Kerala has come out first among states in the country in the sectors of education, micro-finance, agriculture, marketing and investment in a survey conducted by 'India Today' magazine.
In last year's survey, Kerala was in the second place among the states.Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu secured the second and third positions this year.
Goa topped the list of best governed states in the smaller states category.
The survey pointed out a 10 per cent increase in domestic production in Kerala indicated that the economic recession had not affected the state.
In the education sector, the teacher-student ratio had become 1:25 as against the national ratio of 2:100. The per capita income of citizens in the state had also increased.
The magazine described Kerala as a state that had achieved economic growth and human resource development.