8SYLLABUS-2016INTERMEDIATE : PAPER -COSTACCOUNTINGSTUDY NOTESThe Institute of Cost Accountants of IndiaCMA Bhawan, 12, Sudder Street, Kolkata - 700 016INTERMEDIATE
First Edition : July 20161st Revision: October 2017Revised Edition: January 2018Published by :Directorate of StudiesThe Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI)CMA Bhawan, 12, Sudder Street, Kolkata - 700 016Printed at :Jayant Printery LLP352/54, Girgaum Road,Murlidhar Temple Compound,Mumbai - 400 002.Copyright of these Study Notes is reserved by the Institute of CostAccountants of India and prior permission from the Institute is necessaryfor reproduction of the whole or any part thereof.
PAPER 8: COST ACCOUNTINGSyllabus - 2016Syllabus Structure:The syllabus comprises the following topics and study weightage:Introduction to Cost AccountingACost Ascertainment - Elements of CostCost Accounting Standards40%Cost Book KeepingBMethods of Costing30%CCost Accounting Techniques30%C30%A40%B30%ASSESSMENT STRATEGYThere will be written examination paper of three hoursOBJECTIVESTo provide an in depth study of the Cost Accounting Principles and Techniques for identification, analysis and classification ofcost components to facilitate managerial decision making.Learning aimsThe syllabus aims to test the student’s ability to: U nderstand and explain the conceptual framework of Cost Accounting E xplain the basic concepts and processes in determination of cost of products and services U nderstand the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) A pply marginal costing in decision making A pply the concept of Standard Costing for variance analysisSkill set requiredLevel B: Requiring the skill levels of knowledge, comprehension, application and analysis.COST ACCOUNTING – INTRODUCTION TO COST ACCOUNTING [40 MARKS]1.2. INTRODUCTION TO COST ACCOUNTING:(a)Definition, Scope, objectives and significance of cost accounting, its relationship with financialaccounting and management accounting(b)Cost Objects, Cost centers and Cost Units(c)Elements of cost(d)Classification of costsCOST ASCERTAINMENT - ELEMENTS OF COST:(a)Material Costs:(i)Procurement of Materials,(ii)Inventory Management and Control,(iii)Inventory Accounting & Valuation(iv)Physical Verification, treatment of losses(v)Scrap, spoilage, defectives and wastage.
(b)3.Employee Costs:(i)Time keeping, Time booking and payroll,(ii)Labour Turnover, Overtime and idle time(iii)Principles and methods of remuneration and incentive schemes(iv)Employee cost reporting and measurement of efficiency.(c)Direct Expenses(d)Overheads:(i)Collection, classification and apportionment and allocation of overheads(ii)Absorption and treatment of over or under absorption of overheads(iii)Reporting of overhead costsCOST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (Basic Understanding only)(CAS 1 to CAS 24)4.5.6.COST BOOK KEEPING:(a)Cost Accounting Records, Ledgers and Cost Statements(b)Items excluded from cost and normal and abnormal items/cost(c)Integral accounts(d)Reconciliation of cost accounting records with financial accounts(e)Infrastructure, Educational, Healthcare and Port servicesMETHODS OF COSTING:(a)Job Costing(b)Batch Costing(c)Contract Costing(d)Process Costing – Normal and abnormal losses, equivalent production, Joint and By Products.(e)Operating Costing or Service Costing – Transport, Hotel and HospitalCOST ACCOUNTING TECHNIQUES: (Basic Understanding only)(A)(B)Marginal Costing(i)Meaning of Marginal Cost and Marginal Costing(ii)Absorption Costing vs. Marginal Costing(iii)Break-even analysis(iv)Margin of safety(v)Application of Marginal Costing for decision making (simple problems only)Standard Costing & Variance Analysis(i)Concept of standard cost and standard costing(ii)Advantages and limitations(iii)Computation of variances relating to material and labour costs only(C) Budget and Budgetary Control (simple problems only)(i)Concepts, Types of Budgets(ii)Budgetary Control Vs Standard Costing(iii)Advantages and limitations(iv)Preparation of Budgets (simple problems only)
ContentsCOST ACCOUNTINGStudy Note 1 : Introduction to Cost Accounting1.1Definition, Scope, Objectives and Significance of Cost Accounting11.2Cost Object, Cost Centers and Cost Unit – Elements of Cost71.3Classification of Cost13Study Note 2 : Cost Ascertainment - Elements of Cost2.1Material Cost (CAS-6)232.2Employee Costs (CAS-7)712.3Direct Expenses (CAS-10)1162.4Overheads (CAS-3)121Study Note 3 : Cost Accounting Standards3.1Preface to Cost Accounting Standards (CASs)1713.2Objective and Functions of Cost Accounting Standards Board1723.3CAS 1-24 as issued by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India174Study Note 4 : Cost Book Keeping4.1Cost Accounting Records, Ledgers and Cost Statements1854.2Items excluded from Cost and Normal and Abnormal Items/Cost2004.3Integral Accounts2014.4Reconciliation of Cost Accounting Records with Financial Accounts2114.5Infrastructure, Educational, Healthcare and Port Services224Study Note 5 : Methods of Costing5.1Job Costing2335.2Batch Costing2455.3Contract Costing2495.4Process Costing – Joint & By-Products2645.5Operating Costing or Service Costing – Transport, Hotel and Hospital296Study Note 6 : Cost Accounting Techniques6.1Marginal Costing3076.2Standard Costing & Variance Analysis3416.3Budget and Budgetary Control366
