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This method also called 'Single output
Costing'. This method of costing is
used for products which can be
expressed in identical quantitative
units and is suitable for products
which are manufactured by continuous
manufacturing activity. Costs are
ascertained for convenient units of
manufacturing, dairy, flour mills etc.
Under this method costs are
ascertained for each work order
separately as each job has its own
specifications and scope.
Painting, Car repair,
Decoration, Repair of building etc.
Under this method costing is done for
big jobs which involves heavy
expenditure and stretches over a long
period and often it is undertaken at
different sites. Each contract is treated
as a separate unit for costing.
This is also known as Terminal
Costing. Construction of bridges,
roads, buildings, etc. comes under
This methods of costing is used where
the units produced in a batch are
uniform in nature and design. For the
purpose of costing each batch is
treated as a job or separate unit.
Pharmaceuticals etc. usually use
batch costing method.
Operating Costing or Service
Where the cost of operating a service
such as nursing home, Bus, railway or
chartered bus etc. this method of costing
is used to ascertain the cost of such
particular service. Each particular service
is treated as separate units in operating
In the case of a Nursing Home, a unit is
treated as the cost of a bed per day and
for buses operating cost for a kilometer
is treated as a unit.
This kind of costing is used for the products which go through
For example, manufacturing cloths goes through different
process. Fist process is spinning. The out put of spinning is
yarn. It is a finished product which can be sold in the market
to the weavers as well as use as a raw material for weaving
in the same manufacturing unit.
For the purpose of finding out the cost of yarn, the cost of
process is to be ascertained. The second step is the weaving
process. The out put of weaving process is cloth
which also can be sold as a finished product in the market. In
such case, the cost of cloth needs to be evaluated.
The third process is converting cloth in to finished product
such as shirt or trouser etc. Each process is to be evaluated
separately as the out put of each process can be treated as a
finished good as well as consumed as a raw material for the
next process. In such industries process costing is used to
ascertaining the cost at each stage of production.
When the output comprises many
assembled parts or components such
as in television, motor Car or
electronics gadgets, costs have to be
ascertained or each component as
well as the finished product. Such
costing may involve different methods
of costing for different components.
Therefore this type of costing is known
as composite costing or multiple
This is not a separate method of
costing. This is a system of using the
same method of costing by a number
of firms in the same industry. It is
treated as a common system of using
agreed principles and standard
accounting practices in the identical
firms or industry.
This helps in fixation of price of the
product and inter-firm comparisons.
Types of Costing
techniques of costings are used in
cost accounting. Different types of
costing is used in different industries
to analyze and presenting costs for
The generally used types of costing
are as follows:
In Marginal Costing, it allocates only
variable costs i.e. direct materials,
direct labour and other direct
expenses and variable overheads to
It does not take into account the fixed
cost of production. This type of costing
emphasizes the distinction between
fixed and variable costs.
The technique of absorbing fixed and
variable costs to production is called
costs, i.e. fixed and variable costs are
absorbed to the production.
When costs are determined in
advance on certain predetermined
standards under a given set of
operating conditions, it is called
Standard costing is to be compared
with the actual costs periodically to
analyze the changes in the cost to
revise the standards to avoid any loss
due to outdated costing.
When costs are determined in terms
of actual costs and not in terms of
predetermined standards cost is called
In this system of cost accounting,
costs are determined only after they
have been incurred.
Almost all organizations use historical
costing system of accounting for
Reconciliation of Cost and
Cost accounts act as a check on
financial accounts. To achieve this, we
have to compare the profit/loss
ascertained under the cost accounts
with the profit/loss arrived under
statement, we can find out the causes
of difference in cost accounting and
Double entry system of account is being
used by large manufacturing firms and
they adopt one of the following two
1. Integral or integrated Accounting:
2. Non-integral or Independent
1. Integral or integrated
Integral or integrated Accounting: When
cost and financial transactions are
In integral or integrated accounting Cost
and financial transactions are not kept
separate, they are together recorded
in one set of books of account.
2. Non-integral or Independent
When the cost and financial
transactions are kept separate, the
method followed is called "non-integral
or Independent Accounting".
separate set of books are
reconciliation of cost and financial
accounts arises only when nonintegral
maintenance of cost and financial
accounts in a single set of books. In
other words the merger of financial and
cost accounting by using a single set of
books of accounts.
