Stages to become a Company Secretary:

The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 pass or equivalent has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.

Foundation Programme

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

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

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Foundation Programme which is of eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass or equivalent students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream (Excluding Fine Arts)

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

Professional Programme can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course.

ADMISSION TO THE CS COURSE is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.

Cut off dates for admission to CS course:

For Foundation Programme 31st March for appearing in December Examination in the same year.
30th September for June Examination next year.
For Executive Programme 28th February for appearing in both modules in December Exams in the same year year.
31st May for appearing in single module in December Examination in the same year.
31st August for appearing in both modules in June Exam in the next year.
30th November for appearing in single module in June Examination in the next year.

There are 4 papers in CS Foundation Programme

There are 7 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Programme (wef. 01.02.2013)

There are 8 papers divided into 4 Modules in CS Professional Programme

Foundation Programme [4 papers]
Executive Programme [7papers]
Professional Programme [8 papers]
  Business Environment & Entrepreneurship Module I
Company Law Module I
(2 papers)
Company Secretarial Practice
Drafting,  Appearances and Pleadings
  Business Management, Ethics and Communication Cost and Management Accounting Module II
(2 papers)
Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
   Business Economics Economic and Commercial Laws Module III
(2 papers)
Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade
Tax Laws and Practice Advance Tax Laws and Practices
  Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing Module II (3 papers) Company Accounts and Auditing Practices Module IV
(2 papers)
Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management
Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability
    Capital Markets and Securities Laws    
Industrial, Labour and General Laws

Professional Program ( new syllabus – w.e.f. 1st September 2013 )
1. Advanced Company Law and Practice 4. Information Technology and Systems Audit 7. Advanced Tax Laws and Practice
2. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence 5. Financial, Treasury and Forex Management 8. Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
3. Corporate Restructuring, Valuation and Insolvency 6. Ethics, Governance and Sustainability 9. Electives 1 out of below 5 subjects
    9.1. Banking Law and Practice
9.2. Capital, Commodity and Money Market
9.3. Insurance Law and Practice
9.4. Intellectual Property Rights - Law and Practice
9.5. International Business-Laws and Practices

Fee Structure for CS Course

CS Foundation Programme              


CS Executive Programme

Rs.9000/- for Commerce Graduates / CPT passed of ICAI / Foundation passed of ICAI-CMA

Rs 10,000/- for Non Commerce Students

Rs 8,500/- for CS Foundation passed students

CS Professional Programme



Examination is conducted twice a year in June and December.

Examination fee

  • Foundation Programme -Rs. 1200/-
  • Executive Programme - Rs. 1200/- per Module
  • Professional Programme -Rs. 1200/- per Module
  • Last date for submission of application for appearing in the examination
  • 25th March (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 9th April)
  • 25th September (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 10th October)

Medium of Examination

The Institute allows facility to 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 further period subject to fulfilling the applicable 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 / 35 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Executive / 40 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Professional Programme has been made mandatory.
  • Existing Practical experience and training requirements
  • The students are required to undergo the following trainings:
  • 7 days Student Induction Programme (SIP)- within six months of Registration to Executive Programme 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 Programme (EDP) - after passing the Executive Programme and before commencement of 15 months training.
  • 25 hours of Professional Development Programme (PDP) during 15 months training.
  • 15 months training after passing the Executive Programme or Professional Programme on completion of 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 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 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 Programme (MSOP)- after Professional Programme and on completion of Executive Development Program and 15 months training.

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 Regulations,1982, as amended, on submitting the relevant documents.

A student after passing the Professional Programme may enroll as ‘Licentiate ICSI’ at his/her option until completion of training requirements.

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