Indian Parliament (Reuters)
Indian Parliament (Reuters)Reuters

Among the Members of Parliament (MPs) India elected to its 16th Lok Sabha this year (2014), 75 percent are graduates while 10 percent are matriculates, according to media reports.

In the last Lok Sabha, there were 79 percent of graduates among MPs - four percent more than this year's percentage. However, MPs with just matriculation qualification have now decreased to 10 percent when compared to the 17 per cent in the last 15th Lok Sabha, a report by Policy Research Studies (PRS) said.

Whereas, the percentage of MPs with below matriculation education qualification has increased to six in this year's election, compared to three per cent in the previous Lok Sabha election.

Doctoral degree holders' percentage has increased to six percent this time, compared to the three percent in the preceding polls.

27 percent of the MPs elected to the 16th Lok Sabha have stated agriculture as their main occupation of livelihood. 24 percent have been engaged in political and social work, while 20 percent in business.

In 2009 also 27 percent of the MPs elected had listed agriculture as their main occupation. 28 percent of the MPs had mentioned political and social work as their occupation that year and 15 percent were engaged in business.

Meanwhile, in the first Lok Sabha election held in 1952, lawyer profession was the occupation of 36 percent of the MPs - the single largest occupation of the elected candidates. Agriculture was the occupation of 22 percent, and business was the occupation of 12 percent of the members in Lok Sabha, six decades ago.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) crossed the 272-mark comfortably on its own, without even its allies, winning 282 seats.