# What is Standard Costing

**Standard cost** can be defined “As a pre-determined cost which is calculated from management’s standard of efficient operation and relevant necessary expenditure. It may be used as a basis for price fixing and for control through variance analysis. ” Hence we can say standard costs are pre-determined estimates of cost of a single unit or a number of units of a product service. Uses of Standard Cost: – 1. Use of standard cost is an effective way for planning and controlling costs. 2. Pricing decisions and decisions involving submission of quotations, answering tenders etc are also facilitated by the use of standard costs. 3.

Identification and measurement of variances from standards have been made possible with the use of standard cost, with a view to improve performance or to correct loose standards, if any. 4. Facilitates management by exceptions. **DEFINITION OF STANDARD COSTING** Standard costing is defined by the I. C. M. A. London “As the preparation and uses of standard costs, their comparison with actual costs and the analysis of variance to their causes and point of incidence. ” Hence we can say standard costing is a method of preparation of standards and their uses for comparison with actual costs by variance analysis. It involves following steps:- . Setting up of standard. 2. Ascertainment of actual costs. 3. Comparison of actual cost with standard cost to determine the variance, and 4. Investigation of variance and taking appropriate action thereon wherever necessary. Type of Standards 1. Current standard :- Current standard is a standard established for use over a short period of time, related to current conditions. The problem with this type of standard is that it does not try to improve on current level of efficiency. 2. Basic Standard :- Basic standard is a standard established for use over a long period, from which a current standard can be developed.

The main disadvantage of this type of standard is that, if it has remained unaltered over a long period of time, it may be outdated. The main advantage is that it is showing the change in trend of price and efficiency from year to year. 3. Ideal Standard :- Ideal standard is a standard, which can be attained under the most favourable conditions. No provision is made e. g. for shrinkage, spoilage or machine breakdowns. Users of this type of standard believes that the resulting unfavourable variance will remind management of the need for improvement in all phases of operations.

Ideal standard are not widely used in practice because they may influence employee motivation adversely. 4. Normal Standard :- These standards are based on past average, adjusted with anticipated future changes. We can say these are the standard that may be achieved under normal operating conditions. These standard are however difficult to set because they require a degree of forecasting. The variances thrown out under this system are deviation from normal efficiency, normal sales volume or normal productive volume.

If the actual performance is found to be abnormal, large variances may result and it is necessary to revise standard to find out actual result. 5. Expected Attainable Standard :- It is a comparison between extreme of ideal standard and normal standard. These standards :- a) are set for providing operating inefficiencies which are unavoidable, b) are very realistic in nature and providing best creation for evaluation of performance c) take into account prevailing conditions in the period for which standards are used and d) have got the maximum uses because they fulfill all the requirement of good standard.

So we can say these are very usefull for cost control purpose. Setting up of standard:- In order to use predetermined standard cost, standard have to be set for each element of cost (i. e. Material, labour and overhead) for line of product manufactured or service supplied. Standard cost shows that what the cost should be keeping in mind the most favourable production conditions and on the assumption that plant will operate at maximum possible efficiency. The integration of all functional departments is must in setting standard.

The quantities, price and rates, qualities and grades, terms of purchases, product substitution etc. have to be kept in mind while setting standards. The success of standard cost system depends on the standards. So standards must be set, system should be implemented whatever may be faults or delay or cost, otherwise the whole exercise will so waste. Problems faced while setting standards. 1. Deciding how to incorporate inflation into planned unit costs. 2. Agreeing a labour efficiency standard (for example, should current time, expected time or idle time be used in the labour efficiency standard. 3. Deciding on the quality of material to be used, because a better quality of material will cost more but perhaps will reduce the material wastage. 4. Estimating materials prices where seasonal price variations or bulk price discount may be significant. 5. Possible ‘behavioral’ problem. Managers responsible for the achievement of standard costing control system for fear of being ‘blamed’ for any adverse variance. 6. The cost of setting up and maintaining a system for establishing standard. Advantages of Standard Costing. A good standard costing system has many advantages which include ollowing:- 1. Budgets are compiled from standards. 2. Standard costing highlights the areas of strengths and weaknesses. 3. Actual cost can be compared with standard cost in order to evaluate performance. 4. The setting of standards should result in the utilization of best resources and method being used and thereby increase efficiency. 5. It adds to management effectiveness and efficiency. 6. It helps in product pricing. 7. It reduces clerical record keeping and aid cost reduction. 8. It helps in budgetary planning and control. 9.

It is a method for valuation of stock and provides a basic for setting wages incentive scheme etc. So we can say a good standard costing system have many advantages, which increases the working capacity of firm. Criticism (Disadvantage) of standard Costing. As discussed above, standard costing system has huge advantage but the system also have some disadvantages. These disadvantages are as follows. 1. A lot of input data is required which can be expensive. 2. Standard costing is usually confirmed to organizations whose processes or jobs are repetitive. 3.

Standard costing system does not follow ‘Learning Curve Theory’ and ‘Zero Base Budgeting ’, which are widely used in current economic conditions. 4. Unless standards are actually set, any performance will be meaningless. 5. Uncertainty in standard costing can be caused by inflation, technological change, economic and political factor etc. Standard, therefore, need to be continually updated and revised. 6. The maintenance of cost database is expensive. 7. The research evidence shows that overly elaborate variances are imperfectly understood by line of managers and thus they are likely to be ineffective for control purposes. . All forms of variance analysis are post mortem on past events. Obviously the past cannot be altered so the only value variances can have is to guide management if identical or similar circumstances occur in the future. There are many advantages of standard costing system so apart from these disadvantages this system is widely used by the industry. Standard Cost v/s Estimated Cost The distinguishing feature of Standard Cost from Estimated cost is as follows. . Standard Costing v/s Budgetary Control The distingusishing features of ‘Standard costing’ from ‘Budgetry control’ are as follows.

Variance analysis :- The main part of standard costing system is variance analysis. Before starting variance analysis in standard costing system, we must know about variance and variance analysis. Variance:- Variance is the difference between planned/ budgeted / standard cost and actual cost incurred. Variance analysis :- Analysis of variance arises into standard costing system. Variance can be divided into two part 1. Variance related to cost. 2. Variance related to sales. 1. Variance Related to Cost :-we know that cost can be divided into three part i. e.

Material cost, Labour cost & Overhead cost. So every industry established standards for these three type of cost and anaysis difference from standard established by them to actual cost incurred. Variance related to cost are shown in figure one:- Figure 1 :- Related to Material Cost Related to Labour Cost Related to overhead Cost Diff. arises in std. establish for respective cost and actual cost incurred General point to be kept in mind for variance analysis into Standard Costing :- 1. Variance is always in money and money worth. 2. Output level for both i. . standard data & actual data is same. For example, if actual output is 1000 unit then standard output should changed to 1000 unit. 3. All standards are established on the basis of absorption costing system. 4. Always prepare cost sheet for standard data and actual data for actual output before starting variance analysis. 5. Variances are favarable (F) and adverse (A) according to the profit or loss to the industry. 6. Opening and closing stock always to be shown on std. cost instead of actual cost. These are the basic point to be kept in mind for variance analysis.

Now we briefly study each type of variance related to cost. 1. Variance related to Material Cost. :- Difference between standard established for material and actual material cost incurred. It is shown in figure – 2. Analysis of Flow Chart 1. Material Cost Variance (M. C. V. ) :- “ Material cost variance is the difference between standard cost of direct material specified for output achived and the actual cost of direct material used. ” ICMA London Hence, we can say that material cost variance is the difference between standard cost of direct material for actual output and actual cost of the material used.

