Section 396 Registration offices – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 396 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to registration offices.

Amended and updated notes on section 396 of Companies Act 2013. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to registration offices.

Chapter XXIV (Section 396404) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to registration offices and fees. Section 396 of CA 2013 provides for registration offices.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 395 (Annual reports where one or more State Governments are members of companies) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 396 of the Companies Act 2013.

The provisions of section 396 are effective from 1st April, 2014. You may refer Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27-03-2014. In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 396 the Companies Act 2013 read with the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

Name of ActThe Companies Act 2013
Enacted byParliament of India
Administered byMinistry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
Number of Chapters29
Number of Sections484 (470-43+57)
Number of Schedules7
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Chapter No.XXIV
Chapter NameRegistration offices and fees
Section No.396
Section NameRegistration offices
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Section 396 of Companies Act 2013: Registration offices

Section 396 shall come into force on 1st April, 2014 vide Notification No. S.O. 902(E) issued dated 27.03.2014.

(1) For the purposes of exercising such powers and discharging such functions as are conferred on the Central Government by or under this Act or under the rules made thereunder and for the purposes of registration of companies under this Act, the Central Government shall, by notification, establish such number of offices at such places as it thinks fit, specifying their jurisdiction.

(2) The Central Government may appoint such Registrars, Additional, Joint, Deputy and Assistant Registrars as it considers necessary for the registration of companies and discharge of various functions under this Act, and the powers and duties that may be exercisable by such officers shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) The terms and conditions of service, including the salaries payable to persons appointed under sub-section (2), shall be such as may be prescribed.

(4) The Central Government may direct a seal or seals to be prepared for the authentication of documents required for, or connected with, the registration of companies.

Notification No. S.O. 1257(E) dated 18-March-2021: In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 396 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) (hereinafter referred to as the Act), the Central Government hereby establishes a Central Scrutiny Centre (CSC) for carrying out scrutiny of Straight Through Processes (STP) e-forms filed by the companies under the Act and the rules made thereunder.

  1. The CSC shall function under the administrative control of the e-governance Cell of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
  2. The CSC shall carry out scrutiny of the aforesaid forms and forward findings thereon, wherever required, to the concerned jurisdictional Registrar of Companies for further necessary action under the provisions of the Act and the rules made thereunder.
  3. The CSC shall be located at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Plot No. 6, 7, 8, Sector 5, IMT Manesar, District Gurgaon (Haryana), Pin Code- 122050.
  4. This notification shall come into force from the 23rd March, 2021.

Notification No. S.O. 2651(E) dated 25-July-2019: CG establishes the office of ROC at Guwahati consequent to re-location of the said office from Shillong, having territorial jurisdiction in whole of the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and appoints the Registrar of Companies at Guwahati for the purpose of registration of companies and discharging the functions under the aforesaid Act in the said states.


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