List of Maharatna, Navratna and Miniratna PSUs

The Public Sector Enterprises are run by the Government under the Department of Public Enterprises of Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. The govenment grants the status of Navratna, miniratna and maharatna to Central Public Sector Enterprises based upon the profit made by these CPSEs. The Maharatna category has been the most recent one since 2009, other two have been in function since 1997.

In our country, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) is a government-owned corporation. These companies are owned and operated by the Union Government of India, or a state government, or both. This company’s equity is majorly owned by the government, hence the named PSU. The need for setting up of PSUs arises because industrial development of any country requires a strong foundation supported by reliable infrastructure.  And infrastructure development is fundamentally a capital-intensive industry, which may not be lucarative for the private sector. Therefore, Government runds the Public Sector Enterprises.

After economic reforms, various PSUs have been awarded additional financial autonomy by the Government. These corporations are “public sector companies that have comparative advantages”. Which means that the Government has given them greater autonomy in their functioning to compete in the global market in order to support these enterprises in becoming global giants(players).

Currently, this level of financial autonomy is divided into following three categories:

  • Maharatna
  • Navratna
  • Miniratna

The criteria for giving Maharatna Status:

  • The company already holds Navratna status.
  • It is listed on the Indian stock exchange fulfilling the minimum prescribed public shareholding according to the SEBI regulations.criteria for Maharatna
  • The Average annual turnover of company during the last 3 years is more than Rs. 25,000 crore.
  • The Average annual net worth during the last 3 years is more than Rs. 15,000 crore.
  • The Average annual net profit after tax during the last 3 years is more than Rs. 5,000 crore.
  • The company should have significant global presence or international operations.

There are 7 Maharatna CPSEs, namely:

  1. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  2. Coal India Limited
  3. GAIL (India) Limited
  4. Indian Oil Corporation Limited
  5. NTPC Limited
  6. Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited
  7. Steel Authority of India Limited

Criteria for giving Navratna Status :

  • The company must have ‘Miniratna Category – I‘ status along with a Schedule ‘A’ listing.
  • It should have at least 3 ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the last five years.
  • Along with the above, it should also have a composite score of 60 or above out of possible 100 marks in the 6 selected performance parameters:-
    1. Net Profit to Net Worth (Maximum: 25)
    2. Manpower cost to cost of production or services (Maximum: 15)
    3. Gross margin as capital employed (Maximum: 15)
    4. Gross profit as Turnover (Maximum: 15)
    5. Earnings per Share (Maximum: 10)
    6. Inter-Sectoral comparison based on Net profit to net worth (Maximum: 20)

There are 17 Navratna CPSEs in the country, these are:

  1. Bharat Electronics Limited
  2. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
  3. Container Corporation of India Limited
  4. Engineers India Limited
  5. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
  6. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
  7. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited
  8. National Aluminium Company Limited
  9. National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited
  10. NMDC Limited
  11. Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited
  12. Oil India Limited
  13. Power Finance Corporation Limited
  14. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
  15. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
  16. Rural Electrification Corporation Limited
  17. Shipping Corporation of India Limited

Criteria for giving Miniratna Status:

Those CPSEs that have shown profits in the last continuous three years and have positive net worth, can be considered eligible for grant of Miniratna status. Presently, there are 71 Miniratnas in total. Generally, questions are not asked from these companies owing to their sheer number. But noteworthy is their categorisation. The Miniratnas are divided in two catergories – I and II.

Category I: These have made profits  for the last three years continuously or earned a net profit of Rs. 30 crore or more in one of these three years. There are 54 such companies.

Category II : These companies have made profits continuously for the last three years and must have a positive net worth. There are 18 such companies in this category.

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In various examinations, the questions are asked based upon the number of Maharatna, Navratna and Miniratna companies in India. In exams conducted by these PSUs for recruitment, thee are also questions asked based on general awareness about the criteria considered for granting these three financial autonomy status to companies. Such questions are answerable by reading the above compilation.

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