CS - COMPANY SECRETARY COURSE

What is Company Secretary (CS)?

The Company Secretary (CS) course is is a highly reputed certification by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier national professional Institute established under an Act of Parliament.

A company secretary is a senior position in a private sector company or public sector organisation, normally in the form of a managerial position or above.Company secretary will deal with the legal activities of any type of  business. The role of a company secretary is to take care of corporate governance, responsible for the administration of the organization, ensuring statutory & regulatory compliance, ensuring the implementation of the decisions of the board of directors of the company.

What is the Company Secretary (CS)?

  • Corporate governance services
  • Corporate secretarial service
  • Representation services
  • Arbitration and conciliation services
  • Financial market services
  • Finance and accounting services
  • Taxation services
  • Management services

How many Levels are there in Company Secretary (CS) Course?

The Company Secretary (CS) course consists of three levels.

  • CS Foundation or CSEET ( which is applicable after Feb 3rd, 2020)
  • CS Executive
  • CS Professional

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What is the eligibility criteria to study Company Secretary (CS) Course?

There are two options to pursue a Company Secretary (CS) course.

  • Old Scheme
    Foundation Entry
    If a person opts to pursue a Company Secretary (CS) course after 12th standard they can directly register for the CS Foundation course through Foundation Entry option.

    Executive Entry
    If a person opts to pursue a Company Secretary (CS) courses after graduation or the students who cleared the Intermediate level of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India or The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. (ICSI), they can directly register for the Intermediate course through Direct Entry option.
  • New Scheme - CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET)
    CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is applicable after Feb 3rd 2020. If a person opts to pursue a Company Secretary (CS) courses after 12th standard or graduation/ post graduate students are eligible to register CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET). After clearing CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) they can rigister for CS Executive.

    CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) Exemption
    Students who cleared the Final level of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India (ICMAI) or (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or . Company Secretaries Foundation Programme passed students  can skip this level and directly register for CS Executive.
Old Scheme - Step by Step Process
  • The first step is to clear the CS Foundation.
    The miminmum eligibility is 12th std.
  • The second step is to enroll for the CS Executive
    Students qualified in Final examination of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) or Institute of Cost and management Accountants of India (ICMAI) or any other Accountancy Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent there to by the Council  or a Graduate Post Graduates (excluding Fine Arts) are eligible.
  • The third step step is to enrol for the CS Professional exams.    
    Any candidate can apply for this course after qualifying the CS Executive course
  • The fourth step is to Acquire Company Secretary (CS) Membership.
    There are two membership statuses provided by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to such candidates. One is the Associate Membership and the other, Fellow Membership
    A candidate who has passed the Professional level of the ICSI program can apply for enrolling himself as an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) and a person who has gained sufficient experience as a professional CS and has been an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) for at least 5 years can become Fellow Company Secretary (FCS).
New Scheme - Step by Step Process
  • The first step is to clear the CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET).

    The minimum eligiblity is 12th std or graduation/ post graduate students are eligible to register CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET).
    After clearing CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) they can rigister for CS Executive.
  • The second step is to enroll for the CS Executive and clear the exams.
    Students qualified in CS Foundation or Final examination of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) or Institute of Cost and management Accountants of India (ICMAI) or any other Accountancy Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent there to by the Council  or a Graduate Post Graduates (excluding Fine Arts) are eligible.
  • The third step step is to enrol for the CS Professional exams.    
    Any candidate can apply for this course after qualifying the CS Executive course
  • The fourth step is to Acquire Company Secretary (CS) Membership.
    There are two membership statuses provided by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to such candidates. One is the Associate Membership and the other, Fellow Membership
    A candidate who has passed the Professional level of the ICSI program can apply for enrolling himself as an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) and a person who has gained sufficient experience as a professional CS and has been an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) for at least 5 years can become Fellow Company Secretary (FCS).

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What is the pass percentage for Company Secretary (CS) Course?

The Company Secretary (CS) Foundation, Executive and Professional level exams will be held in June and December every year. The course is not new but revised. Besides, the Foundation exam will be both descriptive and objective. Under the new scheme, a student must achieve 40% in all the subjects and 50% marks in aggregate.

The Company Secretary (CS) CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) level exams will be held in January, May, July and November every year. The course is not new but revised. The CSEET shall be an online Computer-based Test. CSEET will be a test of 200 marks comprising of MCQs, audio clips, video clips, and descriptive questions. An aggregate of 50% and minimum 40% marks in each subject will be the qualifying criteria.

What is the Registration Fees for Company Secretary (CS) Course?

The Fees mentioned below is the registration fees not coaching fees. The registration fees has to be paid to Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). For more details about the fees visit www.icsi.edu.

CS Foundation Registration Fees

The total Registration fee for CS Foundation is Rs. 4,500.

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) Registration Fees

The total Registration fee for CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is Rs. 1,000 per appearance.

