the yellow-throated bulbul and long-billed vultures; the hill is today one of the few locations in south India. The region is home to numerous sloth bears; the Closepet granites are a major geological feature of this region and are from the Lower Proterozoic era. This belt of rocks extends in the north-south direction in 50 km belt; this belt has younger potassic granites and is believed to separate two distinct crustal blocks of Archaean age. The block to the west has low-grade granite-greenstone belts with iron-manganese ores and to the east are younger gneisses of granitic and granodioritic composition with gold-bearing schist belts. Bangalore rural district - taluk page
Dharwad is an administrative district of the state of Karnataka in southern India and is the cultural headquarters of North Karnataka. The administrative headquarters of the district is the town of Dharwad known as Dharwar. Dharwad is famous for its Dharwad Peda – a milk based sweetmeat; the municipality covers 191 km2. Dharwad is located 425 km northwest of Bangalore and 421 km southeast of Pune, on the main highway between Chennai and Pune, the National Highway # 4. KREIS North Unit of National Projects Construction Corporation has its headquarters here. Karnataka High Court Bench Dharwad is here. Before 1997 the district had an area of 13738 km2. In 1997, the new districts of Gadag and Haveri were carved out of Dharwad's former territory, a portion of Dharwad district was combined with lands part of three other districts to create the new district of Davanagere; the word "Dharwad" means a place of rest on a small habitation. For centuries, Dharwad acted as a gateway between the Malenadu region and the plains, it became a resting place for travelers.
The name is derived from the Sanskrit word'dwarawata','dwara' meaning "door" and'wata' or'wada' meaning "town". Another theory is that during the Vijayanagara rule of Dharwad there was a ruler by name "Dharav", Dharwad got its name from him. There are some inscriptions. Inscriptions found near Durga Devi temple in Narendra and RLS High School date back to the 12th century and have references to Dharwad; this makes Dharwad at least 900 years old. There is an inscription at Hanuman Temple at Bokyapur lake near Garag; the Chalukyas ruled Dharwad during the 12th century. A stone inscription indicates that there was a ruler by the name of Bhaskaradeva in 1117. In the 14th century, the district was first overrun by the Bahmani Sultanate, after which it was annexed to the newly established Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, an official of which named Dhar Rao, according to local tradition, built the fort at Dharwad town in 1403. After the defeat of the King of Vijayanagar at Talikot, Dharwad was for a few years independent under its Hindu governor.
Adil Shah built a fort in an area called Manna Kille, Nazratabad. With this fort, the strategic importance of Dharwad increased and it thus attracted the attention of subsequent conquerors, including Aurangzeb, Aurangzeb's son Mu Azam, Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and the British colonizers. In 1685, the fort was taken by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Dharwad, on the break-up of the Mughal empire, fell under the sway of the Maratha Peshwa of Pune. In 1764, the province was overrun by Hyder Ali of the Mysore, who in 1778 captured the fort of Dharwad; the fort was retaken in 1791 by the Marathas. After the final defeat of the Peshwa by the British in 1818, Dharwar was incorporated into the territory of the British East India Company's Bombay Presidency. During the early 19th century, when the British were expanding their domains, they faced a lot of opposition from local rulers, including Baba Saheb of Naragund and Kittur Rani Chennamma. A Jahagirdar on the Indian subcontinent was an aristocrat hereditary, who held enormous tracts of land and held control over his peasants, from whom the Jahagirdars reserved the right to collect tax.
Over time, they took princely and royal titles such as "Raja, Mirza," and many others. Although Jahagirdars were considered to be equivalent to lords and barons in some cases they were seen as independent, sovereign princes. Jahagirdars were Indian princes who had lost their sovereignty due to British Rule. Jagirdari was the predominant form of feudal landownership in Mogul India from the 16th to the 18th century; the owner received a share of the state land tax from the Jagir. In return, he was obligated to maintain a hired cavalry detachment; the average Jagir was immense — 500,000 hectares. The Great Moguls, fearing the separatist tendencies of the Jahagirdars transferred them from one Jagir to another. In the 17th century, the Jagirdari system began evolving into a system of hereditary ownership, which came into existence in the 18th century. Dharwad was home to Sri Alur Venkatrao, it was Sri Alur Venkatrao's work,'Karnataka Gatha Vaibhava', that mooted the idea of unification of Kannada-speaking areas into a state.
