Section 205 of the Companies Act, 1956, prescribes the methods of charging depreciation. The relevant extracts thereof are as follows:

“(2) … depreciation shall be provided either-

(a) to the extent specified in section 350; or

(b) in respect of each item of depreciable asset, for such an amount as is arrived at by dividing ninety five percent of the original cost thereof to the company by the specified period in respect of such asset; or

(c) on any other basis approved by the Central Government which has the effect of writing off by way of depreciation ninety five per cent of the original cost to the company of each such depreciable asset on the expiry of the specified period; or

(d) as regards any other depreciable, asset for which no rate of depreciation has been laid down by this Act or rules made thereunder, on such basis as may be approved by the Central Government by the general order published in the Official Gazette or by any special order in any particular case:

Provided that where depreciation is provided for in the, manner laid down in clause (b) or clause (c), then, in the event of the depreciable asset being sold, discarded, demolished or destroyed the written down value thereof at the end of the financial year in which the asset is sold, discarded, demolished or destroyed, shall be written off in accordance with the proviso to section 350.


(5) ‘Specified period’ in respect of any depreciable asset shall mean the number of years at the end of which at least ninety-five per cent of the original cost of the asset to the company will have been provided for by way of depreciation if depreciation were to be calculated in accordance with the provisions of section 350.

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We are producing below the Rates of depreciation under the Companies Act as mentioned in Schedule XIV

schedule xiv

[See sections 205 and 350]

Rates of depreciation

Nature of assets Single Shift Double Shift Triple Shift
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
I. (a) BUILDINGS (other than factory buildings) [NESD] 5% 1.63% ….. ….. ….. …..
(b) FACTORY BUILDINGS 10%. 3.34% ….. ….. ….. …..
(c) PURELY TEMPORARY ERECTIONS such as wooden structures 100% 100% ….. ….. ….. …..
1[(i) General rate applicable to,—
(a)  plant and machinery (not being a ship) other than continuous process plant for which no special rate has been prescribed under (ii) below 13.91% 4.75% 20.87% 7.42% 27.82% 10.34%
(b)  continuous process plant,     2[* * *] for which no special rate has been prescribed under (ii) below [NESD] 15.33% 5.28% ….. ….. ….. …..]
(ii)  Special rates
A.1.Cinematograph films – Machinery used in the production and exhibition of cinematograph films [NESD] 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
(a)  Recording equipment, reproducing equipment, developing machines, printing machines, editing machines, synchronisers and studio lights except bulbs
(b)  Projecting equipment of film exhibiting concerns
2.  Cycles [NESD]
3[3. Electrical machinery, X-ray and electro-therapeutic apparatus and accessories thereto, medical, diagnostic equipments, namely, cat-scan, ultrasound machines, ECG monitors, etc. [NESD] 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
4. Juice boiling pans (karhais) [NESD] 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
5. Motor-cars, motor-cycles, scooters and other mopeds [NESD] 25.89% 9.5% ….. ….. ….. …..
6. Electrically operated vehicles including battery powered or fuel cell powered vehicles [NESD] 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
7. Sugarcane crushers (indigenous kolhus and belans) [NESD] 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
8. Glass manufacturing concerns except direct fire glass melting furnaces – Recuperative and regenerative glass melting furnaces 20% 7.07% 30% 11.31% 40% 16.21%
9. Machinery used in the manufacture of electronic goods and components 15.62% 5.38% 23.42% 8.46% 31.23% 11.87%]
B. 1. 4[Aeroplanes, aero engines, simulators, visual system and quick engine change equipment [NESD] 16.2% 5.6%]
2. Concrete pipes manufacture—Moulds [NESD] 30% 11.31% ….. ….. ….. …..
3. Drum containers manufacture—Moulds [NESD]
4. Earth-moving machinery employed in heavy construction works, such as dams, tunnels, canals, etc. [NESD]
5. Glass manufacturing concerns except direct fire glass melting furnaces—Moulds [NESD]
6. Moulds in iron foundries [NESD]
7. Mineral oil concerns—Field operations (above ground)—Portable boilers, drilling tools, well-head tanks, rigs, etc. [NESD]
8. Mines and quarries—Portable underground machinery and earth-moving machinery used in open cast mining [NESD]
9. Motor buses and motor lorries other than those used in a business of running them on hire [NESD]
9A. Motor tractors, harvesting combines [NESD]
10. Patterns, dies and templates [NESD]
11. Ropeway structures—Ropeways, ropes and trestle sheaves and connected parts [NESD]
12. Shoe and other leather goods fabrics—Wooden lasts used in the manufacture of shoes 30% 11.31% 45% 18.96% 60% 29.05%
C. 1. 5[** ** **]
2. Motor buses, motor lorries and motor taxis used in a business of running them on hire [NESD] 40% 16.21% ….. ….. ….. …..
3. Rubber and plastic goods factories—Moulds [NESD]
4. Data processing machines including computers [NESD] 40% 16.21% ….. ….. ….. …..
5. Gas cylinders including valves and regulators [NESD]
D. 1. Artificial silk manufacturing machinery with wooden parts 100% 100% ….. ….. ….. …..
2. Cinematograph films—Bulbs of studio lights
3. Flour mills—Rollers
4. Glass manufacturing concerns—Direct fire glass melting furnaces
4A. Flot Glass Melting Furnaces (NESD) 27% 10% ….. ….. ….. …..
5. Iron and Steel industries—Rolling mill rolls 100% 100% ….. ….. ….. …..
6. Match factories—Wooden match frames
7. Mineral oil concerns—(a) Plant used in field operations (below ground)—Distribution – returnable packages; (b) Plant used in field operations (below ground) but not including assets used in field operations (distribution)—Kerbside pumps including underground tanks and fittings
8. Mines and quarries—
(a)  Tubs, winding ropes, haulage ropes and sand stowing pipes
(b)  Safety lamps
9. Salt works—Salt pans, reservoirs and condensers, etc., made of earthy, sandy or clay material or any other similar material
10. Sugar works—Rollers
6[1. General Rates [NESD] 18.1% 6.33% ….. ….. ….. …..
2. Rate for furniture and fittings used in hotels, restaurants and boarding houses; schools, colleges and other education al institutions, libraries; welfare centres; meeting halls, cinema houses; theatres and circuses; and for furniture and fittings let out on hire for use on the occasion of marriages and similar functions [NESD]
1. Ocean-going ships— 25.88% 9.5% ….. ….. ….. …..
(i)  Fishing vessels with wooden hull [NESD]
(ii)  Dredgers, tugs, barges, survey launches and other similar ships used mainly for dredging purposes [NESD] 27.05% 10% ….. ….. ….. …..
(iii)  Other ships [NESD] 19.8% 7% ….. ….. ….. …..
2. Vessels ordinarily operating on inland waters— 14.6% 5% ….. ….. ….. …..
(i)  Speed boats [NESD]
(ii)  Other vessels [NESD]
WDV means written down value 20% 7.07% ….. ….. ….. …..
SLM means straight line method 10% 3.34% ….. ….. ….. …..


