Company secretaries (CS) are responsible to look after Company law, corporate strategies, security market, and other similar issues. Needless to say is a company’s compliance with regulations and its smooth running is dependent heavily on company Secretaries. If you have an inclination towards challenging job profiles and want to make a career as a company Secretary, CS qualification is the degree to look forward to. CS qualification can be obtained by giving the CS exam organised by The Institute of Company Secretaries ( The ICSI membership plays a vital role in job openings in the corporate world and for recruitment in state and central government posts.

1. The student who would like to join this CS Course after 10+2 has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.

  • Foundation Program
  • Executive Program
  • Professional Programme

2. In addition, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months, which a student may opt to start after passing the Executive Program

3. The Student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation (Example: has to undergo two stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e.

  • Executive Program
  • Professional Program

Besides, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months.

4. Foundation Program, which is eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream.

5. Executive Program can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.

6. Professional Program can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Program of Company Secretary Course.

7. Training: A Student has to undergo 15 months Management Training in Companies sponsored by the Institute after passing the Executive or Professional Program or under the guidance of a Company Secretary in Practice.

8. After qualifying Professional Examination and on successful completion of training a candidate is admitted as an Associate Member of the ICSI and can use the letters ACS after his/her name i.e. Associate Company Secretary.

Note: Admission to the Company Secretary Course is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.

How to Register For CS Foundation | Company Secretary Course Details

There are 4 subjects in CS Foundation.

CS Foundation Registration is open throughout the year. Candidates registered up to and including the month of March are eligible to take the Foundation examination earliest in December in the same year and those registered up to and including September can take up the examination in June next year subject to satisfactory completion of coaching. So

If you want to write CS Foundation exam in Dec 2015, you should register before 31st March 2015.

If you want to write CS Foundation exam in June 2016, you should register before 30th September  2015

CS Foundation Registration Fee Details:


CS Foundation Registration Fee




General Students

Admission Fee

Education Fee




SC / ST Students

Admission Fee Education Fee

50% of Total Fee


Physically Handicapped Students

Admission Fee Only




To know what are the Documents Required For CS Foundation Registration and CS Foundation Registration Online Process Click Here.

How to Register For CS Executive | Company Secretary Course Details

There are 2 Modules in CS Executive. Module -I contains 4 subjects and Module – II contains 3 subjects.

Module I

Module II

  • Company Accounts and Auditing Practices
  • Capital Markets and Securities Laws
  • Industrial, Labor and General Laws

Candidates registered as students up to and including May in a year are eligible for appearing in any one Module only of the Executive examination held in December of that year and those registered up to and including the month of November in a year are eligible for appearing in any one Module only in the June examination of next year subject to completion of coaching, computer training & other requirements (as per the guidelines of the Institute) in the Module they intend to appear.

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How to Register For CS Professional | Company Secretary Course Details

There are 3 Modules in CS Executive. Module -I contain 3 subjects, Module – II contains 4 subjects and Module 3 contains 2 subjects and 5 elective papers.

Module I

  • Advanced Company Law and Practice
  • Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence
  • Corporate Restructuring, Valuation, and Insolvency

Module II

  • Information Technology and Systems Audit
  • Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
  • Ethics, Governance, and Sustainability

Module III

  • Advanced Tax Laws and Practice
  • Drafting, Appearances, and Pleadings

Elective Subjects

  • Banking Law and Practice
  • Capital, Commodity and Money Market
  • Insurance Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Rights – Law and Practice
  • International Business-Laws and Practices

CS Professional Registration Last Date:

CS Professional Registration is open throughout the year. A student is admitted to the Professional examination only after a minimum period of nine calendar months has elapsed since his passing the Executive examination.

If you want to write the CS Professional all Modules in Dec 2017, You should register before 28.02.2017

If you want to write the CS Professional any single Module in Dec 2017, You should register before 31.05.2017

CS Professional Registration Online Process: Click Here CS Professional Course Details


Medium of Examination

The Institute allows the facility for students to appear in examination in English as well as in Hindi. (Except Business Communication subject of Foundation Program)

Qualifying Marks

A candidate is declared to have passed the Foundation / Executive / Professional examination if he/she secures at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate of all subjects.

Time limit for completing CS Examination

A student is required to complete the Executive and the Professional examination within the registration period. However, on payment of requisite fees, the validity of registration may be renewed/extended for the further period subject to fulfilling the applicable guidelines.

ICSI Oral Tuition Guidelines / PPP Guidelines

Salient features of the Oral Tuition Guidelines & PPP Guidelines: Under the revised guidelines 30 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Foundation / 035 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Executive / 40 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Professional Program has been made mandatory

Existing Practical experience and training requirements

The students are required to undergo the following trainings:

7 days Student Induction Program (SIP) – within six months of Registration in Executive Program or exempted therefrom for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.

70 hours compulsory computer training program- for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.

8 days Executive Development Program (EDP) – after passing the Executive Program and before commencement of 15 months training.

25 hours of Professional Development Program (PDP) during 15 months training

15 months training after passing the Executive Program or Professional Program on completion of the Student Induction Program and Executive Development Program with companies and Company Secretaries in Practice registered with the Institute for imparting training

3 months practical training is required to be undergone by the student if the student completes the professional program examination and exempted from undergoing at least 12 months training on the basis of Company Secretaries Regulations,1982, as amended on submitting the documents to the Institute and fulfills the requirement of Regulation 48. This training will be exempted to the students who have undergone 15 months training.

15 days training in a specialized agency such as the Registrar of Companies (ROC) / Stock Exchange / Financial and Banking Institution/Management Consultancy Firm can only be commenced if the student completes SIP, EDP, 15 months training and having passed professional program examination.

15 days Management Skills Orientation Program (MSOP)- after Professional Program and on completion of Executive Development Program and 15 months training

1. The students can be exempted from undergoing training totally or partially depending on the practical experience possessed by them on fulfilling the requirement of the Company Secretaries

2. Regulations,1982, as amended, on submitting the relevant documents.
After a student passing the Professional Program may enroll as ‘Licentiate ICSI’ at his/her option until completion of training requirements.


After qualifying the CS Professional Program and on completion of training as provided under the CS Regulations, a candidate is enrolled as an Associate Member of the Institute and he can use the descriptive title “ACS” after his / her name.

Further Academic Pursuits:

  • The Company Secretary Course is recognized by the various Universities for admission to Ph.D Course.
  • Utilization of services of members by various professional/educational bodies for academic activities
  • ICSI conducts Post Membership Qualification (PMQ) Course in Corporate Governance.


The Headquarters and Regional Offices offer placement services to the Members of the Institute:

  • Names of candidates are sponsored by prospective employers on request
  • Members looking for a job may register online on the Institute’s Website: for availing Placement assistance.
  • Vacancies received from companies are also displayed on the website
  • Campus Interviews are conducted to assist members for a job and students for 15 months training

Financial Assistance/ Scholarship

Prizes, Merit Scholarship and Merit-cum-Means Assistance

  • The Institute awards Prizes, merit scholarships to the meritorious students
  • Merit-cum-Means Assistance is granted to the economically weaker students