Common Indian Acronyms and Abbreviations

 

•    +91  – Dialing Code for making international telephone calls to India

•    AAI – Airport Authority of India

•    ABCDEFGHIJ – American Born Confused Desi Emigrated From Gujarat, House In Jersey
•    AGP – Asom Gana Parishad, regional party in Assam
•    AI – Air India, a PSU
•    AIADMK – All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a regional political party based in the southern state of Tamil Nadu; created by a split of the DMK
•    AIR – All India Radio, state owned radio stations
•    AP – Andhra Pradesh; Arunachal Pradesh
•    ASLV – Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle
•    BCCI – Board of Cricket Control in India
•    BG – Broad Gauge (trains or tracks (5ft. 6in. – the broadest in the world)
•    BJP – Bharatiya Janata Party, national political party, rightwing, pro-Hindu
•    BSP – Bahujan Samaj Party, political party, promotes lower caste interests
•    CBI – Central Bureau of Investigation (like American FBI)
•    CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education

•    Chi.  Chiranjeevi, the title/salutation for a bridegroom

•    CII – Confederation fo Indian Industry
•    CM – Chief Minister  (like American Governor
•    CPI – Communist Party of India (historically aligned to Russian party)
•    CPI (M) – Communist Party of India (Marxist), historically aligned to Chinese party
•    CPI (ML) – Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
•    CPWD – Central Public Works Department; PWD of the GOI
•    DA – Dearness Allowance, paid to compensate for inflation
•    DD – Doordarshan, state-owned television channel
•    DMK – Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the original regional political party in the state of Tamil Nadu; later a split in the party, created the AIADMK
•    DoT – Department of Telecommunications
•    DRDO – Defence Research and Development Organisation
•    EMU – Electric Multiple Unit
•    FC – Forward Caste
•    FM – Finance Minister
•    GoI – Government of India
•    GSLV – Geostationary Launch Vehicle
•    HC – High Court (the highest provincial court, but lower than the federal Supreme Court)
•    HP – Himachal Pradesh
•    IAF – Indian Air Force
•    IGNOU – Indira Gandhi National Open University
•    IIM – Indian Institute of Management
•    IIT – Indian Institute of Technology
•    IMD – India Meteorological Department

•    IN – Two letter official abbreviation for India used by ISO, also used as suffix for India domains on worldwide web such as www.ibm.in or www.google.co.in

•    IND – Three letter  official abbreviation for India, used by ISO; often used on automobiles transported internationally

•    INSAT – Indian National Satellite
•    IPKF – Indian Peace Keeping Force, postioned in a foreign country such as Sri Lanka
•    IRS – Indian Remote Sensing Satellite
•    ISI – Formerly Indian Standards Institute, renamed Bureau of Indian Standards,
•    ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation
•    LoC – Line of Control (between Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and Indian-controlled state of Jammu & Kashmir, formerly called the Cease-Fire Line
•    LS – Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)
•    LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
•    m-cap – (stock) market capitalisation
•    MDMK – Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
•    MEA – Ministry of External Affairs
•    MG – Meter Gauge (trains or tracks), being phased out
•    MP – Madhya Pradesh
•    NDA – National Democratic Alliance
•    NIC : National Informatics Centre
•    NRI – Non-Resident Indian
•    NSC – National Savings Certificate
•    OBC – Other Backward Classes
•    ONGC – Oil and Natural Gas Commission
•    PAN – Permanent Account Number (like US Taxpayer Identification Number)
•    PF – Provident Fund (vaguely similar to US Social Security, payable as a lump-sum)

•    PIGS –  Poor Indian Graduate Student

•    PIL – Public Interest Litigation (brought before a High Court, by a friend of the court)
•    PMK – Pattali Munnetra Kazhagam

•    PQWL – Pooled Quota Wait List, Indian Railways Acronym

•    PSLV – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
•    PSU – Public Sector Unit (a company whose stock is owned largely by the government)
•    PTI – Press Trust of India, a news agency
•    PWD – Public Works Department (state civil engineering group handling roads, bridges)

•    RAC – Reservation Against Cancellation, Indian Railways Acronym
•    RAW – Research & Analysis Wing (similar to US CIA)

•    REGRET/WL1 –  No More Booking Permitted, Indian Railways Acronym

•    RLWL- Remote Location Wait List, Indian Railways Acronym

•    RNRI : Returned Non Resident Indian, An NRI who has moved to his home country

•    RS – Rajya Sabha, upper house of Indian Parliament
•    RSS – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
•    SAARC – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (seven countries of South Asia)
•    SAIL – Steel Authority of India, a public sector undertaking (PSU)
•    SC – Supreme Court, the highest court in the country (higher than High Courts)
•    SC/ST – Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Harijans or Dalits)
•    SEBI – Securities Exchange Board of India
•    Sensex – Sensitive Index (of the Bombay Stock Exchange), like Dow Jones average
•    SP – Samajwadi Party; Samata Party
•    ST – Scheduled Tribes
•    TN – Tamil Nadu
•    ULFA – United Liberation Front of Asom
•    UP – Uttar Pradesh
•    VHP – Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a fundamentalist Hindu party, right of BJP
•    WB – West Bengal