A steep rise in output of cement and steel pushed up the growth of the core sector to a 13-month high of 6.8% in November from 5% in October.
Official data released by commerce and industry ministry on Monday showed a 17.3% rise in cement output and 16.6% increase in steel production in November compared with a 1.3% fall and 8.4% growth, respectively in October.
November IIP numbers will be released on January 12 and analysts expect it to be between 5-6%. Factory output had slowed to 2.2% in October.
Coal output declined 0.2% in November compared with 3.9% increase in October. Refinery production rose 8.2% versus 7.5% in October.
Crude oil output rose a marginal 0.2% and electricity production was up 1.9% in November.
Natural gas and fertilisers showed a 2.4% and 0.3% increase in production last month respectively.