UPSC Prelims 2018: India’s Rank in Various Indexes 2017

Many international organisations release various indexes every year and some of them are important from a UPSC point of view, particularly the prelims. India’s ranking in them is especially important for the UPSC prelims. In this article, we bring you a list of some of the most important indexes, India’s rank and also the organisations which release them annually. This is especially helpful for the prelims exam, but you can also use these rankings to substantiate certain points in your mains answers in the IAS exam.

The latest India ranking is given in the following table:

India Ranking in Different Indexes 2017-18


Published by

India’s rank (position)

What it measures

Global Slavery Index 2017

Walk Free Foundation (Australian Human rights group)


Prevalence of modern slavery by proportion of the population

W10 Report 2016

New World Wealth



Ranking of countries by individual wealth

World Investment Report 2017



FDI inflow into the country

Logistics Performance Index 2016

World Bank


Measure of international supply chain efficiency

Intellectual Property (IP) Environment Index 2017

United States Chamber of Commerce ’s Global Intellectual Property Center


Intellectual property rights

Global Competitiveness Index 2017

World Economic Forum


Assesses the competitiveness landscape of an economy

Global Innovation Index 2017

Cornell University, INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organization


Innovation performance

Corruption Perception Index 2016

Transparency International


Corruption (Rank 1 is the least corrupt)

World Risk Index 2016

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)


Measures the risk of disaster

Global Climate Risk Index 2015

Germanwatch, German NGO


Measures the extent to which countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (Rank 1 is worst affected)

Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017



Measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent

Global Hunger Index 2016

International Food Policy Research Institute


Measures a country’s hunger situation

Global Human Capital Report 2017

World Economic Forum


Measures how a country develops its human capital

FM Global Resilience Index 2017

FM Global


Measures a country’s enterprise resilience to disruptive events

Sustainable Development Goal Index 2017

Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Bertelsmann Stiftung


Assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the sustainable development goals

Index of Economic Freedom 2017

The Heritage Foundation, American think tank


Measure of economic freedom

Economic Freedom of the World Index 2017

Fraser Institute


Measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of economic freedom

Ease of Doing Business Index 2017

World Bank


Ease of doing business

World Press Freedom Index 2017

Reporters Without Borders


Press freedom (Rank 1 is the most free press)

Global Peace Index 2017

The Institute for Economics and Peace


State of peace

Climate Change Performance Index 2017

Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe


Measure of a country’s efforts in combating climate change

Human Development Index 2016

United Nations Development Programme


Measure of human development

Legatum Prosperity Index  2016

Legatum Institute Foundation, London


Measures national prosperity based on both economic and social wellbeing


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