CS Programme Course Details

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is the only recognized professional body in India to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India. It is a premier national professional body set up under an act of Parliament, the Company Secretaries Act, 1980.

 

ICSI has its headquarters at New Delhi, four Regional Offices at New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and 72 Chapters across India.

 

The ICSI provides top-quality education to the students of Company Secretaries (CS) Course and has set and maintains best quality standards for CS members. The ICSI has on its rolls more than 59,000 qualified CS members including over 11,000 members holding certificate of practice. Around 3,00,000 students are presently pursuing the Company Secretaryship Course.

 

Who is a Company Secretary?

A Company Secretary is the vital link between the company, its -

  • Board of Directors,
  • Shareholders,
  • Government and other agencies.
  • CS is an in-house Corporate expert; a compliance officer of the Company.
  • CS is an expert in Corporate laws, Securities laws & Capital market and Corporate governance.
  • CS is the Chief advisor to the board of directors on best practices in corporate governance.
  • CS is responsible for ALL regulatory compliances of company.

Company Secretary in Employment

  • Can become Key managerial personnel of a company
  • Has to be appointed as a whole-time Company Secretary of companies having paid up share capital of Rs. 5 crores or more.
  • Has to be appointed as whole-time key managerial personnel of every listed company and every other public company having a paid-up share capital of 10 crore rupees or more

Company Secretary in Practice

  • Secretarial Audit and Certificate Services
  • Representing on behalf of a company and other persons before NCLT
  • Handling Corporate restructuring and takeovers.
  • Administrator in respect of rehabilitation and revival of sick companies.
  • Appointment as Company Liquidator/ Provisional Liquidator.
  • Can be Technical member of NCLT
  • Can become a part of Mediation & Conciliation panel during the pendency of proceedings before CG/NCLT/NCLAT.
  • Pre-certification of e-forms
  • Duty to report fraud

This is not the exhaustive list.

Three Levels in the CS Programme

The CSEET will be an online Computer-based Test. The test will comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), audio clips, video clips, and descriptive questions. The duration of CSEET will be 135 minutes (120 Minutes for MCQ test and 15 minutes for Viva-Voce) and will be conducted on a single day. There is no negative marking.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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

Documents Required for Registration

  • A recent, Passport sized photo with size between 20kb and 50kb.
  • Specimen signature with size of between 10kb to 20kb
  • Copy of Birth certificate with size not exceeding 2MB
  • Copy of 12th Pass certificate in PDF format with size not exceeding 2MB
  • ID proof (Aadhaar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card) with size not exceeding 2MB
  • Category Certificate (if belonging to SC/ST OR Physically Handicapped Category) with size not exceeding 2MB

Registration procedure for CSEET

  1. Go to the ICSI website ----> ICSI website
  2. Go to the section "Online services" and click on "Register for CSEET".
  3. Check the following boxes (These are mandatory documents that are required to be uploaded during the registration process)
    1. Photograph of the candidate
    2. Signature of the candidate
    3. DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
    4. Identity Proof (Aadhaar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)
    5. You need to have either qualification passed certificate or 12th roll number.
  4. Before we go the next section, please ensure that your documents meet the following guidelines.

    • All the files should be present in one of the following formats (JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, PDF).
    • The maximum allowed file size is 2MB.
    • File size of student photo should be between 20KB to 50KB.
    • File Size of student signature should be between 10KB to 20KB.
  5. After checking the above boxes, click on “Proceed to CSEET Registration”
  6. Select either of the following –
    1. If you are a first-time applicant, select “New registration” or
    2. If you had already submitted the details earlier and were not able to complete or had exited the registration process mid-way for any reason, select “Incomplete Registration”, provide your “Unique Number” and “Verification code” and click on “Submit” to complete your registration.
  7. For new applicants once you click “Next”, PLEASE NOTE THE UNIQUE ID DISPLAYED HERE.
  8. Fill in the Qualification details
  9. Enter the Source of Information and click on “Next
  10. Upload the documents you had checked earlier in point 3 above and check the box of declaration at the bottom and click “Next”.
  11. Preview your application and click on “Confirm Application
  12. Choose the “Mode of payment” and click on “Proceed
  13. On Successful Payment, you will be registered in the CSEET Programme and same will be intimated through email/SMS on registered email id/mobile number.

Registration of your CSEET will stay valid for 1 year only.

Cut Off date for Registration

Month of Examination

CSEET Registrations

CS Executive Entrance Test

Last Date of Result Declaration

Cut-off dates to register into CS Executive

May

16th December to 15th April

On a Saturday close to May 10th,

By May 20th

May 31st (for appearing in both modules of Executive program in December session in the same year)

July

16th April to 15th June

On a Saturday close to July 10th,

By July 20th

July 31st (for appearing in any one module of CS Executive in December session in the same year)

November

16th June to 15th October

On a Saturday close to November 10th,

By November 20th

November 30th (for appearing in both modules of Executive program in June session in the next year)

January

16th October to 15th December

On a Saturday close to January 10th,

By January 20th

January 31st (for appearing in any one module of CS Executive in June session in the next year)

The Institute reserves its right to amend the above schedule.