Study Note - 1INTRODUCTION TO COST ACCOUNTINGThis Study Note includes1.1Definition, Scope, objectives and significance of Cost Accounting, its Relationship withFinancial Accounting and Management Accounting1.2Cost Objects, Cost Centres and Cost Units – Elements of Cost1.3Classification of Costs1.1 DEFINITION, SCOPE, OBJECTIVES AND SIGNIFICANCE OF COST ACCOUNTING, ITS RELATIONSHIPWITH FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTINGWay back to 15th Century, no accounting system was there and it was the barter system prevailed.It was in the last years of 15th century Luca Pacioli, an Italian found out the double entry system ofaccounting in the year 1494. Later it was developed in England and all over the world upto 20thCentury. During these 400 years, the purpose of Cost Accounting needs are served as a small branchof Financial Accounting except a few like Royal wallpaper manufactory in France (17th Century), andsome iron masters & potters (18th century).The period 1880 AD- 1925 AD saw the development of complex product designs and the emergenceof multi activity diversified corporations like Du Pont, General Motors etc. It was during this period thatscientific management was developed which led the accountants to convert physical standards intoCost Standards, the latter being used for variance analysis and control.During the World War I and II the social importance of Cost Accounting grew with the growth of eachcountry’s defence expenditure. In the absence of competitive markets for most of the material requiredfor war, the governments in several countries placed cost-plus contracts under which the price to bepaid was cost of production plus an agreed rate of profit. The reliance on cost estimation by parties todefence contracts continued after World War II.In addition to the above, the following factors have made accountants to find new techniques toserve the industry :(i) Limitations placed on financial accounting(ii) Improved cost consciousness(iii) Rapid industrial development after industrial revolution and world wars(iv) Growing competition among the manufacturers(v) To control galloping price rise, the cost of computing the precise cost of product / service(vi) To control cost several legislations passed throughout the world and India too such as EssentialCommodities Act, Industrial Development and Regulation Act.etcDue to the above factors, the Cost Accounting has emerged as a speacialised discipline from theinitial years of 20th century i.e after World War I and II.In India, prior to independence, there were a few Cost Accountants, and they were qualified mainlyfrom I.C.M.A. (now CIMA) London. During the Second World War, the need for developing theprofession in the country was felt, and the leadership of forming an Indian Institute was taken by someCOST ACCOUNTING1
Introduction to Cost Accountingmembers of Defence Services employed at Kolkata. However, with the enactment of the Cost andWorks Accountants of India Act, 1959, the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (Now calledas The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) was established at Kolkata. The profession assumed furtherimportance in 1968 when the Government of India introduced Cost Audit under section 233(B) of theCompanies Act, 1956. At present it is under Section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013.Many times we use Cost Accounting, Costing and Cost Accountancy interchangeably. But there aredifferences among these terms. As a professional, though we use interchangeably we must know themeaning of each term precisely.Cost Accounting : Cost Accounting may be defined as “Accounting for costs classification and analysisof expenditure as will enable the total cost of any particular unit of production to be ascertainedwith reasonable degree of accuracy and at the same time to disclose exactly how such total cost isconstituted”. Thus Cost Accounting is classifying, recording an appropriate allocation of expenditurefor the determination of the costs of products or services, and for the presentation of suitably arrangeddata for the purpose of control and guidance of management.Cost Accounting can be explained as follows :Cost Accounting is the process of accounting for cost which begins with recording of income andexpenditure and ends with the preparation of statistical data.It is the formal mechanism by means of which cost of products or services are ascertained andcontrolled.Cost Accounting provides analysis and classification of expenditure as will enable the total cost of anyparticular unit of product / service to be ascertained with reasonable degree of accuracy and at thesame