Foreign Direct Investment in India – Visualization

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major source of non-debt financial resource for the economic development of India. FDI can be in the form of either equity or debt. Recently the data of the last 15 years of FDI Equity Inflows was published on Here are a few interesting insights & visualizations. (All values in millions of USD)

In the last 15 years, the amount inflows has steadily or even exponentially grown, especially after 2005.

Services Sector which includes — finance, banking, insurance, non Finance/business, outsourcing, R&D, Courier, Technoloy Testing and Analysis, and others — received the highest FDI in equity over the last 15 years.

Though cumulatively the FDI inflows have grown, not all years have seen an increase. 2015-16 is the highest ever.

FDI was received under 63 different sectors, over this period. With 61 sectors receiving FDI, 2007-08, 2014-15 was the year with the highest number of sectors receiving investment.

IN 2001, only 40 sectors received FDI. Over the years, the number of sectors have grown and the last year, it stood at 58.

Not all years saw the same amount of investment. In some years, there was a dip of more than 50% and in some other years, there was an increase of 50%.