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What is DSC?

digitalsignature_slide1What is a Digital Signature?

A digital signature authenticates electronic documents in a manner similar to a handwritten signature, which authenticates the printed documents. This signature cannot be forged. The recipient of a digitally signed message can verify that the message originated from the person whose signature is attached to the document and that the message has not been altered either intentionally or accidentally from the time it was signed. Also, the signer of a document cannot later disown it by claiming that the signature was forged.

In other words, digital signatures provides: Authentication, Data Integrity, and added security.

Types of Digital Signature Certificates:

There are primarily two types of Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) legally recognized in India:

Class 2 Certificate: These certificates are issued for both Business personnel (Organization type) and private individuals (Individual type) use.

Class 3 Certificate: These certificates are issued to for both Business personnel (Organization type) and private individuals (Individual type) use. These Certificates can be used for aforesaid purposes. It provides higher confidentiality and security to transact your operations.

It is primarily used for,

  • e-Filing of Income Tax Returns
  • e-Tendering
  • e-Auction
  • e-Procurement
  • Signing documents and emails
  • Online transactions/ authentications
  • MCA21 & ROC
  • LLP
  • TDS Certificates
  • VAT Returns
  • EFP Claims
  • Patent Trademark, etc.

It is used while transacting with organizations/entities like,

  • e-Office
  • PSUs and Semi Government staffers
  • Banks & NBFCs
  • State Government Departments
  • Corporate entities
  • ZP & Nagar Panchayats
  • Ordnance Factory
  • Defense Personnel
  • Insurance companies
  • Educational Institutions (Schools/ Colleges/ Training Institutes)
  • Hospitals & PHCs
  • Municipal & Cantonment Boards
  • I.R.E.P.S.