Empanelment of CA Firm for Bank Statutory Audit



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Getting your firm empaneled with ICAI for Bank Statutory Audit requires a Multipurpose Empanelment form to be filed. The e-form is to be filed as and when advised by ICAI at www.meficai.org.

Firms who are approved by ICAI and RBI, are allotted Bank Branch Statutory Audit based on the guidelines issued by RBI. The final approval list of Bank Branch Auditors is categorized as per the following criteria:
 

Categorization norms effective from the year 2005-06 for the empanelment of audit
firms to be appointed as statutory branch auditors for public sector banks

Cate-gory

No. of CAs exclusively associated with the firm
(Full time)

No. of partners exclusively associated with the firm (full time) (Out of 2)

Profe-ssional
staff

Bank audit
experience

Standing of the audit firm

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

I.

5

3

8

The firm or at least one of the partners should have a minimum of 8 years experience of branch audit of a nationalised bank and / or of a private sector bank with deposits of not less than Rs.500 crore.

8 years

II.

3

2

6

The firm or atleast one of the partners should have preferably conducted branch audit of a nationalised bank or of a private sector bank with deposits not less than Rs.500 crore for atleast 5 years

6 years
(for the firm or atleast one partner)

III.

2

1

4

The firm or atleast one of the CAs should have preferably conducted branch audit of a nationalised bank or of a private sector bank with deposits not less than Rs.500 crore for atleast 3 years

5 years
(for the firm or atleast one partner)

 

 

IV.

2 2


Even proprietorship concern without bank audit experience may be considered as hitherto. (The proprietary concerns of Chartered Accountants with 1 paid CA, 2 professional staff and not having any statutory branch audit experience of a nationalised bank or of a private sector bank with deposits not less than Rs.500 crore will be treated at par with the partnership firm after deducting their 3 years seniority from the date of their establishment).

2

 

 

Not necessary

3 years

 

 



Based on the above categorization, firms are allotted Branches which differ in their nature and size i.e the advances made by a respective Branch as on 31st March. However, one firm is allotted only one Bank though the number of Branches could be more than one owing to the experience and size of the CA firm.





 

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