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Household Consumer Spending Survey

Household Consumer Spending Survey:

The All-India Household Consumer Expenditure Survey is usually conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO) every five years.

  • It is designed to collect information on the consumption spending patterns of households across the country, both urban and rural.
  • The data gathered in this exercise reveals the average expenditure on goods (food and non-food) and services.
  • It is set to resume this year after a prolonged break.
  • It is used to arrive at estimates of poverty levels in different parts of the country and to review economic indicators like the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • India hasn’t had any official estimates on per capita household spending since 2011–12.


  • The government has formed an overarching body NSO by merging the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Computer Centre and Central Statistical Office (CSO).
  • NSO was first envisaged by Rangarajan Commission to implement and maintain statistical standards and coordinate statistical activities of Central and State agencies as laid down by the National Statistical Commission (NSC).
  • Parent Ministry: It is the statistical wing of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
  • It Compiles and releases the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) every month in the form of ‘quick estimates’ and conducts the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI).