Exports for software services including services delivered by foreign affiliates of Indian Companies up by 2.1 per cent stand at $148.3 billion for 2020-21 as per RBI survey.
Exports of software services, including services delivered by foreign affiliates of Indian companies, recorded 2.1 per cent growth during 2020-21 and stood at USD 148.3 billion, as per a Reserve Bank survey released on Monday. The RBI released data related to the 2020-21 round of its annual survey on exports of computer software and information technology enabled services “India’s exports of software services (excluding exports through commercial presence) are estimated at USD 133.7 billion during 2020-21, registering 4.0 per cent growth over the previous year,” the RBI said to PTI.
Software exports by foreign affiliates through commercial presence, where the US is a major destination, stood at USD 14.6 billion in 2020-21. “Total exports of software services, including services delivered by foreign affiliates of Indian companies, recorded 2.1 per cent growth during 2020-21 and stood at USD 148.3 billion,” it said. Computer services and ITES accounted for 65.3 per cent and 34.7 per cent, respectively, of the total software services exports. BPO services were the dominant component of exports of IT enabled services (ITES).
Also, over half of the exports of software services were made by private limited companies.
“The United States was the major destination for software exports accounting for 54.8 per cent; Europe had 30.1 per cent share, nearly half of which was in the UK,” it said. The US dollar was the principal invoicing currency for software exports with 72 per cent share; euro and pound sterling together accounted for another 15.9 per cent. The RBI further said the share of mode-1 (cross-border supply) in India’s exports of software services increased further to 78.4 per cent in 2020-21.
This share has been increasing over the years, from 38.8 per cent in 2002-03 to 64.6 per cent in 2009-10 and further to 75.1 per cent in 2019-20, at the cost of the other three modes of delivery.
The other three modes are mode-2 (consumption abroad); mode-3 (commercial presence); and mode-4 (presence of natural persons).
For the 2020-21 round of the survey, 6,115 software export companies were contacted, of which 1,815 companies responded, which included most of the large companies.
The responding companies accounted for 86.5 per cent of the total software services exports during the year.