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NIC code full form expands to National Industrial Classification code is a unique classification code – an identification number given to different industries present in the country. This number determines the type of business you own including the main sector and the sub sector your company belongs to. It’s a unique 5-digit code that represents the sector and sub-sector based on business activity. Currently, the NIC code list contains 21 main sections or business activities (A to U), with 99 divisions  and subsequent groups. For a MSME business, knowing the list of NIC code is important, especially the NIC code for manufacturing, NIC code for services, and NIC code for trading as it is required for registration on Udyam portal.

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Let’s take a closer look at the NIC code and details pertaining to it.

What is a NIC code?

So, what is a NIC code? The full form of NIC code is National Industrial Classification code. It is a classification system to classify businesses based on their business activities.

Since 2014, NIC 2008 code is in use (from the previous NIC 1987 version) and all businesses in India are classified according to NIC code 2008 categorisation. NIC code facilitates compliance and is used in during business registration processes.

The government labels the NIC code as a statistical standard for developing and maintaining comparable data base according to economic activities. It is used to classify economically active population, statistics of industrial production and distribution, the different fields of labour statistics and other economic data such as national income.

Brief history of NIC code

The first attempt to classify industries was in 1962 and was called Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). The SIC was a 4-digit classification and consisted of 9 divisions, 55 major groups, 284 groups and 753 sub-groups.

The significant changes in the organisation and structure of the industries called for the revision of SIC in 1962. The revised classification called National Industrial Classification (NIC) was completed in 1970.

Similar to the revisions made to the MSME classification in India (composite classification based on annual turnover and investment in plant and machinery), the NIC has had multiple revisions since then to keep it aligned to the changing business and economic environment. The latest amendments to the classification system that is in use is NIC code 2008.

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What is NIC code 2008?

Under the new NIC code all activities are grouped into several ‘activity groups’ or ‘tabulation categories’ in a hierarchical manner.

  • Activities are first grouped into a ‘Section’ alphabetically coded from A through U (21 sections)
  • Sections are divided into ‘Divisions’ with 2-digit numeric code
  • Divisions are further categorised into a ‘Group’ with 3-digit numeric code
  • Groups are divided into a ‘Class’ with 4-digit numeric code and every 4-digit class into 5-digit ‘Sub-class’

The five-digit sub class that identifies your business activity is your NIC code.

Let’s take a look at examples of NIC code for trading and NIC code for manufacturing to understand the concept clearly.

NIC code for Trading:

Level Description
Section G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Division 45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Group 451 Sale of motor vehicles
Class 4510 Sale of motor vehicles
Sub-class 45101 Wholesale and retail sale of new vehicles
Sub-class 45102 Wholesale and retail sale of used motor vehicles

NIC code for Manufacturing

Description 
Section C  Manufacturing 
Division 13  Manufacture of textiles 
Group 131  Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles 
Class 1311  Preparation and spinning of textile fibres 
Sub-Class 13111  Preparation and spinning of cotton fibre including blended cotton 

NIC code list: Sections under NIC code 2008

A detailed NIC Code list is given on the Udyam registration portal. From the portal you can find the NIC code list for Udyam registration that is necessary for filling your Udyam registration form. The Udyam NIC code list will help you categorise your business according to list of codes.

Given below are the sections assigned to each industry as per the NIC code for Udyam registration:

Sections as per NIC code Industries
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing
B Mining and quarrying
C Manufacturing
D Electricity, gas, steam and air condition supply
E Water supply, sewerage, waste management
F Construction
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
H Transport and storage
I Accommodation and food service activities
J Information and communication
K Financial and insurance activities
L Real estate activities
M Professional, scientific and technical activities
N Administrative and support service activities
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
P Education
Q Human health and social work activities
R Arts, entertainment and recreation
S Other service activities
T Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods and services-producing activities of households for own use
U Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies

What is NIC 4 digit?

As explained in the previous section, NIC code 2008 is a 5 digit code, where the first 2 digits refer to the Division, the first 3 digits refer to the Group, and the first 4 digits refer to the Class of business activity.

NIC 4 digit code example

Division 13, Group 131 – Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles

  • 1311 – Preparation and spinning of textile fibres
  • 1312 – Weaving of textiles
  • 1313 – Finishing of textiles

How do I find my NIC code? For Udyam and other registrations

NIC codes are used in MSME registration, Udyam registration, Udyog Aadhaar registration and company registration/ LLP registration. NIC code for Udyam registration will be asked while filling in the registration form of your company and will help the government determine the nature of your business.  

Before applying for any of the registrations mentioned above, you need to know your NIC code. If you are looking for the MSME NIC code list, you can head over to Udyam portal and download the complete list of NIC code for MSMEs. 

