Major Human races of the world and their characteristics Upsc

Human races in the world

Human races in the world
Different Racial Groups in the World

A Race is a group of people with similar, permanent distinguishing characteristics. People belonging to a particular race, have skin and Hair colour have certain interpretations.

The classification of racial groups should be done on the basis of characteristics, physical features inherited from a common ancestor.

The important features based on race are:

  • skin colour
  • stature
  • The shape of the head, face, nose, eye
  • Type of hair
  • Blood Group

4 Major Races in the World

  • Negroid
  • Caucasoid
  • Mongoloid
  • Australoid


negroid race

Negroid commonly called as “Black Race“. Negroid, have the darkest skin tone than other human races in the world. Their other striking characteristics are:

  • Slopped Forehead
  • Thick Lips
  • Wide Nose
  • Dark Hairs

Their skin colour is brown to black-brown yellow-brown. Also their stature is Tall to very short. Their face is medium broad to narrow tends to medium-high strong prognathism. The head form is Predominantly long, low height.

The hair colour is Brown blacklight curl and woolly. The body build is linear and muscular. The nose is low, medium to very broad. Their blood group is high in Rh(D). The eye colour is brown to brown block, vertical eye folds common.

Blacks live in Sub-Sahara Africa.


mongoloid face

Mongoloid live in East Asia. These people have folding eyelids, almond-shaped eyes, Yellowish skin tone and V-Shaped Cheeks. Their skin colour is Saffron to Yellow Brown, Reddish Brown.

The body stature is Medium Tall to Medium Short. The face is Medium broad to very broad malars high and flat tend to medium-high. The head is medium height, predominantly broad. The hair colour is brown to brown-black straight.

The body build tends to be lateral, some linearity evident. The nose is low to medium form, medium broad. They have a high number of blood Group B.

The eye is brown to dark brown, medial epicanthic fold very common. Native Americans and Eskimo are also Mongoloid. They have the least body hairs, the least body odour, and the smallest limb ratio. Mongoloid facial structure likely to adapt to the cold mild wind.


The Caucasoid also known as “White People”. They have a pointy nose, vertical forehead, pinkish/orange skin tone, Visible brow ridge and colourful eyes/hair. The skin colour is Pale reddish white to olive-brown. Their stature is Medium to tall. The face is Narrow to medium broad, tends to high no prognathism.

The Head form is Long broad and short-medium, high very high. The hair colour is Light blonde to Dark brown, straight to wavy. Their body is linear to Lateral slender to refuge. The nose is usually high, narrow to medium board. A number of Blood Group A is more than Blood Group B. The eye colour is light blue to the dark brown, lateral eye and folds occasional.

It is believed that their light skin tone is meant to receive more sunlight due to Europe’s cold climate. It is also believed that Caucasoid nose structure is used to keep the nose moisture from getting dried by the wind.

Caucasoid people are living in Europe and the Middle East.


Australoid Race

Australoid Race have visible eye ridge, wide nose, curly hair, dark skin tone, and short in height. It is believed that the visible eye ridge helps them to east stiff foods.

Australoid people lives in Australia Continent and Papua New Guinea.

australoid people
Australoid race


Ethnicity and Race are almost similar, it is a grouping of people. It is a concept that refers to a shared culture and a way of life.

Ethnicity can be reflected in language, religion, material cultures such as clothing, cuisine, music and art. It is a major source of social conflict. Han Chinese is the largest ethnic group in the world.

There are several thousand ethnic groups in the world, that posses a shared history, language, religion, and culture, that provides a common identity between members.

Ethnicity vs Race

  • But Ethnicity is the grouping of people based on cultural characteristics.
  • Race is a grouping of people based on physical qualities.

Racial Diversity in India

India is a unique country with great diversity in ethnicity. It has many race, religion, language, culture, cuisine etc. Indian civilization is one of the oldest in the world.

The Indian civilization primarily consists of Indo-Aryan of North India the Dravidian’s of South India and people of Indus Valley Civilization. Indo-Aryan migrated to this at about 1800 BC.


Dravidian people are any native speakers of the Dravidian languages in the Indian Subcontinent. Almost all Dravidians live in South India. Five Major Dravidian Ethnic Group in India are:

  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Tulu

The Indus Valley People are believed to the Dravidian People, pushed down to South India due to the arrival of Indo-Aryans and the rise of the Kuru Kingdom. Major Dravidian kingdoms are Cheras, Cholas and the Pandyas.

These three kingdoms were also tolerant of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Major Dravidian languages are Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Brahui.


Arabic Script Brahui is the only Dravidian Language that is not known to have been written in a Brahmi Based Script. Instead, it has been written in the Arabic Script since the second half of the 20th Century in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.
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