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Indian Contract act agreement notes-CSEET

Indian Contract act agreement notes-CSEET

Indian Contract act agreement:

ICSI CSEET: The Council of the ICSI has released a notice regarding CSEET on the day of the inauguration of ICSI Golden Jubilee Celebrations on 4th Oct 2017.

The Gazette Notification on the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 has been published on 3rd February 2020 in the Official Gazette of India and the same shall be applicable from the said date of publication.

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We are now going to discuss the details of CSEET Paper-2 Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning – Indian Contract act agreement notes

Indian Contract act agreement

Indian Contract act agreement


An agreement gives birth to a contract. As per Section 2(e) of the Indian Contract Act every promise and every set of promises, forming the consideration for each other, is an agreement.

It is evident from the definition given above that an agreement is based on a promise. What is a promise? According to Section 2(b) of the Indian Contract Act “when the person to whom the proposal is made signifies his assent thereto, the proposal is said to be accepted. A proposal, when accepted, becomes a promise. An agreement, therefore, comes into existence when one party makes a proposal or offer to the other party and that other party signifies his assent thereto. In a nutshell, an agreement is the sum total of offer and acceptance.”

An analysis of the definition given above reveals the following characteristics of an agreement:

1) Plurality of persons:

There must be two or more persons to make an agreement because one person cannot enter into an agreement with himself.

2) Consensus ad idem:

The meeting of the minds is called consensus-ad-idem. It means both the parties to an agreement must agree about the subject matter of the agreement in the same sense and at the same time.

Agreements which are not Contracts

Agreements in which the idea of bargain is absent and there is no intention to create legal relations are not contracts. These are:

(a)   Agreements relating to social matters : An agreement between two persons to go together to the cinema, or for a walk, does not create a legal obligation on their part to abide by it. Similarly, if I promise to take you for dinner and break that promise, I do not expect to be liable to legal penalties. There cannot be any offer and acceptance to hospitality.

(b)   Domestic arrangements between husband and wife : In Balfour v. Balfour (1919) 2 KB 571, a husband working in Ceylone, had agreed in writing to pay a housekeeping allowance to his wife living in England. On receiving information that she was unfaithful to him, he stopped the allowance. He was held to be entitled to do so. This was a mere domestic arrangement with no intention to create legally binding relations. Therefore, there was no contract.

Three consequences follow from the above discussion

—    To constitute a contract, the parties must intend to create legal relationship.

—    The law of contract is the law of those agreements which create obligations, and those obligations have their source in agreement.

—    Agreement is the genus of which contract is the specie and, therefore, all contracts are agreements but all agreements are not contracts.

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