The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) Entrance Exam

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) Entrance Exam

Mode of ExamOnline & Offline
Level of ExamNational Level

Company Secretary (CS) is one of the key roles in a company. Abbreviated as CS, the Company Secretary acts as a legal guardian of the company. A certified Company Secretary is hired to handle the legal affairs of a firm. A CS is responsible to file company’s tax returns, keep statutory records, advise the board of directors on key legal and compliance issues and ensure that the company complies with legal and statutory regulations of the country.

In India, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is the officially recognized professional body to look after and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries. It imparts training to lakhs of aspiring CS members. Currently, there are more than 50,000 members and about 4,00,000 students registered with ICSI.

In order to be able to practice Company Secretaryship, a person has to complete three levels of training and examination, in other words, he/she has to clear three phases of examination:

They are as follows:

  • Foundation Programme
  • Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme

However, from this year, CS Foundation programme has been replaced with CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET). CS aspirants will now have to take CSEET for registration to Executive Programme. Students who have completed Class 12th will be eligible to appear in CSEET. The exam will be conducted in Computer-Based Mode (CBT). Candidates will be exempted from qualifying CSEET if they have cleared ICAI and ICMAI final course.

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is the qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive programme. CSEET is conducted for students seeking admission to Company Secretaryship Course. CSEET exam test the aptitude for the Company Secretary profession. Students who have passed 12th (in any stream) will be eligible to appear for CSEET. To be a part of Company Secretary course, every student must go through the CSEET exam.

ICSI CS Exam Highlights 2023

ICSI Exam Highlights

Exam Name

ICSI Exam 

Conducting Body

Institute of Company Secretaries of India

Exam Level

National Level Exam

Exam Frequency

twice a year

Exam Mode

Online and offline

Exam Duration

150 minutes



Exam Purpose

Training and Certifying Company Secretaries in India

Course Offered


No. of Test Cities

58 cities in India

Exam Helpdesk No.

0120-6204999, 3314111

Exam Website



  • Minimum qualification required to register for the first level (Foundation Programme) of CS programme in Class 12 pass in any stream (excluding fine arts) from a recognized university or equivalent
  • Aspirants, who wish to pursue CS after Graduation, will have to undergo only 2 levels: Executive Programme and Professional Programme.
  • All UG and PG students (excluding Fine Arts) and those candidates having passed in the Foundation examination of  ICSI, Foundation exam of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or of any other accountancy institution in India or abroad recognised by the Council of the Institute are exempted from passing the Foundation Programme examination

ICSI CS Exam Pattern

Candidates planning to appear for the ICSI CS course must go through the exam pattern highlights as mentioned below for each level. 

Features Details
Conducting body The Institute of Company Secreatries of India
Number of Subjects/Papers


  • 4 subjects

Executive Programme

  • Module 1- 4 papers
  • Module 2- 4 papers

Professional Programme

  • Module 1- 3 papers
  • Module 2- 3 papers
  • Module 3- 3 papers


Total number of questions


CS Executive- 100 questions/paper

CS Professional- 50 questions/paper

Maximum marks

CSEET- 170 marks

Negative Marking


CS Executive- Yes

CS Professional- No



Application Start Date :

1st February 2023

Application End Date :

31st May 2023

Exam Date :

1st June 2023

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

Official Website : https://www.icsi.edu/home/