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What is CS Foundation Course?

CS Foundation course or exam is an entry-level for students interested to pursue a career in Company Secretary (CS). CS Foundation course is conducted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

What is CSEET Course?

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is the replacement of CS Foundation which was introduced in Feb 3rd, 2020 by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) under the new scheme. CSEET course or exam is an entry-level for students interested to pursue a career in Company Secretary (CS). CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is the only qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme.

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is applicable for the students who are registering for CS Course after Feb 3rd, 2020. Previously registered students are eligible only for CS Foundation Course.

What is the eligibility criteria to do  CS Foundation Course?

Candidates who wish to pursue Company Secretary (CS) Course can register for CS Foundation Course after appearing in the 12std or HSC (State Board or CBSE) examination but the candidates are only eligible to write the CS Foundation exams once you clear your 12th Std. or HSC (State Board or CBSE).

What is the eligibility criteria to do  CSEET Course?

Candidates who wish to pursue Company Secretary (CS) Course after Feb 3rd, 2020 can register for CSEET Course.

A candidate passed/appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination or equivalent thereto is eligible to appear in the CSEET.

All Graduates/ Post Graduates who were hitherto eligible for registration directly to CS Executive Programme, are also required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for registration to Executive Programme

There are any Exemptions in CSEET Course?

Candidates who have passed the CS Foundation Programme are exempted from CSEET without any payment of exemption fee.

Candidates who have passed the Final Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET and shall pay Rs. 5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand Only) towards exemption fee at the time of Registration to CS Executive Programme.

What are the subjects in CS Foundation Course?

CS Foundation Course consists of four subjects which are listed below. Click on the papers to know about their topics.

Paper 1: Business Environment and Law (100 Marks).

Paper 2: Business Management Ethics & Entrepreneurship ( 100 Marks)

Paper 3: Business Economics (100 Marks)

Paper 4: Fundamentals of Accounting & Auditing (100 Marks)    

What are the subjects in CSEET Course?

CSEET Course consists of four subjects which are listed below. Click on the papers to know about their topics.

Paper 1: Business Communication (50 Marks)

Paper 2: Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning ( 50 Marks)

Paper 3: Business Economics (50 Marks)

Paper 4: Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (50 Marks)            

CS Foundation Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for the CS Foundation exam has to understand what to expect on the exam day. Exam pattern includes the mode of exam, type of questions, marking scheme, etc. so that candidates can prepare consequently.

  • CS Foundation Exams are conducted twice in a year June and December.
  • Exam Medium – English
  • Candidates must score at least 40% of marks in every paper and a minimum aggregate of 50% in all the papers to pass the CS Foundation
  • No Negative Marks
  • The maximum duration is 1 hour 30 minutes and each paper will be of 100 marks
  • Two Examination for a day
  • Online Mode of Exam

CSEET Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for the CS Foundation exam has to understand what to expect on the exam day. Exam pattern includes the mode of exam, type of questions, marking scheme, etc. so that candidates can prepare consequently.

  • CSEET Exams are conducted four times in a year January, May, July and November
  • Exam Medium – English
  • Candidates must score at least 40% of marks in every paper and a minimum aggregate of 50% in all the papers to pass the CS Foundation
  • No Negative Marks
  • The maximum duration is 2 hours
  • Viva-Voce on Presentation and Communication Skills of 15 Minutes.
  • Four Examination for a day
  • Online Mode of Exam and MCQ type pattern

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What is the Registration procedure for CS Foundation and CSEET?

Candidate has to register for Foundation Course by filling Online Registration Form available on ICSI website www.icsi.edu

While filling the online form, candidates should take care of the following

  • After filling the Online Form pay the required fees online using the payment gateway.
  • On successful payment, the system will automatically generate the Form, which is to be printed.

What are the documents required for registration of CS Foundation and CSEET Course?

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

CS Foundation and CSEET Registration Documents

These are the documents required for CS foundation and CSEET Registration

  • Passport Photo
  • Specimen Signature
  • Admit Card/ Hall Ticket for 10+2 Examinations (if appearing) or 10+2 Pass Certificate/ Mark Sheet
  • DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
  • Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
  • Identity proof (Aadhar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)

What is the Registration Fees for CS Foundation and CSEET Course?

The Fees mentioned below is the registration fees, not coaching fees. The registration fees have to be paid to The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

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.

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CS Foundation & CSEET - FAQ

It is the First level of CS course

You can register CS Foundation course through online in icsi.edu. You will get study materials via post once you register

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is the First level or a entry level  of CS course

There are a total of 4 subjects in CS Foundation. Click here to know about the CS Foundation subjects and topics

There are a total of 4 subjects in CSEET. Click here to know about the CSEET subjects and topics

No, CS Foundation is old and CSEET is new which was introduced in Feb 3rd, 2020 by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Yes, CSEET are Computer Based Test (CBT)

Yes, CS Foundation are conducted through online which means Computer Based Test (CBT) where you have to visit the exam center and systems will be allotted to you to wright the exams.

Two exams will be conducted in a day.

The documents required for CS Foundation and CSEET are,

  • Student Photo
  • Student Sign
  • Address Proof
  • Community Certificate
  • 10th and 12th Marksheet

Yes, The Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) of 15 Minutes for 30 Marks will be conducted simultaneously with or immediately after the MCQ based CBT through online mode using artificial intelligence (AI) or through recorded videos at the designated Test Centres.

No. There will not be any negative marking

No. The Graduates / Post Graduates will have to qualify the CSEET for seeking registration to Executive Programme. This w.e.f feb 3rd, 2020. Student who are register before Feb 3rd, 2020 can do CS Executive directly after completing their UG/PG degree

Yes. As per the present guidelines, the following categories of students are exempted from qualifying CSEET and are eligible to seek registration directly to Executive Programme :


  • ICSI Company Secretary CS Foundation Programme passed students.
  • ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.
  • ICMAI (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.

    ICAI and ICMAI Final Course passed students are required to pay Exemption Fee of Rs.5000/- while registering for CS Executive Programme. However, CS Foundation Programme students are NOT required to pay any exemption fee.

The fee for registration to CSEET shall be Rs.1000/- per session.

+2 (State board or CBSE) or any degree  is the eligibility for CSEET.