Classification of Indian Cities

Posted on November 12th, 2019 by Hiba Farzin


How are Indian cities classified?


India Gate – New Delhi

Indian cities are classified as X (Tier 1), Y (Tier 2), and Z (Tier 3) categories by the Government of India, based on the population density of the city. In highly populated cities, people will have to pay more money to get goods and services. That is, the living expense will be greater.

List of Tier 1 cities in India

Tier 1 cities include the top metropolitan cities of India. These cities are densely populated and have higher living expenses. Major international airports, industries, top multi-specialty hospitals, education, and research institutes are located in tier 1 cities.

Chennai‎Tamil Nadu
KolkataWest Bengal

Advantages of Tier 1 Cities

  • Better job opportunities
  • Multi-specialty hospitals with five-star facilities
  • Better international air connectivity
  • Good educational institutions

Disadvantages of Tier 1 Cities

  • Heavy traffic
  • More pollution
  • Higher living expense

List of Tier 2 Cities in India

Tier 2 cities include developing cities with a rapid growth rate in industrial and allied sectors. These cities are the most convenient destination for foreigners, especially medical travelers, to get the best services at affordable costs.

Agra‎Uttar PradeshAjmer‎Rajasthan
AligarhUttar PradeshAllahabadUttar Pradesh
AsansolWest BengalAurangabadMaharashtra
BareillyUttar PradeshBelgaumKarnataka
BhopalMadhya PradeshBhubaneswarOdisha
Bokaro Steel CityJharkhandChandigarhPunjab, Haryana
CoimbatoreTamil NaduCuttackOdisha
BhilaiChhattisgarhDurgapurWest Bengal
ErodeTamil NaduFaridabadHaryana
FirozabadUttar PradeshGhaziabadUttar Pradesh
GorakhpurUttar PradeshGulbargaKarnataka
GunturAndhra PradeshGwaliorMadhya Pradesh
Hubli-DharwadKarnatakaHamirpur‎Himachal Pradesh
IndoreMadhya PradeshJabalpurMadhya Pradesh
JammuJammu and KashmirJamnagarGujarat
JamshedpurJharkhandJhansiUttar Pradesh
JodhpurRajasthanKakinadaAndhra Pradesh
KannurKeralaKanpurUttar Pradesh
KurnoolAndhra PradeshLudhianaPunjab
LucknowUttar PradeshMaduraiTamil Nadu
MalappuramKeralaMathuraUttar Pradesh
MeerutUttar PradeshMoradabadUttar Pradesh
NelloreAndhra PradeshNoidaUttar Pradesh
PerinthalmannaKeralaPondicherryTamil Nadu
PuruliaWest BengalRaipur‎Chhattisgarh
RajkotGujaratRajahmundryAndhra Pradesh
SalemTamil NaduSangliMaharashtra
ShimlaHimachal PradeshSiliguriWest Bengal
SolapurMaharashtraSrinagarJammu and Kashmir
TiruchirappalliTamil NaduTirurKerala
TirupatiAndhra PradeshTirunelveliTamil Nadu
TiruppurTamil NaduTiruvannamalaiTamil Nadu
UjjainMadhya PradeshBijapurKarnataka
VadodaraGujaratVaranasiUttar Pradesh
Vasai-Virar CityMaharashtraVijayawadaAndhra Pradesh
VelloreTamil NaduWarangal‎Telangana
SuratGujaratVisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh

Advantages of Tier 2 Cities

  • Good Infrastructure and transportation facilities
  • Pollution rate is lower than tier 1 cities
  • Lower traffic and transportation inconveniences
  • Living expenses are comparatively low
  • Better quality of life

Disadvantages of Tier 2 Cities

  • Poor international air connectivity
  • Multi-national Companies and large enterprises are fewer
  • Job opportunities lesser compared to tier 1 cities

Tier 3 Cities

All the other cities of the country except the tier 1 and tier 2 cities comes under this category. These include cities having lower population density and cost of living. The tier 3 cities have poor air connectivity and other infrastructure facilities.

Which city is best for a Medical traveler?

The tier 1 and tier 2 cities have a bunch of excellent hospitals equipped with high-end technology and highly experienced doctors. Which city you have to choose depends on your priorities and the aim of your travel.

If you are concerned about how much money you spend, and you need to get excellent medical services at a lower cost, it is best to choose a hospital in a tier 2 city. For medical travelers who are not much concerned about the money and are looking for luxurious and five-star facilities, the premium hospitals in tier 1 cities are the best choice.

Best Tier 2 Cities for Medical Treatments

  1. Gurgaon, Haryana
  2. Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  4. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  5. Kochi, Kerala
  6. Kozhikode, Kerala
  7. Perinthalmanna, Kerala
  8. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala