International Reports and India's Rank in various indexes 2019-2020

In this article, we have mentioned India's rank in various indexes in 2019-2020. These rankings are important examination topic for the candidates preparing for UPSC, SSC, RRB, Bank PO/Clerk or any other government and competitive examinations.
Updated: Dec 1, 2020 20:38 IST
Indian ranking in different indexes
Indian ranking in different indexes

Every year, various International Reports and Indexes are released to differentiate the countries on the basis of their health, education, women empowerment, trade, and business etc. In this article, we have published the reports of some famous international institutions like the World Bank, IMF, and the World Economic Forum.

India's Rank in various Indexes 2019-2020

Index India's Rank Published By  Top Position
Global Manufacturing Risk Index (MRI) 2020 3 Cushman & Wakefield China
Largest Military Spender Country In The World 2020 3 Swedish Think Tank SIPRI USA
Global Climate Risk Index 2020 5 Germanwatch Japan
Global Terrorism Index 2020 8 Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) Afghanistan
Climate Change Performance Index 2020 9 Germanwatch, CAN, New Climate Institute Sweden
Global Happiness Survey 2020 13 Ipsos China
Startup Ecosystem Ranking Report 2020 23 Startup Blink USA
International Intellectual Property Index 2020 40 US Chamber Of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center USA
World Competitive Index 2020 43 Institute For Management Development Singapore
World Digital competitiveness Ranking 2020 44 IMD USA
Inclusive Internet Index 2020 46 The Economist Group Sweden
Global Innovation Index 2020 48 World Intellectual Property Organization Switzerland
Democracy Index  2019 51 Economist Intelligence Unit Norway
World Talent Index 2020 59 INSEAD Business School Switzerland
Ease of Doing Business 63 World Bank  New Zealand
Global Competitiveness Index 2019 72 World Economic Forum Switzerland
Energy Transition Index 2020 74 World Economic Forum Sweden
Social Mobility Index 2020 76 World Economic Forum Denmark
Sustainability Index 2020 77 United Nations Sweden
Corruption Perception Index 2020 80 Transparency International Denmark and New Zealand
Henley Passport Index 2020 84 Henley Japan
International Smart City Index 2020 85 Institute For Management Development Singapore
Global Hunger Index 2020 94 Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe Belarus
Economic Freedom Index 2020     105 Heritage Foundation Hong Kong
Economic Freedom Of The World 2020 105 Canada’s Fraser Institute Hong Kong
Global Gender Gap Index 2020 112 World Economic Forum Iceland
Global Childhood Index 2020 113 Save the Children  
Human Capital Index 2020 116 World Bank Singapore
Human Development Index 2019 129 United Nations Development Programme Norway
World Press Freedom Index 2020 142 Reporters Without Borders Norway
World Happiness Report 2020 144 Sustainable Development Solutions Network Finland
Environmental Performance Index 2020 168 Yale and Columbia University Denmark

1.The Human Development Index (HDI) Rank

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite index of some parameters to know human development around the world. This index uses three parameters to rank the country's human development. These parameters are;

i. Life Expectancy Index

ii. Education Index: It includes a. Mean Years of Schooling Index b. Expected Years of Schooling Index

iii. Standard of living 

HDI was developed by Pakistani economist Mahbub ul Haq and later on helped by the Indian economist Amartya Sen.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) releases the HDI report every year.

The latest HDI report 2020 was released by the UNDP in on 24th October 2019. The title of this latest report was “Beyond income, Beyond averages, Beyond Today: Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century”

Indian HDI Rank in 2019: 129 (one rank better than last year)

Total countries participated; 189

Top Position: Norway

Bottom: Burundi

Note: The Human Development Report introduced an Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) in 2010. In 2019, the IHDI rank of India is 130.

2.Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) 2020

This index is released by the Business school INSEAD in collaboration with Addeco and Google. 
This year this report is based on the Global Talent in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Indian Rank: 72

Total participating countries:132

Top Country: Switzerland

3. Ease of Doing Business Rank:-

This report is published by the World Bank every year. It was started in 2002. This report basically says, how easily a business can be started in a country? If a country has many obstacles like red-tapism and approval formalities then ranking of that country will be low for sure.

India is doing very well in this ranking. Indian Rank is 63rd in 2019 which is the improvement of the 14th places from the last year’s ranking.

Since 2017 till 2020, New Zealand is on the top position and Singapore is on the second spot for the same period.

4. Global Competitive Report 2019

This report is released by the World Economic Forum every year. In the Competitive Report 2019 India slipped down to 10 places and ranked at 68th position. Singapore topped the index followed by the USA and Hong Kong.

This report was first published in 2004. There are 141 countries that participated in 2019’s ranking.

The report has twelve pillars of competitiveness; their names are as follows;

1. Higher education and training

2. Good health and primary education

3. Innovation

4. Appropriate infrastructure

5. Production of new goods using the most sophisticated production processes

6. Ability to harness existing technology


8. Stable macroeconomic framework

9. Efficient goods markets

10.Efficient labour markets

11. Developed financial markets

12. Market size—both domestic and international

5. Global Gender Gap Report 2020

The Global Gender Gap Index is an index designed to measure gender equality in the country. The Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006. The 2020 report (published in 2019) is based on 153 countries. 

This report is published by the World Economic Forum every year. Its benchmark includes four dimensions;

1.Political empowerment

2.Economic participation and opportunity

3.Educational attainment

4. Health and survival

Indian rank: 112 (4 places down from the previous year). India is behind the neighbouring country like; China, Nepal, Srilanka, and Bangladesh. Iceland (first rank) is the most gender-neutral country while Yemen is the least.

6. World Economic Outlook

This report is released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This report is based on the IMF's projection on the performance of the global economy. World Economic Outlook report of April 2020 says that the global economy is projected to contract 3% in 2020.


IMF projected that the Indian economy will grow at the rate of 1.9% in 2020 while in 2021 this rate would be 7.4%. Indian origin Gita Gopinath is the Chief Economist at the IMF.

So these were some important reports published by the top Institutions of the world. These reports and rankings are very important for various competitive exams.

Indian ranking in different Global Index 2019

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