List of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Cities of India

Cities in India are divided as the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 with Tier 1 being the most developed ones and Tier 3 being the developing ones.

Metropolitan cities come under the Tier 1 category. And, the cost of living in these cities are comparatively higher than the low tier cities.

Indian cities are also classified as X, Y, and Z which are other names for the Tier classification, which are:

Tier 1 – X
Tier 2 – Y
Tier 3 – Z

If you stay in the Top Tier Cities then, obviously, you will have to spend more money on the food, clothing, shelter, etc. than to stay in the lower-tier cities.

In this blog post, I will be providing the complete list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities of India.

So, here we go…

Indian Cities Classification

📢 Please note that all the cities in the list are taken from this Wikipedia page.

Tier 1 & Tier 2 Cities of India

First, tier 1 cities are listed, and then tier 2.

Tier 1 Cities

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bengaluru
  3. Chennai
  4. Delhi
  5. Hyderabad
  6. Kolkata
  7. Mumbai
  8. Pune

Also read: What is PAN India

Tier 2 Cities

  1. Agra
  2. Ajmer
  3. Aligarh
  4. Amravati
  5. Amritsar
  6. Anand
  7. Asansol
  8. Aurangabad
  9. Bareilly
  10. Belagavi
  11. Bhavnagar
  12. Bhilai
  13. Bhiwandi
  14. Bhopal
  15. Bhubaneswar
  16. Bikaner
  17. Bilaspur
  18. Bokaro Steel City
  19. Chandigarh
  20. Coimbatore
  21. Cuttack
  22. Dehradun
  23. Dhanbad
  24. Durgapur
  25. Erode
  26. Faridabad
  27. Firozabad
  28. Ghaziabad
  29. Gorakhpur
  30. Guntur
  31. Gurugram
  32. Guwahati
  33. Gwalior
  34. Hamirpur
  35. Hubballi–Dharwad
  36. Indore
  37. Jabalpur
  38. Jaipur
  39. Jalandhar
  40. Jalgaon
  41. Jammu
  42. Jamnagar
  43. Jamshedpur
  44. Jhansi
  45. Jodhpur
  46. Kakinada
  47. Kalaburagi
  48. Kannur
  49. Kanpur
  50. Karnal
  51. Kochi
  52. Kolhapur
  53. Kollam
  54. Kozhikode
  55. Kurnool
  56. Lucknow
  57. Ludhiana
  58. Madurai
  59. Malappuram
  60. Mangaluru
  61. Mathura
  62. Meerut
  63. Moradabad
  64. Mysuru
  65. Nagpur
  66. Nanded
  67. Nashik
  68. Nellore
  69. Noida
  70. Patna
  71. Prayagraj
  72. Puducherry
  73. Purulia
  74. Raipur
  75. Rajamahendravaram
  76. Rajkot
  77. Ranchi
  78. Ratlam
  79. Rourkela
  80. Salem
  81. Sangli
  82. Shimla
  83. Siliguri
  84. Solapur
  85. Srinagar
  86. Surat
  87. Thanjavur
  88. Thiruvananthapuram
  89. Thrissur
  90. Tiruchirappalli
  91. Tirunelveli
  92. Tiruvannamalai
  93. Ujjain
  94. Vadodara
  95. Varanasi
  96. Vasai-Virar
  97. Vellore
  98. Vijayapura
  99. Vijayawada
  100. Visakhapatnam
  101. Warangal

And, the cities which are left, come under the Tier 3 category.

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  1. Could you provide reference to the above-mentioned classification?

      1. Harsh Sharma says:

        Please add Kota

    1. Rishit Kaushik says:

      What about noida and gurugram?
      They too should be in tier 1 city list.
      Shouldn’t they?

      1. Siddhartha Dutta says:

        No, they are tier 2 cities

    2. devendra makhija says:

      Not satisfied with the classification mentioned above .

  2. Whether Coimbatore Nagpur are same city? Its a huge mistake

    1. Thanks a lot for letting me know. I have corrected it, now.

      1. Parnav Priyam says:

        Ain’t Bhagalpur a Tier-II, ig you should check bruh.

        1. Hi Pranav,

          All the cities are taken from this Wikipedia page. If it’s not there, I can’t add it here. Can you provide me with any resource that lists Bhagalpur as a tier-2 city?