1. “Buildings” include roads, bridges, culverts, wells and tube-wells.

2. “Factory buildings” does not include offices, godowns, officers’ and employees’ quarters, roads, bridges, culverts, wells and tube-wells.

3. “Speed boat” means a motor boat driven by a high speed internal combustion engine capable of propelling the boat at a speed exceeding 24 kilometres per hour in still water and so designed that when running at a speed it will plane, i.e., its bow will rise from the water.

4. Where, during any financial year, any addition has been made to any asset, or where any asset has been sold, discarded, demolished or destroyed, the depreciation on such assets shall be calculated on a pro rata basis from the date of such addition or, as the case may be, up to the date on which such asset has been sold, discarded, demolished or destroyed.

5. The following information should also be disclosed in the accounts:

(i)  depreciation methods used; and

(ii)  depreciation rates or the useful lives of the assets, if they are different from the principal rates specified in the Schedule.

6. The calculations of the extra depreciation for double shift working and for triple shift working shall be made separately in the proportion while the number of days for which the concern worked double shift or triple shift, as the case may be, bears to the normal number of working days during the year. For this purpose, the normal number of working days during the year shall be deemed to be—

(a)  in the case of a seasonal factory or concern, the number of days on which the factory or concern actually worked during the year or 180 days, whichever is greater;

(b)  in any other case, the number of days on which the factory or concern actually worked during the year or 240 days, whichever is greater.

The extra shift depreciation shall not be charged in respect of any item of machinery or plant which has been specifically, excepted by inscription of the letters “NESD” (meaning “no extra shift depreciation”) against it in sub-items above and also in respect of the following items of machinery and plant to which the general rate of depreciation of 7[13.91] per cent applies—

(1)  Accounting machines.

(2)  Air-conditioning machinery including room air-conditioners.

(3)  Building contractor’s machinery.

(4)  Calculating machines.

(5)  Electrical machinery—switchgear and instruments, transformers and other stationary plant and wiring and fitting of electric light and fan installations.

(6)  Hydraulic works, pipelines and sluices.

(7)  Locomotives, rolling stocks, tramways and railways used by concerns, excluding railway concerns.

(8)  Mineral oil concerns—field operations:

(a8[* * *]

(b)  Prime movers

(c8[* * *]

(d)  Storage tanks (above ground)

(e)  Pipelines (above ground)

(f)  Jetties and dry docks

(9)  Mineral oil concerns—field operations (distribution)—kerbside pumps, including underground tanks and fittings.

