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SBI PO Exam 2017: Vocab Quiz ‘GDP growth reflects economic reality; revisions likely to be modest

Mar 20, 2017 15:20 IST

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Article: GDP growth reflects economic reality; expected revisions likely to be modest

The national accounts for Q3 of FY17 have been extensively trolled, some questioning them as “too good to be true”. This article attempts to open up the conversation, shows some of the underlying constructs of the GDP, GVA metrics and plays the devil’s advocate on some others. The debate is not new, and has come up intermittently after the initial outburst when the new methodology for computing GVA was first unveiled in early-2015.

First, the System of National Accounts are a set of rules which are standardised across countries. India now conforms to global standards. [Remember the years when India’s growth data in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) growth tables used to be designated with a footnote stating India’s GDP was a different construct? We are now in line with other countries’ accounting]. These rules are applied to a set of pre-specified data which are proxies for estimating the GVA segments. The Central Statistical Organisation does not have the discretion to pick and choose “appropriate” indicators.

As for the segment-specific estimates themselves, the hit to the Q3 GVA has largely been on precisely those sectors which a priori anecdotal narratives had pointed at: construction (2.7%), financial services and real estate (3.1%). But there was a “surprise”, too: one would have thought that the largest impact of the note-ban would be felt by the ‘trade, hotels, transport & communication’ segment—but it actually printed higher than expected. In retrospect, this should have been partially foreseen. In communication, Q3 was the quarter when a particular telecom company started operations with a splash. Growth of the number of telecom subscribers (the main proxy for the segment), steady at an average of 6% since mid-FY15, shot up to 11% in Q3. Communication has a weight of 1.8% in GVA. This is likely to have more than offset the presumed slowdown in the other sub-segments.

The standout growth was in the manufacturing segment (8.3%) which—demonetisation or otherwise—is largely perceived to be faltering, seen through the lens of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and partially through the tepid corporate results. The accompanying chart explains some part of the underlying constructs. The CSO press release for Q2 FY17 (as also PRs for many previous quarters) states that for the manufacturing segment, “the private corporate sector growth (which has a share of over 70% in the manufacturing sector) as estimated from available data of listed companies … The growth in quasi-corporate and unorganized segment which … has a share of around 22 percent … has been estimated using IIP of manufacturing”. That’s a combined 92% of manufacturing GVA.

We have tracked these metrics in comparison with the reported GVA manufacturing. The corporate GVA (of a sample of 1,858 companies) comprises both operating profits and salaries and wages, to obtain a measure closest in intent to value added. Manufacturing corporate GVA grew at 21.5% in nominal terms in Q3 FY17, driven largely by metals (steel in particular) and capital goods companies. Obviously, the key driver have been rising metals prices. The other major contributor were the upstream oil and gas companies. The weighted average of corporate GVA and the IIP—with the above mentioned weights—is 15%, higher than the reported 11.8% nominal manufacturing sector growth.

It’s the same story with the mining segment, with a reported growth of 11.4% nominal growth, up sharply from an average 2% growth in H1 FY17. And yes, there will be a spillover of the slowdown in Q4, which is indicated by the high 18% growth in change in stocks (inventories), which will need to be drawn down before full production resumes. But this is likely to be limited, with leading indicators of manufacturing activity (including PMIs) indicating a return to normalcy. What is a bit puzzling is that the high inventories growth in Q3 is in line with high growth in H1 and what this tells us of the supply-chain management.

Without question, these estimate have not picked up large swathes of the informal segments of manufacturing and the services sectors, which will be progressively revised downward with each ongoing revision. But even here, the drops will not be significant. The only estimate of the smaller, quasi-corporate entities is a study released by RBI last year of about 237,000 private limited companies. Net sales of these companies was only 46% of a set of 2,900 listed companies in FY15 and operating profits just 31%.

Developing better surveys to track the informal sector remains a work in progress at CSO, and we wish this had been expedited. However, many improvements in data coverage are likely to come on line in the near future.

1.     Trolled (verb) (फुसलाना/ चक्कर देना ): Trolled refers to the art of deliberately, cleverly and secretly pissing people off, usually via internet or using dialogues.

Synonym: Extricate, bait, chum, trawl

Antonym: Conceal, bottle up, suppress, withhold

Sentence: The comedians trolled the politicians for their uncivilized remarks about the nation.

2.     Intermittently (adverb) (रुक-रुककर): Intermittently refers to the phase of not happening regularly or continuously.

Synonym: Occasionally, periodically, sporadically, betimes

Antonym: Continually, constantly, chronically, always

Sentence: He was such a hard worker that he worked intermittently in various odd jobs to fill the pocket.

