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What is the information in CIN (Corporate Identification Number)

The registrar of companies allots a CIN number to every company registered in India. For registration of your own business as a Private Limited Company  or One Person Company, you may visit setindiabiz, India’s leading startup registration, and compliance management company. The full form of CIN is Corporate Identification Number and it is typically 21 alphanumeric characters, which can be broken into 6 parts to understand the information it contains within it.

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The CIN contains the following information within it.

  1. Listing Status
  2. Industry Code
  3. State Code
  4. Year of Incorporation
  5. Ownership Information
  6. Registration Number of Company
The alphanumeric character of the CIN is represented hereunder, “X” denotes an alphabet and “8” denotes a number. For a typical company, the CIN shall look like this: X88888XX8888XXX888888. You would have noticed that the CIN generally consists of 6 alphabets and 15 numbers in it. In the following paragraphs, we shall be explaining to you the meaning of each part of the CIN with real examples. Let’s take the example of TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, The CIN Number allotted to TCS is L22210MH1995PLC084781, you can see that the CIN is an alphanumeric number that can be broken into pieces to understand the information it has within it.

The detailed information as derived from the CIN of TCS is as under

  1. Listing Status:- This is the first character of a CIN, you will find the CIN number following alphabets
    • L: If the starting alphabet of a CIN is L, it means the company is listed on at least one stock exchange in India. For instance, in our example of TCS, the first word is L, which means that the company is a Listed Company
    • U: Denotes unlisted company. You may refer to the CIN of Flipkart India Private Limited, which is an unlisted company hence the CIN starts with “U” the CIN is  U51909KA2011PTC060489
  2. Industry Code:- The second part of the CIN is denoted by 5 numbers depicting the industry code as per NIC 2014. For instance, in our example case of TCS, the industry code is 22210 which denotes Printing and service activities related to printing
  3. State:- The next is state code in our example of the state is depicted by MH which stands for the state of Maharashtra
  4. Year of Incorporation:- after the state code we have a four-digit number that depicts the year in which the company is incorporated, you will see in our example that the company TCS was incorporated in the year 1995.
  5. Ownership Information:- after the year of incorporation we have three alphabets that depict the type of ownership of the company in the example case it shows PLC which means non-government Public Limited Company.  Following is the list of ownership codes that may be found in a particular CIN
    • PLC – Non-Government Public Limited Company
    • PTC – Non-Government Private Limited Company
    • OPC – Non-Government One Person Company
    • SGC – State Government Company
    • GOI – Union Government Company
    • GAP – Public Guarantee and Association Company
    • GAT – Private Guarantee and Association Company
    • ULL – Non-Government Public Unlimited Company
    • ULT – Non-Government Private Unlimited Company
    • FLC – Subsidiary of Foreign Company (Public)
    • FTC – Subsidiary of Foreign Company (Private)
  6. In the end, you will find six digits in numbers, which depicts the registration company.

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