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Human Development Index

  • India ranks 132 out of 191 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) 2021 from 130 in 2020, after registering a decline in its score over two consecutive years for the first time in three decades.
  • The drop is in line with the global trend since the outbreak of COVID-19 during which 90% of the countries have fallen backward in human development.
  • According to the report, released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India’s HDI value stood at 633 during 2021, which was lower than the world average of 0.732.
  • In 2020, too, India recorded a decline in its HDI value (0.642) in comparison to the pre-Covid level of 2019 (0.645).
  • HDI is composite index that measures average achievement in human development taking into account four indicators:
  • life expectancy at birth (Sustainable Development Goal 3)
  • expected years of schooling (SDG 4.3)
  • mean years of schooling (SDG 4.4)
  • gross national income (GNI) per capita (2017 PPP$) (SDG 8.5).
  • In 2021, India’s Index values :
  • life expectancy at birth was recorded at 2 years
  • expected years of schooling at 9 years
  • mean years of schooling at 7 years
  • gross national income per capita (2017 PPP) at $6,590.
  • On all these four parameters, India was behind the world averages in 2021: life expectancy at 71.4 years, expected years of schooling at 12.8 years, mean years of schooling at 8.6 years and gross national income per capita (2017 PPP$) at $16,752.

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UPSC Prelims Model Question

Q. Who among the following releases the Human Development Index?

a) World Bank
b) International Monetary Fund
c) United Nations Development Programme
d) World Economic Forum

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