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Cost Sheet

Cost Sheet

Cost Sheet

  • 26-February-2021
  • CA-Inter
  • By TeamKoncept
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One of the objectives of cost accounting system is ascertainment of cost for a cost object. The cost objects may be a product, service or any cost centre. Ascertainment of cost includes elementwise collection of costs, accumulation of the costs so collected for a certain volume or period and then arrange all these accumulated costs into a sheet to calculate total cost for the cost object. In this chapter, a product or a service will be the cost object for cost calculation and cost ascertainment. A Cost Sheet or Cost Statement is a document which provides a detailed cost information. In a typical cost  sheet, cost information are presented on the basis of functional classification. However, other classification may also be adopted as per the requirements of users of the information.


Under this classification, costs are divided according to the function for which they have been incurred. The following are the classification of costs based on functions:
  1. Direct Material Cost
  2. Direct Employee (labour) Cost
  3. Direct Expenses
  4. Production/ Manufacturing Overheads
  5. Administration Overheads
  6. Selling Overheads
  7. Distribution Overheads
  8. Research and Development costs etc.


The costs as classified on the basis of functions are grouped into the following cost heads in a cost sheet:
  1. Prime Cost
  2. Cost of Production
  3. Cost of Goods Sold
  4. Cost of Sales

Prime Cost

Prime cost represents the total of direct materials costs, direct employee (labour) costs and direct expenses. The total of cost for each element has to be calculated separately.
(i) Direct Material Cost: It is the cost of direct material consumed. The cost of direct material consumed is calculated as follows:

Opening Stock of Materialxxx
Add: Additions/Purchasesxxx
Less:Closing stock of materialxxx
Direct materials consumedxxxx

The valuation of materials purchased and issued for production shall be done. Few examples are:
  1. Cost of material;
  2. Freight inwards;
  3. Insurance and other expenditure directly attributable to procurement;
  4. Trade discounts or rebates (to be deducted);
  5. Duties & Taxes (if input tax credit is not available/ availed) etc.
(ii) Direct Employee (labour) Cost: It is the total of payment made to the employees who are engaged in the production of goods and provision of services. Employee cost is also known as labour cost; it includes the following:
  1. Wages and salary;
  2. Allowances and incentives;
  3. Payment for overtimes;
  4. Bonus/ ex-gratia;
  5. Employer’s contribution to welfare funds such as Provident fund and other similar funds;
  6. Other benefits (medical, leave with pay, free or subsidised food, leave travel concession and provisions for retirement benefits) etc.
(iii) Direct Expenses: Expenses other than direct material cost and direct employee cost, which are incurred to manufacture a product or for provision of service and can be directly traced in an economically feasible manner to a cost object. The following costs are examples for direct expenses:
  1. Cost of utilities such as power & fuel, steam etc.;
  2. Royalty paid/ payable for production or provision of service;
  3. Hire charges paid for hiring specific equipment;
  4. Fee for technical assistance and know-how;
  5. Amortised cost of moulds, patterns, patents etc.;
  6. Cost for product/ service specific design or drawing;
  7. Cost of product/ service specific software;
  8. Other expenses which are directly related with the production of goods or provision of service.
Cost of Production

In a conventional cost sheet, this item of cost can be seen. It is the total of prime cost and factory related costs and overheads.

Prime Costxxx
Add: Factory Overheadsxxx
Gross Works Costsxxxx
Add: Opening stock of Work-in-processxxx
Less: Closing stock of Work-in-process(xxx)
Factory or Works Costsxxxx
Add: Quality Contol costxxx
Add:Research & Development cost (Process related)xxx
Add: Administrative Overheads related with productionxxx
Less: Credit for recoveries (miscalleneous income)(xxx)
Add: Packing Cost (Primary packing)xxx
Cost of Productionxxxx

(i) Factory Overheads: It is also known as works/ production/ manufacturing overheads. It includes the following indirect costs:
  1. Consumable stores and spares;
  2. Depreciation of plant and machinery, factory building etc.
  3. Lease rent of production assets;
  4. Repair and maintenance of plant and machinery, factory building etc.
  5. Indirect employees cost related with production activities;
  6. Drawing and Designing department cost;
  7. Insurance of plant and machinery, factory building, stock of raw material & WIP etc.
  8. Amortized cost of jigs, fixtures, tooling etc.
  9. Service department cost such as Tool Room, Engineering & Maintenance, Pollution Control etc.
(ii) Stock of Work-in-process: The cost of opening and closing stock of work-in-process (WIP) is adjusted to arrive at factory/ works cost. The WIP stock is valued on the basis of percentage of completion in respect of each element of cost. Students may refer the ‘Chapter- Process & Operation Costing’ to know the WIP valuation methods.

(iii) Quality Control Cost: This is the cost of resources consumed towards quality control procedures.

(iv) Research & Development cost: It includes only those research and development related cost which is incurred for the improvement of process, system, product or services.

(v) Administrative Overheads: It includes only those administration overheads which are related to production. The general administration overhead is not included in production cost.

