In the Ease of Doing Business ranking of 189 economies, India has dropped from the 131st spot last year while Singapore continues to remain at the top.
Singapore is followed by Hong Kong and New Zealand at the second and third positions, respectively. Other nations in the top 10 are the US (4), Denmark (5), Malaysia (6), South Korea (7), Georgia (8), Norway (9) and the UK (10).
India has been ranked lower at 179 in terms of ease of starting a business in the 2014 list at a time when its government is making efforts to improve the countrys business climate. Last year, based on this criteria India was placed at the 177th spot.
The ranking of countries are based on various parameters including starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.
The ranking on the ease of doing business, and the underlying indicators, do not measure all aspects of the business environment that matter to firms and investors or that affect the competitiveness of the economy, the report said.
India had earlier expressed concerns about the report.