time to disclose exactly how such total cost is constituted. For example it is not sufficient to knowthat the cost of one pen is 25/- but the management is also interested to know the cost of materialused, the amount of labour and other expenses incurred so as to control and reduce its cost.It establishes budgets and standard costs and actual cost of operations, processes, departments orproducts and the analysis of variances, profitability and social use of funds.Thus Cost Accounting is a quantitative method that collects, classifies, summarises and interpretsinformation for product costing, operation planning and control and decision making.Costing : Costing is defined as the technique and process of ascertaining costs.The technique in costing consists of the body of principles and rules for ascertaining the costs ofproducts and services. The technique is dynamic and changes with the change of time. The processof costing is the day to day routine of ascertaining costs. It is popularly known as an arithmetic process.For example If the cost of producing a product say 200/-, then we have to refer material, labour andexpenses accounting and arrive the above cost as follows:Material 100Labour 40Expenses 60Total 200Finding out the breakup of the total cost from the recorded data is a daily process. That is why itis called arithmetic process/daily routine. In this process we are classifying the recorded costs andsummarizing at each element and total is called technique.Cost Accountancy: Cost Accountancy is defined as ‘the application of Costing and Cost Accountingprinciples, methods and techniques to the science, art and practice of cost control and the ascertainmentof profitability’. It includes the presentation of information derived there from for the purposes of managerialdecision making. Thus, Cost Accountancy is the science, art and practice of a Cost Accountant.2COST ACCOUNTING
(a) It is a science because it is a systematic body of knowledge having certain principles which a costaccountant should possess for proper discharge of his responsibilities.(b) It is an art as it requires the ability and skill with which a Cost Accountant is able to apply theprinciples of Cost Accountancy to various managerial problems.(c) Practice includes the continuous efforts of a Cost Accountant in the field of Cost Accountancy.Such efforts of a Cost Accountant also include the presentation of information for the purpose ofmanagerial decision making and keeping statistical records.Objectives of Cost AccountingThe following are the main objectives of Cost Accounting :(a) To ascertain the Costs under different situations using different techniques and systems of costing(b) To determine the selling prices under different circumstances(c) To determine and control efficiency by setting standards for Materials, Labour and Overheads(d) To determine the value of closing inventory for preparing financial statements of the concern(e) To provide a basis for operating policies which may be determination of Cost Volume relationship,whether to close or operate at a loss, whether to manufacture or buy from market, whetherto continue the existing method of production or to replace it by a more improved method ofproduction.etcScope of Cost AccountancyThe scope of Cost Accountancy is very wide and includes the following:(a) Cost Ascertainment: The main objective of Cost Accounting is to find out the Cost of product /services rendered with reasonable degree of accuracy.(b) Cost Accounting: It is the process of Accounting for Cost which begins with recording of expenditureand ends with preparation of statistical data.(c) Cost Control: It is the process of regulating the action so as to keep the element of cost within theset parameters.(d) Cost Reports: This is the ultimate function of Cost Accounting. These reports are primarily preparedfor use by the management at different levels. Cost reports helps in planning and control,performance appraisal and managerial decision making.(e) Cost Audit: Cost Audit is the verification of correctness of Cost Accounts and check on theadherence to the Cost Accounting plan. Its purpose is not only to ensure the arithmetic accuracyof cost records but also to see the principles and rules have been applied correctly.To appreciate fully the objectives and scope of Cost Accounting, it would be useful to examine theposition of Cost Accounting in the broader field of general accounting and other sciences. i.e FinancialAccounting, Management Accounting, Engineering and Service Industry.Financial Accounting and Cost Accounting: Financial Accounting is primarily concerned with thepreparation of financial statements, which summarise the results of operations for selected period oftime and show the financial position of the company at particular dates. In other words FinancialAccounting reports on the resources available (Balance Sheet) and what has been accomplished withthese resources (Profit and Loss Account). Financial Accounting is mainly concerned with requirementsof creditors, shareholders, government, prospective investors and persons outside the management.Financial Accounting is mostly concerned with external reporting.Cost Accounting, as the name implies, is primarily concerned with determination of cost of something,which may be a product, service, a process or an operation according to costing objective ofCOST ACCOUNTING3