(vi) Credit for recoveries: The realised or realisable value of scrap or waste is deducted as it reduces the cost of production.
(vii) Joint products and By-products: Joint costs are allocated between/among the products on a rational and consistent basis. In case of by- products, the net realisable value of by-products is deducted from the cost of production.

(viii) Packing Cost (primary): Packing material which is essential to hold and preserve the product for its use by the customer.

Cost of Goods Sold

It is the cost of production for goods sold. It is calculated after adjusting the values of opening and closing stocks of finished goods. It can be calculated as below:

Cost of Productionxxx
Add: Cost of Opening stock of finished goodsxxx
Less: Cost of Closing stock of finished goods(xxx)
Cost of Goods Soldxxxx

Cost of Sales

It is the total cost of a product incurred to make the product available to the customer or consumer. It includes Cost of goods sold, administration and marketing expenses. It is calculated as below:

Cost of Goods Soldxxx
Add: Administrative Overheads (General)xxx
Add: Selling Overheadsxxx
Add: Packing Cost (secondary)xxx
Add: Distribution Overheadsxxx
Cost of salesxxxx

(i) Administrative Overheads: It is the cost related with general administration of the entity. It includes the followings:
  1. Depreciation and maintenance of, building, furniture etc. of corporate or general management.
  2. Salary of administrative employees, accountants, directors, secretaries etc.
  3. Rent, rates & taxes, insurance, lighting, office expenses etc.
  4. Indirect materials- printing and stationery, office supplies etc.
  5. Legal charges, audit fees, corporate office expenses like directors’ sitting fees, remuneration and commission, meeting expenses etc.
(ii) Selling Overheads: It is the cost related with sale of products or services. It includes the following costs:
  1. Salary and wages related with sales department and employees directly related with selling of goods.
  2. Rent, depreciation, maintenance and other cost related with sales department.
  3. Cost of advertisement, maintenance of website for online sales, market research etc.
(iii) Packing cost (secondary): Packing material that enables to store, transport, inform the customer, promote and otherwise make the product marketable.

(iv) Distribution Overheads: It includes the cost related with making the goods available to the customers. The costs are
  1. Salary and wages of employees engaged in distribution of goods.
  2. Transportation and insurance costs related with distribution.
  3. Depreciation, hire charges, maintenance and other operating costs related with distribution vehicles etc.


Presentation of cost information

The cost items in the cost statement shall be presented on ‘basis of relevant classification’.

Specimen Format of Cost Sheet for a Manufacturing entity

 ParticularsTotal CostCost per unit
1Direct materials consumed:  
 Opening Stock of Raw Materialxxx 
 Add: Addition/Purchasesxxx 
 Less: Closing stock of Raw materialxxx 
2Direct employee (labour) costxxx 
3Direct expansesxxx 
4Prime Cost (1+2+3)xxx 
5Add: Works/Factory Overheadsxxx 
6Gross Works Cost (4+5)xxx 
7Add: Opening Work in processxxx 
8Less: Closing Work in process(xxx) 
9Works/Foctory Cost (6+7+8)xxx 
10Add: Quality Control Costxxx 
11Add: Research and Development Costxxx 
12Add: Administrative Overheads (relating to production activity)xxx 
13Less: Credit for recoveries/scrap/by-products/misc. income(xxx) 
14Add: Packing cost (primary)xxx 
15Cost of Production (9+10+11+12-13+14)xxx 
16Add: Opening stock of finished goodsxxx 
17Less: Closing stock of finished goods(xxx) 
18Cost of Goods Sold (15+16+17)xxx 
19Add: Administrative Overheads (General)xxx 
20Add: Marketing Overheads:  
 Selling Overheadsxxx 
 Distribution Overheadsxxx 
21Cost of Sales (18+19+20)xxx 

Treatment of various items of cost in Cost sheet/statement

(i) Abnormal costs- Any abnormal cost, where it is material and quantifiable, shall not form part of cost of production or acquisition or supply of goods or provision of service. Examples of abnormal costs are:
  1. Cost pertaining to or arising out of a pandemic e.g. COVID-19
  2. Cost associated with employees due to sudden lockdown.
(ii) Subsidy/ Grant/ Incentives- Any such type of payment received/ receivable are reduced from the cost objects to which such amount pertains.

(iii) Penalty, fine, damages, and demurrage - These types of expenses are not form part of cost.

(iv) Interest and other finance costs- Interest, including any payment in the nature of interest for use of non- equity funds and incidental cost that an entity incurs in arranging those funds. Interest and finance charges are not included in cost of production. Interest and Financing Charges shall be presented in the cost statement as a separate item of cost of sales.

Advantages of Cost sheet or Cost Statements

The main advantages of a Cost Sheet are as follows:
  1. It provides the total cost figure as well as cost per unit of production.
  2. It helps in cost comparison.
  3. It facilitates the preparation of cost estimates required for submitting tenders.
  4. It provides sufficient help in arriving at the figure of selling price.
  5. It facilitates cost control by disclosing operational efficiency.

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