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India's 30 most competitive cities

Last updated on: July 12, 2012 15:21 IST

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Cities are the economic powerhouses of a country. Competitiveness, productivity and prosperity of these cities are the key to economic success.  

The India City Competitiveness index ranks cities with a view of establishing 'high road' strategies for sustainable growth of cities.

In India, Tier-2 and tier-3 cities have progressed significantly offering an optimistic outlook for the country, says the report by Institute for Competitiveness.

The cities listed in the Index are also the most livable and desirable for work, play and learn.

Take a look at the 30 most competitive cities in India...

1. New Delhi
Score: 69.732


The capital of the country, New Delhi is the centre of governance, with an excellent physical infrastructure, best communication services, large base of talent capital and maximum population, says the report by Institute for Competitiveness.

Factor conditions: 70.99
Demand conditions: 74.01
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 82.87
Related & supporting industry: 54.64

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Image: New Delhi.
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2. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Score: 67.856


Mumbai, the financial hub of India has sophisticated infrastructure and has attracted innovative talent. It has an excellent and integrated communication network and a good business environment.

Factor conditions: 67.84
Demand conditions: 78.58
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 79.45
Related & supporting industry: 56.25

Competitiveness is measured in terms of four broad parameters: Factor conditions (financial, physical, communication, administrative, innovation and human capacity), demand conditions (demographic and income demographics), Strategy and rivalry (competition intensity and rivalry of firms, business incentives) and lastly related and supporting industries (supplier sophistication and institutional support).

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Image: A boy plays on a giant trampoline at a mall in Mumbai.
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3. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Score: 62.323

Chennai ranks the highest in innovation with a competitive second place in business environment. It is best in providing institutional support among all the southern cities, having excellent physical infrastructure.

Factor conditions: 62.37
Demand conditions: 63.57
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 67.59
Related & supporting industry: 57.30

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Image: Workers assemble a Royal Enfield motorcycle inside its factory in Chennai.
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4. Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Score: 61.782


An great city holding the highest rank in the related and supporting industry criteria, diversity of firms, innovation and infrastructure.

Factor conditions: 63.13
Demand conditions: 59.71
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 62.57
Related & supporting industry: 60.24

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Image: Vehicles move slowly during morning rush hour in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters.

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5. Kolkata (West Bengal)
Score: 61.464


An important financial centre, the city has a good average on all facto conditions. It ranks high on firm strategy and institutional support but has performed dismally in terms of income distribution.

Factor conditions: 62.00
Demand conditions: 60.29
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 66.50
Related & supporting industry: 57.27

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Image: Vidyasagar Setu.
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6. Gurgaon (Haryana)
Score: 61.167


This city has strengths accompanied by several weaknesses. It is among the top three in income distribution, supplier sophistication and business incentives.

Factor conditions: 61.45
Demand conditions: 61.41
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 71.45
Related & supporting industry: 52.33

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Image: A water tanker moves past Malibu Towne residential apartments at Gurgaon.
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7.  Bengaluru (Karnataka)
Score: 61.100


The IT capital of the country, Bangalore, is among the top three in physical infrastructure, communication network, demographics and highest in income distribution.

Factor conditions: 62.08
Demand conditions: 70.07
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 62.40
Related & supporting industry: 53.11

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Image: Bengaluru International Airport.
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8. Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
Score: 60.406


Noida, the high tech city of Uttar Pradesh is ranked 8th, rising 3 positions higher compared to 11th in 2011.

A flourishing city, it ranks high in human capacity, administrative efficiency, context for firm and strategy, and institutional support.

Factor conditions: 59.76
Demand conditions: 53.51
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 72.17
Related & supporting industry: 56.16

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Image: Men walk outside the Formule1 hotel at Greater Noida.
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9. Pune (Maharashtra)
Score: 59.854


The industrial and education hub, often touted as the Knowledge city of India is an average performer in most of the categories with the exception of high scores in human capacity, innovation, competition intensity and diversity of firms dimensions.

Factor conditions: 60.03
Demand conditions: 66.12
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 60.89
Related & supporting industry: 54.99

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10. Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
Score: 58.036


A highly desirable and livable city, it has slipped one position but continues to be a strong financial city with high scores for talent, competition intensity and diversity of firms, related and supporting industry dimensions.

Factor conditions: 58.23
Demand conditions: 60.78
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 59.05
Related & supporting industry: 55.26

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11. Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Score: 56.942


Nagpur has risen to the 11th position in comparison to its 13th position in 2011.

Factor conditions: 56.93
Demand conditions: 57.77
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 60.36
Related & supporting industry: 53.73

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Image: Sitabuldi main road, Nagpur.
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12. Chandigarh (Haryana)
Score: 56.842


The city cum union territory Chandigarh has shown remarkable improvement and has risen by three ranks to be ranked at 12th in the 2012 index.

