Everything About CS - Company Secretary Course
Everything About CS - Company Secretary Course

Everything About CS - Company Secretary Course 

CS course: Transforming students into modern corporate professionals


CS course is a professional course propound by Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a statutory body formed under an Act of Parliament with a mission “to develop high caliber professionals facilitating good corporate governance”


Now, before having an outlook about the qualifications, eligibility criteria, stages and examinations, it is necessary to know the functions of a Company Secretary and its employment opportunities.



  • A compliance officer
  • Corporate, company law and other law expert
  • Corporate planner and strategic manager
  • Key managerial personnel of company
  • Important link between company and its Board of Directors, Shareholders, government and other statutory bodies.


Employment opportunities

After being a qualified Company Secretary, there are two employment opportunities:

  • Company Secretary in Employment
  • Self employment i.e Employment in Practice


Stages of Company secretary course

  1. CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) (Earlier Foundation programme)
  2. Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme
  1. Pre- Membership Training -24 Months (Earlier 16 months)

This is a distance learning/correspondence course which can be pursued with optional class room teaching. A student can register himself or through counselors on www.icsi.edu as admissions are open throughout the year.


Eligibility Criteria for different stages


  • A candidate passed / appearing in the senior secondary (10+2) examination or equivalent thereto.
  • All graduates/ post graduates, who were eligible for registration directly to CS Executive Programme, are also required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for registration to Executive Programme.


However exemptions are provide to those candidates who have passed Foundation Examination or Final Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/or the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI)

 Executive Programme

Candidate has passed senior secondary examination (10+2) or an examination recognized by the Central Government or State Government or equivalent thereto that is necessary for of admission to bachelor’s degree course;



Candidate has passed Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) conducted by the Institute and as on the date of registration the result of the CSEET shall not be older than one year.


Professional Programme

A candidate must have registered himself as a student for the Professional Programme at least nine calendar months prior to the month in which the examination commences.


Fees Structure

The Fees Structure for registration at various stages of the CS course is as under:

  • For appearing in CSEET is Rs. 1,000/- per appearance by a candidate.
  • For registration to Executive Programme Rs 10,600/- (CSEET and CS foundation passed) and Rs 15600/-(ICAI Final and ICMAI Final passed)
  • For registration to Professional programme after passing CS Executive programme is Rs. 13000/-.

However concession in CSEET Registration fees is applicable to various students as per norms of the Institute.


Paper or the course subjects

The paper or the course of each stage are divided in various modules and are available at the site of ICSI.


  • The CS examinations are conducted twice in a year. In the month of June and December
  • A student is required to pay the examination fees for different programmes as fixed by the institute for each appearing modules.
  • The medium of examination is both English and Hindi
  • A student is declared pass on securing 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate.


Chapter and Regional councils

For providing service to members and the students the institute has constituted different regional councils and chapters in different states of the country. Student can contact these centers in case of any clarifications or information with regard to any matter concerning CS course.