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The Company Secretaries Act of 1980 in India authorised the establishment of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), a statutory professional organisation. It is the top organisation in the nation in charge of advancing and policing the Company Secretaries (CS) profession.
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. The company secretary will deal with the legal activities of any type of business.
A Company Secretary (CS) ‘s role is pivotal in ensuring a company’s smooth and compliant functioning. In general, their key roles include:
Obtaining the CS (Company Secretary) certification in India offers numerous benefits for aspiring professionals in the corporate and legal domains. Some of the key advantages include:
The requirements for enrolling in the Company Secretary (CS) program in India vary according to the level of study. The eligibility criteria for each level are as follows:
1.Foundation Program & CSEET
Exemptions are available for candidates who completed CA or CMA. Meeting eligibility criteria is essential for registration and examination appearance.
Note: The eligibility criteria and course structure may change, so refer to the official ICSI website for the latest information.
Below is a detailed explanation of each level’s Company Secretary course syllabus.
Syllabus for CS Foundation Program
Syllabus for CSEET
Syllabus for CS Executive Program
Syllabus for CS Professional Program
9.1 Banking Law and Practice
9.2 Insurance Law and Practice
9.3 Intellectual Property Rights– Laws and Practices
9.4 Forensic Audit
9.5 Direct Tax Law & Practice
9.6 Labour Laws & Practice
9.7 Valuations & Business Modelling
9.8 Insolvency – Law and Practice
Suppose a candidate receives at one sitting a minimum of 40% on each paper and 50% on all subjects. In that case, they are declared to have passed the Foundation, Executive, or Professional Exam.
The CS exams are held twice yearly, generally in June and December. The specific exam dates and registration deadlines are typically announced by ICSI well in advance.
The fee structure for the CS Foundation, Executive, and Professional course in 2023 is as follows:
The fee structure is subject to change. Please check the ICSI website for the latest updates.
The following steps for CSEET registration:
Step 1: Type www.icsi.edu in the browser, then click “Online Services” and “Register for CSEET”.
Step 2: Click “Proceed to CSEET registration” after ticking the required boxes.
Step 3: Enter the Basic Information.
Step 4: Fee Details.
Step 5: Submit Mandatory Documents.
Step 6: Application preview & Click on “Confirm Application”
Step 7: Choose the payment method, then press the Next button.
Step 8: Generation of the Transaction Id – Record the Transaction Id for later use.
The below-mentioned documents are to be scanned and uploaded 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.
These are the documents required for CA Foundation Registration
CS Executive Pass Marksheet/Certificate. Along with the documents which were required for CS Foundation.
The CS course in India equips aspiring Company Secretaries with legal expertise, governance skills, and business acumen, preparing them for the challenges of the corporate world.
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For Foundation Program, 10+2 pass; For Executive Program, Graduation in any discipline; For Professional Program, Executive Program pass of ICSI.
There are three levels – Foundation Program, Executive Program, and Professional Program.
Key roles of a CS include corporate governance, legal compliance, board support, and advisory services.
CS exams are held twice a year, generally in June and December.
Candidates with CA or CMA qualifications can get exemptions based on their previous course’s subjects and syllabus.
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Company Secretary (CS) course is a highly reputed certification given by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
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.
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
Visit the in ICSI and click Register for CS Course under the online services menu.
Fees may vary depending on the level starts from CSEET - Rs. 1000
CS Foundation - Rs. 4500
CS Executive - Rs. 10600
CS Professional - Rs. 12000
Approx. 2 - 3 years
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.
CS Foundation and CSEET exams are conducted through online. Not all the exams
Company Secretary or Company Secretaryship
Once you registered in ICAI, the books will be sent to you through postal.
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).
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.
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
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
ICSI conducts the exams in June and December every year. The exams in 2020 might be delayed due to coronavirus lockdown.
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.