Studies of extreme longevity provide another way to examine the improvement in mortality levels of a country. This paper is an attempt to study the extreme longevity in India utilizing maximum remaining life expectancy or maximum expected longevity as an outcome measure. These indicators were estimated for India and its major states to provide useful information on mortality improvement in India. Sample Registration System (SRS) data on death rates and abridged life tables from 1970 to 2010 is used for this study. The maximum expected longevity had increased significantly in India for every population group. However, this study also suggests that the pace of increase in maximum expected longevity in India was slower than the life expectancy at birth and life disparity. Rural areas had achieved maximum remaining life expectancy at much higher age than urban areas showing a significant role of early age mortality in the rural areas.
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