Dharwad was peaceful for most of the late 19th century. During those times, the British started an English medium school in Dharwad in 1848. In 1863, the Basel Mission organization started another school. In 1867 the British opened another school, Varmal school, which on became known as a training college. In 1883, the municipality area included Sidapur, Haveri Pete, Madihal, Malapur, Narayanpur, Atti Kolla, Hosayellapur; the British government established a railway station in 1888. The town had a station on the Southern Maratha Railway. By 1901, the town had a population of 31,279 and was home to several cotton gina, a cotton mill, two high schools, one maintained by the government and the other by the Basel Mission. After India's independence in 1947, the Bombay Presidency was reconstituted as India's Bombay State. In 1956 the southern, Kannada-
Belgaum is a district in the state of Karnataka, India. The city of Belgaum is the district headquarters in North Karnataka, it houses the second legislative building. According to the 2011 Census of India, it has a population of 4,778,439 of which 24.03% live in urban areas, making it the second most populous district in Karnataka, after Bangalore. The district has an area of 13,415 square kilometers, is bounded on the west and north by Maharashtra state, on the northeast by Bijapur District, on the east by Bagalkote District, on the southeast by Gadaga District, on the south by Dharawad District and Uttara Kannada districts, on the southwest by the state of Goa. Belgaum is the Divisional Headquarters of North Karnataka The ancient name of the town of Belgaum was Venugrama, meaning Bamboo Village, it is called as Malnad Pradesh. The most ancient place in the district is Halsi, it appears that from the middle of the 6th century to about 760 the area was held by the Chalukyas, who were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas.
After the break-up of the Rashtrakuta power a portion of it survived in the Rattas, who from 1210 onward made Venugrama their capital. Inscriptions give evidence of a long struggle between the Rattas and the Kadambas of Goa, who succeeded in the latter years of the 12th century in acquiring and holding part of the district. By 1208, the Kadambas had been overthrown by the Rattas, who in their turn succumbed to the Yadavas of Devagiri in 1250. After the overthrow of the Yadavas by the Delhi Sultanate, Belgaum was for a short time under the rule of the latter. In 1347 the northern part was conquered by the Bahmani Sultanate, which in 1473 took the town of Belgaum and conquered the southern part also; when Aurangzeb overthrew the Bijapura sultans in 1686, Belgaum passed to the Mughals. In 1776 the country was overrun by Hyder Ali of Mysore, but was taken by the Madhavrao Peshwa with British assistance. In 1818 it was handed over to the British East India Company, was made part of the district of Dharwar.
In 1836 this was divided into the northern district becoming Belgaum. Yadur is situated beside Krishna river, there is famous veerbhadra temple. Many devotees visit this place from Maharashtra. Hooli is one of the oldest villages in Belgaum district. There are many Chalukya temples in the village and the'Panchaligeswara temple is famous. Kittur in Belgaum district is a place of historical importance. Rani Chennamma of Kittur is known for her resistance to British rule; the British had a sizable infantry post here, having realised the military importance of its geographic location. It is one of the reasons for Belgaum's sobriquet The Cradle of Infantry. Development of a rail network for the movement of resources and troops was one of the means employed by both the British East India Company and the British to exert control over India. Belgaum's railway station, the Mahatma Gandhi Railway Station was established by the British. A signboard declaring the sobriquet can be seen hung on Platform 1 at the station.
Belgaum district was incorporated into the newly formed Mysore state with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act, which reorganized India's states along linguistic lines since the majority of the people in the district spoke Kannada. Because of that linguistic disparity, the case is now in the Supreme Court of India. Administration of Belgaum District has been divided into 14 taluks. Athani taluk is the largest with an area of 1,997.70 km2 and Raybag taluk is the smallest with an area of 958.8 km2. The district comprises six police sub-divisions. Apart from the Belgaum City Corporation, there are 17 municipalities, 20 towns, 485 gram panchayats, 1,138 inhabited villages and 26 non-inhabited villages. Belgaum is the headquarters of the Belgaum Revenue Division. According to the 2011 census Belgaum district has a population of 4,778,439 equal to the nation of Singapore or the US state of Alabama; this gives it a ranking of 25th in India. The district has a population density of 356 inhabitants per square kilometre.
Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 13.38%. Belgaum has a sex ratio of 969 females for every 1000 males, a literacy rate of 73.94%. S. Ballesh - Shehnai artist Hemant Birje - Actor Phadeppa Dareppa Chaugule - India's first Olympic marathon runner Kittur Chennamma - Indian freedom fighter Shirasangi Lingaraj Desai - Provincial ruler Kumar Gandharva - Indian classical singer Balappa Hukkeri- Singer Kaka Kalelkar - Indian independence activist Chandrashekhara Kambara - Poet Atul Kulkarni - Actor Belawadi Mallamma - Warrior queen Ronit More - Cricketer plays for Chennai Super Kings Renukamma Murugodu - Actress Bandu Patil- Indian hockey player Sangolli Rayanna - Indian Freedom fighter Acharya Vidyasagar - Jain Digambara monk Official Website of Belgaum district
Shimoga district is a district in the Karnataka state of India. A major part of Shimoga district lies in the Sahyadri. Shimoga city is its administrative centre. Jog Falls is a major tourist attraction; as of 2011 Shimoga district has a population of 1,755,512. There are seven taluks: Bhadravathi, Sagara, Shikaripura and Thirthahalli. Shimoga was known as Mandli. There are legends about. According to one, the name Shivamogga is related to the Hindu God Shiva. Shiva-Mukha, Shivana-Moogu or Shivana-Mogge can be the origins of the name "Shivamogga". Another legend indicates that the name Shimoga is derived from the word Sihi-Moge which means sweet pot. According to this legend, Shimoga once had the ashram of the sage Durvasa, he used to boil sweet herbs in an earthen pot. Some cowherds, found this pot and after tasting the sweet beverage named this place Sihi-Moge. During Treta yuga, Lord Rama killed Maricha, in the disguise of a deer at Mrugavadhe near Thirthahalli; the Shimoga region formed a part of the Mauryan empire during the 3rd century.
