India’s top sectors over the years

India Sector Market Cap Rankings

The Calm Investor | Sector Market Cap Ranking

Graphic shows sectors that have been in the top 10 sectors by aggregate market capitalisation in India over the last ten years. Top 10 rows in the table correspond to the rank as of March 2018. The final ‘CAGR’ column shows annualized growth rate in market cap over the same period.


  • 20 different sectors have been in the top 10 largest sectors by market cap at some point from 2008 to 2018 implying significant churn in investor interest
  • However, the current top 3 market cap sectors, Banking, IT Consulting & Software, Pharmaceuticals in addition to Electric Utilities have been in the top 10 every year from 2008 to 2018
    • Interesting to see, in spite of the unpopularity of the Pharma sector over the last year, overall it saw a decline of only 10% thus retaining it’s #3 position for the 5th consecutive year
  • Telecom Services, Realty, Electric Utilities, Iron & Steel Products and Mining have seen the most drastic drops in relative ranking
    • Telecom: Courtesy over-regulation and Reliance Jio, total Market Cap in 2008 was ₹2,42,849 Cr which has stayed almost static at ₹2,28,916 Cr in March 2018
    • Realty: Down 67% from ₹2,34,698 Cr in 2008 to ₹1,55,039 Cr in 2018. CAGR of -4%
    • Electric Utilities: From ₹3,54,858 Cr (2008) to ₹4,49,228 Cr (2018). Marginal CAGR of 2.4% as the overall value of listed companies in India grew at 18%
  • Housing Finance has been a fast growth sector going from ₹15,425 Cr in 2008 to ₹4,40,868 Cr in 2018, a whopping 29X growth at 40% CAGR
  • There has been a gradual decline of the top 10 sectors share of the universe, from 63% in 2008 to under 50% for the first time in 2018

Other posts in the #indiamarketnumbers series:

  • 2018 top sectors by market cap link
  • Growth in total India Market cap link

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