An individual who is appointed or elected as the member of the board of Directors of a Company, who, along with the other directors, has the responsibility for determining and implementing the policies of the company.

Director is an individual who directs, manages, oversees or controls the affairs of the Company.

A director is a person who is appointed to perform the duties and functions of a company in accordance with the provisions of The Company Act, 2013.

As per Section 149(1): Every Company shall have a Board of Directors consisting of Individuals as director.

They play a very important role in managing the business and other affairs of Company. Appointment of Directors is very crucial for the growth and management of Company.


Public Company or a Private Company subsidiary of a public company 1.       2/3 of the total Directors appointed by the shareholders.

2.       Remaining 1/3 appointment is made as per Articles and failing which, shareholders shall appoint the remaining.

Private Company which is not a subsidiary of a public company 1.       Articles prescribe manner of appointment of any or all the Directors.

2.       In case, Articles are silent, Directors must be appointed by the shareholders

 *Nominee Directors can be appointed by a third party or by the Central Government in the case of oppression or mismanagement.


Private Limited Company Minimum Two Directors
Public Limited Company Minimum Three Directors
one person Company Minimum One Director

 * A company may appoint more than (15) fifteen Directors after passing a special resolution.

*Further, every Company should have one Resident Director (i.e. a person who has lived at least 182 days in India during the financial year)

Director’s appointment is covered under section 152 of Companies Act, 2013, along with Rule 8 of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014.


According to The Companies Act no qualifications for being the Director of any company is prescribed. The Companies Act does, however, limit the specified share qualification of Directors which can be prescribed by a public company or a private company that is a subsidiary of a public company, to be five thousand rupees (Rs. 5,000/-).


1. No person shall be appointed as a Director of a Company unless he has been allotted the (DIN) DIRECTOR IDENTIFICATION NUMBER under section 154 of the Companies Act, 2013.

2. So, foremost requirement is to have DIN i.e. DIRECTOR IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, and to apply for DIN in Form DIR- 3 there is a requirement of DSC i.e. Digital Signatures.

Step 1: Apply for DSC and most importantly associate the DSC as Director on MCA portal.

Step 2: Now, Fill form DIR-3 (application for DIN), affix DSC on it and file it on MCA portal, along with fees of Rs. 500. Documents include:

1. Passport Size Photograph

2. ID Proof

  • Copy of Passport
  • National ID where he is a National  and that attested by
  • Indian Embassy / Consulate / High Commission /Apostille,
  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card : –  A foreign nation of Indian Origin
  • can produce POI issued by Government of India
  • Copy of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card issued by GOI)

3. Address Proof

  • Copy of Passport
  • Other National ID attested by Indian Embassy / Consulate /High Commission /Apostille
  • Bank account statement in country of residence, duly attested by Indian Embassy /High Commission / Consulate / Apostille in the country where applicant is located
  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card issued by Government of India or
  • NRE bank account statement
  • Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card issued by GOI)

Step 3: As now DIN is allotted, prepare documents for appointment of an individual as the director of the company and file these documents in form DIR- 12.

Documents include:

  1. DIR-2(Consent to act as Director of the Company)
  2. DIR-8 (Intimation by Director about his interest in other entities and Disqualification under section 164 of the Companies Act, 2013)
  3. Letter of Appointment form the company
  4. Resolution passed by the Company for his/her appointment

Step 4: File e-form DIR-12 with ROC along with above-mentioned documents within a period of 30 days from the date of his/her appointment.

 New Categories of Director

 Resident Director:

 This is one of the most important changes made in the new regime, particularly in respect of the appointment of Directors under section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013. It states that every Company should have at least one resident Director i.e. a person who has stayed in India for not less than 182 days in the previous calendar year.

Woman Director

Now the legislature has made mandatory for certain class of the company to appoint women as director. As per section 149, prescribes for the certain class of the company their women strength in the board should not be less than 1/3. Such companies either listed company and any public company having-

  1. Paid up capital of Rs. 100 cr. or more, or
  2. Turnover of Rs. 300 cr. or more.

Foreign National as a Director under Companies Act, 2013

Under Indian Companies Act, 2013, there is no restriction to appoint a foreign national as a director in Indian Companies along with six types of Directors which are appointed in a company, i.e., Women Director, Independent Director, Small Shareholders Director, Additional Director, Alternative and Nominee Director. By complying with the Companies Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred as “The Act”) read along with the Companies (Appointment and Qualifications of Directors) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred as “The Rules”)

More about appointment of Foreign National as a director refer link:

Restrictions on number of Directorships

The Companies Act prevents a Director from being a Director, at the same time, in more than fifteen (15) companies. For the purposes of establishing this maximum number of companies in which a person can be a Director, the following companies are excluded:

A “pure” private company;

An association not carrying on its business for profit, or one that prohibits the payment of any dividends; and

A company in which he or she is only appointed as an Alternate Director.

Failure of the Director to comply with these regulations will result in a fine of fifty thousand rupees (Rs. 50,000/-) for every company that he or she is a Director of, after the first fifteen (15) so determined.

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  1. Prem Kamath says:

    In a Section 8 Company like Delhi Gymkhana Club Ltd can the Directors (who are elected by Members of the Club) entrusted with the task of overseeing the functioning of the Club in an honorary capacity, have a 3 year term and 1/3rd of them retiring every year?

  2. MP Bidasaria says:

    In a Sec 8 Company Amendments are proposed with restrictive clause of cooling period. Cooling period for Executive Members (Directors) need cooling period of 1 terms after 2 successive terms. Whereas for Office Bearers (Directors again) cooling period is 2 Terms after 2 successive terms. Can we differentiate the opportunity (cooling period restriction) between Directors appointment? Secondly is it necessary to provide requirements of Women Directors in AOA?

  3. vijay kumar says:

    I want CA signature for appointing a director in my new company. I shall provide complete filled forms online. Online CA sign required. What charges.

  4. Pankaj Bansal says:

    I think while applying for DIN,Board Resolution is mandatory and it is mandatory to propose the name of person as director.

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