Formula :- Material cost variance = Total std. cost for actual output – Total actual cost => ——— 1 Figure-2 Material Cost Variance (MCV) Material Price Variance (MPV) Material Usage Variance (MUV) Mat. Mix Variance (MMV) Mat. Yield Variance (MYV) 2. Material Price Variance (MPV) :- “ Material price variance is that portion of material cost variance which is due to the difference between standard price specified and actual price paid. ICMA London Hence, we can say that, material price variance is the variance between standard price and actual price for actual quantity. Formula :- Material Price Variance = ( Std. Price – Actual Price) Actual Quantity => MPV = ( SP – AP ) AQ —— 2 3. Material Usage Variance (MUV) :- “ Material usage variance is that portion of the material cost variance which is due to the difference between standard quantity specified and actual quantity used. ” ICMA London Hence, we can say that material usage variance is the varince between std. uantity and actual quantity for given level of output where the price is standard price. Formula :- Material Usages Variance = ( Std. Quantity – Actual Quantity ) Std. Price => MUV = ( SQ – AQ ) SP ——- 3 Verification or Check :- We know that material price variance and material usages variance are the part of material cost variance. So total of these two variance is equal to material cost variance. So. Mat. Cost Variance = Mat Price Variance+ Mat. Usages Variance => MCV = MPV + MUV ——- 4

Proof:- We Know that MCV = (TSC For AO – TAC ) From Formula No. – 1 MPV = ( SP – AP ) AQ From Formula No. – 2 MUV = ( SQ- AQ ) SP From Forumla No. – 3 If we add 2 & 3 we found that:- MPV + MUV = ( SP – AP ) AQ + ( SQ –AQ ) SP = SP x AQ – AP x AQ + SP x SQ – SP x AQ = SP x SQ – AP x AQ :- Std. Price x Std. Quantity = TSC = TSC – TAC = MCV (H. P. ) Actual Price X Actual Quantity = TAC Example –1 Ram Food Ltd. produce an article by blending two basic of raw material.

The following standard have been set up for raw material. Standard output =1000 Kgs Per Month Material Standard Mix Standard Price Per Kgs. X 40% Rs. 4. 00 Y 60% Rs. 3. 00 The standard loss in processing is 10%. During the month of april 2003 company produce 900 K. g. s of the article and following cost are incurred. X 500 Kgs @ Rs. . 90 Per Kgs Y 600 Kgs @ Rs. 3. 10 Per Kgs You are required to compute material cost variance, material price variance, material usages variance and also verified your answers. Answer :- Step to be considired :- 1. Find out the output, which is 900 Kgs in this question. 2. Make Cost Sheet for standard data and actual data for given level of output which is 900 Kgs irrespective to standard output. 3. Find out standard cost and actual cost for desire level of output i. e. for 900 Kgs. 4.

If there is more then one raw material then calculate price variance and usage variance for all raw material separately and then add all relative variance to find out final answer. 5. Always write the formula into computation. Cost Sheet Output- 900 Kgs |Particulars |Standard |Actual | | |Quantity |Price |Amount |Quantity |Price |Amount | | |(In Kgs) |(In Rs. ) |(In Rs. ) |(In Kgs) |(In Rs. |(In Rs. ) | |Mat. X | 400 | 4. 00 |1600. 00 | 500 | 3. 90 |1950. 00 | |Mat. Y | 600 | 3. 00 |1800. 00 | 600 | 3. 10 |1860. 00 | | | 1000 | |3400. 00 | 1100 | |3810. 00 | |Process Loss | (-)100 | | —– | (-)200 | | —– | |Output | 900 | |3400. 00 | 900 | | 3810. 00 | Working Note. – Calculation of standard data for actual output Output = 900 Kgs Add:- Standard loss 10% Of Input i. e. 1/9th of output = 100 Kgs Input = 1000Kgs Ratio between X & Y = 40% & 60% So Standard input of Mat. X for actual output = 400Kgs Standard inout of Mat. Y for actual output = 600Kgs Computation of variances :- Material Cost Variances :-

We Know that MCV = TSC For AO – TAC = 3400 – 3810 = 410 A Since the company wants to pay Rs. 3400 but has paid Rs. 3810 for 900 unit. As a result it had made negative effect on companys performance. So it is adverse to the company and shown as (A) . Material Price Variance: – We know that, MPV = (SP – AP) AQ = For Mat. X = (4. 00 – 3. 90) 500 = 50 F For Mat. Y = (3. 00 – 3. 10) 600 = 60 A Total MPV = 10 A Note :- F= Favourable, shows positive figure & A= Adverse, shows negative figure. Material Usages Variances:- We know that, MUV = (SQ – AQ) SP = For Mat.

X = (400 – 500)*4 = 400 A For Mat. Y = (600 – 600)*3 = 0 Total MUV = 400 A Verification:- We know that, MCV = MPV + MUV = 10A + 400 A = 410 A = MCV Material Usages Variance can also be divided in two parts i. e. Material Mix Variance and Material Yield Variance. Material Mix Variance :- “Mix Variance is the portion of the direct material usage variance which is due to difference between the standard and actual composition of mixture. ” ICMA London We can say, mix variance is the variance which is arising due to difference between standard mix and actual mix of input for given level of output. General Point to be considered:- 1. Mix variance arises where two or more materials used in a product. 2. If level of total input is same between standard quantity and actual quantity then no mix variance arises. So the main point to be kept in mind is that mix variance is computed only when the total actual input and total standard output are differing.

Otherwise mix variance is equal to usage variance. 3. Level of output is same for actual data and standard data. 4. Compute Revised Standard Quantity (RSQ), which is total actual input divided in standard ratio. Std. Qty. of particular Material Or: – RSQ = Total Actual Input X Total Standard Qty. So Material Mix Variance = (Rev. Std. Qty. – Actual Qty. ) Std. Price Or:- MMV = (RSQ – AQ) SP —— 5

You can see, if we replace SQ by RSQ in usage variance we found formula of mix variance which prove that, Material Mix Variance is Usages Variance which computed after making level of Input same for both standard data and actual data. Example – 2 :- Considering the figures of example-1, compute material mix variance. Step to be Considered : – first 5 steps are same as per example—1 5. To check the input level and find out if there is any difference in std. input (1000k. g. s) and actual input (1100K. g. s). 6. If there is difference, then compute Revised Standard Quantity from actual input.

RSQ = Total actual input divided in standard ratio i. e. 40 : 60 = 1100 Kgs divided between X & Y (40: 60) X = 1100X40/100 = 440 Kgs Y = 1100 X60/100 = 660 Kgs Computation of Material Mix Variance:- We know that MMV = (RSQ – AQ) SP = For Mat. X = (440 – 500) 4 = 240 A For Mat. Y = (660 – 600) 3 = 180 F Total MMV = 60 A

Material Yield (Output) Variance: – “Material Yield Variance is that portion of Material Usages Variance which is due to the difference between standard yield and the actual yield obtained. ” ICMA London In simple word, Material Yield Variance is the difference between standard yield and actual yield for actual input. Some people can ask that in every cost sheet standard yield (0utput) and actual yield (0utput) are same because we compute standard data on the basis of actual output. So there is no question of yield variance. But Yield variance is computed by taking standard output (Yield) from actual input.

So yield variance is a variance due to difference in wastage from standard mix and actual wastage. Formula: – Mat. Yield Variance = (Actual Yield – Std. Yield from Actual Input) Std. Rate MYV = (AY – SY from Actual Input) SR ——— 6 Where, Actual Yield = Actual Output Standard Yield from actual input = Total Actual Input – Standard Loss in actual input Standard Rate = Total Standard Cost / Total Standard Output

Note: – We take actual yield first then subtract standard yield from actual yield to find out variance but in other variances, we take standard data first and then subtract actual data from standard data to find out variance because all other variances except yield variance are variances related to expenditure but yield variance is related to output/yield and if actual yield is more than standard yield then it is favorable to the company. Material Yield Variance is also known as Material Sub Usages Variance (MSUV). Alternative formula to calculate MYV:-

MYV (MSUV) = (SQ – RSQ) SP —— 7 Where, SQ = Std. Qty. RSQ = Rev. Std. Qty. SP = Std. Price Example –3:- Considering the figures of example – 1, you are required to compute material yield variance/material sub usages variance from direct formula and indirect formula. All steps are same as example-2. We know that, MYV = (AY – SY From actual input) SR Where, Actual Yield = 900 Kgs Std. Yield from actual input = AI – Std. Loss from A. I. 1100 – (1100 X10/100) = 990 Kgs Std. Rate = Total Std. Cost/ Total Std. Output = 3400/900 = Rs. 3. 7777 per unit So, MYV = (900 – 990)*3. 7777 = 340 A (Because std. yield is less then actual yield) Material Yield Variance is also known as Mat. Sub Usages Variance, so MSUV = 340 A MYV/ MSUV from Alternative Formula. We know that: – MYV / MSUV = (SQ – RSQ) SP = For Mat.

