India ranks 81st in global Corruption Perceptions Index

India has ranked 81st out of 180 countries in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, released by Transparency International.

About Corruption Perceptions Index:

This index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

  • Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 indicates no corruption.
  • Data from Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has also been incorporated in the analysis.
  • The index is compiled annually by Transparency International; an international non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany. Transparency International was founded in 1993 with a purpose to combat global corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 – Highlights

India’s ranking at 81st spot marks a drop by two places as compared to 79th rank in 2016.However, India’s score in 2017 remained unchanged at 40.India ranks 81st in global Corruption Perceptions Index

  • Among India’s neighbouring countries, only Bhutan (Rank 26) and China (Rank 77) are ahead of India.
  • As per Transparency International, India along with Maldives and Philippines are the worst offenders in Asia-Pacific Region. These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths.
  • The report outlined a correlation that countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) tend to have the worst rates of corruption.
  • With score of 89, New Zealand is least corrupt among 180 countries, while Somalia ranked the lowest with score of 9.
  • More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, while the average score for 2017 is 43.
  • Most of the countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption.

Top 5 – Least Corrupt Countries:

RankCountryScore
1New Zealand89
2Denmark88
3Finland85
3Norway85
3Switzerland85
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