This serve the purpose of both financial
account and cost account. A cost ledger
and three subsidiary ledgers i.e. Stores
Ledger, Work-in-progress Ledger and
Finished Stock Ledger are also
maintained in addition to the General
Ledger, Sales Bought Ledger and Sales
Preparation of Cost Sheet
Suppose you are running a factory which
manufactures electronic toys. You incur
expenses on raw material, labour and
other expenses which can be directly
attributed to cost and which cannot be
directly attributed but are incurred Upto
their sales. You need to know the
composition of cost at different stages.
This will help you in the analysis of cost of
a product so that same can be used for its
proper management. In this lesson you will
learn about cost sheet and its various
COST SHEET : MEANING AND ITS
Cost sheet is a statement, which shows
various components of total cost of a product.
It classifies and analyses the components of
cost of a product. Previous periods data is
given in the cost sheet for comparative study.
It is a statement which shows per unit cost in
addition to Total Cost. Selling price is
ascertained with the help of cost sheet. The
details of total cost presented in the form of a
statement is termed as Cost sheet. Cost
sheet is prepared on the basis of :
Historical Cost 2.
Historical Cost sheet is prepared on the basis of actual
cost incurred. A statement of cost prepared after
incurring the actual cost is called Historical Cost Sheet.
Estimated cost sheet is prepared on the basis of
estimated cost. The statement prepared before the
commencement of production is called estimated cost
sheet. Such cost sheet is useful in quoting the tender
price of a job or a contract.
Importance of Cost Sheet
The importance of cost sheet is as follows:
ś Cost ascertainment: The main objective of the cost sheet is
to ascertain the cost of a product. Cost sheet helps in
ascertainment of cost for the purpose of determining cost after
they are incurred. It also helps to ascertain the actual cost or
estimated cost of a Job.
Fixation of selling price: To fix the selling price of a product
or service, it is essential to prepare the cost sheet. It helps in
fixing selling price of a product or service by providing detailed
information of the cost.
Help in cost control: For controlling the cost of a product it is
necessary for every manufacturing unit to prepare a cost sheet.
Estimated cost sheet helps in the control of material
cost, labour cost and overheads cost at every point of
Facilitates managerial decisions: It helps in taking
important decisions by the management such as: whether to
produce or buy a component, what prices of goods are to be
quoted in the tender, whether to retain or replace an existing
Preparation of Cost Sheet
Questions - 1
From the following information, prepare a cost sheet for period ended on 31st March
Opening stock of raw material
Purchases of raw material
Closing stock of raw material
100% of direct
Office and administrative overheads
20% of works c
Question – 2
The following information is given to you from which you are
required to prepare Cost Sheet for the period ended on 31St
Cost Sheet for the period ended on 31st March, 2013
Fill in the BLANKS
(i) Cost sheet classifies and analyses the --------- of cost of a product.
(ii) ............... is ascertained with the help of
(iii) ............... Cost sheet is prepared on
the basis of actual cost
(iv) Cost sheet also helps to ascertain the actual
cost or …….of a job.
(v) Cost sheet helps in fixing ...............of
products or services by providing detailed cost
(vi) ............... cost sheet helps in the control of
material cost of a product/service.
Need for reconciliation of Cost
and Financial Accounts.
When financial and cost accounts are
maintained independently many a times the
profit or loss disclosed by the two sets of
books may differ from each other.
This difference in profit/loss necessitates the
preparation of a reconciliation statement. This
statement will show the reason for the
difference in figures in the two accounts i.e.
cost account and financial account.
It not only helps in checking the arithmetical
accuracy of operating results shown by the
financial accounts but also establish the
accuracy of cost accounts.
Need for reconciliation of Cost
and Financial Accounts.
Limitations and techniques of Cost accounting
Cost Accounting is not an exact science like other
branches of accounting but is an art which has
developed through theories and accounting practices
based on common sense and reasoning....
Methods of Costing and Types of Costing
As per the nature and peculiarities of the business,
different Industries follow different methods to find out
the cost of their product. There are different principles
and procedure for doing the costing....
Costing and Cost Accounting
Costing or cost accounting is a branch of accounting
which deals with recording classifying and appropriate
allocation of expenditure to determine the cost of
product and services. After determining the cost one
can fix the profit margin...