X = (400 – 440) 4 = 160 A For Mat. Y = (600 – 660) 3 = 180 A Total MYV / MSUV = 340 A Verification / Check: – We know that material mix variance and material yield variance are the part material usages variance, so total of material mix variance and material yield variance is equal to material usages variance. Formula: – Mat. Usages Variance = Mat Mix Variance + Mat. Yield Variance MUV = MMV + MYV —— 8 Proof : – We know that:- MUV = (SQ – AQ) SP

MMV = (RSQ – AQ) SP MYV = (SQ – RSQ) SP So, MMV+MYV = (RSQ – AQ) SP + (SQ – RSQ) SP = (RSQ – AQ + SQ – RSQ) SP = (SQ – AQ) SP = MUV (H. P. ) Example-4:- Considering the figures of example 1,2 & 3, MMV+MYV = MUV. MUV = 400 A (Ex. 1), MMV= 60 A (Ex-2), MYV = 340 A (Ex-3) So MMV+MYV = 60 A + 340 A = 400 A, Which is equal to MUV i. e. 400 A. Alternative Verification: – Normally uses in computing missing figure. We know that: – MCV = MPV + MUV MUV = MMV + MYV So MCV = MPV + MMV + MYV ——– 9 Mat.

Purchases Price Variance (MPPV): – This variance is not the part of material cost variance but used when there is any difference in purchased quantity and quantity consumed. Formula: – MPPV = (SP – AP)*AQ Purchased So if in Ex. –1 Qty. purchased for mat. X = 600 Kgs. then MPPV= (4. 00 – 3. 90) 600 = 60 F Summary:- A. Formulas:- 1. MCV = TSC for AO – TAC 2. MPV = (SP – AP) AQ 3. MUV = (SQ – AQ) SP 4. MMV = (RSQ – AQ) SP (:- RSQ = Actual qty. ivided in standard ratio. ) 5. MYV/ MSUV = (AY – SY from Actual Input) SR where is SR = Standard Cost per Unit of Standard Output Or = (SQ – RSQ) SP 6. MCV = MPV + MUV 7. MUV = MMV + MYV 8. MCV = MPV + MMV + MYV 9. MPPV = (SP – AP) AQ Purchased B. General point to be kept in mind a. Level of output is the same for actual data and standard data b.

Always prepare cost sheet before starting question for both standard data and actual data for same level of output. c. Always write formula before computing variances. d. Mix variance is computed when any difference is found in actual input and standard input for same level of output. e. Material Yield Variance is also known as Material Sub Usage Variance. f. Always read theory carefully to develop a strong concept. Variance Related to Labour Cost: – Difference between standard establish for Labour Cost and actual Labour Cost incurred. It can be shown by this Flow Chart Labour Cost Variance (LCV)

Labour Rate Variance (LRV) Labour Efficiency Variance (LEV) Idle Time Variance Labour Mix Variance (LMV) Labour yield Variance (LYV) Analysis of Flow Chart:- Labour Cost Variance (LCV) :- “Labour Cost Variance is the difference between standard cost of labour specified and actual cost of labour employed. ” ICMA London. Hence, we can say it is the difference between standard labour cost for actual output and actual labour cost. Formula: – Labour Cost Variance = Total Standard Labour cost for Actual output – Total Actual Labour Cost

LCV = TSC for AO – TAC ——– 1 Labour Rate Variance (LRV) :- “ Labour Rate variance is that portion of Labour Cost Variance which is due to the difference between Standard Rate Specified and Actual Rate paid. ” ICMA London Hence, we can say Labour Rate Variance is the difference between Standard Rate and Actual rate paid to labour for actual hour including idle time for actual output. Formula: – Labour Rate Variance = (Std. Rate – Actual Rate)*Actual Hour LRV = (SR – AR) AH (including Idle Time) —- 2

Note- Idle time is also included in computation of labour rate variance because we also pay wages to labour for idle time. Labour efficiency variance (LEV) :- “ Labour efficiency variance is that portion of labour cost variance which is due to the difference between standard labour hours for output achieved and actual labour hour spent. ” ICMA London So labour efficiency variance is the variance due to difference between standard labour hour for actual output and actual labour hour excluding idle time or we can say hour worked.

Since we are computing efficiency variance and want to know about efficiency of workers, idle time should not be included. Formula: -Labour efficiency variance = (Std. Hour for A. O. –Actual Hour worked)*Std. Rate LEV = (SH For AO – AH worked)*SR ——- 3 Idle Time Variance: – (ITV):- It is the portion of labour cost variance, which arises due to difference between labour hour applied and labour hour utilized. In practice some time abnormal circumstances arises like Strike, Lockout and power failure etc. which prevent utilization of all paid labour hours, i. . labour hours applied. However some author says that idle time variance is the part of efficiency variance. But in my view there is no relation between efficiency and idle time because idle time variance is due to abnormal causes and abnormal causes cannot take part in computation of efficiency variance. Formula:- Idle Time Variance = Idle Time X Std. Rate per Hour —- 4 Note: – Idle Time Variance is always adverse to the company because payment for idle time is 100% loss to the company.

Verification: – We know that labour rate variance, labour efficiency variance and idle time variance are the part of labour cost variance, so sum of these three is equal to labour cost variance. Formula: – Labour Cost Variance = Labour Rate Variance + Labour efficiency Variance + Idle time variance. LCV = LRV + LEV + Idle Time Variance — 5 Proof: – We know that: – LCV = TSC for AO – TAC, LRV = (SR – AR)*AH, LEV = (SH – AH Worked)*SR and Idle time variance= IT X SR So:-

LRV + LEV+ ITV = (SR – AR) AH + (SH – AH Worked) SR + IT X SR = (SR – AR) AH + (SH- AH Worked +IT) SR = (SR- AR) AH + (SH – AH) SR: – {AH Worked + IT = Total AH} = SR x AH – AR x AH +SR x SH – SR x AH = SR x SH – AR x AH = TSC – TAC = LCV (Hence Proved) Example –5:- ABC Ltd manufactures a component. The production and standard labour cost for the month are as follows. Budgeted Production = 4000 unit Std. abour cost per unit – Skilled 1. 5 h @ 4 per hour = Rs 6 – Semi skilled 1. 5 h @ 2 per hour = Rs 3 Actual result: – Production = 3900 unit Wages = Rs. 27000 for skilled labour and Rs. 13500 for semi skilled labour. Through out the month 30 worker of skilled and 30 worker of semi skilled (S. Skilled) labour were employed, who were on duty for 8 hour per day for 25 days, however during the last week of the month each worker remained idle for 4 hour as a result of machine break down because of poor maintenance.

You are required to compute labour cost variance, labour rate variance, labour efficiency variance, idle time variance and also verified your answer. Answer: – Step to be considered:- 1. Find out actual output, which are 3900 units. 2. Prepare cost sheet for standard labour data and actual labour data. 3. Find out standard cost and actual cost for desire level of output. 4. If there is more than one type of labour, then compute variance for each type of labour separately and then add them to find out total variance. 5. Write the formula before computing the variance. Cost Sheet Output – 3900units

Particulars Standard Actual Hours Rate Amount Hours Rate Amount (P. Hour) (In Rs. ) (P. Hour) (In Rs. ) Skilled Lab. 5850 4. 00 23400. 00 5880 4. 50 26460. 00 S. Skilled 5850 2. 00 11700. 00 5880 2. 25 13230. 00 11700 35100. 0 11760 39690. 00 Idle Time Skilled —- —- 120 4. 50 540. 00 S. Skilled —- —- 120 2. 25 270. 00 Total 11700 35100. 00 12000 40500. 00 Working Note: – 1. Computation of Labour Hour:- a) Std. labour hour: – Skilled worker = 3900 Unit X 1. 5 h P. U. 5850 h S. Skilled = 3900 Unit X 1. 5 h P. U. = 5850 h b) Actual labour hour: – Skilled worker = 8X25X30 = 6000h – (4 X 30) ITV = 5880h Idle Time = 120 h S. Skilled = 8X25X30 = 6000h – (4 X 30) ITV = 5880h Idle Time = 120h 2.