The district came into the control of Satavahanas. The Satakarni inscription has been found in the Shikaripur taluk. After the fall of the Shatavahana empire around 200 CE, the area came under the control of the Kadambas of Banavasi around 345 CE; the Kadambas were the earliest kingdom. The Kadambas became feudatories of the Badami Chalukyas around 540 CE. In the 8th century Rashtrakutas ruled this district; the Kalyani Chalukyas overthrew the Rashtrakutas, the district came into their rule. Balligavi was a prominent city during their rule. In the 12th century, with the weakening of the Kalyani Chalukyas, the Hoysalas annexed this area. After the fall of the Hoysalas, the entire region came under the Vijayanagar Empire; when the Vijayanagar empire was defeated in 1565 CE in the battle of Tallikota, the Keladi Nayakas who were feudatory of the Vijayanagar empire took control, declared sovereignty, ruled as an independent kingdom for about two centuries. In 1763 Haider Ali captured the capital of Keladi Nayakas and as a result the district came into the rule of the Kingdom of Mysore and remained a part of it till India acquired independence from the British.
Shimoga district is a part of the malnad region of Karnataka and is known as the'Gateway to Malnad' or'Malenaada Hebbagilu' in Kannada. The district is landlocked and bounded by Haveri, Chikmagalur and Uttara Kannada districts; the district ranks 9th in terms of the total area among the districts of Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 8465 km2. Shimoga lies between the latitudes 13°27' and 14°39' N and between the longitudes 74°38' and 76°04' E at a mean altitude of 640 metres above sea level; the peak Kodachadri hill at an altitude of 1343 metres above sea level is the highest point in this district. Rivers Kali, Gangavati and Tadadi originate in this district; the two major rivers that flow through this district are Tunga and Bhadra which meet at Koodli near Shimoga city to gain the name of Tungabhadra, which joins River Krishna. As the district lies in the tropical region, rainy season occurs from June to October. In the years 1901–1970, Shimoga received an average annual rainfall of 1813.9 mm with an average of 86 days in the year being rainy days.
The average annual temperature of Shimoga District is around 26 °C. The average temperature has increased over the years. In some regions of the district, the day temperature can reach 40 °C during summer; this has led to other problems. The major soil forms found in the Shimoga district are red gravelly clay soil; the major minerals found in the district are limestone. The plain land of the district is suitable for agriculture. Foundry and animal husbandry are the major contributors to the economy of Shimoga district; the crops cultivated in this district are paddy, cotton, oil seeds, pepper, ginger, Ragi. Karnataka is the largest producer of arecanut in India, the majority of, cultivated in the Shimoga district; the farmers have cultivated crops like Jatropha that has yielded high monetary benefits. Iron, Agriculture and Engineering are the major industries in Shimoga district. Foundry activity has Pearlite Liners Led. One of the oldest industries of Karnataka, is the largest private-sector employer in the district.
As of 2000, there were about 9800 industrial units in Shimoga District, with more than 41,000 employees. Major investments are made in food. Other rural industries in this district are carpentry, leather, beekeeping, stone cutting, handlooms and sandalwood carving. Karnataka government has created industrial regions to encourage industrialisation of the district: Nidige Industrial area in Bhadravathi taluk. Major industries in Shimoga district are VISL and MPM. Shimoga district is divided into seven taluks: Shimoga, Thirthahalli, Shikaripura and Hosanagara; the district administration is headed by the deputy commissioner who has the additional role of a district magistrate. Assistant commissioners, shirastedars, rev
Mysore known as Mysuru District is an administrative district located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, India. The district is bounded by Mandya district to the east and northeast, Chamrajanagar district to the southeast, Kerala state to the south, Kodagu district to the west, Hassan district to the north, it features many tourist destinations, from Mysore Palace to Nagarhole National Park. This district has a prominent place in the history of Karnataka. Mysore's prominence can be gauged from the fact that the Karnataka state was known as Mysore state, it is the third-most populous district in Karnataka, after Bangalore Urban. Mysore district gets its name from the city of Mysore, the headquarters of the district; the original name of this city was Mahishapura derived from a demon named Mahishasura. A statue of Mahishasura, after whom the city is named, a temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari on the top of Chamundi Hill near Mysore city, relate to the legend of its origin; the earliest known reference of rulers in Mysore district are the Gangas who during the rule of King Avinitha, moved the capital from Kolar to Talakad on the banks of the river Kaveri in the Tirumakudalu Narasipura taluk.
