Modified BG Prasad Socio-economic Classification, Update - 2019


  • Vivek Kumar Pandey Muzaffarnagar Medical college, Muzaffarnagar-251203, U.P.
  • Pradeep Aggarwal All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • Rakesh Kakkar All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh


BG Prasad socio-economic classification, Consumer Price Index CPI 2019


Modified BG Prasad socioeconomic scale has been in use for determining the socio-economic status of study subjects in community-based health studies in India since 1961.It is an income-based scale and, therefore, constant update is required to take inflation and depreciation of rupee into account. For industrial workers (IW), the consumer price index (CPI) is used to calculate updated income categories at any given point of time, viz Jan 2019.

These details of the calculations involved will help many researchers to calculate specific income categories for their ongoing and prospective research work in current calendar year. On the Department of Labour website (, state-specific CPI values are also available and should be used to determine more accurate income categories.


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Pandey VK, Aggarwal P, Kakkar R. Modified BG Prasad Socio-economic Classification, Update - 2019. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2019 Mar. 31 [cited 2021 Sep. 17];31(1):150-2. Available from:



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