Introduction to Cost Accountingmanagement. A Cost Accountant is primarily charged with the responsibility of providing cost data forwhatever purposes they may be required for.The main differences between Financial and Cost Accounting are as follows:Financial AccountingCost Accounting(a) It provides the information about the business (a) It provides information to the managementin a general way. i.e Profit and Loss Account,for proper planning, operation, control andBalance Sheet of the business to owners anddecision making.other outside partners.(b) It classifies, records and analyses the (b) It records the expenditure in an objectivetransactions in a subjective manner, i.emanner, i.e according to the purpose foraccording to the nature of expense.which the costs are incurred.(c) It lays emphasis on recording aspect without (c) It provides a detailed system of control forattaching any importance to control.materials, labour and overhead costs withthe help of standard costing and budgetarycontrol.(d) It reports operating results and financial (d) It gives information through cost reports toposition usually at the end of the year.management as and when desired.(e) Financial Accounts are accounts of the (e) Cost Accounting is only a part of the financialwhole business. They are independent inaccounts and discloses profit or loss of eachnature.product, job or service.(f)FinancialAccountsrecordsallthe (f)commercial transactions of the businessand include all expenses i.e Manufacturing,Office, Selling etc.Cost Accounting relates to transactionsconnected with Manufacturing of goodsand services, means expenses which enterinto production.(g) Financial Accounts are concerned with (g) Cost Accounts are concerned with internalexternal transactions i.e. transactionstransactions, which do not involve any cashbetween business concern and third party.payment or receipt.(h) Only transactions which can be measured in (h) Non-Monetary information likes No of Units /monetary terms are recorded.Hours etc are used.(i)Financial Accounting deals with actual (i)figures and facts only.Cost Accounting deals with partly facts andfigures and partly estimates / standards.(j)Financial Accounting do not provide (j)information on efficiencies of various workers/Plant & Machinery.Cost Accounts provide valuable informationon the efficiencies of employees and Plant &Machinery.(k) Stocks are valued at Cost or Market price (k) Stocks are valued at Cost only.whichever is lower.(l)Financial Accounting is a positive science as (l)it is subject to legal rigidity with regarding topreparation of financial statements.Cost Accounting is not only positive sciencebut also normative because it includestechniques of budgetary control andstandard costing.(m) These accounts are kept in such away to (m) GenerallyCostAccountsarekeptmeet the requirements of Companies Actvoluntarily to meet the requirements of the2013 as per Sec 128 & Income Tax Act, 1961management, only in some industries CostSec 44AA.Accounting records are kept as per theCompanies Act.4COST ACCOUNTING
Cost Accounting and Management Accounting:Management Accounting is primarily concerned with management. It involves application ofappropriate techniques and concepts, which help management in establishing a plan for reasonableeconomic objective. It helps in making rational decisions for accomplishment of these objectives. Anyworkable concept or techniques whether it is drawn from Cost Accounting, Financial Accounting,Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, can be used in Management Accountancy. The data usedin Management Accountancy should satisfy only one broad test. It should serve the purpose that it isintended for. A Management Accountant accumulates, summarizes and analysis the available dataand presents it in relation to specific problems, decisions and day-to-day task of management. AManagement Accountant reviews all the decisions and analysis from management’s point of viewto determine how these decisions and analysis contribute to overall organizational objectives. AManagement Accountant judges the relevance and adequacy of available data from management’spoint of view.The scope of Management Accounting is broader than the scope of Cost Accountancy. InCost Accounting, primary emphasis is on cost and it deals with its collection analysis relevanceinterpretation and presentation for various problems of management. Management Accountancyutilizes the principles and practices of Financial Accounting and Cost Accounting in addition to othermanagement techniques for efficient operations