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This study was originally processed, archived, and disseminated by Data Sharing and Demographic Research, a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

India Human Development Survey (IHDS), 2005 (ICPSR 22626)

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The India Human Development Survey 2005 (IHDS) is a nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1,503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India. Two one-hour interviews in each household covered topics concerning health, education, employment, economic status, marriage, fertility, gender relations, and social capital. Children aged 8-11 completed short reading, writing and arithmetic tests. Additional village, school, and medical facility interviews are also available.

The data that were collected in 2005 have been archived and are available for download at ICPSR-DSDR. A follow-up study, IHDS-II, was fielded in 2012, and the release of these data is expected in Spring of 2015.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


WARNING: This study is over 150MB in size and may take several minutes to download on a typical internet connection.

DS1:  Individual - Download All Files (594.3 MB) large dataset
DS2:  Household - Download All Files (543.3 MB) large dataset
DS4:  Non-Resident - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
DS6:  Birth History - Download All Files (50.3 MB)
DS8:  Crops - Download All Files (19.7 MB)

Study Description


Desai, Sonalde, Reeve Vanneman, and National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. India Human Development Survey (IHDS), 2005. ICPSR22626-v8. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-29.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD041455, R01HD046166)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   child care, child rearing, demographic characteristics, disposable income, education, employment, extended families, family background, family life, fertility, gender roles, gender stereotypes, health, housework, housing, income, marital status, parents, social status, socioeconomic status

Smallest Geographic Unit:   state

Geographic Coverage:   Global, India

Time Period:  

  • 2004-11-01--2005-10-30

Date of Collection:  

  • 2004-11-01--2005-10-30

Unit of Observation:   individual, household, and village

Universe:   Nationally representative sample of Indian households.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The IHDS dataset was produced by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, and the University of Maryland.


Sample:   Nationally representative, multi-topic survey of 41,554 households in 1,503 villages and 971 urban neighborhoods across India.

Mode of Data Collection:   record abstracts, coded on-site observation, cognitive assessment test, face-to-face interview, mixed mode, on-site questionnaire

Response Rates:   Response rates were calculated as 82 percent for the recontact sample, 98 percent for the new sample, and 92 percent for the total response rate.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2013-06-17 The Household data (Part 2) were updated to add the following eight variables that had been mistakenly omitted from the dataset: NWORK, NFARM, NANIMAL, NAGWAGE, NNONAG, NSALARY, NBUSINESS, and INCOTHER. The Household data codebook was also updated.
  • 2010-06-29 Additional documentation file has been added.
  • 2010-05-04 Additional documentation files have been added.
  • 2010-03-25 At the principal investigator's request, an ID variable was removed.
  • 2010-02-17 Added village-level and crop data as new parts
  • 2009-08-25 Added updated versions of the Medical and Primary School questionnaires.
  • 2009-06-22 Added updated versions of the Household and the Individual datasets, and added Medical, Non-Resident, School, and Birth History datasets.
  • 2009-02-10 Added the original questionnaires that were used during data collection.
  • 2008-12-11 At the principal investigator's request, an ID variable was removed and the citation was updated
  • 2008-08-22 The title for Part 1 has been revised and response rate information has been added.

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