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Indian men and women are marrying late.

OBSERVATIONS made by a 2011 Census study released on Tuesday show the other side of the coin too well. While Indians -- both men and women -- were tying the knot at a later age as compared to the trends reported a decade ago, the study observed that their fertility also showed a decline in the same period.

The report has been compiled by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.

While the study observed that the average age at which Indian females got married has increased from 18.3 to 19.3 years, the average age for Indian males to tie the knot was reported to have increased from 22.6 years to 23.3 years during the census period of 2001- 11. The report also concluded that the proportion of divorced and separated individuals had marginally increased in case of both the sexes.

The data released on marital status observed that the proportion of married women to the total number of women was 49.9 per cent in this census report as compared to the 47.7 per cent in the previous census report. The figure stands at 46 per cent for men across the country, an increase from 43.6 per cent in 2001.

The study observed that sex ratio has declined across all age groups as compared to the previous census data. However, the decline is more among younger age groups, especially below 20 years, according to the report.

Survival ratio has registered an improvement with an upward shift observed among all age groups as compared to the census data of the previous decade. The total fertility rate has declined at the national level from 2.5 to 2.2 during this decade.

The proportion of widowed has increased from 6.4 per cent in 2001 to 7.4 per cent in case of Indian women, while it has registered an increase from 1.8 per cent to 2 per cent among males.

Bureau Data for Census 2001- 11 also reports decline in fertility

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Date:Apr 29, 2015
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