In its annual survey of 175 countries, India’s rank is still a troubling 85th, but has improved in the index, jumping 10 places.

China, on the other hand has fallen 20 places to rank 100th, despite Chinese President Xi Jinping unleashing a massive campaign against corruption, arresting a number of high profile political and military leaders.

While India and China were at more or less similar levels in 2006-07, this is the first time since the rankings started in 1996 that India is perceived to be less corrupt than China.

The Corruption Perception Index is compiled by experts like banking institutions, big companies and other organizations about their views of corruption in the public sector.

Transparency International's annual report measure perceptions of corruption using a scale where 100 is cleanest and 0 most corrupt. India's score moved up to 38 from 36.

The Berlin-based organization published its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index of 175 countries on Wednesday. Turkey and China showed the greatest drops in the index.

India's reputation has improved somewhat by the pending anti-corruption Bills wending their way through Parliament — like the Prevention of Bribery Bill, updating of the anti-corruption bill, whistle blowers' protection bill, etc.

Corruption was a major plank in the election campaign in the recently concluded general elections, a central part of the BJP plank.

Corruption was a major plank in the election campaign in the recently concluded general elections, a central part of the BJP plank.

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