Applicability of IND AS - Indian Accounting Standards

Updated on: Jun 15th, 2024


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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), in 2015, had notified the Companies (Indian Accounting Standards (IND AS)) Rules 2015, which stipulated the adoption and applicability of IND AS in a phased manner beginning from the Accounting period 2016-17. 

The MCA has since issued three Amendment Rules, one each in year 2016, 2017, and 2018 to amend the 2015 rules. The IND AS are basically standards that have been harmonised with the IFRS to make reporting by Indian companies more globally accessible. 

Since Indian companies have a far wider global reach now as compared to earlier, the need to converge reporting standards with international standards was felt, which has led to the introduction of IND AS.


Phases of adoption

MCA has notified a phase-wise convergence to IND AS from current accounting standards. IND AS shall be adopted by specific classes of companies based on their Net worth and listing status. Let’s see the each of the phases in detail below:

Phase I

Mandatory applicability of IND AS to all companies from 1st April 2016, provided:  

  • It is a listed or unlisted company
  • Its Net worth is greater than or equal to Rs. 500 crore*

*Net worth shall be checked for the previous three Financial Years (2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16).  

Phase II

Mandatory applicability of IND AS to all companies from 1st April 2017, provided:

  • It is a listed company or is in the process of being listed (as on 31.03.2016)
  • Its Net worth is greater than or equal to Rs. 250 crore but less than Rs. 500 crore (for any of the below mentioned periods).

Net worth shall be checked for the previous four Financial Years (2014-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17)

Phase III

Mandatory applicability of IND AS to all Banks, NBFCs, and Insurance companies from 1st April 2018, whose:

  • Net worth is more than or equal to INR 500 crore with effect from 1st April 2018.

IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority) of India shall notify the separate set of IND AS for Banks & Insurance Companies with effect from 1st April 2018. NBFCs include core investment companies, stock brokers, venture capitalists, etc. Net Worth shall be checked for the past 3 financial years  (2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18)

Phase IV

All NBFCs whose Net worth is more than or equal to INR 250 crore but less than INR 500 crore shall have IND AS mandatorily applicable to them  with effect from 1st April 2019.

Please Note:

If IND AS becomes applicable to any company, then IND AS shall  automatically be made applicable to all the subsidiaries, holding companies, associated companies, and joint ventures of that company, irrespective of individual qualification of such companies. In  case of foreign operations of an Indian Company, the preparation of stand-alone financial statements may continue with its jurisdictional requirements and need not be prepared as per the IND AS. However, these entities will still have to report their IND AS adjusted numbers for their Indian parent company to prepare consolidated IND AS accounts.

Net Worth Calculation

Net worth will be determined based on the stand-alone accounts of the company as on 31st March 2014, or the first audited period ending after that date. Net Worth is the total of paid-up share capital and all reserves out of profit & securities premium account, after deducting accumulated losses, deferred expenditure, and miscellaneous expenditure not written off. Only capital Reserve arising out of promoters contribution and government grants received can be included. Reserves created out of revaluation of assets and written back depreciation cannot be included.

Voluntary adoption

Companies can voluntarily choose to incorporate IND AS in their reports for accounting periods beginning on or after April 01, 2015. While reporting, such companies must include a comparative report for the periods ending 31 March 2015 or thereafter, where IND AS have been incorporated to present a comparative view. However, once a company has started reporting as per the IND AS, it cannot change to reporting as per previous laws.

SEBI Clarification

For all the issuer companies whose offer documents are filed with SEBI on or after 1st April 2016, SEBI has issued a clarification on the applicability of the Indian Accounting Standards  (IND AS) and disclosures to be made in the offer documents. Typically, SEBI requires issuer companies to disclose financial information for the previous 5 financial years immediately preceding the year of filing of the offer document, while following uniform accounting policies for each of the financial years. For those issuer companies filing an offer document these points can be noted:

  1. Up to March 31, 2017, all of the financial statements filed by them can be under Indian GAAP.
  2. Between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, disclosures in the  previous three financial years immediately preceding the relevant financial year will have to be made under the IND AS principles, while disclosures for the remaining two financial years may be done under Indian GAAP.
  3. Between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, disclosures in the previous three financial years immediately preceding the relevant financial year will have to be made under the IND AS principles, while disclosures for the remaining two financial years may be done under Indian GAAP.
  4. Between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, disclosures in the  previous four financial years immediately preceding the relevant financial year will have to be made under the IND AS principles, while disclosures for the remaining one financial year may be done under Indian GAAP.
  5. On or after April 1, 2020, disclosures in all the previous five financial years will have to be made as per the IND AS principles.

SEBI has also provided discretion to issuer companies to present financial statements for all five financial years under IND AS on a voluntary basis. This clarification does not apply to issuer companies making rights issue. The major standards are listed here below:

Ind AS 101First-time adoption of Ind AS
Ind AS 102Share Based payments
Ind AS 103Business Combination
Ind AS 104Insurance Contracts
Ind AS 105Non-Current Assets Held for Sale and Discontinued Operations
Ind AS 106Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources
Ind AS 107Financial Instruments: Disclosures
Ind AS 108Operating Segments
Ind AS 109Financial Instruments
Ind AS 110Consolidated Financial Statements
Ind AS 111Joint Arrangements
Ind AS 112Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities
Ind AS 113Fair Value Measurement
Ind AS 114Regulatory Deferral Accounts
Ind AS 115Revenue from Contracts with Customers
Ind AS 1Presentation of Financial Statements
Ind AS 2Inventories Accounting
Ind AS 7Statement of Cash Flows
Ind AS 8Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors
Ind AS 10Events after Reporting Period
Ind AS 11Construction Contracts
Ind AS 12Income Taxes
Ind AS 16Property, Plant and Equipment
Ind AS 17Leases
Ind AS 18Revenue
Ind AS 19Employee Benefits
Ind AS 20Accounting for Government Grants and Disclosure of Government Assistance
Ind AS 21The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates
Ind AS 23Borrowing Costs
Ind AS 24Related Party Disclosures
Ind AS 27Separate Financial Statements
Ind AS 28Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures
Ind AS 29Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary Economies
Ind AS 32Financial Instruments: Presentation
Ind AS 33Earnings per Share
Ind AS 34Interim Financial Reporting
Ind AS 36Impairment of Assets
Ind AS 37Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets
Ind AS 38Intangible Assets
Ind AS 40Investment Property
Ind AS 41Agriculture

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MCA notified Companies (IND AS) Rules 2015 to harmonize with IFRS. Adoption phases based on Net worth. Voluntary adoption allowed. SEBI guidelines for disclosure. Includes list of major IND AS standards.

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