 3.     Outburst (noun) (आवेग): Outburst is defined as a sudden forceful expression of emotion, especially anger.

 Synonym: Eruption, explosion, outpouring, spasm

 Antonym: Calm, peace, dislike, harmony

Sentence: The police was not able to control the outburst of students at India Gate.

 4.     Unveiled (verb) (अनावरण): Unveiled refers to remove a covering like a curtain from a new structure at a formal ceremony.

Synonym: Reveal, disclose, bare, expose

Antonym: Conceal, secrete, withhold, veil

Sentence: The Prime minister unveiled the statue of Lord Shiva on the eve of Shiv Navmi.

 5.     Discretion (noun) (समझ / विचारशीलता): Discretion refers to the choice or the right to make choice on the basis of judgement.

 Synonym: Prudence, maturity, tact, vigilance

 Antonym: Disregard, carelessness, ignorance, negligence

Sentence: The discretion of RTI is subjective in nature.

 6.     Anecdotal (adjective) (किस्सा संबंधी): Anecdotal is based on depicting narrative incidents on the basis of personal observation, case study, reports or random investigations rather than systematic scientific evaluation.

 Synonym: Narrative, informal, unreliable, unscientific

 Antonym: Scientific, Objective, reliable, authentic

Sentence: The main specialty of his paintings was anecdotal and was depicting the plight of women during medieval times.

7.     Faltering (verb) (हिचकिचाहट): Faltering refers to lose strength or purpose to stop or almost stop.

 Synonym: Stumble, flounder, hesitate, waver

 Antonym: Calm, remain, stabilize, steady

Sentence: The music faltered and started again with another request from the audience.

 8.     Tepid (adjective) (उत्साहहीन): Tepid refers to the state of not hot or not so cold temperature.

 Synonym: Lukewarm, dull, warm, half-hearted

 Antonym: Enthusiastic, keen, frigid, snappy

Sentence: Due to demonetization, movies released in November received a tepid response from audience.

 9.     Quasi (adjective) (नाम का): Quasi is often used to show that something is almost, but not completely.

 Synonym: Apparent, mock, partly, pretended

 Antonym: Entire, total, whole, complete

Sentence: The brand received a quasi-success in the rural areas.

 10.Swathes (noun) (बाँधना): Swathe refers to a long strip or large area, especially of land.

Synonym: Drape, bandage, swaddle, wrap

 Antonym: Uncover, expose, advertise, show

Sentence: The swathes on his body were explaining the brutality received by him from terrorists.

 Question (1-5): Answer the following as directed.

 1. Find out the words which mean the same as ‘underlying’ (अंतर्निहित)

  1. Secondary
  2. Elemental
  3. Dubious
  4. Explicit
  5. Other than those given in options

 Solution: Option (2)

 Explanation: The given word refers to describe something on which something else is based. So, from theabove-given options, option (2) is a right choice as the synonym of the word.

 2.       Find out the words which mean the same as ‘proxies(प्रतिनिधित्व)

  1. Primary
  2. Insignificant
  3. Intermediary
  4. Factor
  5. Other than those given in options

 Solution: Option (3)

 Explanation: The given word is defined as the authority to represent someone else, especially in voting. Hence, from the given options, option (3) is the correct choice as the synonym of the word.

 3.       Find out the words which mean the same as ‘splash(छिड़कना)

  1. Dehydrate
  2. Bland
  3. Boring
  4. Spattering
  5. Other than those given in options

 Solution: Option (4)

 Explanation: The given word refers to an act of scattering water about haphazardly. So, from the given options, option (4) is an apt choice as the synonym of the word given in the options.

 4.       Find out the words which mean the same as ‘spillover’ (फैल जाना /  गिर जाना )

  1. Deluge
  2. Necessity
  3. Need
  4. Discouragement
  5. Other than those given in options

 Solution: Option (1)

 Explanation: The given word refers toan act or an instance of spilling over or the quantity that spills over. Hence, from the given options, option (1) is the right choice as the synonym of the word given in the options.

 5.       Find out the words which mean the same as ‘expedited(शीघ्रता करना)

  1. Hinder
  2. Hurt
  3. Hasten
  4. Retard
  5. Other than those given in options

 Solution: Option (3)

 Explanation: The given word is often defined as speeding up the progress. Therefore, from all the above options, option (3) is the right choice as the synonym of the word given in the options.


Word of the Day


Meaning (English) – refers to deliberatively harming someone or damaging something.

Meaning (Hindi) – बरबाद करना / निर्दयतापूर्ण व्यवहार करना

Synonyms – Lewd, outrageous

Antonyms – Decent, moral

Example – JNU episode was the sheer act of wanton vandalism.

उदाहरण – जे एन यू एपिसोड अनियंत्रित बर्बरता का स्पष्ट उदाहरण है l


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