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.


Q. What are the courses for CS?

There are 4 core subjects in the CS Foundation Program. The Executive program follows 2 core modules. There are 3 core modules in the CS Professional Program.

Q. Is CS a good career option?

Yes, it is surely a good career option for long term.

Q. Is CS tough?

In CS most papers are theoretical, it needs regular reading and revision and the person can crack the exam.

Q. Is Maths compulsory for CS?


Q. Is there any age limit to pursue CS course?


Q. How many attempts are allowed for CS programme?

For CS executive, 10 attempts are allowed. For CS Foundation, 6 attempts are allowed while 10 attempts are allowed for CS professional.

Q. How can I become CS after BCom?

Students pursuing BCom course can take a direct admission to the CS Executive course. They are not required to give a CS Foundation exam.

Q. Can CS and CA pursued together?

No, students cannot pursue CS and CA courses together.

Q. How can I get exemption in CS Executive programme?

A student who obtains more than 60% of marks in any paper or papers and a minimum of 25% of marks in all the remaining papers of that module in which he has appeared shall be exempted from appearing in that paper in the subsequent examinations.

Q. How many years is Company Secretary Course?

3 years.


  • 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

CS Foundation / CSEET

PAPER 1: Business Environment and Law.

PAPER 2: Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

PAPER 3: Business Economics

PAPER 4: Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing.

CS Executive

Module I

  • Jurisprudence Interpretation & General Laws
  • Company Law
  • Setting up of Business Entities and Closure
  • Tax Laws

Module II  

  • Corporate & Management Accounting
  • Securities Laws & Capital Markets
  • Economic, Business and Commercial Laws
  • Financial and Strategic Management

CS Professional

Module I   

  • Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics
  • Advanced Tax laws
  • Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances

Module II  

  • Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence
  • Corporate Reconstructing, Insolvency, Liquidation, and Winding up
  • Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non- Compliances, and Remedies

Module III

  • Corporate Funding and Listing in Stock Exchanges
  • Multidisciplinary Case Studies
  • Elective 1 out of below 8 subjects
  • Banking- Law and Practice
  • Insurance- Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Rights- Laws and Practice
  • Forensic Audit
  • Direct Tax Laws and Practice
  • Labour Laws and Practice
  • Valuations and Business Modelling
  • Insolvency- Law, and Practice
Application Start Date :

14th September 2021

Application End Date :

27th July 2020

Exam Date :

30th September 2021

Result Date :

21st December 2021

Conducted By :

Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

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