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India’s Ranking In Various Indexes
April 20 2024

How does India rank in various indexes around the world? This is an ever-trending topic and hence, you can anticipate questions related to this in all your competitive exams. These ranks are released every year, but the ranks are usually asked in exams. Try to remember these ranks as they are definitely easy to score. Read on to know India’s ranking in various indexes. 

1) Ease of Doing Business 

The Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) index is a ranking system established by the World Bank Group. In the EODB index, ‘higher rankings’ (a lower numerical value) indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights.

India’s Rank: 63rd rank

Topped by: New Zealand

The index released by: World Bank

Notes: Group's ease of doing business index jumping from 142 to 63 in just seven years.


2) Global Peace Index 

Global Peace Index is a report produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace which measures the relative position of nations’ and regions’ peacefulness. The GPI ranks 172 independent states and territories according to their levels of peacefulness.

India’s Rank: 126th rank

Topped by: Iceland

The index released by: Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)


3) Human Development Index (HDI) 

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistical composite index of life expectancy, education (mean years of schooling completed and expected years of schooling upon entering the education system), and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher. It was developed by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and was further used to measure a country’s development by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Human Development Report Office.

India’s Rank: 134th rank

Topped by: Switzerland 

The index released by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


4) World Happiness Index

The World Happiness Report is a publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It contains articles and rankings of national happiness, based on respondent ratings of their own lives, which the report also correlates with various life factors.

India’s Rank: 126th out of 143

Topped by: Finland

The index released by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


5) Sustainable Development Goal Index 

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

India’s Rank: 112 Among 166 Countries

Topped by: Kerala

The index released by: NITI Aayog


6) Global Innovation Index 

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation. It is published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, in partnership with other organisations and institutions, and is based on both subjective and objective data derived from several sources, including the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

India’s Rank: 42nd rank

Topped by: Switzerland

The index released by: Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization


7) Global Competitiveness Index 

The Global Competitiveness Report is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. A Global Competitiveness Index is a strategic tool designed to assess and benchmark the competitiveness of countries. As such it contemplates multiple structural dimensions of a country’s economy that affect its economic performance.

India’s Rank: 40th rank

Topped by: Singapore

The index released by: World Economic Forum


8) World Press Freedom 

Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the principle that communication and expression through various media, including printed and electronic media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be exercised freely.

India’s Rank: 161st among the 180 countries

Topped by: Norway

The index released by: Reporters Without Borders


9) Global Democracy Index

The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research division of the Economist Group, a UK-based private company which publishes the weekly newspaper The Economist. The index is self-described as intending to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 164 are UN member states.

India’s Rank: 104 rank

Topped by: Norway

The index released by: EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)


10) Global Climate Risk Index 

The Global Climate Risk Index indicates a level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme weather events, which countries should understand as warnings in order to be prepared for more frequent and/or more severe events in the future.

India’s Rank: 7th rank

Topped by: Japan

The index released by: German watch


11) Global Hunger Index 

The Global Hunger Index is a tool that measures and tracks hunger globally as well as by region and by country. The GHI is calculated annually, and its results appear in a report issued in October each year. After declining since 2000, hunger at the global level is classified as moderate, according to the 2023 report.

India’s Rank: 102nd rank

Topped by: Central African Republic (most hungry)

The index released by: Irish aid agency Concern in partnership with Welthungerhilfe


12) World Inequality Index

World Inequality Index is a report by the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics that provides estimates of global income and wealth inequality based on the most recent findings compiled by the World Inequality Database (WID). WID is also referred to as WID. The world is an open-source database, that is part of an international collaborative effort of over a hundred researchers on five continents. The World Inequality Report includes discussions on potential future academic research as well as content useful for public debates and policy related to economic inequality.

India’s Rank: 134th rank

Topped by:  Denmark

The index released by: Oxfam


13) Corruption Perceptions Index 

The Corruption Perceptions Index is an index published annually by Berlin-based Transparency International since 1995 which ranks countries “by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys”.

