IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 11, November 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Md. Abdus Salam, Md. Ejaz Anwer and Md. Safdar Alam
The state of Bihar was reorganised on November 15, 2000 with 38 districts, 9 divisions, 101 sub-divisions, 533 blocks and 45,098 villages (Census, 2001). Bihar is the third most populous state and 12th largest state in terms of geographical area of about 94.2 thousand square kilometres (Census, 2001). It is divided by river Ganges into two parts i.e., (I) North Bihar with an area of 53.3 thousand sq. kms and (II) South Bihar with an area of 40.9 thousand sq. kms. After the bifurcation of the state, agriculture has become more important because all the rich mineral resources have gone to the state of Jharkhand.