What is Ease of Doing Business Index

Ease of Doing Business
Ease of doing business is the annual report published by World Bank. The report ranks countries that are best suitable to start a new business. For example, in the recent ease of doing business report, New Zealand stands in firsts that means, compared to other countries New Zealand has more suitable environment to start a new business.

Ease of doing index gives rankings for 190 countries by comparing 10 indicators that are necessary to start a business.

The ease of doing business measures regulations directly affecting businesses like clearances, supply of electricity etc.

A nation's ranking on the index is based on the average of 10 subindices:

  • Starting a business 
  • Dealing with construction permits 
  • Getting electricity 
  • Registering property 
  • Getting credit 
  • Protecting investors 
  • Paying taxes 
  • Resolving Insolvency 
  • Trading across borders 
  • Enforcing contract 

Ease of doing business- 2018

Ranks of countries in recently released ease of doing business report
  • 1st- New Zealand 
  • 2nd- Singapore 
  • 3rd- Denmark 
  • 4th- South Korea 
  • 5th Hong Kong 
  • Rank of India- 77

Ease of doing business & India

In 2017 report India makes highest-ever jump to rank 100 out of 190 countries. With this year's performance, India became the first ever country to record highest jump in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking. 
ease of doing business

India performance in ten indicators:

India improved its ranking from 130 to 100 by improving 6 indicators out of 10 indicators such as resolving insolvency, paying taxes, protecting minority investors and getting credit. Also India improved its ranking in
  • Combining the application for the Permanent Account Number (PAN) and the Tax Account Number (TAN) into a single submission 
  • Reduction in the time needed to complete the applications for Employee’s Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) 

India slipped its ranking in the following indicators

  • Registering Property 
  • More number of procedures to start business 
  • Bhutan, in 75th place, is South Asia’s highest-ranked economy, followed by India (at 100) and Nepal (at 105). 

Model Questions:

Question 1. 

What is the rank of India in Ease of doing business?
a. 100
b. 77
c. 121
d. 110

Question 2.

Which of the following organisation publishes Ease of doing business report?
a. IMF
b. World Bank
d. None


  • UNDP releases Human Development Index 
  • World Economic Outlook is published by IMF 

Question 3.

Which country stands first in the recently released Ease of doing business report?
a. South Korea
b. USA
c. Japan
d. New Zealand

Question 4.

Rank of India in Ease of doing business-2019 is 77, what is the rank of India in Ease of doing business-2018?
a. 131
b. 130
c. 100
d. 110


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