Overview of

CSR-1 Registration

As per the requirements of Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013, certain companies have to spent 2% of their average yearly profits of the last three financial years on CSR projects in India. Generally, these companies undertake CSR activities/projects through registered NGOs.
To receive these CSR funds, NGOs need to register as "Bodies undertaking CSR activities" with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). This rule for CSR Registration for NGOs started on April 1, 2021. Eligible NGOs must register with the ROC by submitting the CSR-1 Application.

Eligibility for CSR-1 Registration

NGOs will be eligible to apply for CSR-1 registration certificate if they meet below mentioned criteria:

S.No.Eligibility CriteriaParticulars
1Registered NGOThe applicant should be a registered NGO, such as Section 8 companies, trusts, societies, or NGOs established by the Central or State Government.
2NGO ExperienceNGOs should have engaged in permissible social activities for at least 3 years.
312A and 80G RegistrationNGOs must be registered under sections 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Validity of

CSR-1 Registration Certificate

The CSR-1 Registration certificate is valid for 3 years. After three years, the NGO can renew its registration by submitting a new application to the MCA.

Benefits of

CSR-1 Registration Certificate

Transparent CSR Funding

CSR-1 was introduced with the sole purpose of bringing transparency in utilization of CSR funds by the companies. Registering with the ROC ensures complete transparency in the transfer of CSR funds.

Secure Corporate Funding

As mandated by the Companies Act, 2013, only CSR-1 registered NGOs can have access to CSR funding from corporate entities.

Improved Public Image

NGOs which have access to CSR funds and activities of corporates enjoys higher public image and build goodwill. Donors prefer NGOs with CSR-1 registration.

Legal Compliance

Registering under CSR-1 demonstrates a commitment to legal compliance and corporate ethics. It allows organizations to fulfill their statutory obligations related to CSR activities under the Companies Act.

Long-Term Sustainability

CSR-1 registration encourages organizations to think beyond short-term profits and consider the long-term sustainability of their operations.

Ability To Become Large

Since CSR-1 registered NGOs have more access to Corporate funds, which in turn enables the NGOs to take larger CSR projects and expand their operations.

List of Documents Required for

CSR-1 Registration

Below are the documents required for obtaining CSR-1 Registration certificate:

  • PAN card of the NGO
  • Registration Certificate & CIN/Registration Number
  • Certificates under Section 12A and 80G
  • Resolution authorizing the applicant
  • DSC, DIN, PAN, and email ID of the applicant
  • NGO Darpan ID (if applicable)
  • Trust Deed / Memorandum of Society
  • Subsidiaries details of the NGO
  • Details of members of the organisation

Important Points to consider for

CSR-1 Registration

Below are the important points to be considered for CSR-1 Registration:

  • Form CSR-1 need to be digitally signed by following persons: 1. Any one of the Directors of Section 8 Company 2. Any one of trustees of Registered Trust 3. By Chairperson/Secretary in case of Registered Society 4. Authorized Signatory in case of an entity established under an Act of Parliament or State Legislature 5. A Practising Professional like CA, CS or CMA in Practice
  • Registration on CSR Exchange portal can be applied after 30 days from the date of obtaining CSR-1 registration.



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CSR-1 Registration

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CSR-1 registration is a process through which an NGO can get itself registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) in order to avail various benefits under the Companies Act, 2013.

In order to get registered with the MCA, an NGO needs to submit an application in the prescribed format along with the required documents. The registration process is completed within a period of 60 days from the date of receipt of application.

The process of CSR-1 registration is as follows:

1. The entity must download the CSR-1 form from the MCA website.
2. The entity must fill in the CSR-1 form and attach all the required documents.
3. The entity must get the CSR-1 form certified by a practicing professional (CA/CS/CWA).
4. The entity must submit the CSR-1 form to the MCA through the MCA's online portal.
5. The MCA will process the CSR-1 form and issue a CSR registration certificate to the entity.

Once an NGO gets CSR-1 registration, it becomes eligible to receive donations from companies which are required to spend 2% of their annual net profits on CSR activities. Moreover, the NGO can also apply for other CSR funds available under different schemes of the government.

The following entities are eligible for CSR-1 registration: 1. Companies that are required to spend a minimum of 2% of their net profit on CSR activities under Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013. 2. Trusts, societies, and other non-profit organizations that are registered under Section 12A of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 3. Section 8 companies that are registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013.

Required Documents for Form CSR-1 Filing:


  1. PAN card of the NGO
  2. Registration Certificate & CIN/Registration Number
  3. Certificates under Section 12A and 80G
  4. Resolution authorizing the applicant
  5. DSC, DIN, PAN, and email ID of the applicant
  6. NGO Darpan ID (if applicable)
  7. Trust Deed / Memorandum of Society
  8. Subsidiaries details of the NGO


The processing time for CSR-1 registration is typically 30-60 days. However, it may take longer in some cases.

Yes, to obtain CSR-1 registration it is mandatory for an NGO to get 12A and 80G registration under Income Tax Act, 1961.

No, an NGO becomes eligible for filling CSR-1 after completing 3 years of incoporation.


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