Corruption Perceptions Index 2018


  • The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International.

Details about the Index:

  • It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world.
  • More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of only 43.
  • Denmark and New Zealand top the Index with 88 and 87 points, respectively.
  • Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria are at the bottom of the index, with 10, 13 and 13 points, respectively.
  • The highest scoring region is Western Europe and the European Union, with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 35).

India’s Position:

  • India has been ranked at 78th place out of 180 countries in ‘Corruption Perception Index’ (CPI) released by Transparency International in 2018 against 81st in the Year 2017.
  • India marginally improved its score to 41 (from 40 in 2017).

About the Index:

  • The index ranks the countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.
  • It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.


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