Computation of Actual Rate per Hour:- Skilled worker = 27000/6000 = Rs. 4. 50 P. Hour S. Skilled = 13500/ 6000 = Rs. 2. 25 P. Hour Computation of variances: – 1. Labour Cost Variance (LCV) :- We know that, LCV = TSC for AO – TAC = 35100 – 40500 = 5400 A 2. Labour Rate Variance (LRV) :- We know that, LRV = (SR – AR)*AH For Skilled worker = (4. 00 – 4. 50)*6000 = 3000 A For S. Skilled = (2. 0 – 2. 25)*6000 = 1500 A Total LRV = 4500 A 3. Labour Efficiency Variance (LEV) :- We know that, LEV = (SH – AH worked)*SR For Skilled worker = (5850 – 5880)*4 = 120 A For S. Skilled = (5850 – 5880)*2 = 60 A Total LEV = 180 A 4. Idle Time Variance:- We know that, Idle Time Variance = Idle Time X Std.

Rate per hour For Skilled worker = 120 X 4 = 480 A S. Skilled = 120 X 2 = 240 A Total Idle Time Variance = 720 A Verification: – We know that: – LCV = LRV + LEV + Idle Time Variance = 4500 A + 180 A +720 A = 5400 A Labour efficiency variance can be divided into two parts i. e. :- 1.

Labour Mix Variance 2. Labour Yield variance Labour Mix Variance (LMV) :- “Labour Mix Variance is that portion of the labour cost variance which arises due to the difference between the standard and actual composition of gang. ” Or we can say the difference due to change in composition of labour force. Mix variance is the variance which is arise due to difference between standard mix and actual mix of input for given level of output. General point to be considered in computation of labour mix variance:- 1. Mix variance arises only when two or more type of labour are used. . If the level of total labour hour input is same between standard hour and actual hour for same level of output, then no mix variance arises or mix variance is equal to efficiency variance. 3. Level of output is same for both standard data and actual data. 4. Compute Revised Standard Hour (RSH), which is total actual hour worked divided in standard ratio. Std. Hour of Particular labour Revised Standard Hour = Total Actual Hour worked X Total Std.

Hour for A. O. 5. Actual hour should be taken excluding Idle Time, because idle time is not the part of efficiency variance. Formula: – Labour Mix Variance = ( Rev. Std. hour – Act. hour worked ) Std. rate per hour OR: – LMV = ( RSH – AH worked ) SRPH —– 6 Labour Mix Variance is also known as Gang Composition Variance because it arises due to difference between composition of standard and actual gang. Example – 6 :- Considering the figures of example – 5, you are required to compute labour mix variance.

Answer: – Steps to be considered. First 5 steps are the same as per example –5. 6. Find out level of input, which is 11700 hour for standard and 11760 hour for actual data. Since there is difference between standard data and actual data, labour mix variance can computed. 7. Calculate Rev. Std. hour, which is actual hour worked divided in standard ratio, i. e. 1: 1 for given example. Therefore:- RSH = TAH Worked X ? for each type of labour i. e. For Skilled worker = 11760 X ? = 5880 hour S.

Skilled = 11760 X ? = 5880 hour Computation of Labour Mix Variance :- We Know That, LMV = (RSH – AH Worked) SRPH For Skilled Worker = (5880 – 5880) 4 = 0 S. Skilled = (5880 – 5880) 2 = 0 Total LMV = 0 Conclusion: – Because the ratio of actual labour hour ( 1: 1) is equal to the ratio of standard labour hour, labour mix variance is equal to zero.

Hence we can say if ratio of standard labour hour and actual labour hour between different types of labour is same, then labour mix variance will always be zero. Labour Yield ( Output ) Variance: – “ It is that portion of labour efficiency variance which arises due to difference between actual output of worker and standard output of worker specified from actual hour worked. ” There will be no difference between labour efficiency variance and labour yield variance, if efficiency variance has been exclusively due to difference between :- i) actual level of performance of workers and ii) standard level of performance of workers.

Therefore we can say that Labour Yield Variance is the difference between standard output and actual output from actual hour worked. All other concept are the same as per Material Yield Variance except idle time which is not considered in computation of labour yield variance. Formula :- Labour Yield Variance = ( Act. Yield – Std. Yield from act. hour worked ) Std. labour rate per yield OR LYV = ( AY – SY From act. hour worked ) SR per yield —- 7 Where, Std. ield from actual hour worked = Act. Hour worked X Std. yield Per Hour and Standard Labour Rate per yield = Total Standard Labour Cost Total Standard Output Note :- Labour Yield Variance is also known as Labour Sub Usages Variances (LSUV). Alternative Formula to Compute Labour Yield Variance :- LYV / LSUV = ( SH – RSH ) SR —— 7. 1 Where is RSH = Rev. tandard Hour Example –7: – Considering the figure of example – 5 , you are required to compute labour yield variance / labour sub usages variance from both direct and alternative formula. Answer: – 1. All steps are the same as per example – 6 2. Std. rate per yield = Total Std. Labour Cost / Total Std. Output = 35100. 00/3900 = Rs. 9 per unit 3. Std. yield from AH worked = Act. hour worked X std. ield per hour = 11760 X 3900 = 3920 Unit 11700 Labour Yield Variance = LYV = (AY – SY from AH worked) SR = (3900 – 3920) 9 = 180 A From Alternative formula, = LYV = ( SH – RSH ) SR For Skilled labour = (5850 – 5880)*4 = 120 A For S.

Skilled = (5850 – 5880) 2 = 60 A Total LYV = 180 A So, Total Labour Yield / Sub Usages Variance = 180 A . All other points are same as per Material Yield Variance. Verification: – We know that LMV & LYV are the part of LEV . Therefore so total of LMV & LYV is equal to LEV LEV = LMV + LYV —– 8 Proof :- We know That, LEV = (SH – AH worked)*SR

LMV = (RSH – AH worked)*SR LYV = (SH – RSH)*SR Therefore: – LMV + LYV = (RSH – AH worked)*SR + (SH – RSH)*SR = (RSH – AH worked + SH – RSH)*SR = (SH – AH worked) SR = LEV (Hence Proved) Example – 8 :- Considering the figures of example – 5, you are required to verified your answer. Answer :- We know that, LEV = 180 A , LMV= 0 & LYV =180 A. Therefore LMV + LYV = 0 + 180 A = 180 A Alternative Verification: – Normally used in computation of missing figures.

We know that: – LCV = LPV + LEV + Idle Time Variance And LEV = LMV + LYV Therefore we can say that, LCV = LPV + LMV + LYV + Idle Time Variance ——- 9 Summary A) Formulas: – 1. LCV = TSC for AO – TAC 2. LRV = (SR – AR) AH ( including idle time. ) 3. LEV = (SH – AH worked) SRPH 4. Idle Time Variance = Idle Time X SRPH (Always Adverse) 5. LMV = (RSH – AH worked) SRPH Where is RSH = Actual Input Divided in standard ratio 6.

LYV = (AY – SY from AH worked) SR per yield Where is: – SR per yield = T SC / T SO 6. 1 Or LYV = (SH – RSH) SRPH 7. LCV = LRV + LEV + Idle Time Variance 8. LEV = LMV + LYV 9. LCV = LRV + LMV + LYV + Idle Time Variance B) General point to be considered while computing Labour Variances: – 1. Level of output should be same for standard data and actual data. 2. Always prepare cost sheet for standard labour data and actual labour data before solving the problem, for same level of output i. . Actual output. 3. Always write formula before computing variance. 4. Idle time variance is always adverse to the company 5. Mix variance is computed only when there is any difference between standard hour and actual hour worked for given level of output. 6. Labour Yield Variance is also known as Labour Sub Usages Variance and computed on the basis of actual hour worked irrespective of standard hour. Variance Related to Overhead: – It is last recognize head of variance related to cost.

Overhead can be further divided into two parts, Variable Overhead & Fixed overhead. Therefore, variance analysis is also done separately for both type of overheads. Variance Related to Variable Overhead: – Variable overhead are the overheads, which remain same on per unit basis but varies with the output in total. Variable Overhead and its sub-division can be summarized in a flow hart given below: – Variable Overhead Cost Variance (VOCV) Variable Overhead Expenditure Variable Overhead Efficiency Variance (VOExp.

