Guidelines for Name Availability

A Company can not use the same name or closely similar name of another existing company registered in India.

The name of the company shall be unique for registration. The name of a Private / Public Company shall end with the words "Private Limited" or "Limited" respectively. The name of the company shall comply with the Guidelines for Name Availability as prescribed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

The name of a company starts with a noun followed by activity and ends with the words 'Private Limited' in case of private limited company and the word 'Limited' in case of public limited company. For example, 'Tata Consultancy Services Limited' is a public limited company. The name starts with the noun 'Tata', activity 'Consultancy Services' and ends with 'Limited' as it is a public limited company.

No promoter can register a company with the name 'Tata Consultancy Services Limited' or closely similar to that. Similarly, a trade mark owner can claim the text of the mark, if any, for registering a company with that name.

As per the Guidelines of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, a company should have different levels of Authorised Capital to include certain words in the name of the company.

Table of Key words controlling Authorised Capital

Key Words in the Name of a company Authorised Capital Required (INR)

Corporation

5 Crores

International, Globe, Global, Universal, Universe, Continental, Inter-Continental, Asiatic, Asia, Asian, World being the first word of the name

1 Crore

If any of the key words at 2 above is used within the name (with or without brackets)

50 lakhs

Hindustan, Hindustani, Hindustanee, India, Indian, Bharat, Bhrarati, Bharatiya, Bharateeya, being the first word of the name

50 lakhs

If any of the key words at 4 above is used within the name (with or without brackets)

5 Lakhs

Industries / Udyog / industrial, industry

1 Crore

Enterprises, Enterprise, products, product, Business, Manufacturing, manufacture

10 lakhs


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