of a company. It widely uses different techniques fromvarious branches of knowledge like Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Laws and Psychology to assistthe management in its task of maximising profits or minimising losses. The main thrust in ManagementAccountancy is towards determining policy and formulating plans to achieve desired objective ofmanagement. Management Accounting makes corporate planning and strategy effective.From the above discussion we may conclude that the Cost Accounting and Management Accountingare interdependent, greatly related and inseparable.Advantages of Cost AccountingCost Accounting has manifold advantages, a summary of which is given below. It is not suggested thathaving installed a system of Cost Accounting, a concern will expect to derive all the benefits statedhere, the nature and the extent of the advantages obtained will depend upon the type, adequacyand efficiency of the cost system installed and the extent to which the various levels of managementare prepared to accept and act upon the advice rendered by the cost system.The Cost Accounting System has the following advantages:(i)A cost system reveals unprofitable activities, losses or inefficiencies occurring in any form such as(a) Wastage of man power, idle time and lost time.(b) Wastage of material in the form of spoilage, excessive scrap etc., and(c) Wastage of resources, e.g. inadequate utilization of plant, machinery and other facilities.(ii)Cost Accounting locates the exact causes for decrease or increase in the profit or loss of thebusiness. It identifies the unprofitable products or product lines so that these may be eliminatedor alternative measures may be taken.(iii)Cost Accounts furnish suitable data and information to the management to serve as guides inmaking decisions involving financial considerations.(iv)Cost Accounting is useful for price fixation purposes. Although sale price is generally related moreto economic conditions prevailing in the market than to cost, the latter serves as a guide to testthe adequacy of selling prices.(v)With the application of Standard Costing and Budgetary Control methods, the optimum level ofefficiency is set.(vi)Cost comparison helps in cost control. Comparison may be period to period, of the figures inrespect of the same unit or factory or of several units in an industry by employing Uniform Costsand Inter- Firm Comparison methods. Comparison may be made in respect of cost of jobs,process or cost centres.COST ACCOUNTING5
Introduction to Cost Accounting(vii)A cost system provides ready figures for use by the Government, wage tribunals and boards, andlabour and trade unions.(viii) When a concern is not working to full capacity due to various reasons such as shortage ofdemands or bottlenecks in production, the cost of idle capacity can readily worked out andrepealed to the management.(ix)Introduction of a cost reduction programme combined with operations research and valueanalysis techniques leads to economy.(x)Marginal Costing is employed for suggesting courses of action to be taken. It is a useful tool forthe management for making decisions.(xi)Determination of cost centres or responsibility centres to meet the needs of a Cost Accountingsystem, ensures that the organizational structure of the concern has been properly laidresponsibility can be properly defined and fixed on individuals.(xii)Perpetual inventory system which includes a procedure for continuous stock taking is an essentialfeature of a cost system.(xiii)The operation of a system of cost audit in the organization prevents manipulation and fraudand assists in furnishing correct and reliable cost data to the management as well as to outsideparties like shareholders, the consumers and the Government.Limitations of Cost Accounting systemLike any other system of accounting, Cost Accountancy is not an exact science but an art whichhas developed through theories and accounting practices based on reasoning and commonsense.Many of the theories cannot be proved nor can they be disproved. They grownup in course of timeto become conventions and accepted principles of Cost Accounting. These principles are by nomeans static, they are changing from day to day and what is correct today may not hold true in thecircumstances tomorrow.Large number of Conventions, Estimates and Flexible factors: No cost can be said to be exact as theyincorporate a large number of conventions, estimations and flexible factors such as :(i)Classification of costs into its elements.(ii)Materials issue pricing based on average or standard costs.(iii) Apportionment of overhead expenses and their allocation to cost units/centres.(iv) Arbitrary allocation of joint costs.