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NIC Code 2008 – List of NIC Codes for Various Business Types

Whether for obtaining Udyam registration, starting a company, or participating in government schemes, knowing the correct NIC code for your business type is quite essential. The NIC code, officially known as the National Industrial Classification Code, is critical to India’s economic organisation. The NIC Code system brings transparency, enhances efficiency, and contributes to the growth of India’s economy by streamlining business operations and ensuring accurate categorisation of economic activities. Let’s learn further about the NIC Code, its applications, and NIC Codes for various business types.

What is NIC Code

The National Industrial Classification Code, or NIC code, is a unique code system developed by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) and the Central Statistical Office (CSO). It establishes a uniform structure for categorising economic activities based on their nature and characteristics. The NIC Code is a six-digit numerical code representing specific industries and sectors in India.

When introduced, the NIC Code was termed NIC 1987. The United National Statistical Commission, Department of Policy and Promotion, revised it into NIC 2008, making it more compatible with the international system. It further enhances the efficiency of enrollment processes.

NIC Code 2008

Where is the NIC Code Required/Used?

The NIC code is required for various purposes.

  1. For Udyam Registration: Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in India must obtain MSME Udyam registration under the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006. During registration, these businesses must provide an accurate NIC code. This helps in precise categorisation and easy identification of different businesses.
  2. For Company and LLP Registration: Businesses applying for Company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) registration through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs must incorporate the relevant NIC code. This code plays a crucial role in classifying the activities conducted by the business, streamlining compliance and data management.
  3. Economic Research and Analysis: NIC Codes are employed by researchers and analysts to delve into particular sectors, track patterns, and analyse economic information.
  4. Government policies and planning: NIC Codes aid governmental bodies in devising policies, charting economic growth, and overseeing sector-specific progress.
  5. Industrial studies and data gathering: NIC Codes are employed to collect data, guaranteeing uniform classification and reporting during surveys and censuses.

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NIC Codes for MSMEs

The updated NIC 2008 introduces a modern industrial classification framework. Activities of the companies are initially organised into ‘Sections’ labelled alphabetically from A to U. Each section is further segmented into ‘Divisions,’ identified by a two-digit numerical code. Divisions are then broken down into ‘Groups,’ distinguished by a three-digit numerical code. Within each group, there are ‘Classes’ marked by a four-digit numerical code, and finally, each four-digit class is further divided into a five-digit ‘Subclass.’

Applicants should utilise these NIC codes for MSMEs when submitting their business registration applications. Below is the updated NIC code list for your reference.

Section A

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing

Division 01

Crop and animal production, hunting, and related service activities

Group  011

Growing non-perennial crops

Group  012

Growing perennial crops

Group  013

Plant propagation

Group  014

Animal production

Group  015

Mixed farming

Group  016

Support activities for agriculture and post-harvest crop activities

Group  017

Hunting, trapping, and related service activities

Division 02

Forestry and logging

Group  021

Silviculture and other forestry activities

Group  022


Group  023

Gathering of non-wood forest products

Group  024

Support services to forestry

Division 03

Fishing and aquaculture

Group  031


Group  032


Section B

Mining and Quarrying

Division 05

Mining of coal and lignite

Group  051

Mining of hard coal

Group  052

Mining of lignite

Division 06

Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas

Group  061

Extraction of crude petroleum

Group  062

Extraction of natural gas

Division 07

Mining of metal ores

Group  071

Mining of iron ores

Group  072

Mining of non-ferrous metal ores

Division 08

Other mining and quarrying

Group  081

Quarrying of stone, sand, and clay

Group  089

Mining and quarrying n.e.c.

Division 09

Mining support service activities

Group  091

Support activities for petroleum and natural gas mining

Group  099

Support activities for other mining and quarrying

Section C


Division 10

Manufacture of food products

Group  101

Processing and preserving of meat

Group  102

Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs

Group  103

Processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables

Group  104

Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats

Group  105

Manufacture of dairy products

Group  106

Manufacture of grain mill products, starches, and starch products

Group  107

Manufacture of other food products

Group  108

Manufacture of prepared animal feeds

Division 11

Manufacture of beverages

Group  110

Manufacture of beverages

Division 12

Manufacture of tobacco products

Group  120

Manufacture of tobacco products

Division 13

Manufacture of textiles

Group  131

Spinning, weaving, and finishing of textiles

Group 139

Manufacture of other textiles

Division 14

Manufacture of wearing apparel

Group 141

Manufacture of wearing apparel, except fur apparel

Group 142

Manufacture of articles of fur

Group 143

Manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel

Division 14

Manufacture of wearing apparel

Group 141

Manufacture of wearing apparel, except fur apparel

Group 142

Manufacture of articles of fur

Group 143

Manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel

Division 15

Manufacture of leather and related products

Group 151

Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery and harness; dressing and dyeing of fur

Group 152

Manufacture of footwear

Division 16

Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials

Group 161

Sawmilling and planing of wood

Group 162

Manufacture of products of wood, cork, straw and plaiting materials

Division 17

Manufacture of paper and paper products

Group 170

Manufacture of paper and paper products

Division 18

Printing and reproduction of recorded media

Group 181

Printing and service activities related to printing

Group 182

Reproduction of recorded media

Division 19

Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products

Group 191

Manufacture of coke oven products

Group 192

Manufacture of refined petroleum products

Division 20

Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

Group 201

Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizer and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms

Group 202

Manufacture of other chemical products

Group 203

Manufacture of man-made fibres

Division 21

Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products

Group 210

Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products

Division 22

Manufacture of rubber and plastics products

Group 221

Manufacture of rubber products

Group 222

Manufacture of plastics products

Division 23

Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products

Group 231

Manufacture of glass and glass products

Group 239

Manufacture of non-metallic mineral products n.e.c.

Division 24

Manufacture of basic metals

Group 241

Manufacture of basic iron and steel

Group 242

Manufacture of basic precious and other non-ferrous metals Group 243 Casting of metals

Division 25

Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment Group 251 Manufacture of structural metal products, tanks, reservoirs and steam generators

Group 252

Manufacture of weapons and ammunition

Group 259

Manufacture of other fabricated metal products; metalworking service activities

Division 26

Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products

Group 261

Manufacture of electronic components

Group 262

Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment

Group 263

Manufacture of communication equipment

Group 264

Manufacture of consumer electronics

Group 265

Manufacture of measuring, testing, navigating and control equipment; watches and clocks

Group 266

Manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment

Group 267

Manufacture of optical instruments and equipment

Group 268

Manufacture of magnetic and optical media

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