Education level among SCs and STs population at middle, higher secondary and above has gone up during 2001-2011 compared to the previous decade.
According to the 2011 census, there is a "negligible decline" among the general population in case of matric and secondary, while for SCs and STs, there is improvement.
"The improvements at higher educational levels along with decline in percentage share at below-primary and primary level are indication of educational advancement in the country during the decade 2001-11," Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India said in a statement.
The census 2011 data on highest educational level attained among population of seven years and above by age and sex for total population, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes up to district levels.
The data gives the distribution of literates by highest educational levels attained like literate without educational level, below primary, primary, middle, matric/secondary, higher secondary/intermediate/ pre-university/senior secondary, non-technical diploma or certificate not equal to degree, technical diploma or certificate not equal to degree and Graduate and above.
Primary occupies the top position in terms of percentage share to total literates in 2011 for both total (24.1 percent) and SCs (27.7 percent) and for STs, it is below primary (29 percent).
The percentage share of graduate and above to population of 15 years and above has shown improvement from 5.7 percent to 8.2 percent for total, 2.2 percent to 4.1 percent for SCs and 1.5 percent to 2.6 percent for STs during 2001-11.
While the share of post graduate degree other than technical degree (+2.9 percent for total literates, +2.4 percent for SCs and +2.4 percent for STs) and technical degrees or diplomas equal to degree or post graduate degree (+4.4 percent for total, +5.3 percent for SCs and +5.1 percent for STs) have shown improvement during the said decade.