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National Industrial Classification

Country / Area: India

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)National Industrial Classification-2008 (NIC-2008)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/site/inner.aspx?status=2&menu_id=129
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?21 Sections (A to U)
88 Divisions (Two digit)
238 Groups (Three digit)
403 Classes (Four digit)
1304 Sub-Classes (Five digit)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section-A: Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Division-01: Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
Group-011: Growing of non-perennial crops
Class-0111: Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds
Sub-Class-01111: Growing of wheat
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, the structure of NIC-2008 is identical to the structure of ISIC Rev. 4 up to 4-digit
level ‘class’. Classes were then divided into 5-digit ‘sub-classes’ according to national
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The NIC-2008 classification structure is identical with the international standard of ISIC,
Rev. 4 up to 4-digit and the remaining 1-digit, as per the national requirement.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.No deviation
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Up to class level i.e. 4-digit level
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.N/A
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.This classification is used for data collection and dissemination of Annual Survey of
Industries (ASI), Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and various Sample Surveys
conducted by the government. This classification is also used by the academics,
researchers and business houses.

For data collection , both 4-digit (class) and 5-digit (sub-class) levels are used. However, for dissemination, 2-digit (division), 3-digit (group), 4-digit (class) and 5-digit (sub-class) levels are used.

4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)There are private users whose details are not available.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?For activity classification, NIC is used by the government.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)September, 2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.September, 2008
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?It is dependent on ISIC revision.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)National Industrial Classification-2004 (NIC-2004)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNIC-2004 was based on ISIC-rev. 3.1.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))17 Section: (A to Q)
62 Division: first two digit
161 Groups: first three digit
310 Classes: first four digit
1191 Subclasses: five digit
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?September, 2004
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Not in data collection
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes, upto 4-digit level.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Each ministry uses various coding/classification for own purpose e.g. Occupational codes by labour ministry, etc.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, the classification is available in electronic form of Excel, PDF and DBF
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationCentral Statistics Office
(Industrial Statistics Wing)
Government of India
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryDeputy Director General
Central Statistics Office
(Industrial Statistics Wing)
Government of India
Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
1, Council House Street
Kolkata-700 001.
e-mail: cso_isw@yahoo.co.in
website: http://mospi.nic.in
Phone: 033-2248 1521
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantAlready stated above

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/3/2012