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National Product Classification for Services 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 Services Sector 2010 (NPCS)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English, Hindi
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/npc_serv_sec-2010.pdf
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?Total: 8 digits
1 Chapter (2 digits)
5 Sections (3 digits)
32 Divisions (4 digit)
132 Groups (5 digits)
460 Classes (6 digits)
1101 Subclasses (7 digits)
1825 Product codes (8 digits)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Chapter 99
Section 996: Distributive trade services; accommodation, food and beverage services;
transport services; and electricity, gas and water distribution services
Division 9961: Wholesale trade services
Group 99611: Wholesale trade services, except on a fee or contract basis
Class 996111: Agricultural raw materials and live animals
Subclass 9961111: Grains, oilseeds and oleaginous fruits, seeds and animal feed
Product code 99611111: Paddy/ rice
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.NPCS, 2010 (barring the first 2 digits) is based on the Central Product Classification,
Version 2.0. NPCS, 2010 is an 8-digit classification having first 2 digits from ITC (HS) + 5 digit CPC code + 1 digit for accommodating country 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)For the most part, NPCS, 2010 is identical to the international standard as defined by CPC Version 2.

NPCS, 2010 has been developed under Indian Trade Classification (HS) (ITC (HS)) -
developed by Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCIS). ITC
(HS) contains 97 chapters in accordance with the Harmonized System Nomenclature (HS), developed by World Customs Organization (WCO). The chapters 98 and 99 which are reserved for individual countries by WCO are used in India for the purposes of ‘Project imports’ and ‘Miscellaneous goods’ respectively. To maintain continuity of the
classification of services sector along with the classification of transportable goods, it has been decided that the NPCS be developed under chapter 99.

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.The first 2 digits correspond to Chapter 99 from ITC (HS). Under chapter 99, the next 5
digits have been adopted from CPC Version 2, which is a 5 digited product classification. To maintain the number of digits, i.e. 8, as similar to ITC (HS) and to expand the CPC 5 digit codes further according to the Indian requirements, each CPC subclass (5 digited) has been classified into maximum 9 categories to arrive at an ultimate 8 digited product code.

Thus, the structure of NPCS, 2010 may be described as:
“99 + 5-digited CPC code + 1 digit for Indian requirements”

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.)International standard data can be compared at sub-class level (i.e. at 7 digit).
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.NPCS 2010 is contemplated for use in all the statistical surveys relating to service sector.
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.)Possibility is being explored for use of NPCS 2010 in collection of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Customs.
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?N/A
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.)NPCS 2010 was officially published in March 2010.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yet to be used.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Since NPCS, 2010 is the first such classification for services being implemented in India, there is no precedence of such a classification before this.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsN/A
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))N/A
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?N/A
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
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.N/A
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)?N/A
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes. In PDF format.
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
Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
Government of India.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryhttp://www.mospi.nic.in
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil

Source: UN questionnaire, 10/1/2012