V) Variance (VOEff. V) Variable Overhead Cost Variance (VOCV) :- ‘Variable Overhead Cost Variance represent difference between standard cost of variable overhead allowed for actual output and actual variable overhead incurred during the period. ’ Formula :- Variable Overhead Cost Variance =Total Std. Variable Overhead for Actual Output – Total Actual Variable Overhead or VOCV = TSVO for AO – TAVO —— 1 Variable Overhead Expenditure Variance (VOExp.

V) :- ‘Variable Overhead Expenditure Variance is the portion of variable overhead cost variance, which arises due to difference between standard rate specified and actual rate paid. ’ Thus, we can say that variable overhead expenditure variance is the difference between standard rate & actual rate paid for actual hour of actual output. It is just computed as labour rate variance. Formula: – Variable Overhead Exp. Variance = (Std. Rate – Act. Rate) Actual Hour VOExp. V = (SRPH – ARPH) AH —— 2 Variable Overhead efficiency variance (VOEff.

V) :- ‘Variable Overhead efficiency Variance is that portion of variable overhead cost variance, which arises due to difference between standard hour output achieved and actual hour spent. Thus we can say that, variable overhead efficiency variance is the difference between standard labour hour and actual labour hour for output achieved multiplied by the standard rate per hour. It is just computed as labour efficiency variance. Formula: – Variable Overhead Efficiency Variance : – = (Std. Hour – Actual Hour worked) Std. Rate per hour of variable overhead VOEff. V = (SH for AO – AH worked) SR ——- 3

Verification :- We know that variable overhead expenditure variance and variable overhead efficiency variance are the parts of variable overhead cost variance so total of these two is equal to variable overhead cost variance. Formula: – Variable Overhead Cost Variance = Variable Overhead Expenditure Variance + Variable Overhead Efficiency variance VOCV = VOExp. V + VOEff. V ——- 4 Proof: – We know that, VOCV = TSVO For AO – TAVO VOExp.

V = (SR – AR) AH VOEff. V = (SH – AH) SR Therefore, VOExp. V + VOEff. V = (SR – AR) AH + (SH – AH) SR = SR x AH – AR x AH + SR x SH – SR x AH = SR x SH – AR x AH = TSVO – TAVO = VOCV (Hence Proved) Example – 9 Following information is obtained from M/s Jitesh & Co. Ltd. – Budgeted production for the period = 600 units Budgeted variable overhead = Rs. 15600/- Standard time for one unit = 20 hours Actual production for the period = 500 units Actual variable overhead = Rs. 14000/- Actual hour worked = 9000 hours You are required to compute variances related to variable overhead. Answer: – Steps to be considered: – . Find out actual level of output i. e. , 500 units in the above question. 2. Prepare cost sheet for standard data and actual data for given level of output i. e. 500 units irrespective of budgeted production (600 units). 3. It is better to compute all the variances based on hours. We cannot compute expenditure variance on the basis of units, because variable overhead is normally paid on the basis of direct labour hour. 4. Always write the formula before computing the variance. Cost Sheet Level of Output = 500 units Particulars Standard Actual

Production 500 units 500 units Rate per unit 15600/600 = Rs. 26 14000/500 = Rs. 28 Total Overhead 500 x 26 = Rs. 13000 500 x 28 = Rs. 14000 Hour required 20-hour pre unit 9000/500 = 18 hour per unit Total Hour 20 x 500 = 10000 h 500 x 18 = 9000 h Rate per hour 15600/12000 = Rs 1. 0 14000/9000 = Rs. 1. 556 Total Cost 1. 30 x 10000 = Rs. 13000 1. 556 x 9000= Rs. 14000 Computation of Variances: – 1. Variable Overhead Cost Variance: – VOCV = TSVO For AO – TAVO = 13000 – 14000 = 1000 A 2. Variable Overhead Expenditure Variance: – VOExp. V = (SRPH – ARPH) AH = (1. 30 – 1. 556) 9000 = 2300 A 3. Variable Overhead Efficiency Variance: – VOEff. V = (SH for – AH) SRPH = (10000 – 9000) 1. 30 = 1300 F Verification: – We know that, VOCV = VOExp. V + VOEff. V 000 A = 2300A + 1300F = 1000A Summary: – A) Formulas: – 1. VOCV = TSVO for AO – TAVO 2. VOExp. V = (SRPH – ARPH) AH 3. VOEff. V = (SH for AO – AH) SRPH 4. VOCV = VOExp. V + VOEff. V B) General Point to be Considered :- 1. It is better to compute variance related to variable overhead on the basis of hours rather then on the basis of units. 2. Level of output is same for actual data and standard data. 3. Always write the formula before computing the variances. Variance Related to Fixed Overhead :- Fixed overhead represent all items of expenditure, which are more or less remain consent irrespective to the level of output or the number of hour worked. ’ The Variance Related to Fixed Overhead can be classified by this Flow Chart: – (FOCV) (Exp. Variance) (FOVV) ( FOEV ) ( FOCap. V ) (Cal. Variance) Some people ask that, Fixed overhead remains constant irrespective of the level of output, then why variances arises in fixed overhead.

The reason is that, Fixed Overhead Variances arises when a company uses Absorption Costing System. We know that standard costing system follows absorption system of costing. Therefore fixed overheads are also absorbed at a predetermined rate under absorption costing system. Hence, we can say that, fixed overhead variance represent under / over absorbed fixed overhead during the period. This under / over absorbed fixed overhead may be due to difference between actual and budgeted fixed overhead. For better understanding of fixed overhead variance first of all we should understand the term Actual Vs Standard Vs Budgeted. . Actual exp. / Actual hour / actual output :- It represent actual cost incurred in a period by the company. These are the true figure and not related to the budgets and standards. Therefore we can say, these are the data which represent the exp. /level of output actually achieved by the company. 2. Budgeted exp. /Budgeted hour / Budgeted output :- It represent level of activity which company wants to achieved. These level establishes before starting actual period. These data remains unchanged by the effect of actual activity. 3. Standard exp. Standard hour / standard output :- It represents budgeted data which changes according to the level of actual activity or actual output. Therefore we can say that standard data establishes relation between actual activity and budgeted activity. Analysis of Flow Chart: – Fixed Overhead Cost Variance :- ‘The fixed overhead cost variance represent the difference between total standard fixed overhead absorbed for actual output and total actual fixed overhead incurred during the period. ’ Formula: – Fixed Overhead Cost Variance: – = Total Std.

Fixed Overhead absorbed for Actual Output – Total Actual Fixed overhead —— 1 Fixed Overhead Expenditure Variance: – ‘It is that part of fixed overhead cost variance which arises due to difference between budgeted fixed overhead and actual fixed overhead expenses. ’ Fixed overhead expenditure variance is computed by taking budgeted expenses irrespective of the standard expenses because fixed expenses do not change due to the change in level of output. Formula :- Fixed Overhead Exp. Variance :- Budgeted Fixed Overhead – Actual Fixed Overhead —- —— 2 Therefore we can say that, for computing expenditure variance we have to subtract actual fixed overhead from fixed overhead given in budget, so there is no role of std. fixed overhead. Fixed Overhead Volume Variance :- It is that part of fixed overhead cost variance, which arises due to difference between budgeted output and actual output. Since it is a volume variance, we want to know about the variation of actual output from budgeted output. Formula: – Fixed Overhead Volume Variance: – (Actual Output – Budgeted Output) Std. Rate per Output —- ——- 3 Note: – Here we have taken actual output first because if output is more than it is favourable to the company. Alternative Way to Solve Fixed Overhead Volume Variance: – Fixed overhead volume variance is that part of fixed overhead cost variance, which arises due to difference between standard hour for actual production and budgeted hour, multiplied by standard rate per hour. Formula: -Fixed Overhead Volume Variance: – = ( Std. Hour for Actual Output – Budgeted Hour ) Std. Rate per hour —– ——– 3. 1 Note :- If problem is based on hour then we have to use the above formula. Verification: -We know that Fixed overhead expenditure variance and Fixed overhead volume variance are the parts of fixed overhead cost variance, so total of these two is also equal to fixed overhead cost variance. Formula: – —— 4 Proof: – We know that, FOCV = TSFO for AO – TAFO Exp. Variance = BFO – AFO FOVV = (SH for AO – BH) SR Therefore, Exp.

