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National Product Classification for Manufacturing Sector

Country / Area: India

Classification category: Product 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 Product Classification for Manufacturing Sector-2011 (NPCMS-2011)
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,
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?5 Sections (One digit)
40 Divisions (Two digit)
190 Groups (Three digit)
785 Classes (Four digit)
1501 Sub-Classes (Five digit)
Product Code (Seven digit)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section-0: Agriculture, forestry and fishery products
Division-01: Products of agriculture, horticulture and market gardening
Group-011: Cereals
Class-0111: Wheat
Sub-Class-01111: Wheat, Seed
Product code-0111100: Wheat, Seed
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, NPCMS-2011 is based on the Central Product Classification (CPC), Version 2.0.
The NPCMS-2011 is a 7-digit classification having 5-digit CPC code + 2-digit for
accommodating Indian requirement.
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 NPCMS-2011 classification structure is identical with the international standard of
CPC, Version 2.0 up to 5-digit and the remaining 2-digit, as per the Indian 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 sub-class level i.e. 5-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). Data collection is based on the sub-class level at 7-digit.
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?ITC-HS is used by customs and foreign trade department of 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, 2011
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.September, 2011
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes, based on CPC revision or local requirement whichever is earlier.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Annual Survey of Industries Commodity Classification-2009 (ASICC-2009)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNo link. It was a local classification.
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))9 Section: first digit
64 Division: first two digit
242 Sub-division: first three digit
Product code: five digit
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, the concordance of ASICC-2009 with NPCMS-2011 exist.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?In the year 1998.
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.All user departments have been advised to use NPCMS discarding ASICC.
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 5 digit level
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes, based on CPC and HS
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Each ministry uses their individual coding pattern as per their own requirement.
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 relevantAs given above.

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/3/2012