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How Swachh Survekshan rank the cleanest cities

In order to foster a healthy competition between cities for improving cleanliness standards, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) started the “Swachh Survekshan” survey, ranking of cities on cleanliness and other aspects of urban sanitation, in 2016 which ranked 73 cities across the country. On the same lines, MoUD has initiated “Swachh Survekshan” 2017 which will conduct a survey to rank 500 cities of India.


Source and Methodologies of data collection

  • Collection of data from municipal body and interactions with officials
  • Collection of data from Direct Observation
  • Collection of data from Citizen Feedback

The timeline of the program

Milestome Proposed Date
Video conference with respective Municipal Commissioners/State Mission Directors to share the survey methodology 15th May 2016 onwards
Extensive awareness generation and citizen engagement 1st June onwards
Start of Survey (Collection of data from Citizen Feedback) 4th Jan 2017
Completion of Field visit, data collection and analysis 4th Feb 2017
Ranking of cities along with detailed indicator-wise and aggregated scores and detailed report with survey, analysis and findings on SBM Portal 15th Feb 2017


What are the parameters that are considered in evaluating.

Strategy for Open Defecation Free town (ODF) and Integrated Solid Waste Management (SWM) 5%
Information, Education and Behavior Change Communication (IEBC) 5%
Door to door Collection, Sweeping, Collection & Transportation 40%
Processing and Disposal 20%
Public & Community Toilet Provision 15%
Individual Toilet 15%


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