Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) unit level data: 2012-13 (CD) (with a common factory code) India. Ministry of Statistics and Programme ImplementationMaterial type: TextSeries: ASI unit level dataPublisher: New Delhi India. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation 2013Subject(s): ASI Unit level dataDDC classification: D002442 Summary: Q1. What is meant by unit-level data? A1. It is the basic validated data at the ultimate level like establishments or factories or enterprises. It is also called micro-data or disaggregated data or raw data. Aggregated data or Reports can be generated by making use of programming tools / statistical packages on this unit-level data. Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) covers the units registered under the factory act. Though predominantly these are manufacturing units, there are also a few non-manufacturing industries covered under ASI by virtue of them being registered under this Act. (http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/asi/mospi_asi_rate_list.pdf)
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Q2. What is ASI Detailed unit level and ASI Summary unit level data ?
A2. Unit Level Data: These are factory level data after the identification of the units are removed. Data for
each factory are provided in a predefined layout along with the sampling weights wherever required. It is
provided in flat line-sequential ASCII format and they can be imported into any other software
platform for analysis purpose. District codes and their corresponding names are not available in
the ASI data.
There are two types of unit level data
1. Detailed Unit level data: These are data having all the items of information as provided in the ASI
schedules submitted by the factories. Detailed unit level data are available for the years 1983-84,
1983-84, 1989-90, 1993-94 to 2011-12 (except 1995-96).
2. Summary unit level data: For some past years the entire data as in the ASI schedules were not
processed. Only the summary characteristics were tabulated. Thus the summary unit level data
contain the aggregate values of about 74 characteristics but the values of their constituents are not
available. Summary unit level data are available for the years 1974-75 to 1994-95 except 1975-76
The detailed and summary data sets are available for different years and thus are mutually exclusive.
3. Panel data: The unit level data for the years 1998-99 to 2011-12 are also available with a common
factory identifier. The data layout is slightly different in these dataset.
Q3. I want to procure some of the datasets listed in your Rate-List. How should I
A3. You have to send a written request, preferably in your letter-head, along with the payment
instrument and the Undertaking as outlined in the Rate-List.
Q4. Need I submit separate Bank Draft and Undertaking for each dataset?
A4. No, you need to send only one Bank Draft for the aggregate amount and one
Undertaking with required details of data duly noted.
Q5. How many days do you take for processing of the request?
A5. We process all the CD orders very quickly and normally not more than 2 working days are
taken after receipt of completed orders before actual shipments of CD’s are made.
Q6. What is the mode of shipment? Do I have to pay separately for packaging and shipment
particularly in the case of overseas ones?
A6. The data CD’s are mailed by Speed Post. The overhead charges noted in the Rate- List takes
care of all such charges.
Q7. I am planning to visit New Delhi shortly. Can I drop in at your office personally to
procure CD’s? Can I collect the CD’s then and there? What is the suggested office
timings for this? Can I pay in Cash?
A7. Yes, you can visit this office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during office days for buying the data.
However, you would do well to inform the concerned officer either by email or over phone about
your proposed visits so that the CD’s can be readied in advance.
Though payment in cash is allowed in compelling cases, it is generally not encouraged for
Q8. Do you accept personal cheques toward payment of data cost?
A8. We do not accept personal cheques for payment, but we may accept cheques from reputed
Institutions or Organizations.
Q9. How can I figure out if the Rate-List available in the public domain is up-to- date?
A9. We take special care to ensure that changes, if any, in the Rate-List are reflected in the Net
instantly, thanks to our in-house web-designing team.
Q10. My office insists on Invoice to be submitted for sanction / release of fund. Do you have a
provision for the same?
A10. Yes, we will arrange the Invoice by email, on request.
Q11. I have identified some of your survey data as likely buys for my analysis. But I am not sure
whether it actually contains the information I am looking for. How can I make sure of it before
going in for procurement?
A11. You can request for a copy of the survey questionnaire or data layout or for that matter any
piece of supporting documents through email. The survey questionnaire for the latest NSS
Rounds /ASI / EC are also available in the Ministry’s website that can be downloaded from web
Q12. I wanted to download your ASI Reports from the Net.
A12. A large number of tables based on ASI data of different years are available in the Website for
free viewing/downloading. It is advantageous to users to explorer these tables. However, the
availability of tables for different years are not uniform. From 2008-09 and onwards all ASI tables
are now freely available for downloading/viewing to the users.
Q13. I am an Indian citizen and am currently doing research abroad. Which rates are
applicable in my case?
A13. All overseas users irrespective of their nationalities, excepting students from India
studying abroad, are required to pay in foreign currency rate. The same is the case with
international organizations as well.
Q14. Can I pay the equivalent of foreign rate in Indian Rupees?
A14. Yes, you can. And the prevailing exchange rate as on the date of your request will be
applicable in this case.
Q15. I live abroad and I have an immediate requirement of data. Can I make the payment
electronically via wire transfer or through Credit Card etc.?
A15. We do not have as yet a system in place for electronic mode of payment.
Q16. My bank abroad is unable to issue me a Bank Draft payable at New Delhi. How can I
A16. For overseas users, this stipulation is not insisted upon.
Q17. I want to procure the data free-of-cost under MOU basis. What is the procedure for
A17. The provision of free-of-cost supply under MOU has been discontinued.
Q18. Do you allow concessional rate for research students?
A18. The concessional rate for bona-fide students from India currently enrolled in academic
institutions -- whether in India or abroad -- is now available in the Rate-List. It may be noted
that an higher overhead charge is applicable in the case of such students abroad.
Q19. I am interested only in particular state(s) data rather than the entire All- India data. Do
you have a provision to supply the same? If so, will I get a discount in price?
A19. We can arrange to supply the data for the particular state(s) and the price will
be relatively less depending on the volume of data contained in it. The exact price may be
ascertained through email request. However, a minimum of Rs500 or $27 or £17 is payable.
Q20. During preliminary analysis of your data, it is observed that some of the aggregate
figures are not matching with the published Reports. Can I get some assistance from someone
in your office?
Q1. What is meant by unit-level data?
A1. It is the basic validated data at the ultimate level like establishments or factories or
enterprises. It is also called micro-data or disaggregated data or raw data. Aggregated data or
Reports can be generated by making use of programming tools / statistical packages on this
Annual Survey of Industries (ASI) covers the units registered under the factory act. Though
predominantly these are manufacturing units, there are also a few non-manufacturing
industries covered under ASI by virtue of them being registered under this Act.