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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)Not Applicable
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?ISIC Rev.3.1 followed in toto upto 4-digit and extended upto 5-digit. To cover national requirements, 1713, 1714, 1724, 1725 and 2711 to 2719 shadow classes created.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes upto 4-digit it is identical. There is one additional level (5-digit –subclasses) for national requirement.
Class 1711 brokendown to 1711 & 1713, class 1712 brokendown to 1712 & 1714, class 1722 brokendown to 1722 & 1725 and class 1729 brokendown to 1724 & 1729. Group 271 brokendown to classes 2711 to 2719.
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?1191
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Not Applicable
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Industrial Statistics Division, Central Statistical Organisation, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.
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)Dr. S K Nath, Additional Director General
e-mail: eskaynath@nic.in
Ph. No.: 91-11-23311805 /91-11-23310721
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.Dr. S K Nath, Additional Director General
e-mail: eskaynath@nic.in
Ph. No.: 91-11-23311805 /91-11-23310721


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.)Implemented in November, 2004
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.Will be revised after revision of ISIC Rev.3.1 to ISIC Rev.4
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.To be used by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and State Statistical Bureaus for various Socio-economic Surveys /Informal sector Surveys, Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) and Economic Census. Besides, all State Governments and Research Organisations organizations will use it for surveys to undertaken from the year 2005/2006 onwards.
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.)Used to codify economic activities recorded in
a) Annual Survey of manufacturing Industries
b) Economic Census
c) Various Socio-economic sample Surveys
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?Till now all such data are published based on previous classification based on ISIC rev3.
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.)English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)As per ISIC Rev.3.1
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsDue to non-availability of the publication in Local/Regional language some problem is faced when data are collected by Non-English knowing enumerators. In such cases codes are given by English knowing supervisors as in the case of Economic Census-2005.
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))Till now it is not required since India has been participating in all meetings of ISIC-rev4 of UNSD.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not known.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No other classification used for economic activities.
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 Applicable
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?National Industrial Classification, 1998
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ISIC Rev.3
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Five
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?1021
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?December, 1998.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationUsed by Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation in Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) 1998-99 onwards and in the large scale sample surveys, e.g., 55th round (1999-2000) of NSS relating to 'Consumer Expenditure, Employment & Unemployment' and 'Non-agricultural Enterprises'. The Registrar General of India followed in the Population Census conducted during February-March, 2001. The Reserve Bank of India has developed coding system for use in Banking Statistics Returns (BSRs) based on NIC-1998. The Office of the Development Commissioner, Small Scale Industries (DCSSI) also developed an abridged version of NIC-1998 to be used for data collection in the surveys of Small Scale Industries sector.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Industrial Classification, 2004

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/31/2005