Pulses are the most important for Indian diet and the principal source of protein for the poor people and the vegetarians. India is at the high among all the major pulse producing nations in the world. The present investigation is an attempt to examine the pattern of growth and instability in the cropped area, production and productivity of major pulse crops in Telangana state. The annual time series of data form the period 1980 to 2015 relating to the area, production and productivity of major pulse crops have been used to compute growth rates, standard deviation and coefficient of variation to realize the objectives. The results of the study reveal that there have been positive changes in the area of pulse crops. The annual average growth rate in the area was estimated to be 0.05%, 0.01%, -0.03% and 0.02% in Bengal gram, black gram, green gram and red gram respectively. The production growth rate in the same pulse crops was presented to be 0.83%, 0.20%, 0.13% and 0.17% as the average annual growth rate in the State. The productivity growth rate for these crops was further assessed to be 0.18%, 0.13%, 0.10% and 0.15%, respectively. The instability in the area was observed to be high in green gram followed by red gram and bengal gram and minimum in black gram. Similarly, instability in productivity was also found to be high in bengal gram and minimum in green gram. Further, variability in production was also observed to be maximum in bengal gram followed by the red gram, and green gram and minimum in black gram, respectively.