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Government Expenditure (As % of GDP) in India

Source: World Bank, National Statistical Office, IMF estimates (Oct 2020)
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Government expenditure as a share of GDP reached 27.5 % in 2019 in India, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 3.81 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, government expenditure as a share of GDP in India reached an all time high of 29.4 % in 2003 and an all time low of 23.9 % in 1996. When compared to India's main peers, government expenditure as a share of GDP in Bangladesh amounted to 15.1 %, 34.0 % in China, 22.0 % in Pakistan and 20.8 % in Sri Lanka in 2019.

India has been ranked 103rd within the group of 172 countries we follow in terms of government expenditure as a share of GDP, 5 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Government expenditure (or spending) includes all government consumption and investment but excludes transfer payments made by a state.

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