Factor conditions: 59.75
Demand conditions: 57.43
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 54.88
Related & supporting industry: 53.41

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Image: A garden in Chandigarh.
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13. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Score: 56.263


The pink city which held the 10th spot for two consecutive years has now slipped to 13th position. 

Factor conditions: 56.58
Demand conditions: 62.07
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 56.66
Related & supporting industry: 51.96

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Image: Jal Mahal, Jaipur.
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14. Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Score: 55.955

Coimbatore is the second city after Chennai to be listed among the top 20.

Factor conditions: 55.06
Demand conditions: 52.81
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 60.76
Related & supporting industry: 55.42

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Image: Coimbatore.
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15. Kochi
Score: 55.884


All the three cities in Kerala, namely Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode have slid in their ranks.

Factor conditions: 55.16
Demand conditions: 56.45
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 59.11
Related & supporting industry: 54.13

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Image: Marine Drive, Kochi.
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16. Surat (Gujarat)
Score: 55.726


The city known for its diamonds, Surat, has dropped five places and holds the 16th rank on the city competitiveness index 2012.

Factor conditions: 55.32
Demand conditions: 60.36
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 56.95
Related & supporting industry: 52.61

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Image: A mall in Surat.
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17. Nashik (Maharashtra)
Score: 55.651


Nashik has improved its ranking to secure the 17th position.

Factor conditions: 54.39
Demand conditions: 60.56
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 55.60
Related & supporting industry: 54.77

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18. Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
Score: 55.637

Indore moved two places upwards and is set at the 18th position.

Factor conditions: 59.71
Demand conditions: 54.03
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 55.54
Related & supporting industry: 50.17

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19. Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
Score: 55.434


The cities in the list have the capacity to succeed if they deploy the right strategy that capitaliseson their resources, flaws and limits, says the report.

Factor conditions: 56.21
Demand conditions: 57.36
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 56.91
Related & supporting industry: 51.86

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Image: Kanakakunnu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram.
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20. Kozhikode (Kerala)
Score: 55.212


Kozhikode is the third city from Kerala to be listed among the top 50 cities.

Factor conditions: 54.34
Demand conditions: 57.13
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 60.38
Related & supporting industry: 51.31

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21. Mysore
Score: 55.118


The second largest city of Karnataka is positioned at the 21st rank and has moved up 4 positions from 2011.

Factor conditions: 58.79
Demand conditions: 53.47
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 53.99
Related & supporting industry: 51.14

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22. Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
Score: 54.642


Bhubaneswar, which was ranked 35th rank in the city competitiveness index 2011 and is now placed in the 22nd position, showing notable progress.

Factor conditions: 58.55
Demand conditions: 52.97
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 54.52
Related & supporting industry: 49.50

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23. Vadodara (Gujarat)
Score: 54.627

Vadodara has slipped from the 16th rank in city competitiveness index 2011 to 23rd rank in 2012.

Factor conditions: 54.44
Demand conditions: 56.07
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 57.02
Related & supporting industry: 52.16


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24. Rajkot (Gujarat)
Score: 54.607

Rajkot has fallen to 24th position.

Factor conditions: 54.01
Demand conditions: 58.19
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 56.48
Related & supporting industry: 51.92

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25. Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Score: 54.584


Factor conditions: 56.10
Demand conditions: 57.62
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 52.01
Related & supporting industry: 52.40

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26. Madurai

Madurai has jumped two positions upwards to be ranked at 26.

Factor conditions: 53.48
Demand conditions: 53.86
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 60.15
Related & supporting industry: 52.28

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27. Bhopal         
Score: 54.322


These cities may seem to be lacking in some fundamentals but they have just embarked on their journey to build the city of the 21st century and therefore open to new ideas and external investment, says the report by report by Institute for Competitiveness.

Factor conditions: 57.49
Demand conditions: 53.10
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 54.21
Related & supporting industry: 50.07


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Image: National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
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28. Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
Score: 54.318

Kanpur, one of the most populous cities of Uttar Pradesh has slipped one position down and is placed on 28th rank.

Factor conditions: 56.43
Demand conditions: 52.14
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 52.12
Related & supporting industry: 54.01

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29. Faridabad (Haryana)
Score: 54.097

The most promising city in this category seems to be Faridabad, which holds 29th rank in the city competitiveness index.

Factor conditions: 56.41
Demand conditions: 54.49
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 52.96
Related & supporting industry: 51.06



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30. Ludhiana (Punjab)
Score: 54.022

Ludhiana has maintained its status quo at the 30th position for the past one year.

Factor conditions: 55.21
Demand conditions: 55.96
Context for firm strategy & rivalry: 55.50
Related & supporting industry: 49.78



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