One lakh? One crore? One lakh crore?


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Difference in Indian and English number systems

Although English is used prevalently in the Indian professional societies. Often foreigners are confused when they read some financial news or financial reports. What is a lakh and what is a crore? How many zeros are there in one crore? Or in one lakh? How come the commas in the number seem to be misplaced?

Below is a conversion table between English and Indian number systems that will clear all your confusion.

Number

English

Indian Transliteration

Indian way of writing number

1,000

One Thousand

One Thousand

1000

100,000

One Hundred Thousand

One Lakh

1,00,000

1,000,000

One Million

Ten Lakh

10,00,000

10,000,000

Ten Million

One crore

1,00,00,000

1,000,000,000,000

One Trillion

One Lakh Crore

10,00,00,00,00,000

As you can see, the Western system separates a number into sets of three digits, while the Indian system separates the last three digits first just like the Western system, and the rest into sets of two digits.

The Chinese have a totally different system. To find out more, please see Western and Chinese number systems.

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