Capital: New Delhi. India consists of 28 states and seven union territories.

Bordering countries — China, Nepal and Bhutan to the north Afghanistan and Pakistan to the north—west; Myanmar and Bangladesh to the east; and Sri Lanka to the south.

Population 1.2 billion (urban: 30%, rural: 70%)

India has a young population with approximately 65% in the age group of 15 to 64 years. The median age in the country is around 26.2 years, which is lower than many countries in the world.

Religions Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Sikhism are the four main religions followed in India.

Education: India has one of the largest school-age populations in the world. It has a well- established education system with more than 1.6 million schools enrolling in excess of 240 million students.

For higher education, India has more than 500 universities, as well as more than 30,000 colleges and 7,000 technical institutions.

India’s labor force stood at approximately 487.6 million in 2011. Approximately 4.2 million people are added to India’s talent pool every year, with 4 million graduates and 0.26 million post- graduates. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) are a group of premier institutions in India that offer technical and management degrees, respectively.

India is a secular state and the largest democracy in the world with a parliamentary form of government.

Today, the Indian economy is characterized by a liberalized foreign investment and deregulation.

India has grown to become a trillion dollar economy.

India now ranks as the tenth-largest economy in the world and third largest in terms of GDP on PPP basis.

GDP: India is well placed on the global map in terms of GDP growth. The country’s GDP has been growing at an average rate of 5-6%.

India’s economy has strong fundamentals and is host to several eminent global corporate giants that are leaders in their respective areas.

FDI in India : India is the third-most attractive destination for FDI (after China and the US) in the world. Indian markets have favourable regulatory regime for investors.

Key economic areas - Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Banking, Capital markets, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Insurance, Media & Entertainment, Mining & Metals, Oil and Gas, Ports, Power and Utilities, Real Estate, Retail and consumer products, Roads and highways.

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