Talakad remained their regal capital till the end of Ganga rule in the early 11th century. Gangas ruled over a greater part of Mysore district known by the name of Gangavadi. In the end of the 8th century, the Rashtrakuta king Dhruva Dharavarsha defeated the Ganga king Shivamara II and wrested Gangavadi from him. Gangavadi came under the governorship of the son of Dhruva Dharavarsha. Gangas who were overthrown from Gangavadi, had to wait till their king Nitimarga Ereganga won a victory against the Rashtrakutas at Rajaramudu. Seeing the increasing might of the Gangas, the Rashtrakuta King Amoghavarsha I gave his daughter Revakanimmadi in marriage to the son of Ereganga, Butuga II who became the ruler of Gangavadi. Gangas ruled over Gangavadi till the Ganga king, Rakkasa Ganga was defeated by the Cholas. In the year 1117, the great king of Hoysala dynasty seized Gangavathi and its capital Talakad from the Cholas. To commemorate this achievement, Vishnuvardhana built the Keerthinarayana temple at Talakad.
Gangavadi was ruled by the Hoysalas till the death of their last ruler, Veera Ballala III after which Gangavadi became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire. In 1399, Yaduraya established the Wodeyar dynasty at Mysore, it remained as a feudatory to the Vijayanagar Empire owing allegiance to the Vijayanagar kings and the Vijayanagar representative at Srirangapatna, till the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire in 1565 CE. In the vacuum, created, Raja Wodeyar I established control and became the first major ruler of the Wodeyar family, he defeated the Vijayanagar representative in a battle at Kesare near Mysore, shifted his capital from Mysore to Srirangapatna in 1610 AD. The Wodeyars continued to rule over Mysore till the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar II, when Hyder Ali Khan and his son Tipu Sultan became the virtual rulers of Mysore. Though there were Wodeyar kings during the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, they were mere figureheads. With the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799 under the hands of the British, the Wodeyars were reinstated to the throne of Mysore and the capital was shifted back to Mysore.
Prince Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, just 5 years old was installed on the throne of Mysore in 1799. Wodeyars had to pay annual subsidies. During the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the British took the kingdom back from Wodeyars in 1831 under the pretext that the Wodeyar king did not pay the annual subsidy. Commissioners were appointed to rule over the Mysore kingdom. Mark Cubbon and L. B. Bowring were the prominent British Commissioners. However, the Wodeyar kings raised a plea against this with the British Parliament who gave a ruling favour of the Wodeyars. In 1881, Chamaraja Wodeyar IX was given back the reins of the Mysore kingdom from the British; the Wodeyars continued to rule over the Mysore Kingdom, till the rule of Jayachamaraja Wodeyar who, in the year 1947, merged his kingdom into the new dominion of independent India. He remained as a Maharaja till India became a republic in the year 1950 after which he was anointed as a Raja Pramukh as the head of Mysore state till 1956. In 1956, after the reorganisation of Indian states, the Mysore state was born and Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was made as the governor of this state — the position he held until 1964.
Mysore district is located between latitude 11°45' to 12°40' N and longitude 75°57' to 77°15' E. It is bounded by Mandya district to the northeast, Chamrajanagar district to the southeast, Kerala state to the south, Kodagu district to the west, Hassan district to the north, it has an area of 6,854 km². The administrative center of Mysore District is Mysore City; the district is a part of Mysore division. Prior to 1998, Mysore district contained the Chamarajanagar district before that area was separated off; the district lies on the undulating table land of the southern Deccan plateau, within the watershed of the Kaveri River, which flows through the northwestern and eastern parts of the district. The Krishna Raja Sagara reservoir, formed by building a dam across the Kaveri, lies on the northern edge of the district. Nagarhole National Park lies in Mysore di
Belagavi Division is one of the four divisions of Karnataka state of India. The division comprises the districts of Bagalkot, Belagavi District, Dharwad, Gadag and Uttara Kannada, it covers a geographical area of 54,538 square kilometres and had a population of 13,042,163 at the 2001 census. The population density of the division was 239 per square kilometre. Hubballi and Belagavi are the largest cities in the division. Districts of Karnataka Official website of the Regional Commissioner of Belagavi division