Rural Strata

The rural sample selection is also a two-staged sampling process. The first step in the design is to select villages and then the final step is to select households. Villages were selected through simple random sampling process. Villages are the PSUs. Households were selected from these through a process of systematic random sampling from each selected village. Rural India is surveyed in 97 HRs. The rural sample comprises 48,526 households from 2,964 villages.