(v) Division of overheads into fixed and variable.Cost Accounting lacks the uniform procedures and formats in preparing the cost information of aproduct/ service. Keeping in view this limitation, all Cost Accounting results can be taken as mereestimates.Installation of Cost System or Cost Accounting SystemFrom what has been stated in the preceding sections, it will be seen that there cannot be a readymadecost system suitable for a business. Such system has to be specially designed for an undertaking tomeet its specific needs. Before installing a cost system proper care should be taken to study and takeninto account all the aspects involved as otherwise the system will be a misfit and full advantages willnot be realized from it. The following points should be looked into and the prerequisites satisfied beforeinstalling a cost system:(i)The nature, method and stages of production, the number of varieties and the quantity of eachproduct and such other technical aspects should be examined. It is to be seen how complex orhow simple the production methods are and what is the degree of control exercised over them.(ii)6The size, layout and organisation of the factory should be studied.COST ACCOUNTING
(iii)The methods of purchase, receipt, storage and issue of materials should be examined andmodified wherever considered necessary.(iv)The wage payment methods should be studied.(v)The requirements of the management and the policy adopted by them towards cost controlshould be kept in view.(vi)The cost of the system to be installed should be considered. It is needless to emphasize that theinstallation and operation of system should be economic.(vii)The system should be simple and easy to operate.(viii) The system can be effectively run if it is appropriate and properly suited to the organisation.(ix)Forms and records of original entry should be so designed and to involve minimum clerical workand expenditure.(x)The system should be so designed that cost control can be effectively exercised.(xi)The system should incorporate suitable procedure for reporting to the various levels ofmanagement. This should be based on the principles of exception.1.2 COST OBJECT, COST CENTERS AND COST UNIT – ELEMENTS OF COSTCost: Cost is a measurement, in monetary terms, of the amount of resources used for the purpose ofproduction of goods or rendering services.Cost in simple, words, means the total of all expenses. Cost is also defined as the amount of expenditure(actual or notional) incurred on or attributable to a given thing or to ascertain the cost of a given thing.Thus it is that which is given or in sacrificed to obtain something. The cost of an article consists of actualoutgoings or ascertained charges incurred in its production and sale. Cost is a generic term and it isalways advisable to qualify the word cost to show exactly what it meant, e.g., prime cost, factory cost,etc. Cost is also different from value as cost is measured in terms of money whereas value in terms ofusefulness or utility of an article.Elements of CostElements of CostMaterialLabourExpensesDirect MaterailDirect LabourDirect ExpensesIndirect MaterialIndirect LabourIndirect ExpensesDirect Material Direct Labour Direct Expenses Prime CostIndirect Material Indirect Labour Indirect Expenses OverheadsDirect Material CostDirect material cost can be defined as ‘The Cost of material which can be attributed to a cost objectin an economically feasible way’. Direct materials are those materials which can be identified inthe product and can be conveniently measured and directly charged to the product. Thus, theseCOST ACCOUNTING7
Introduction to Cost Accountingmaterials directly enter the product and form a part of the finished product. For example, timber infurniture making, cloth in dress making, bricks in building a house. The following are normally classifiedas direct materials :(i)All raw materials, like jute in the manufacture of gunny bags, pig iron in foundry and fruits in canningindustry.(ii)Materials specifically purchased for a specific job, process or order, like glue for book binding,starch powder for dressing yarn.(iii) Parts or components purchased or produced, like batteries for transistor-radios.(iv) Primary packing materials like cartons, wrappings, card-board boxes, etc.Indirect Material CostMaterials, the costs of which cannot be directly attributed to a particular cost object. Indirect materialsare those materials which do not normally form a part of the finished product. It has been defined as“materials which cannot be allocated but which can apportioned to or absorbed by cost centres orcost units”. These are:(i)Stores used in maintenance of machinery, buildings, etc., like lubricants, cotton waste, bricks andcements.(ii)Stores used by the service departments, i.e., non-productive departments like Power House, BoilerHouse and Canteen, etc., and(iii) Materials which due to their cost being small, are not considered worthwhile to be treated asdirect materials.Direct Labour / Employee CostThe cost of employees which can be attributed to a cost object in an economically feasible way. Insimple words, it is that labour which can be conveniently identified or attributed wholly to a particularjob, product or process or expended in converting raw materials