Fifth Schedule Areas

Article 244(1) of the Constitution defines ''Fifth Schedule Areas'' as such areas as the President may by order declare to be Scheduled Areas after consultation with the Governor of that State.

The criteria for declaring any area as a “Scheduled Area” under the Fifth Schedule are:


• Preponderance of tribal population,

• Compactness and reasonable size of the area,

• A viable administrative entity such as a district, block or taluk, and

• Economic backwardness of the area as compared to the neighbouring areas.