Society Registration

Society registration | how to register for a society in India 2020

Societies are usually formed for the charitable purposes and for the promotion of arts, science, religion, culture, music, sports etc. They are created by individuals as an association united together by mutual consent to act jointly and deliberately for common purposes. In India, The Societies Registration Act, 1860 mandates the procedure for society registration and its operation in India. A society can be registered by a minimum of seven or more persons. The societies act, was introduced with the aim of providing legal conditions to the society registration. This act was further implemented by several state governments with some amendments.

What is the purpose of society registration?

Under The Societies Act 1860, a society can be formed for the following purposes:

  • Promotion of fine arts
  • Diffusion of political education
  • Grant of charitable assistance
  • Promotion of science and literature
  • Creation of military orphan funds
  • For the foundation or maintainance of galleries, museums and public libraries
  • For spread the political education

Benefits of Society Registration

Tax Exemption

The societies, trust and NGOs all of them get various benefits of tax rebates. As they are working for the social causes, societies are exempted from all types of taxes.


Societies have a different connection with people and they know more about the ground reality of various societal issues.

Legal Entity

Societies are separate legal entity since they are formed under The Societies Act 1860. An incorporated society continues to be a legal entity even if its member changes.


Societies and trusts which are registered under the societies act are more credible as compared to the trusts. This credibility is very helpful to get funds for the society.

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Documents required for Society Registration

  • PAN Card of the applicant
  • Identity Proof (Adhar Card/ Voter ID card)
  • Bank Statements
  • Address proof (Electricity/Mobile Bills)
  • Scanned Photograph