The FDI inflows were $35.84 billion during the April-December period of last fiscal, 2016-17.
In rupee terms, however, the FDI recorded a negative growth -- inflows dipped by 4 per cent to Rs 2.31 trillion, as per the data the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
The major sectors which attracted overseas inflows during the period include services ($4.62 billion), telecommunications ($6.13 billion), computer software and hardware ($5.15 billion) and construction activities ($2.5 billion).
Foreign investments are considered crucial for India, which needs around $1 trillion for overhauling its infrastructure sector such as ports, airports and highways to boost growth.
A strong inflow of foreign investments will help improve the country's balance of payments situation and strengthen the rupee value against other global currencies, especially the US dollar.