          Thank you.

          1. Hello bro, one correction you’ve written purulia and prayagraj together they are different cities

          2. Yes, it was a mistake. Fixed it. Thanks for pointing out.

        2. Anonymous says:

          It’s not. It’s come under tier 3 city.

          1. Ajeet kumar says:

            Bhagalpur must be included in Tier 2 City..

        3. Ravi Anand says:

          Its definitely Tier-II bruh

        4. Aryan Jha says:

          What are you saying Bhagalpur can’t be tier 2.

        5. Only Patna is in Tier 2 City from Bihar.

    2. Chaitanya Gotekar says:

      lol in which world are u living bro

      1. Sorry that you encountered any mistake. It keeps changing so there might be some errors.

        However, please point out where did you find the mistake. Also, I have already linked the source of this data at the bottom of the post.

        Hope you understand my concerns.


        1. Shimla has population of 2 lakh
          Patiala has almost 10 lakh
          And shimla is tier 2
          Really !!!
          Not researched properly

    3. Avisek Chakraborty says:

      U r not from India. U don’t know Coimbatore & Nagpur. TN & MH.

      1. I am from India! And what do you mean Coimbatore and Nagpur? They are listed in the list of Tier 2 cities above.

  3. Hello ..
    May be you listed out on the basis of population.
    Most of indian cities are under developed ..for example in modern infrastrcture ,food ,residential,commercial,shopping,business,banking ,transport,roads & entertinment sectors etc..will you pls list out most developed & modern indian cities in all sectors..?

    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Sneharaj.

      No, these are not on the basis of population. These are on the basis of the overall cost and standard of living.

      Also, I will definitely try to list all the cities on the basis of the factors that you suggested.

  4. Kumar Abhinav says:

    Bokaro steel city can’t be a city it is still a town and it’s backward. Looking at the classification it’s not well defined.

    1. Hi Abhinav,

      This Wikipedia page has listed Bokaro as a tier-2 city that’s why I’ve added it to the list. Can you provide me with any resource that says Bokaro is not tier-2?

      Thank you.

  5. In whichever Tier city we go we see people are brilliant in making traffic jams 😎

  6. Madurai shouldn’t be in tier 2 , its between tier 1 and tier 2, so there should be a new tier which lies intermediary between tier 1 and tier 2

    1. I don’t think that’s what it means Milma, Tier 3 cities are cities that are underdeveloped and are in the process of development. Tier 2 are cities that contain some aspects which put them in the under-developed list but otherwise they’re fine. Tier 1 are cities that have excelled in all spectrums. Until and unless Madurai doesn’t correct it’s conditions in all aspects, it won’t be listed as a Tier 1 city.

  7. Pranshu Saini says:

    Thanks for creating this blog buddy, it helped me alot

  8. Thanks Deepak for this List. The Wikipedia article you referred says, currently there are 97 Tier 2 cities. You may like to update the list.

    1. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ll update it ASAP.

  9. Sarthak tiwari says:

    Such a lovely effort thank you❤❤

  10. Manindra prajapati says:

    Tire 2 me sagar smart city kyon samil nhi hai. Jabki Ratlam sagar se small city hai 2 tire me saamil hai.?

  11. Anonymous says:

    can’t anyone update on wikipedia. Is there any government source from which we can confirm this data

  12. Saroj Singh says:

    Gaya Bihar comes under which tier?

  13. Mayank Tiwari says:

    Varanasi UP come under which tier?

  14. Kabir Kumar Mukerjee-Mustafi says:

    Despite a few people who are chronically rude and aggressive, many of you in your generation (I am 68 going on 70!) are refreshingly and inoffensively straight forward. I think you have undertaken a huge task and it speaks well of you to have invited errors etc and to correct as needed. And too, that your readers have responded with characteristic decency. So, congratulations and good luck.
    Part II – Surely Chandigarh should be Tier I. Maybe not Panchkula and Mohali but the City Beautiful deserves an upgrade, I think. Best.

    1. Shashi Bala says:

      The classification is based on the cost of living. So even though cities like Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar which are well planned and developed aren’t included

  15. Cuttack and bhubaneswar should be in tier1

  16. Harsh Nagda says:

    Thanks, saved lot of my time!

  17. can you please add pincode also?

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