REGISTERED COMPANIES AS ON 31st AUGUST, 2021
The total number of companies registered in the country as on 31st August, 2021 stood
at 2216315. Of them 770262 companies were closed. 2295 companies were assigned
dormant status as per the Companies Act, 2013; 6924 were under liquidation; 37015
companies were in the process of being struck-off. Active in progress status is now
invalid and companies under this category, lies under Active Status. Taking the above
into account, there were 1399819 active companies as on 31st August, 2021.
Out of the 770262 closed companies, 11107 companies were liquidated/dissolved;
710564 companies were declared defunct (and hence struck-off after issuance of notice
u/s 248). 27763 companies were amalgamated/ merged with other companies; 15953
companies were converted to Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and 4875 were
converted to LLP and dissolved. Table-1.1 presents the summary picture of companies
count as on 31st August, 2021.
Out of the 1399819 active companies, 1390730 were limited by shares; 8782 were
limited by guarantee and 307 were unlimited companies. Out of the companies limited
by shares, 66751 were public, 1283632 were private including 40347 one person
companies. Among the public limited companies, 6747 were listed (Table 1.2).
State/UT-wise distribution of registered companies indicates that Maharashtra
has the highest number of companies (433974), followed by Delhi (368928) and West
Bengal (217062). Amongst ‘Active Companies’, Maharashtra has the maximum number
of active companies (270687), followed by Delhi (221166) and West Bengal (134725) as
on 31st August, 2021. (Table-1.3).
Economic-activity wise classification of active companies reveals that highest
number of companies were in Business Services (439324) followed by Manufacturing
(283247), Trading (178918) and Community, Personal and Social Services (114664).
Business Services comprise of Information Technology, Research & Development and
other business activities such as law, audit & accounts and consultancy, etc. (Table-1.4
and Chart 1.1)