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Company Secretary Success Blueprint in India 2023

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Welcome aboard, future corporate navigators! If you aspire to be a successful Company Secretary in India, prepare for an exciting journey. In 2023, the role of a Company Secretary is more crucial than ever, demanding a unique set of skills and adaptability.

This page explores the latest trends, best practices, and essential skills for mastering corporate compliance and achieving professional growth. Let’s set sail toward excellence together! Are you ready? Let’s begin!

Understanding the CS India Certification

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. 

ICSI - CSEET Notification Page.

What is Company Secretary (CS)?

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.

What is the role of Company Secretary (CS)?

A Company Secretary (CS) ‘s role is pivotal in ensuring a company’s smooth and compliant functioning. In general, their key roles include:

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

Benefits of obtaining the CS India certification

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:

  • Legal and Corporate Expertise
  • Compliance and Governance Skills
  • Boardroom Presence
  • Enhanced Career Opportunities
  • Global Recognition
  • Networking Opportunities
  • High-earning profession

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

There are three levels to the Company Secretary (CS) program in India: Foundation Program or CSEET, Executive Program, and Professional Program.

  1. Foundation Program: Entry-level CS course covers foundational knowledge and basics of corporate laws, governance, and accounting.
    Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET): CSEET is applicable after Feb 3rd 2020.  After clearing the CSEET, they can register for CS Executive. It’s an alternative path to CS Executive Program.
  2. Executive Program: Foundation Program graduates can enrol in Executive Program to delve deeper into corporate laws, secretarial practices, and other relevant subjects.
  3. Professional Program: Executive Program graduates can proceed to Professional Program, which covers advanced topics in corporate laws, governance, and compliance.

    Each level of the CS course has its subjects and examinations. After completing all three levels and fulfilling other requirements, individuals become qualified Company Secretaries.

    [Students are eligible for CS Executive Program after clearing either the Foundation program or CSEET]

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

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

  • 10+2 high school graduates or their equivalent from a recognised board.


2.Executive Program:

  • Graduation from any discipline (except for the fine arts) OR
  • ICSI Foundation Program pass certificate OR
  • Foundation Program pass of CMA (Cost Accountancy).


3.Professional Program:

  • Executive Program pass of ICSI.


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.

CS India exam syllabus

Below is a detailed explanation of each level’s Company Secretary course syllabus.

Syllabus for CS Foundation Program

  1. Business Environment and Law
  2. Business Management, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship
  3. Business Economics
  4. Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Syllabus for CSEET

  1. Business Communication
  2. Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
  3. Economic and Business Environment
  4. Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills and Quantitative Aptitude

Syllabus for CS Executive Program

Module 1

(4 Papers)

  1. Jurisprudence, Interpretation, and General Laws
  2. Company Law
  3. Setting up of Business Entities and Closure
  4. Tax Laws

Module 2

(4 Papers)

  1. Corporate and Management Accounting
  2. Securities Laws and Capital Markets
  3. Economic, Business, and Commercial Laws
  4. Financial and Strategic Management

Syllabus for CS Professional Program

Module 1
(3 Papers)

  1. Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics
  2. Advanced Tax Laws
  3. Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances

Module 2

(3 Papers)

  1. Secretarial Audit
  2. Corporate Restructuring
  3. Resolution of Corporate Disputes

Module 3

(3 Papers)

  1. Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges
  2. Multidisciplinary Case Studies
  3. Electives – Any 1 – Open Book Test


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

What are the Qualification Marks for CS Exam?

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.

CS Exam Schedule 2023

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.

Cut-off Dates for Registration to CS Exam 2023

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What is the Fee Structure for CS Course 2023?

The fee structure for the CS Foundation, Executive, and Professional course in 2023 is as follows:

What is the Fee Structure for CS Course 2023?

The fee structure is subject to change. Please check the ICSI website for the latest updates.

How to Register for CSEET Entrance Examination?

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. 

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What documents are required to register for the Company Secretary (CS) Course?

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.

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(Aadhar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)
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CS Executive Registration Documents

  • Foundation scheme students must upload the same documents provided earlier for CS Foundation.
  • New Scheme students need to upload the same documents which are listed above in CS Foundation along with the 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 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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1.What are the eligibility criteria for the CS course in India? 

For Foundation Program, 10+2 pass; For Executive Program, Graduation in any discipline; For Professional Program, Executive Program pass of ICSI.

2.How many levels are there in the CS course in India?

There are three levels – Foundation Program, Executive Program, and Professional Program.

3.What are the key roles of a Company Secretary (CS)?

Key roles of a CS include corporate governance, legal compliance, board support, and advisory services.

4.How often are CS exams conducted in India? 

CS exams are held twice a year, generally in June and December.

5.Can candidates with CA or CMA qualifications get exemptions in the CS course? 

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) - FAQ

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

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.

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 .

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.

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