If you want to do a NIC code search for Udyam registration or any other, you can visit the Udyam portal (//udyamregistration.gov.in/) for the list. Follow the steps below:

  • Visit official Udyam registration portal: //udyamregistration.gov.in/Government-India/Ministry-MSME-registration.htm
  • Click on ‘NIC Code’ on the main menu bar: //udyamregistration.gov.in/docs/NIC-code-for-MSME-classification-definition.pdf
  • View the NIC Code list PDF in a new window
  • Scroll the PDF file to the relevant section or do a NIC code search manually

How to find NIC code for Udyam portal registration:

How to find NIC Code 

NIC code for MSME registration

The NIC code is required during the MSME registration process. Considering that MSME registration is open to businesses in the manufacturing and services sector, retail and wholesale trade, the NIC code list helps to classify the businesses based on their activity into appropriate categories.

NIC code list for Services sector

Have a look at the NIC code list for services like computer programming, consultancy and related activities. 

Computer programming, consultancy and related activities are included in Section J, Division 62, Group 620 and Class 6201. Class 6201 is subdivided into three sub classes. 

  • 62011 – Writing, modifying, testing of computer program to meet the needs of a particular client excluding webpage designing 
  • 62012 – Webpage designing 
  • 62013 – Providing software support and maintenance to the clients

NIC code for Manufacturing sector

Section C of the NIC code list 2008 is dedicated to the manufacturing sector. Listed below is the list of NIC code for manufacturing for your reference:

Section C: Manufacturing sector

Division NIC code
Division 10 Manufacture of food products 10101 to 10809
Division 11 Manufacture of beverages 11011 to 11049
Division 12 Manufacture of tobacco products 12001 to 12009
Division 13 Manufacture of textiles 13111 to 13999
Division 14 Manufacture of wearing apparel 14101 to 14309
Division 15 Manufacture of leather and related products 15111 to 15209
Division 16 Manufacture of wood and products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 16101 to 16299
Division 17 Manufacture of paper and paper products 17011 to 17099
Division 18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media (This Division excludes publishing activities, see Section J for publishing activities) 181111 to 18200
Division 19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 19101 to 19209
Division 20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products 20111 to 20304
Division 21 Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemicals and botanical products 21001 to 21009
Division 22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products 22111 to 22209
Division 23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products 23101 to 23999
Division 24 Manufacture of basic metals 24101 to 24320
Division 25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 25111 to 25999
Division 26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products 26101 to 26800
Division 27 Manufacture of electrical equipment 27101 to 27900
Division 28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c 28110 to 28299
Division 29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 29101 to 29304
Division 30 Manufacture of other transport equipment 30111 to 30999
Division 31 Manufacture of furniture 31001 to 31009
Division 32 Other manufacturing 32111 to 32909
Division 33 Repair and installation of machinery and equipment 33111 to 33200

*Source: View entire list at the official Udyam portal – NOC Code (//udyamregistration.gov.in/docs/NIC-code-for-MSME-classification-definition.pdf)

NIC code for Retail shops

Retail trade except for the trade of motor vehicles and motorcycles comes under Section G, Division 47, Group 471. Group 471 branches into multiple classes. 

Group   Class  Subclass  Description 
471  4711 – Retail sale in non-specialised stores  47110  Retail sale in non-specialized stores with food, beverages or tobacco 

predominating 

  4719 – Other retail sale in non-specialised stores     
  4721 – Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores  47190  Other retail sale in non-specialised stores 
    47211  Retail sale of cereals and pulses, tea, coffee, spices and flour 
    47212  Retail sale of fresh or preserved fruit and vegetables 
    47213  Retail sale of meat, meat products, poultry products, fish, other seafood and 

products thereof 

    47214  Retail sale of bakery products, dairy products and eggs 
    47215  Retail sale of sugar confectionery and sweetmeat 
    47219  Retail sale of other food products n.e.c. 
  4722 – Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores  47221  Retail sale of alcoholic beverages not consumed on the spot 
    47222  Retail sale of non-alcoholic beverages including ice cream not for 

consumption on the premises 

The abovementioned classifications of both NIC code for trading and computer consultancy activities are just a few sub classes. There are many more classes and sub classes. To get a full list of NIC codes for services and other NIC codes for MSMEs please visit the Udyam official portal. 

What is the NIC code for trading?

Retail and wholesale trading was added to the list of MSME businesses in 2021. This meant that retail and wholesale traders could now register on the Udyam portal as a MSME and be able to benefit from priority sector lending as per RBI guidelines. As such, when a retail or wholesale trader registers on the Udyam portal, they will need to provide the NIC code for trading.

NIC code for trading business (retail and wholesale):

Section G: Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

Division NIC code
Division 45 Wholesale and Retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 45101 to 45403
Division 46 Wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 46101 to 46909
Division 47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 47110 to 47990

*Source: Udyam portal website

What is the NIC code 47300?

NIC code 47300 is for: Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores (includes the activity of petrol filling stations)

It is a part of Section G of the NIC code list, Division 47:

NIC code 47300

  • Section G: Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Division 47: Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
  • Group 474
  • Class 4730
  • Sub-class 47300: Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores (includes the activity of petrol filling stations)

 

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