 

Course Curriculum

Paper – 1 Business Communication (50 marks)

Paper – 2 Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

              Part A: Legal Aptitude (25 marks)

              Part B: Logical Reasoning (25 marks)

Paper – 3 Economic and Business Environment

              Part A: Economics (25 marks)

              Part B: Business Environment (25 marks)

Paper – 4 Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)

              Part A: Current Affairs (20 marks)

              Part B: Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (30 Marks)

 

The mode of examination will be Computer based MCQs

Eligibility criteria

  • In order to become eligible for registration as a student of Executive Programme, he/she should not be less than 17 years of age on the date of his/ her application.
  • Candidates must have passed the CSEET (CS Executive Entrance Test) for registration to CS Executive Programme.
  • There are few category students who are exempted for the CSEET (Candidates who have passed the CS Foundation Programme, ICAI Final Course and ICMAI Final Course are exempted from CSEET).

Documents Required for Registration

  • A recent, Passport sized photo with size between 20kb and 50kb.
  • Specimen signature with size of between 10kb to 20kb
  • Copy of Birth certificate with size not exceeding 2MB
  • Copy of 12th Pass certificate/ 12th Marksheet/ CSEET passed certificate in PDF format with size not exceeding 2MB
  • ID proof (Aadhaar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card) with size not exceeding 2MB
  • Category Certificate (if belonging to SC/ST OR Physically Handicapped Category) with size not exceeding 2MB

Registration procedure for Pre-test examination

  1. Go to ICSI's website - ICSI website
  2. Toggle to "Online services" option and go to "Register for CS Course".
  3. From the top menu click on “Executive Registration for CSEET passed students
  4. Check the following boxes (These are mandatory documents that are required to be uploaded during the registration process)
    1. Photograph of the candidate
    2. Signature of the candidate
    3. DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
    4. Identity Proof (Aadhaar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)
    5. You need to have either CSEET passed certificate or 12th marksheet or 12th qualification certificate.
  5. After checking all the boxes, click on "Proceed to Registration".
  6. Select either of the following –
    1. If you are a first-time applicant, select “New registration” and enter your (a) CSEET Unique ID and (b) CSEET Roll number and enter to "Verification code" and then "Submit" or
    2. If you had already submitted the details earlier and were not able to complete or had exited the registration process mid-way for any reason, select “Incomplete Registration”, provide your “Unique Number” and “Verification code” and click on “Submit” to complete your registration.
  7. Fill up the details requested and lick on “Next”.
  8. You will be given a "Request ID". PLEASE NOTE THIS NUMBER and then click "Next".
  9. Fill up your Education details and click "Next".
  10. Fill the necessary information here, uncheck if you do not need any component and then click "Next"
  11. Upload all the documents you had checked in point 4 above and click "Next"
  12. Preview your application once to ensure there are no mistakes or errors and then click "Confirm Application".
  13. Select the mode of payment and pay the requisite fees for the CS Executive registration.
  14. You will be given a Request ID and Transaction ID, please note this for any communication needed with ICSI regarding your application status and then click "Proceed"
  15. Upon successful payment, you will be registered for the CS Executive programme.

Cut Off date for Registration

  • 31st May (eligible to appear in both the modules of Executive Programme to held in December examination of the same year)
  • 31st July (eligible to appear in any One Module of Executive Programme to held in December examination of the same year)
  • 3oth November (eligible to appear in both the modules of Executive Programme to held in June examination of the next year)
  • 31st January (eligible to appear in any One Module of Executive Programme to held in June examination of the next year)

Registration of your CS Executive will stay valid for 5 years.

Course Curriculum


Module I

Paper 1 – Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws (100 marks)

Paper 2 – Company Law (100 marks)

Paper 3 – Setting up of Business Entities and Closure (100 marks)

Paper 4 – Tax Laws (100 marks)

Module II

Paper 5 – Corporate & Management Accounting (100 marks)

Paper 6 – Securities Laws & Capital Markets (100 marks)

Paper 7 – Economic, Business and Commercial Laws (100 marks)

Paper 8 – Financial and Strategic Management (100 marks)

The mode of examination will be Descriptive based for all papers except for –

  • Tax Laws (Module I)
  • Corporate and Management Accounting (Module II)
  • Financial and Strategic Management (Module II)

Level III – CS Professional


Eligibility criteria

  • A student should have passed the CS executive examination with a minimum of 40% in each paper and 50% marks aggregate in all subjects

Registration procedure for CS Professional

  1. Go to ICSI's website - ICSI website
  2. Toggle to "Online Services" and click on "Register for CS Course".
  3. Click on "Home", you will arrive at the SMASH login page.
  4. Enter your SMASH login credentials (user name and password) and enter the "Verification code" as shown in the box and click "Submit"
  5. Toggle to "Module">> Go to "Student services" and click on "Professional registration request"
  6. You will be asked to select a optional subject which is mandatory.
  7. At the bottom of the page you will have your fees displayed and also be asked if you need the subscription to the CS Journal subscription. If you do not need the subscription, then check the box and Click "Proceed to payment gateway"
  8. After successful payment, a receipt will be generated, please take a print of the same. Keep the Transaction ID and Request ID handy and use it for any communication being made with the ICSI.

