The latest Transparency International survey has ranked India less corrupt than China, a momentous win for India, which has consistently been ranked higher than China since 1996. India rose 10 places, and ranked 85 (out of 175 countries), while China fell by 20 points to 100.
However, India hasn’t actually won anything in its war on corruption. “A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries included in the index,” Transparency International told Quartz.
The Corruption Perceptions Index indexes corruption levels based on “expert opinion from around the world”, DNA reported. No country has a perfect score (ranking from 0 to 100, with 100 being the cleanest). India is only 2 points better than China (38 vs. 36). India has consistently ranked 36 in 2012 and 2013