CS Executive Registration Fees

The revised Fee Structure for registration to CS Executive Programme is given below

Details of Fee
Registration Fees
Education Fees
CSEET Exemption  Fees
Pre-Exam Test Fees
One Day Orientation Prog. Fees
Chartered Secretary Journal Subscription (Optional) for one year Fees
TOTAL
S.No.
1
2
CSEET Passed
CS Foundation Passed
ICAI Final Passed
2000
ICMAI Final Passed
2000
1000
600
500
10600
15600
15600
500
500
500
600
600
600
1000
1000
1000
2000
2000
6500
10600
Nill
Nill
5000
5000
6500
6500
6500
3
4
5
6

CS Professional Registration Fees

The Registration fee for CS Professional is Rs. 12,000 and Pre-Examination Test Fee Rs. 1,000. The total Registration fee for CS Professional is Rs. 13,000.

What are the documents required for registration of Company Secretary (CS) Course?

The below mentioned documents are to be scanned and upload at the time of registration. You can register for CS www.icsi.edu. All documents has to be scanned and uploaded in this website.

CS Foundation or CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) Registration Documents

These are the documents required for CA foundation Registration

  • Passport Photo
  • Specimen Signature
  • 10th & 12th Pass Mark sheet - For 12th Passed Students
  • Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
  • Identity proof(Adhar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)

CS Executive Registration Documents

  • Foundation scheme students need to upload the same documents which was provided earlier for CS Foundation.
  • New Scheme students need to upload the same documents which is listed above in CS Foundation along with CS Foundation Marksheet/Certificate or CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) Marksheet/Certificate or Final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) Marksheet/Certificate or Final exam Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India (ICMAI) Marksheet/Certificate

CS Professional Registration Documents

CS Executive Pass Marksheet/Certificate. Along with the documents which was required for CA Foundation.

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CS FOUNDATION

This is the identification for the first/lowest/starting level of the CS course conducted by the ICSI (The Institute of Company Secretaries of India). This is the Lowest level at which a student can start pursuing the CS, i.e., Company Secretaries course. This is the entry-level course for any student intending to take up the CS course after their 10 + 2 or intermediate.

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CS EXECUTIVE

For those students who are pursuing the course through Foundation Program, i.e., after passing Foundation Program level, this would be the second level course relating to the CS (Company Secretaries - Professional Accounting) Course. For those students who are taking up the course after their Graduation, this is the primary/first level course.

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CS PROFESSIONAL

This is the third and final course to become a Company Secretary (CS).

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Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

What is Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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Company Secretary (CS) course is a highly reputed certification given by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

What will a Company Secretary do?

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Company secretary will deal with the legal activities of any type of  business. The role of a company secretary is to take care of corporate governance, responsible for the administration of the organization, ensuring statutory & regulatory compliance, ensuring the implementation of the decisions of the board of directors of the company.

How many levels are there in Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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There are three levels. In the old scheme CS Foundation, CS Executive and CS Professional. In the new Scheme (wef. Feb 3rd, 2020) CSEET, CS Executive and CS Professional

How to register for a  Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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Visit the in ICSI and click Register for CS Course under the online services menu.

What is the fees structure for a Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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Fees may vary depending on the level starts from CSEET - Rs. 1000
CS Foundation - Rs. 4500
CS Executive - Rs. 10600
CS Professional - Rs. 12000

How many years it will take to complete Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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Approx. 2 to 3 Years

How to do  Company Secretary (CS) Course after graduation?

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After graduation you can skip the foundation level and enter the executive level. If you have registered after feb 2020. Then you have to do CSEET.

How to become Company Secretary (CS) after 12th?

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After 12th, Register your self in ICSI through old Scheme where CS Foundation will be the first level or new scheme (wef. Feb 3rd, 2020)  where CS Foundation will be the first level .

Company Secretary (CS) exams are conducted through online?

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CS Foundation and CSEET exams are conducted through online. Not all the exams

What is the full form of CS?

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Company Secretary or Company Secretaryship.

How to get Study material from ICSI?

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Once you registered in ICAI, the books will be sent to you through postal.

What is the difference between CS, ACS and FCS?

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CS referes to Company Secretary or Company Secretaryship. A candidate who has passed the Professional level of the ICSI program can apply for enrolling himself as an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) and a person who has gained sufficient experience as a professional CS and has been an Associate Company Secretary (ACS) for at least 5 years can become Fellow Company Secretary (FCS).

How to prepare for Company Secretary (CS) exams?

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First Step: Understand the Concept and practise all the questions and problems.
Second step: Workout past five years of question papers of CS.
Third step: Before appearing the exams, test yourself by writing some mock test papers.

Can CA and CMA student do Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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Yes, CA Final and CMA Final passed students can do  Company Secretary (CS) Course. They can skip CS Foundation and CSEET Level and directly get into the CS Executive level.

Is Company Secretary (CS) a distance Course?

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No

How many Subjects are there in Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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There are 21 subjects in 3 levels of CS Course.
CS Foundation - 4 Subjects or CSEET - 4 Subject
CS Executive  - Module 1 - 4 Subjects
CS Executive  - Module 2 - 4 Subjects
CS Professional - Module 1 - 3 Subjects
CS Professional - Module 2 - 3 Subjects
CS Professional - Module 3 - 3 Subjects

When the exams are conducted for CS?

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ICSI conducts the exams in June and December every year. The exams in 2020 might be delayed due to corono virus lockdown.

When is the last date to submit the registration?

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For May exams, 31st Dec of the previous year is the last date for registration
For Nov exams, 30th June is the last date for registration.

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