India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

A collaboration between NCAER and the Univeristy of Maryland, the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) was designed to complement existing Indian surveys by bringing together a wide range of indicators in a single survey. Unlike single-topic surveys, the IHDS collects data on different dimensions of human development like education, caste, gender relations and infrastructure. This breadth permits analyses of associations across a range of social and economic conditions. For example, studying indicators for children (e.g., learning, immunizations) requires joint consideration of the roles of poverty, family structure, gender relations, community context, and the availability of facilities.

The first round (IHDS-1) of the survey was completed in 2004-5 covering 41,554 urban and rural households in all states and union territories of India (except Andaman/Nicobar and Lakshadweep). The data are publicly available through ICPSR and are currently being used by about 7,000 users worldwide. During 2011-12, the second round (IHDS-II) re-interviewed the same households, creating one of the largest panel surveys in the world and providing a direct measure of India’s economic progress over seven years. The NCAER is currently collating the data from IHDS-II and the data are expected to be made public in early-2015.

More details about the IHDS and key findings can be found on the IHDS website.

For additional information, please contact Prof Sonalde Desai.


  • 10131India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    The fifth meeting of the Advisory Panel of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS-II), chaired by Pronab Sen, former Chairman, National Statistical Commission, was held at the NCAER Conference Room on August 11, 2016. The IHDS is the first large panel survey conducted jointly by the NCAER and University of Maryland for the same households...   Read More

  • 10553India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    This roundtable organised by NCAER presented some of the results from India Human Development Survey (IHDS), a unique panel survey carried out by NCAER in collaboration with University of Maryland. First round of this survey of over 41,000 households was conducted in 2004-5, just before NREGA was implemented. The second round conducted in 2011-12 resurveyed...   Read More

  • 2898India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    This research symposium organised by NCAER in collaboration with the Survey Research Centre (SRC) at the University of Michigan initiated discussions on improving the sample survey research and practices relevant for bringing data to inform policy making. The Chairman of the National Statistical Commission, Dr Pronab Sen, participated in the symposium and India’s Chief Statistician,...   Read More

  • 2909India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    The India Human Development Survey (IHDS-I) is the first household survey in India to have a full spectrum of health, education, economic, family, and gender modules for both urban and rural samples. Today it is a premier public resource for researchers, policymakers and civil society analysts interested in issues of poverty, social inequality and human...   Read More


  • 2269India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    Debasis Barik is a Senior Fellow, at the NCAER National Data Innovation Centre. He is a demographer by training with a specialization in economic demography and ageing. He has worked on public health, migration, gender, and intergenerational well-being. However, more than a decade of work at NCAER has diversified his research career, now spanning the...   Read More

  • 338India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    Sonalde Desai (Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland and Professor and Centre Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre, New Delhi) is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social transformation and its impact on the lives of individuals with a focus on education, employment, gender, and maternal and child health. She leads the...   Read More

  • 2272India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    Prabir Kumar Ghosh is a Senior Fellow at NCAER. Currently, he is involved in coordinating all-India level survey work and analysis of large scale primary data. His research interests include development economics, human development, income, expenditure, poverty & nutrition, demography, and budgetary analysis on social sector & poverty alleviation programs.

  • 2266India Human Development Survey (IHDS)

    Dinesh Kumar Tiwari is a Fellow at NCAER. He is an anthropologist with rich experience of primary data collection for large-scale social surveys, qualitative interviews, and experimental data collection, with a special focus on field management, monitoring and supervision, and ensuring data quality. He is part of the National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC), and is...   Read More