India’s Rank: 93rd rank

Topped by: Denmark, New Zealand

The index released by: Transparency International


14) Global Talent Competitiveness Index 

The Global Competitiveness Index integrates the macroeconomic and micro/business aspects of competitiveness into a single index. The report “assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens”. This in turn depends on how productively a country uses available resources.

India’s Rank: 103rd out of 134

Topped by: Switzerland

The index released by: Adecco Group, INSEAD and Tata Communications


15) Global Gender Gap Report

The Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006 by the World Economic Forum. The 2023 report covers 146 countries. The Global Gender Gap Index is an index designed to measure gender equality.

India’s Rank: 127th out of 146 countries

Topped by: Iceland

The index released by: World Economic Forum

  • Rank: India ranked 127th out of 146 countries, which is an improvement of eight positions compared to 2022.

According to the report, India will take nearly 100 years to close the gender gap


16) Safe Cities Index

The Safe Cities Index is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by NEC Corporation. The report is based on the third iteration of the index, which ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

India’s Rank: Mumbai – 9th (top Indian city in the list)

Topped by: Tokyo

The index released by: Economist Intelligence Unit


17) Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index

Important criteria for Mercer’s Quality of Living Index are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability, public transport and access to goods and services. Mercer has ranked Austria’s capital Vienna first in its annual “Quality of Living” survey since 2009.

India’s Rank: Globally, Hyderabad is 153rd

Topped by: Vienna

The index released by: Mercer


18) World Travel And Tourism Competitiveness Index

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), which covered 140 economies, measures the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector which contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country.

India’s Rank: 54th

Topped by: Spain

The index released by: World Economic Forum (WEF)


19) IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 

The Ranking, produced by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Center, measures the capacity and readiness of 63 nations to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and wider society. To evaluate an economy, WDCR examines three factors: Knowledge (the capacity to understand and learn new technologies), Technology (the competence to develop new digital innovations), and Future readiness (the preparedness for the coming developments).

India’s Rank: 49th out of 64 economies

Topped by: United States

The index released by: IMD


20) Oxfam World Inequality Index 

The index is based on a new database of indicators which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights. 

India’s Rank: 147th rank (out of 157 countries)

Topped by: United States

The index released by: IMD

Notes: India ranks amongst the bottom 11 countries which is not a good sign. Government spending is low on essential areas like health, education, social protection, and other subsidies.


21) Global International Property Index 

“India ranked42nd among 55 2023, scoring 73 out of 100 on a set of 50 intellectual property-related indicators,” the GIPC said in a media release. India’s overall score has increased from 36.04 per cent (16.22 out of 45) in the seventh edition to 38.46 per cent (19.23 out of 50) in the eighth edition.

India’s Rank: 42nd among 55

Topped by: United States

The index released by: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC)


22) Global Manufacturing Index 

The annual Global Manufacturing Risk Index (MRI) report was released by the US-based property consultant Cushman & Wakefield, to rank the most suitable locations for global manufacturing among 48 countries in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific.

India’s Rank: 30th rank

Topped by: Japan

The index released by: World Economic Forum


23) Global Environment Performance Index 

The 2023 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world. India's past performance in the CCPI ranking shows significant improvement from 31st rank in 2014 to seventh in 2023. The country maintained its top 10 position, figuring among the highest performers, for the fifth year in a row.

India’s Rank: India ranked 7th

Topped by: Switzerland

The index released by: Yale, Columbia University & World Economic Forum


24) Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness 

The Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks the world’s top 40 markets on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. The rankings reflect our assessments of market attractiveness and global market trends.

India’s Rank: 4th rank

Topped by: China

The index released by: EY

I hope you liked this article on some of the important indexes and India’s ranking in these indexes for the year 2023-2024. For more such interesting GK articles, check out our blog.

Happy learning!

Anisha Mukhija

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