Variance + FOVV = BFO – AFO + (SH for A0 – BH) SR = BFO – AFO + SH for AO x SR – BH x SR = BFO – AFO +SFO for AO – BFO = SFO for AO –AFO = FOCV (Hence Proved) Note: -1. Std. hour for Actual Output X Std. rate = Std. Fixed Overhead for actual output 2. Budgeted hour X Std. ate = Budgeted Fixed Overhead Example –10: – From the following particulars you are required to compute, fixed overhead cost variance, fixed overhead expenditure variance and volume variance. Standard rate of fixed overhead = Rs. 20 per unit Budgeted Production for July 2003 = 500 units Actual Production for the month = 450 units Actual fixed overhead = Rs. 9500/ – Answer: -Steps to be considered: – 1. Find out actual output, which is equal to 450 unit in this question 2.

Prepare cost sheet for budgeted data, standard data for actual output and actual data. 3. Always write the formula before computing the variance. Cost Sheet Computation of Variance: – 1. Fixed Overhead Cost Variance (FOCV): – FOCV = TSFO for AO – TAFO = 9000 – 9500 = 500 A 2. Fixed Overhead Expenditure Variance (Exp. Variance): – Exp. Variance = BFO – AFO =10000 – 9500 = 500 F 3. Fixed Overhead volume Variance (FOVV): – FOVV = (AO – BO) SRPO =(450 – 500) 20= 1000 A Note: – Problem is output based. 4. Verification: – We know that, FOCV = Exp.

Variance + FOVV = 500 F +1000 A = 500 A Example: – 11 The following data has been collected from the cost record of a unit of Jitesh Ltd. for the month of December 2003. You are required to compute Total cost variance, expenditure variance and volume variance related to fixed overhead. Answer: – Steps to be considered: – All three steps are the same as per example – 10. Cost Sheet * Std. Fixed Overhead = Actual Output x Standard Rate = 153090 x 1 = Rs. 153090/- Computation of variances: – 1. Fixed Overhead Cost Variance (FOCV) :- FOCV = TSFO for AO – TAFO = 153090 – 156000 = 2910 A 2.

Fixed Overhead Expenditure Variance :- Exp. Variance = BFO – AFO = 150000 – 156000 = 6000 A 3. Fixed Overhead Volume Variance: – a) On the Basis of Output :- FOVV = (AO – BO)*SR = (153090 – 150000) 1= 3090 F b) On the Basis of Hours: – FOVV = (SH for AO – AH)*SRPH = (153090 – 150000) 1= 3090 F 4. Verification: – We know that, FOCV = Exp. Variance + FOVV = 6000 A + 3090 F = 2910 A General points should be considered while making Cost Sheet for Fixed Overhead Variance analysis. : – 1. Prepare cost sheet for budgeted data, standard data and actual data. . Find out level of output for budget, standard and actual data and write it in cost sheet. 3. Find out number of hour required for making desired output. 4. Find out number of days for hours. 5. Find out output per man-hour. 6. Write down fixed overhead (for Budgeted, Standard and Actual data) based on hour. 7. Find out fixed overhead per unit and per hour. 8. Make calculation on the basis of hour as possible. 9. Standard Format of cost sheet is given in Example: – 11. Fixed Overhead Volume Variance can be further divided into Capacity Variance, Efficiency Variance and Calender Variance.

It is shown that how variance arises into output due to capacity, efficiency and variance in number of working days. Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance :- It is that portion of fixed overhead volume variance, which arises due to difference between standard hour for output achieved and actual hour spent. Sinve all the variances are shown in value, we multiply the difference from standard rate per hour. It is just computed as labour efficiency variance. Formula: – Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance: – = (Std. Hour for Actual Output – Actual Hour Worked) Std. Rate per Hour ——— 5

Note: – This formula is used when problem is hour based. Alternative Formula: – Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance: – = (Actual Output – Standard Output from Actual Hour) Std. Rate per Unit Where, Std. Output from Actual Hour = Actual Hour X Std. Output per Hour —– 5. 1 Note: – This formula is used when problem is unit based. Explanation: – efficiency variance can be defined as the difference between quantity which actually made and quantity which should be made from actual hour if Labours are as efficient as required by the standards established.

Example12: – Considering the figures of example 11 you are required to compute fixed overhead efficiency variance. Answer: – Steps to be considered: – All steps are the same as per example –11 Computation of Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance (FOEV): – a) On the Basis of Hour: – FOEV = (SH for AO – AH) SRPH = (153090 – 170100) 1 = 17010 A b) On the Basis of Output: – FOEV = (AO – SO from AH) SRPU = (153090 – 170100) 1 = 17010 A Where is: -SO from AH = Actual Hour x Standard output per hour = 170100 x 1 = 170100 units

Fixed Overhead Capacity Variance: – It is that portion of fixed overhead volume variance, which arises due to working at higher / lower capacity from budgeted capacity. Therefore we can say that, capacity variance arises due to difference between actual hour and budgeted hour for actual days, multiplied by standard rate per hour. Formula: – Fixed Overhead Capacity Variance: – = (Actual Hour – Budgeted Hour for Actual Days) Std. Rate per Hour —— 6 OR = (AH per Day – BH per Day) A. Days x SRPH Note: – Here we take actual hour first and then substract budgeted hour from actual hour.

Because number of budgeted hour per day represent working capacity per day and if labour of the company works for more than budgeted capacity, then it is favourable to the company. Example 13 :- Considering the figures of example –11, you are required to compute fixed overhead capacity variance. Answer :- Steps to be considered: All steps are the same as per example 11. Computation of fixed Overhead Capacity Variance (FOCap. V): – We know that, FOCap. V = (AH – BH for A. Days) SRPH = (170100 – 162000)*1 = 8100 F Where, BH for Actual Days = Budgeted Hour per Day x No. f working days = 6000 x 27 = 162000 hours. Fixed Overhead Calender Variance: – The word calendar related to days, therefore we can say that, ‘ Fixed overhead calendar variance is that portion of Fixed overhead volume variance which arises due to difference between actual working days and budgeted days, multiplied by standard fixed overhead per day. ’ Formula: – Fixed Overhead Calendar Variance: – = (Actual Days – Budgeted Days) Std. Fixed Overhead per Day. —— 7

Actual days are taken first, because if worker has worked more than the budgeted days then, it is favourable to the company. Some author which says that calendar variance is idle time variance, is not correct in my view because idle time variance is always adverse to the company but calendar variance may be adverse or favourable to the company. If we work more than the budgeted days, then calendar variance is favourable to the company. Example14: – Considering the figures of example 11 you are required to compute calendar variance related to the fixed overhead. Answer: – Steps to be Considered:

All steps are same as per example –11 Computation of Calendar Variance: – We know that, Calendar Variance = (A. Days – B. Days) SFO per Day = (27 – 25) 6000 = 12000 F Where, SFO Per Day = No. of Hour in a Day x Rate per Hour = 6000 x 1 = Rs. 6000/ – Note: – We will not be able to compute capacity variance and calendar variance if no information is given about Hours or we can say information is given about units only. Verification: – We know that Efficiency variance; Capacity variance and Calendar variance are the part of volume variance.

Therefore total of these three is equal to volume variance. Formula: – Fixed Overhead Volume Variance: – = Capacity Variance + Efficiency Variance + Calendar Variance —— 8 Proof: – We know that: – FOVV = (SH for AO – BH) SRPH FOCap. V = (AH – BH for A. Days) SRPH FOEV = (SH for AO – AH) SRPH Cal. Variance = (A. Days – B. Days) SFO per day Therefore: – FOCap. V + FOEV+ Cal. Variance: – =(AH – BH for A. Days) SRPH+(SH for AO – AH) SRPH+(A.