Cut Off date for Registration

  • 31st May (eligible to appear in both the modules of Executive Programme to held in December examination of the same year)
  • 31st July (eligible to appear in any One Module of Executive Programme to held in December examination of the same year)
  • 3oth November (eligible to appear in both the modules of Executive Programme to held in June examination of the next year)
  • 31st January (eligible to appear in any One Module of Executive Programme to held in June examination of the next year)

Course Curriculum

 

Module 1

Paper 1 – Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics (100 marks)

Paper 2 – Advanced Tax Laws (100 marks)

Paper 3 – Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances (100 marks)

Module 2

Paper 4 – Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence (100 marks)

Paper 5 – Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up (100 marks)

Paper 6 – Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies (100 marks)

Module 3

Paper 7 – Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges (100 marks)

Paper 8 – Multidisciplinary Case Studies (100 marks) (The examination for this paper will be open book examination)

Paper 9 – Electives 1 paper out of below 8 papers (100 marks) (The examination for this paper will be open book examination)

                 9.1 Banking – Law & Practice

                 9.2 Insurance – Law & 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

The mode of examination will be Descriptive based for all 9 papers. Paper 8 & 9 will be an open book examination.

The training structure of CS was changed on 3rd February 2021. Student who irrespective of the date of his registration to Executive Programme or Professional Programme, has not commenced his/her training within the period as prescribed in notification ICSI/Trg/2020 dated 3rd Aug, 2020 which was extended up to 2nd Feb 2021, shall compulsorily be switched over to New Training Structure under the CS (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 w.e.f. 3rd Feb 2021.

The new training structure is as follows:

(I) Executive Development Programme (EDP): This will be a One month long programme which will be split into 15 days of classroom training which will be conducted CCGRT/CoE/ROs/ Chapters (upto the level of Gold Chapter) and the remaining 15 days will through online mode (i.e., e-EDP) which can be done through the ICSI's e-learning portal. You become eligible to do this ONLY AFTER passing CS Executive examinations.


Points to note:

  • In order to access the e-EDP programme, you have to register yourself on the portal. You can go to https://stimulate.icsi.edu/ and utilize your SMASH credentials to login. You can go through the process of LMS learning from here - Click here
  • e-EDP as well as classroom training can be done simultaneously.

 

(II) Practical Training: This will be a Twenty One months long training. You become eligible to go for practical training ONLY AFTER completion of Executive Development Programme. The Practical Training will be on whole time basis during normal working hours,-

  • in a company having a company secretary in whole time employment and minimum paid up capital of Rs 50 Lakhs and above or any other company or LLP having a paid up capital of in accordance with the provision made in Rule 8, 8 (A) and as amended made by MCA from time to time; or
  • under a Company Secretary in whole-time practice having a valid certificate of practice (COP) of ICSI having a minimum of 1 year of experience as a member in practice and having adequate infrastructure; or
  • in MCA and its offices and Government bodies - (ROC, RD & office of OL etc.,) and Training can be undergone with Government bodies / departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Statutory bodies;
  • in an LLP, General LLP, CS Non Attestation LLP having not less than half of its partners are members of ICSI and having net worth/capital contribution/turnover of not less than Rs 50 lakhs.
  • in Banks recognised by the RBI.
  • in Financial Institutions having gross fixed assets minimum of Rs.10 lakhs and having standing of at least 10 years.

Points to note:

  • In your entire period of 21 months of Training, you would be allowed a total of 52 leaves.
  • You are required to submit the training contract/appointment letter to the ICSI within 100 days of commencement/joining of your training. Failure of which your training will be considered as Dummy training and such training will not be considered by the Institute.
  • Normal working hours for your Practical training shall not be less than 8 hours a day for 5 days or 40 hours in a week for a total period of practical training.
  • In case you need a transfer from one trainer to another, ICSI has allowed a maximum of 2 transfers within the period of 21 months. You will have to give a notice of minimum 45 working days to your trainer in writing by giving the reason for the same. Resignation letter must be handed over personally against proper acknowledgement receipt. It can also be sent by speed post / Registered post.

 

You can apply for exemption from 21 months practical training and 1 month of EDP, provided you meet the required eligibility criteria and on submission of required documents. You can check your eligibility by going to the ICSI's website (Click here) >>>> Toggle to "Students" >>>> Click on "Trainings" >>>> Scroll and Find "Practical Training Exemptions". You can find the latest links to the exemptions here.

 

(III) Corporate Leadership Development Programme (CLDP): This programme will be for minimum of 30 days but not more than 60 days. This become eligible for this programme ONLY AFTER passing the CS Professional examination but before applying for your ACS membership.

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