(10)  Mineral oil concerns—refineries :

(a9[* * *]

(b)  Prime movers

(c9[* * *]

10[(d) LPG Plant]

(11)  Mines and quarries :

(a)  Surface and underground machinery (other than electrical machinery and portable underground machinery)

(b)  Head-gears

(c)  Rails

(d9[* * *]

(e)  Shafts and inclines

(f)  Tramways on the surface

(12)  Neo-post franking machines.

(13)  Office machinery.

(14)  Overhead cables and wires.

(15)  Railway sidings.

(16)  Refrigeration plant container, etc. (other than racks).

(17)  Ropeway structures :

(a)  Trestle and station steel work.

(b)  Driving and tension gearing.

(18)  Salt works—Reservoirs, condensers, salt pans, delivery channels and piers if constructed of masonry, concrete, cement, asphalt or similar materials; barges and floating plant; piers, quays and jetties; and pipelines for conveying brine if constructed of masonry, concrete, cement, asphalt or similar materials.

(19)  Surgical instruments.

(20)  Tramways electric and tramways run by internal combustion engines—permanent way: cars—car trucks, car bodies, electrical equipment and motors; tram cars including engines and gears.

(21)  Typewriters.

(22)  Weighing machines.

(23)  Wireless apparatus and gear, wireless appliances and accessories.]

(2411[* * *]

12[7. ‘Continuous process plant’ means a plant which is required and designed to operate 24 hours a day.

8. Notwithstanding anything mentioned in this Schedule, depreciation on assets, whose actual cost does not exceed five thousand rupees, shall be provided at the rate of hundred per cent:]

13[Provided that where the aggregate actual cost of individual items of plant and machinery costing Rs. 5,000 or less constitutes more than 10 per cent of the total actual cost of plant and machinery, rates of depreciation applicable to such items shall be the rates as specified in Item II of the Schedule.]

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  1. sunil says:

    in which Category Conveyor, Material Movement Trolly, Material storage rack will be capitalised, is it in P&M with life of 15 Years or Material Handling under P&M with life of 12 Years

  2. suresh says:

    Respected Sir,i want to know that if any company purchases gym equipment , how much depreciation will be caliculate as per 2013 companies act wise. please explain it with example.

  3. Ramesh Chandra Rathore says:

    Q. CA Richa says:
    05/21/2015 at 4:23 PM

    respected Sir, please assit me what is the useful life of Parinter and UPS as per new companies act 2013. As I am confused weather they would come under heading computer(end use devices) or under office equipments.
    – See more at:

    A.Printer and UPS are not included in the head Computers and data processing units [NSED]. They are under Office Equipment [NSED]. So there useful life will be 6 Years. Any further discussion can be made on my Cell 7668741836


  4. CA Richa says:

    respected Sir, please assit me what is the useful life of Parinter and UPS as per new companies act 2013. As I am confused weather they would come under heading computer(end use devices) or under office equipments.

  5. CA Richa says:

    sir please assit me,what is the useful life of Printer and UPS as per companies act 2013 as I am confused that weather they woulb be categorise under computers(end use devices) or office equipments.

  6. s gadekar says:

    Dear sir /madam,
    let me know the rate of depreciation of following assets .
    1 plant & machinery
    2 land & building
    3 vehicals(2 wheeler, 4 wheeler)
    4 computer
    5 equipments
    6 printing & stationary etc
    ple send me mail on my mail
    thanks & regard

  7. Amit Katkar says:

    Respected Sir,

    I want to know the rate of Depreciation on Legal software, Books & periodicals, Stamp Duty, Generator Battery, Vending Machine (i.e Tea Coffee m/c).

  8. SRINIVAS says:

    Dear Sir,
    I want to know the depreciation rates (Fin.Yr: 2013-2014) as per Company’s Act & Income Tax Act.
    It would be very kind of you if you could help me in this matter.
    Thanx & Regds,

  9. yogiraj jain says:

    Dear Sir
    i work in a pvt. ltd. company in bangalore, karnataka. we purchase used second hand furniture and electrical appliances from a company of tamilnadu. saller company charge vat 14.5%. i want to know this is correct or incorrect.

  10. Hajrat says:

    I want to know about depreciation rate on following assets as per company act: Office Furniture, Trade mark, Mould for Tape & Pencil, Cap Tool 12 Cavity Horizontal Mould.

  11. SUNIL SHARMA says:

    sir,i want know about depreciation on textiles business propwiter farm,
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    weight scale

    above whats depreciatin rate

  12. prashant says:

    how to start accounting work as a business and make office
    what is the market prices of individual a/c,vat a/c,proprietorship firm,partnership firm,company a/c and what is return charges of all as above

  13. Uday Murdekar says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I require chart rate of Depreciation under Company’s Act & Income Tax Act for F.Y.2013-14 & how to calculate defferment of taxes?

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