The Budget Game

Play the Finance Minister - and understand how the budget decisions you make impact your finances

Devised by How India Lives

How to play

Ever wondered how the Central budget actually impacts you and your personal finances? What does a decreased food subsidy bill do to your expenditure? How much additional tax will you have to pay if taxes on petrol are decreased? Play the Mint Budget game and find out!

To start playing, enter your income and expenditure in the first step. To continue without disclosing your income and expenditure, click Next. A default income of Rs. 200,000 will be assumed. Next, make changes in government's key revenue and expenditure sections and we'll tell you how much your income has been impacted.

Your finances

Tell us how much you earn and spend each month
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Net (take home) Income

Monthly income

How much do you earn, from different sources

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Total Income

Monthly expenses

How much do you spend, and on what?

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Total Expenses
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Monthly savings

How much do you save and where do you invest it?

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Total Savings

The government budget

If you were the FM, how would you spend the country's money?

The current fiscal deficit target is 6.8% of GDP. Can you set your spending priorities yet maintain your fiscal deficit below 7% of GDP? That's the challenge!

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Total Expenditure
Subsidies
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-50% +50%
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Education
-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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The government budget

You have to pay for what you spend! Adjust taxes below - this may affect how much tax you pay

Fiscal deficit

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Total Revenues

-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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Personal Income Tax
2.5L
1.5L
50k
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-50% +50%
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-50% +50%
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Tax figures above refer to gross taxes. Approximately 70% of total amount of such taxes are earmarked for the central budget - the rest are transferred to states.

How do the tax changes affect your income?

Your take home pay after changes
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