Chapter 3: Procurement Methods for Civil Works Goods, Machines, Equipments and Materials

The methods of procurement to be followed for Goods and Civil Works are:

A.  International Competitive Bidding (ICB)

B.  National Competitive Bidding (NCB)

C. Shopping

D. Direct Contracting

(A)  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVE BIDDING (ICB)                            

This method is generally adopted where supplies cannot be met from indigenous sources and need import; and / or foreign firms are expected to participate (irrespective of the value) and bring more competition. In case of MACP procurement, this method is to be adopted where the estimated cost of the procurement is more than US$ 4,00,000 equivalents for goods. It is mandatory that procedures agreed with the World Bank are followed for bidding, evaluation or bids, selection, award of contracts and contract management for following this method. For details of procedures to be followed for ICB method and formats to be used, please visit the following site:


NCB is the competitive bidding procedure normally used for public procurement of goods and civil works in the country. The procedures shall provide for adequate competition in order to ensure reasonable prices. The criteria to be used in the evaluation of tenders and the award of contracts shall be made known to all bidders and not be applied arbitrarily.

The following provisions constitute additional provisions applicable for purposes of National Competitive Bidding (NCB). NCB will be conducted in accordance with paragraph 3.3 and 3.4 of the Guidelines and the following provisions:

  • Only the model bidding documents for NCB agreed with the GOI Task Force (and as amended for time to time), shall be used for bidding;
  • Invitations to bid shall be advertised in at least one widely circulated national daily newspaper, at least 30 days prior to the deadline for the submission of bids;
  • No special preference will be accorded to any