Days – B. Days) SFO per day = AH x SRPH – BH for A. Days x SRPH + SH for AO x SRPH – AH x SRPH + A. Days x SFO per day – B. Days x SFO per day = SH for AO x SRPH – BH for A. days x SRPH + A. Days x SFO per day – B. Days x SFO per day = SH for AO x SRPH – Total Budgeted Exp. for Actual days + Total Budgeted Exp. For Actual days – B. Days x SFO per day = SH for AO x SRPH – B.

Days x SFO per day = SH for AO x SRPH – BH x SRPH = (SH for AO – BH) SRPH = FOVV (H. P. ) Note: – B. Days x SFO per day = Total Budgeted expenses can be writing as: – Budgeted Hour x Standard Rate. Example – 15: – Considering the figures of example –11, you are required to verify your answer. Answer : We know that, FOVV = FOEV + FOCap. V + Cal Variance. Where, FOVV = 3090 F, FOEV = 17010 A, FOCap. V = 8100 F And Calendar Variance = 12000 F So, FOEV + FOCap. V + Cal.

Variance = 17010 A + 8100 F + 12000 F = 3090 F Summary : a)Formulas : b) General point to be considered: – 1. Prepare cost sheet for budgeted data, standard data for actual output and actual data. 2. Carefully study the theory of every formula. 3. Always write formulas before computing any variance. 4. It is better to make calculation on the basis of hour rather on the basis of quantity, because fixed overhead are absorbed on the basis of labour hour under absorption costing system. Example –16: – Comprehensive Illustration: – S. R. Overseas Ltd. perate a system of standard costing. Following informations are available. For the above period, the standard production capacity was 4800 units and the cost break up is as follows Standard cost per unit: – Rs. Material (one unit @ 50 per unit) = 50. 00 Direct wages = 6. 00 Fixed Expenses = 40. 00 Variable Expenses = 20. 0 Total Cost = 116. 00 The standard wages per unit is based on 9600 hours for the above period @ Rs. 3. 00 per hour. 6400 hours are actually worked during the period, and in addition wages for 400 hour were paid to compensate for idle time due to break down of a machine and overall wages rate is Rs. 3. 25 per hour. You are required to compute: – a) Material Cost Variance h) Variable Expenses Cost Variance b) Material Price Variance i) Fixed Overhead exp.

Variance c) Material Usages Variance j) Fixed Overhead volume Variance d) Labour Cost Variance k) Fixed Overhead Capacity Variance e) Wages Rate Variance l) Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance f) Labour Efficiency Variance m) Total Cost Variance. g) Idle Time Variance Answer : Steps To be considered: 1. Given data are budgeted data whether called standard or budgeted. 2. Level of output for computing standard data should be actual output, which is 3500 unit in this question irrespective of the budgeted output. . Prepare cost sheet showing Budgeted figure, Standard figure and actual figure. 4. Write the formulas before computing the variance. 5. All other steps are the same as previous examples. Cost Sheet Computation of Variances: – a) Material Cost Variance = TSC for AO – TAC = 175000 – 189000 = 14000 A b) Material Price Variance = (SP – AP) AQ = (50 – 52. 50) 3600 = 9000 A c) Material Usages Variance = (SQ – AQ) SP = (3500 – 3600) 50 = 5000 A Verification: – MCV = MPV + MUV = 9000 A + 5000 A = 14000 A = MCV ) Labour Cost Variance = TSC for AO – TAC = 21000 – (20800 + 1300) = 1100 A e) Labour Rate Variance = (SR – AR) AH = (3 – 3. 25) (6400 + 400) = 1700 A f) Labour Efficiency Variance = (SH – AH worked) SR = (7000 – 6400) 3 = 1800 F g) Idle Time Variance = Idle time x SR = 400 x 3 = 1200 A Verification: – LCV = LRV + LEV + ITV = 1700 A + 1800 F + 1200 A = 1100 A = LCV h) Variable Exp. Cost Variance = TSVO for AO – TAVO = 70000 – 62000 = 8000 F i) Fixed Overhead Exp. Variance = BFO – AFO = 192000 – 188000 = 4000 F ) Fixed Overhead Volume Variance = (AO – BO) SRPU = (3500 – 4800) 40 = 52000 A k) Fixed Overhead Capacity Variance =(AH – BH for A. Days) SRPH = (6400 – 9600) 20 = 64000 A l) Fixed Overhead Efficiency Variance =(SH for AO – AH worked) SRPH = (7000 – 6400) 20 = 12000 F Verification: – FOVV = FOCap. V + FOEV = 64000 A + 12000 F = 52000 A = FOVV m) Total Cost Variance: – TSC for AO – TAC = 406000 – 461100 = 55100 A

Note: – However some author compute fixed overhead variance including Idle Time. But in my view it is better to compute fixed overhead variance excluding Idle Time. Variances Related to Sales: – All variances discussed previously are variance related to Cost and company want to know about the effect on profit and performance of company due to adverse or favourable variance related to cost. Many companies set standards only for cost data, they are not interested to compute sales variance, but to obtain full advantage of standard costing, some companies also compute sales variances.

Sales variance affects a business in terms of change in revenue, which have been caused either by variation in sales quantity or sales price. The difference between Sales variance and Cost variance in terms of computation of variance is that, the Cost variances are computed on the basis of standard data for actual output but the Sales variance are computed on the basis of budgeted data for budgeted sales. Because in the sales variances we want to know about the variation in turnover and profit margin of sales form budgeted data and in cost variance we want to know about the variation in cost of actual output from budgeted data.

We can say in cost variance our emphasis is on, what cost we should incurred for output achieved and what cost we have actually incurred. But in sales variances our emphasis is on, how much quantity we should sold in a period on a predetermined price and how much quantity we have actually sold on actual sales price. We want to know that, what is our target profit and what is our actual profit and what are the reasons for variance in the profit. Variance Related to Sales can be divided into two parts, Variance Related to Sales Margin (Profit Variance) and Variance Related to Sales Value (Turnover Variance).

Sales Variance Based on Profit Or Sales Margin Variance: – The Sales Variance based on Profit is also called as Sales Margin Variance, which indicate the difference between Actual profit and Budgeted profit. The Variance Related to Sales Margin can be classified by this Flow Chart: – TSMV SMPV SMVV (SMMV) (SMQV) Analysis of Flow Chart: – Total Sales Margin Variance (TSMV): – Total Sales Margin Variance arises due to difference between Budgeted Profit and Actual Profit.

Formula: – Total Sales Margin Variance: – Total Actual Profit – Total Budgeted Profit —– 1 Note: – In all sales variance, we have to take actual data first and then subtract budgeted data from it because if sale are more than budgeted sales, it is favorable to the company. Sales Margin Price Variance (SMPV) :- Sales Margin Price Variance is that part of total sale margin variance, which arises due to the difference between actual margin per unit and budgeted margin per unit for actual quantity sold. Formula: Sales Margin Price variance: = (Actual Margin Per Unit – Budgeted Margin Per Unit) Actual Quantity Sold —— 2

Sales Margin Volume Variance (SMVV) :- Sales Margin Volume Variance is that part of total sales margin variance which arises due to difference between actual quantity sold and budgeted quantity sold, multiplied by the budgeted margin per unit. Therefore we can say that sales margin volume variance is the difference between actual volume and budgeted volume of sales. Formula: – Sales Margin Volume Variance: = (Actual Quantity – Budgeted Quantity) Budgeted Margin —– 3 Verification: – We know that, sales margin price variance and sales margin volume variance are the part of total sales margin variance. Therefore total f these two is equal to total sales margin variance. Formula: – —– 4 Proof: – We know that, TSMV = TAP – TBP SMPV = (AM – BM) AQ SMVV = (AQ – BQ) BM Therefore SMPV + SMVV = (AM – BM) AQ + (AQ – BQ) BM = AM x AQ – BM x AQ + BM x AQ – BM x BQ = TAM – TBM = TAP – TBP = TSMV (H. P. ) Example – 17: J. C. Ltd. is manufacturing and selling three standard product. The company has a standard costing system for analysis of the variances between Budgeted and actual result, periodically.

