Relaxations on Exam for Independent Director

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) vide its notification dated 19th August, 2021 has amended the rules pertaining to appointment and qualification of Directors. Pursuant to the notification, following class of individuals are no more required to qualify the online proficiency self-assessment tests to be Independent Director:

  1. An individual who are or have been for at least 10 year an advocate in Court, Chartered Accountant in practice, Cost accountant in practice and Company Secretary in practice.

  1. An individual in the pay scale of director or equivalent or above in any ministry or department of the Central government or any state government, and having experience in handling following and have served a period of 3 years:

  1. the matters relating to commerce, corporate affairs, finance, industry or public enterprises; or

  2. the affairs related to Government companies or statutory corporations set up under an Act of Parliament or any State Act and carrying on commercial activities. Previously the exemption no. 2 above was restricted to certain ministries only.

It is a welcome move wherein certain experienced professionals and government officials have been exempted from the pre-requisite requirement of online test to be eligible for being Independent Director.

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For more details, please refer to the MCA notification:


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