Survey of India

Context: Objections to the Survey of India (SoI) report concerning the construction of a mega car park project by
Kerala in the Mullaperiyar catchment area were raised by the Tamil Nadu State government.

About Survey of India: 

Organization NameSurvey of India (SoI)
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Science and Technology
EstablishmentSet up in 1767 during British rule in India 
RoleNation\'s principal mapping agency; responsible for exploration
and mapping to provide base maps for development
EvolutionEvolved rich traditions over the years; started with 5 Directorates in
1950, now expanded to 18 Directorates across the country
Focus AreasMapping needs of Defense Forces; land and resource
management; scientific research in geo-sciences, remote sensing,
and digital data transfers
Advisory RoleProvides expert advice to various ministries on survey matters;
assists in settlement of international borders and state boundaries
Contribution to
Scientific Programmes
Assists in geo-physics, remote sensing, and digital data transfer
related scientific programmes 
Core Responsibilities Geodetic control and surveys <br> - Topographical surveys and
mapping <br> - Production of geographical maps and
aeronautical charts
Additional FunctionsSurveys for developmental projects; mapping of forests,
cantonments, city surveys, cadastral surveys, etc.; demarcation of
India\'s external boundaries 
Research and
Conducts R&D in cartography, printing, geodesy,
photogrammetry, and topographical surveys
Navigational SupportPredicts tides at 44 ports including foreign ports; publishes Tide
Tables one year in advance to support navigational activities
Scrutiny and
Certifies external boundaries and coastline on maps published by
other agencies, including private publishers

Duties and responsibilities of the Survey of India (SoI):

• Conducting Geodetic Control, Geodetic Surveys, and Geophysical Surveys.
• Undertaking Topographical Control, Surveys, and Mapping across India.
• Mapping and Producing Geographical Maps and Aeronautical Charts.
• Conducting Surveys for various developmental projects.
• Surveying forests, cantonments, large-scale city areas, creating guide maps, and performing cadastral surveys.
• Surveying and Mapping special maps as required.
• Ensuring correct spellings of geographical names on maps.
• Demarcating External Boundaries of India, depicting them on maps published within the country, and providing advice on inter-state boundary         demarcation.

DICS Branches

Our Branches

DICS Ahmedabad


(Head Office)

Address : 506, 3rd EYE THREE (III), Opp. Induben Khakhrawala, Girish Cold Drink Cross Road, CG Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, 380009.

Mobile : 8469231587 / 9586028957

Telephone : 079-40098991



Address: A-306, The Landmark, Urjanagar-1, Opp. Spicy Street, Kudasan – Por Road, Kudasan, Gandhinagar – 382421

Mobile : 9723832444 / 9723932444


DICS Vadodara


Address: 2nd Floor, 9 Shivali Society, L&T Circle, opp. Ratri Bazar, Karelibaugh, Vadodara, 390018

Mobile : 9725692037 / 9725692054


DICS Surat


Address: 403, Raj Victoria, Opp. Pal Walkway, Near Galaxy Circle, Pal, Surat-394510

Mobile : 8401031583 / 8401031587


DICS New Delhi

New Delhi(In Association with Edge IAS)

Address: 57/17, 2nd Floor, Old Rajinder Nagar Market, Bada Bazaar Marg, Delhi-60

Mobile : 9104830862 / 9104830865