MCA has vide notification no. G.S.R. 804(E) dated 01st December, 2019 introduced new rules called the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Fifth Amendment Rules, 2019 for person eligible and willing to be appointed as an Independent Director. The rule states the compliances to be carried out before the appointment of independent director as well for those who are already appointed.


These rules are applicable to:

Every Individual-

1) Who has been already appointed as an Independent Director in a company;

2) Who intends to get appointed as an Independent Director in a company.


  • Apply online to institute for inclusion of his name in the data bank for a period of one year or five years or his life time till he continues to hold the office of an independent director;
  • Membership to be renewed within 30 days from the date of expiry of period upto which the name of the individual was applied for inclusion in the data bank;
  • Every independent director to submit a declaration of compliance with these rules to the Board, each time he submits the declaration required under sub-section (7) of section 149 of the Act.
  • Every individual whose name is included in data bank shall pass an online proficiency self-assessment test within one year from inclusion of his name in the data bank.


1. An individual not having any DIN may also apply for inclusion of his name voluntarily;

2. No renewal required for individual who has paid life time fees;

3. An individual who has served 10 years or more as on date of inclusion of name in the databank as director or KMP in a listed company or in an unlisted public company having a paid-up capital of Rs. 10 crore or more shall be exempted from passing online proficiency self-assessment test.


1. Log in to MCA website and insert your MCA credentials;

2. Go to MCA services and click on ID databank service- Individual registration;

3. Enter your DIN/Pan number;

4. Send OTP to your mobile number;

5. After entering OTP, you will receive your ID and password;

6. Go to and login with the id and password received in your mobile number;

7. Fill up all the mandatory details and click on submit;

8. Pay the prescribed fees.


  • Currently the fees for 1 year subscription is Rs. 5000 plus 18% GST. Fee plan for 5 years is yet to be notified.


1. End Date for empanelment of existing Independent Directors – February 29, 2020

2. Start date for Mock (Practice) Test – December 2nd, 2019 onwards

3. Start date for online proficiency self-assessment test – March 01, 2020

4. Start date for corporate access and search facility – March 01, 2020.


  • Every individual is required to an online proficiency self-assessment test within one year from inclusion of his name in the data bank.
  • an individual who has obtained a score of not less than sixty percent in aggregate in the online proficiency self-assessment test shall be deemed to have passed such test.
  • individuals can make multiple attempts for self-assessment even after passing it with minimum score of 60%.

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  1. MITESH CHHEDA says:

    whether this database will be freely accessible to all people or only companies ? whether IICA website is government or private website any idea

  2. Deepti Mittal says:

    I passed the proficiency test for independent director databank. I received the certificate from iica also.
    Is this means that my name appears in databank of MCA site ? Otherwise what should I do to register my name.

  3. DILIP KUMAR PAL says:

    Please let me know as follows
    1) Whether a person being head of finance ( qualification ) of a company having paid up capital of Rs 50 lacs ( from 1975 -1985 ) will be treated a KMP for getting exemption in the Independent directors compulsory test . This paid up capital criteria was mandatory for appointment of company secretary in such period. Now both are KMP. Can that B Com guy can demand for treatment as KMP and claim exemption for mandatory test Please contact over cell phone
    Dr D K Pal
    9330334511 (M)

  4. Anurag Sharma says:

    So may i know how where to find post for independent director after registration on mca or IDDB or after payment with clear exam also.if i am fresher for independent director post.

    1. ankitmehra says:

      If you register with databank the Companies who have also registered can view your profile and if deem fit for them, they can contact you.

    1. ankitmehra says:

      Since it is a mandatory requirement for existing as well as newly appointed Independent Directors. The director who does not register will not be eligible to act as or be appointed as an Independent Director

  5. Keenjal Zaveri says:

    if its a Private Company having paid up capital of Rs. Lakh and having a Independent Director does he also needs to get himself registered ?

    1. ankitmehra says:

      Since you have appointed him as an Independent director you will be required to complete the registration even though the provisions of Independent director are not application to your company.

  6. says:

    Very nicely written, but in the first line the notification date of MCA is wrongly written as 1st december’19 whereas the GSR 804 (E) was dated 22nd October, 2019. However, the effective date for compliance of this notification is 1st December, 2019.

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