Household Consumer Expenditure, National Sample Survey 62nd Round
Socio-Economic/Monitoring Survey [hh/sems]
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) was set up by the Government of India in 1950 to collect socio-economic data. The NSSO conducts regular consumer expenditure surveys as part of its "rounds," each round being normally of a year's duration and covering more than one subject of study. The surveys are conducted through household interviews, using a random sample of households covering practically the entire geographical area of the country. The 62nd round survey is the seventeenth in the annual series of surveys of household consumer expenditure.
The 62nd round survey is the seventeenth in the annual series of surveys of household consumer expenditure. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducts regular consumer expenditure surveys as part of its "rounds," each round being normally of a year's duration and covering more than one subject of study. The surveys are conducted through household interviews, using a random sample of households covering practically the entire geographical area of the country. Surveys on consumer expenditure are conducted quinquennially on a large sample of households from the 27th round (October 1972 - September 1973) onwards. Apart from these quinquennial surveys, the NSSO has been collecting information on consumer expenditure from a smaller sample of households since 42nd round (July 1986 - June 1987). Household consumer expenditure is measured as the expenditure incurred by a household on domestic account during a specified period called reference period. It includes the imputed values of goods and services, which are not purchased but procured otherwise for consumption. In other words, it is the sum total of monetary values of all the items (i.e. goods and services) consumed by the household on domestic account during the reference period. The imputed rent of owner-occupied houses is excluded from consumption expenditure. Any expenditure incurred towards the productive enterprises of the households is also excluded from household consumer expenditure.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The scope of this survey includes the following:
- Identification of sample households and particulars of field operations
- Household characteristics such as household size, principal industry-occupation, social group, land possessed and cultivated, type of dwelling
- Demographic particulars including age, sex, educational level, marital status, number of meals usually taken in a day
- Cash purchase and consumption of food, pan, tobacco and intoxicants during the last 30 days
- Consumption of fuel and light during the last 30 days
- Consumption of clothing, bedding, etc. during the last 365 days
- Consumption of footwear during the last 365 days
- Expenditure on education and medical (institutional) goods and services during the last 365 days
- Expenditure on miscellaneous goods and services including medical (non-institutional), rents and taxes during the last 30 days
- Expenditure for purchase and construction (including repair and maintenance) of durable goods for domestic use during the last 365 days
- Summary of consumer expenditure
The survey covers the whole of the Indian Union except:
(i) Leh (Ladakh), Kargil, Punch and Rajauri districts of Jammu & Kashmir
(ii) interior villages of Nagaland situated beyond five kilometres of a bus route
(iii) villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which remain inaccessible throughout the year
Producers and sponsors
National Sample Survey Office
M/o Statistics and Programme Implementation(MOSPI),Government of India (GOI)
M/o Statistcs and Programme Implementation(MOSPI),Government of India (GOI)
Tabulation and Dissemination
M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation, GOI
Governing Council and Working Group
Finalisation of survey study
Sample Design: A stratified multi-stage design was adopted for the 62nd round survey. The First Stage Units (FSU) were the 2001 census villages in the rural sector and Urban Frame Survey (UFS) blocks in the urban sector. The Ultimate Stage Units (USU) were households in both the sectors. In the case of large villages/ blocks requiring hamlet-group (hg)/ sub-block (sb) formation, one intermediate stage was the selection of two hgs/ sbs from each FSU.
Sampling frame: The list of villages as per census 2001 was used as frame for the rural sector and the latest available list of Urban Frame Survey (UFS) blocks was used as frame in the urban sector.
Stratification: Within each district of a State/ UT, two basic strata were formed:
(i) Rural stratum comprising of all rural areas of the district
(ii) Urban stratum comprising of all the urban areas of the district. However, if there were one or more towns with population 10 lakhs or more as per population census 2001 in a district, each of them also formed a separate basic stratum and the remaining urban areas of the district was considered as another basic stratum. There are 27 towns with population 10 lakhs or more at all-India level as per census 2001.
For more detailed description of the sampling procedure, refer to the file titled "Introduction: Concepts, Definitions and Procedures " that is provided as an external resource.
Deviations from the Sample Design
The survey period of this 62nd round was divided into four sub-rounds of three months' duration each to spread the survey workload uniformly. Because of the arduous field conditions, sub-round restriction was not strictly enforced in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, rural areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
Two different weights have been provided in each file in the data set. Details are as follows:
1. Weight for each sub sample is stored in the variable name: WGT_SS
2. Combined subsample weight is stored in the variable name: WGT_SS_Combined
Dates of Data Collection
Sub round 1
Sub round 2
Sub round 3
Sub round 4
Data Collection Mode
The field work for the survey was conducted by the Field Operations Division of the Organisation. The collected data were processed by the Data Processing Division of NSSO and tabulated by the Computer Centre of Department of Statistics. The reports have been prepared by Survey Design & Research Division (SDRD) of NSSO under the guidance of the Governing Council, NSSO.
Data Collection Notes
The household consumer expenditure schedule used for the survey collected information on quantity and value of household consumption with a reference period of "last 30 days" for some items of consumption and "last 365 days" for some less frequently purchased items. To minimise recall errors, a very detailed item classification was, as usual, adopted to collect information. The schedule also collected some other household particulars including age, sex and educational level of each household member.
Schedule 1.0 on consumer expenditure for NSS 62nd round consisted of 12 blocks that are listed below.
Blocks 0, 1 and 2: Similar to the ones used in usual NSS rounds. These were used to record identification of sample households and particulars of field operations.
Block 3: Household characteristics.
Block 4: Particulars of household members.
Block 5: Cash purchase and consumption of food, pan, tobacco and intoxicants during the last 30 days.
Block 6: Consumption of fuel & light during the last 30 days.
Block 7: Consumption of clothing, bedding, etc. during the last 365 days.
Block 8 : Consumption of footwear during the last 365 days.
Block 9 : Expenditure on education and medical (institutional) goods and services during the last 365 days.
Block 10 : Expenditure on miscellaneous goods and services including medical (non-institutional), rents and taxes during the last 30 days.
Block 11 : Expenditure for purchase and construction (including repair and maintenance) of durable goods for domestic use during the last 365 days.
Block 12: Summary of consumer expenditure.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
The National Survey Office (NSSO), India. Household Consumer Expenditure, National Sample Survey 62nd round, 2005-2006. Ref. IND_2005_NSS62-SCH1.0_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
M/O Statistics & Programme Implementation
Documentation of the study
Development Economics Data Group
Date of Metadata Production
DDI Document version
Version 02 edits based on version 1.0 (April 2012). ID number for version 01: DDI-IND-MOSPI-NSSO-62Rnd-Sch1.0-2005-06.