Household Consumer Expenditure, National Sample Survey 63rd Round
The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) was set up by the Government of India in 1950 to collect socio-economic data employing scientific sampling methods. Surveys are conducted through household interviews, using a random sample of households covering practically the entire geographical area of the country. 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 survey covered the whole of the Indian Union except:
(i) Leh (Ladakh) and Kargil districts of Jammu & Kashmir (central sample)
(ii) interior villages of Nagaland situated beyond five kilometres of the bus route
(iii) villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which remain inaccessible throughout the year
Unit of Analysis
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
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
Two sampling frameswere used for the 63rd round survey: List frame and Area frame.
List frame: A list of 1000 service sector companies distributed all over India has been used as list frame. The list of financial sector enterprises was supplied by RBI. For the other service sector enterprises the list was supplied by the Ministry of Company Affairs. For all the companies in the list frame, information was collected considering all the branch offices. A combined schedule 2.345 was filled up for the list frame companies covering all the branches.
Area Frame: A stratified multi-stage design was adopted for the 63rd 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. In addition, for the newly declared towns and out growths (OGs) in census 2001 for which UFS has not yet been done, a separate list has been prepared and this list was used as a frame for such towns and OGs in urban sector. For these towns and OGs the whole town/ OG was considered as FSU. The ultimate stage units (USU) were households/ service sector enterprises, in both the sectors. In the case of large villages/ towns/ blocks requiring hamlet-group (hg)/ sub-block (sb) formation, one intermediate stage was the selection of hgs/ sbs from each FSU.
For a detailed description of sampling, refer to the file titled "Note on Sample Design and Estimation Procedure" that is provided as an external resource.
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 (YYYY/MM/DD)
Sub round 1
Sub round 2
Sub round 3
Sub round 4
Mode of data collection
Type of Research Instrument
Summary description of the schedule 1.0 on consumer expenditure is given below.
Blocks 0, 1 and 2: Similar to the ones used in usual NSS rounds. These are used to record identification of sample households and particulars of field operations.
Block 3: Household characteristics like, household size, principal industry-occupation, social group, land possessed and cultivated, type of dwelling etc. are recorded in this block.
Block 4: In this Block the detailed demographic particulars including age, sex, educational level, marital status, number of meals usually taken in a day etc. are recorded.
Block 5: In this block cash purchase and consumption of food, pan, tobacco and intoxicants during the last 30 days are recorded.
Block 6: In this block consumption of fuel & light during the last 30 days is recorded.
Block 7: Consumption of clothing, bedding, etc. during the last 365 days is recorded in this block.
Block 8 : Consumption of footwear during the last 365 days is recorded in this block.
Block 9 : Expenditure on education and medical (institutional) goods and services during the last 365 days is recorded in Block 9.
Block 10 : Expenditure on miscellaneous goods and services including medical (non-institutional), rents and taxes during the last 30 days has been recorded in this block.
Block 11 : Expenditure for purchase and construction (including repair and maintenance) of durable goods for domestic use during the last 365 days has been recorded in this block.
M/O Statistics and Programme Implementation
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 63nd round, 2006-2007. Ref. IND_2006_NSS63-SCH1.0_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
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.
ADG, SDRD , NSSO
M/O Statistics & PI, G/O India
DDG, Computer Centre
M/O Statistics & PI, G/O India
M/O Statistics & Programme Implementation
Documentation of the study
Development Economics Data Group
Date of Production
Version 02 edits based on Version 1.0 (Mar 2012). ID number of version 01: DDI-IND-MOSPI-NSSO-63Rnd-Sch1.0-2006-2007