The summaries working result in Jan 2004 were as follows: – You are required to compute total sales margin variance, sales margin price variance and sales margin volume variance and also verified your answer. Important Note: Budgeted Sales Margin = Budgeted Selling Price – Budgeted Cost and Actual Sales Margin = Actual Sales Price – Budgeted Cost (Irrespective of actual cost) Since standard cost system follows absorption costing system, all cost are recorded on the basis of pre – determined absorption rate of standard cost and variance from standard cost are directly debited to profit and loss account.

So we substract Budgeted Cost from Actual Sales Price for determining Actual Margin irrespective of the Actual Cost incurred. So always compute Actual Margin on the basis of Budgeted Cost. Answer : Steps to be Considered : 1. Prepare Sales Margin Sheet for Actual data and Budgeted data. 2. If there is more than one product, then compute sales variance for each product separately and add them to find out total variance. 3. Always write formula before compute variances and keep in mind that Actual Margin is computed on the basis of Budgeted Cost irrespective of Actual Cost.

Sales Margin Sheet Computation of Variances: – a) Total Sales Margin Variance (TSMV) = TAP – TBP = 603000 – 596000 = 7000 F b) Sales Margin Price Variance (SMPV) = (AM – BM) AQ For, X = (16 – 18) 12000 = 24000 A Y = (18 – 16) 12000 = 24000 F Z = (13 – 12) 15000 = 15000 F =15000 F ) Sales Margin Volume Variance (SMVV) = (AQ – BQ) BM For, X = (12000 – 10000) 18 = 36000 F Y = (12000 – 14000) 16 = 32000 A Z = (15000 – 16000) 12 = 12000 A = 8000 A d) Verification : TSMV = SMPV + SMVV = 15000 F + 8000 A = 7000 F = TSMV Sales Margin Volume Variance can be subdivided into Sales Margin Mix Variance and Sales Margin Quantity Variance.

Sales Margin Mix Variance (SMMV) : Sales Margin Mix Variance is that part of sales margin volume variance which arises due to difference between actual sales mix and budgeted sales mix. Sales Margin Mix Variance arises only when the company sells two or more products. It is computed only when there is difference in total budgeted sales target (in Qty. ) of all product and actual sales target achieved, otherwise mix variance is equal to volume variance.

For computation of sales margin mix variance, first of all we have to compute Revised Budgeted Quantity (RBQ) on the basis of actual sales target achieved. Therefore, Revised Budgeted Quantity = Total Actual Qty. divided in Budgeted Ratio Budgeted Qty. of Particular Item Formula = Total Actual Qty. X Total Budgeted Quantity ——- 5 Formula: – Sales Margin Mix Variance: = (Actual Qty. – Revised Budgeted Qty. ) Budgeted Margin —— 6 Example – 18 : Considering the figure of example – 17, you are required to compute sales margin mix variance.

Answer: – Steps to be considered : All steps are the same as per example –17 We know that, Sales Margin Mix Variance = (AQ – RBQ) BM For: – X = (12000 – 9750) 18 = 40500 F Y = (12000 – 13650) 16 = 26400 A Z = (15000 – 15600) 12 = 7200 A Total SMMV = 6900 F Note : RBQ = Total Actual Quantity Divided in Budgeted Ratio For, X = 39000 X 10000 / 40000 = 9750 units Y = 39000 X 14000 / 40000 = 13650 units Z = 39000 X 16000 / 40000 = 15600 units) All other concepts are the same as per material mix variance. Sales Margin Quantity Variance (SMQV) : Sales Margin Quantity variance is that part of sales margin volume variance, which is arises due to difference between expected profit on actual sales and budgeted profit.

Where, Expected Profit On Actual Sales = Average Budgeted Margin per unit x Total Actual Quantity Steps to be considered to compute sales margin Quantity variance: – 1. Find out total actual quantity. 2. Find out total budgeted quantity. 3. Find out average budgeted profit. 4. Compute expected profit on actual sales. 5. Find out the difference between expected profit on actual sales and budgeted profit. Formula : Sales Margin Quantity Variance = Expected Profit on Actual Sales – Budgeted Profit OR Average Budgeted Margin x Total Actual Qty. Average Budgeted Margin x Total Budgeted Qty. OR (Total Actual Quantity – Total Budgeted Quantity) Average Budgeted Margin ——- 7 Where, Average Budgeted Margin (ABM) = Total Budgeted Margin (TBM) Total Budgeted Quantity (TBQ) Sales Margin Quantity Variance is also known as Sales Margin Sub Usages Variance (SMSUV) and it can be computed as, (Revised Budgeted Quantity – Budgeted Quantity) Budgeted Margin —– 7. 1

Example – 19: – Considering the figure of example –17 you are required to compute sales margin quantity variance and sales margin sub usages variance from both direct and alternative formula. Answer: Steps to be considered: All steps are the same as per example – 17 We know that, Sales Margin Quantity Variance (SMQV) = (TAQ – TBQ)*ABM = (39000 – 40000)*14. 90 = 14900 A Note: ABM = TBM / TBQ = 596000 / 40000 = Rs. 14. 0 per unit Using Alternative Formula: SMQV = (RBQ – BQ) BM For, X = (9750 – 10000) 18 = 4500 A Y = (13650 – 14000) 16 = 5600 A Z = (15600 – 16000) 12 = 4800 A Total SMQV = 14900 A Sales Margin Quantity Variance is also known as Sales Margin Sub Usages Variance. Therefore Sales Margin Sub Usages Variance = 14900 A Note: All other concepts are the same as per Material Yield Variance.

Verification: – We know that sales margin mix variance and sales margin quantity variance are the part of sales margin volume variance. Therefore total of these two is equal to sales margin volume variance. Formula: – —— 8 Proof: – We Know That, SMVV = (AQ – BQ) BM SMMV = (AQ – RBQ) BM SMQV = (RBQ – BQ) BM Therefore: – SMMV + SMQV = (AQ – RBQ) BM + (RBQ – BQ) BM = (AQ – RBQ + RBQ – BQ) BM = (AQ – BQ) BM = SMVV

Example –20: – Considering the figure of example –17 and verified your answer. Answer : We know that, SMVV = SMMV + SMQV Where, SMVV = 8000 A, SMMV = 6900 F, SMQV = 14900 A Therefore, SMMV + SMQV = 6900 F + 14900 A = 8000 A = SMVV Summary : a) Formulas : b) General Point To Be Considered: – 1. All sales margin variance is computed on the basis of budgeted data, there is no need to compute standard data. 2. In sales variance we substract Budgeted data from Actual data. 3. Actual Margin is computed on the basis of budgeted cost irrespective to actual cost. . Always prepare sales margin sheet for budgeted data and actual data. 5. Read theory carefully before attempting any practical problem. Important Note : You can see that all formulas of sales margin variance are same as per material variance. The only difference between sales margin variance and material variance is that, material variance is computed on the basis of standard data and sales margin variance is computed on the basis of budgeted data. Therefore we can say that, all concepts of material variance can also be applied on sales variance.

Variance Related To Sales Value / Turnover: – Variances related to sale value are also called variance related to sales turnover or turnover variance, which indicate the difference between Actual Turnover and Budgeted Turnover. Important Note : Sales value variance is just computed as Sales margin variance. The only difference between sales value variance and sales margin variance is that, sales margin variance is computed on the basis of profit per unit and sales value variance is computed on the basis of sales price per unit.

All other steps, theories, general points and formulas are same between them. So there is no need to repeat all theories, only the formula related to sales value variance is written below. If you want any reference you may recall the concept of sales margin variance and replace the word margin with price. Formulas: – Total Sales Value Variance (TSVV) = Total Actual turnover – Total Budgeted turnover —— 1 Sales Value Price Variance (SVPV) = (Actual Price – Budgeted Price) Actual Quantity Sold —– 2 Sales Value Volume Variance (SVVV) = (Actual Quantity – Budgeted Quantity) Budgeted Price —– 3 Sales Value Mix Variance (SVMV) = (Actual Quantity – Revised Budgeted Quantity) Budgeted Price ——- 4 Where, Revised Budgeted Quantity = Total Actual Qty. x Budgeted Qty. of Particular Item Total Budgeted Quantity Or = Total Actual Quantity divided in Budgeted Ratio Sales Value Quantity Variance / Sales Value Sub Usages Variance: – SVQV / SVSUV: – = (Total Actual Quantity – Total Budgeted