[FAQs] Company Secretary (CS) – Admission Related Questions

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CS Admission Related Questions

FAQ 1. Who is eligible to register for Company Secretary (CS) Course?

In order to complete the CS Course, candidates have to clear the CS exams conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) in three stages – CSEET, Executive and Professional.

At each level of the CS Course, a candidate has to get himself/ herself enrolled/ registered with ICSI. After such registration, once the requisite period of study, the candidate is eligible to appear for the respective level examination by filling a separate examination form.

Eligibility Criteria for Registration:

For CSEET:
A candidate who has passed or is appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination or equivalent thereto shall be eligible to appear in the CSEET.

For Executive Exam:
There are two ways in which a student can register for CS Executive Programme:

I. Through CSEET: A candidate is believed to have passed the eligibility criteria for CS Executive Registration if:

      • Candidate has passed Senior Secondary Examination (10+2 system) conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognised by the Central Government or State Government or equivalent thereto for the purposes of admission to Bachelor’s degree course; and
      • Candidate has passed Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) conducted by the Institute. Note: The date of CSEET result should not be older than one year prior to the date of such registration.

II. Through Direct Entry: Some candidates are exempted from passing CSEET and can directly register for CS Executive Programme through Direct Entry scheme. They include:

1. CS Foundation Programme passed students.
2. ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.
3. ICMAI (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.
4. Graduates (having minimum 50% Marks) in any discipline of any recognized University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council.
5. Post-graduates in any discipline of any recognized University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council.

Note: Candidates who have cleared Final Course of ICAI or ICMAI or are graduates having minimum 50% marks or post-graduates are eligible for such exemption by paying an additional fee of Rs. 5,000 at the time of registration for CS Executive.

For Professional Exam:
To register for CS Professional Programme, the candidates must qualify both the modules of the Executive examination.

FAQ 2. What is CSEET?

CSEET stands for Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test. It is the entrance level examination of the Company Secretary (CS) course conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). A student can enroll for CS Executive Programme only after clearing CSEET, though direct entry to CS Executive Programme is allowed for some candidates. The prospectus is available at the link provided here:
(https://www.icsi.edu/media/webmodules/CSEET_PROSPECTUS.pdf)

FAQ 3. Can a student appear for CSEET even when his/her Class 12th result is awaited?

Yes, a student can appear for CSEET after appearing or clearing Class 12 examinations.

FAQ 4. Can a candidate directly register for CS Executive Programme? Or, Who are exempted from qualifying CSEET?

Yes, ICSI grants exemption to following students/ candidates/ professionals by allowing Direct Entry to Executive Programme on registration i.e. they are exempted from qualifying CSEET and are eligible to seek registration directly to the Executive Programme:

1. CS Foundation Programme passed students.
2. ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.
3. ICMAI (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) Final Course passed students.
4. Graduates (having minimum 50% Marks) in any discipline of any recognized University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council.
5. Post-graduates in any discipline of any recognized University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council.

FAQ 5. Can a student appearing for graduation final year exam register directly for the Executive Programme?

No, provisional admissions are not allowed for the Executive Programme. Only upon completion of graduation with a minimum of 50%, a student can enroll directly for Executive Programme.

FAQ 6. Can a non-commerce student pursue CS Course?

Yes, the minimum educational qualification required to get registered for CSEET is passing/ appearing Class 10 + 2 examination from any recognized board. Thus, a student can register for CSEET after clearing/ appearing in the senior secondary (10+2) examination (either from commerce or any other stream).

Further, a student can register for CS Executive Course either through:

    • CSEET i.e. after clearing CSEET successfully, or
    • Direct Entry Route in which he/she may be a Commerce or any other stream graduate/ post graduate with a specified minimum percentage of marks or has passed the final level of ICAI or ICMAI. Such candidates are exempted from passing CSEET and can directly register for Executive Programme.

Thus, even a non-commerce student can pursue the CS Course.

FAQ 7. Which subjects need to be studied for CS Examinations?

Company Secretary (CS) is one of the much respected, prestigious and in-demand professional qualifications in the country. The course is for the aspirants who wish to become Company Secretaries aiding in filing, registering, presenting, verifying or attesting any documents on behalf of the company. Company Secretaries may also act as legal advisors, planners, policy makers, etc. in companies situated in India or abroad. To gain such sound knowledge, a candidate needs to study below subjects during the three stages of CS examinations.

Here is the list of subjects in CS exams at various levels:

CS Course Stage Number of Papers Subjects
CSEET 4
    1. Business Communication
    2. Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
    3. Economic & Business Environment
    4. Current Affairs

Note: All papers are MCQ-Based.

Besides this, it also includes Viva Voce on “Presentation & Communication Skills”.

Executive 8 Module I:

    1. Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws (Subjective)
    2. Company Law (Subjective)
    3. Setting up of Business Entities and Closure (Subjective)
    4. Tax Laws (Objective)Module II:
    5. Corporate & Management Accounting (Objective)
    6. Securities Laws & Capital Markets (Subjective)
    7. Economic, Business and Commercial Laws (Subjective)
    8. Financial and Strategic Management (Objective)
Professional 9 Module I:

    1. Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics
    2. Advanced Tax Laws
    3. Drafting, Pleadings and AppearancesModule II:
    4. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence
    5. Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up
    6. Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & RemediesModule III:
    7. Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges
    8. Multidisciplinary Case Studies (Open Book Examination)
    9. Electives: 1 paper out of below 5 papers (Open Book Examination):

a) Banking – Law & Practice

b) Insurance– Law & Practice

c) Intellectual Property Rights– Laws and Practices

d) Labour Laws & Practice

e) Insolvency – Law and Practice

Note: New Syllabus 2023 shall be made effective from the year 2023, for which the syllabus and exam pattern are yet to be notified by the Institute.

FAQ 8. What is the frequency of CS Examinations?

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is the governing body for conducting the CS exams. For being qualified as a Company Secretary, a candidate has to clear all the 3 levels – CSEET, Executive and Professional. (Note: Some candidates are exempted from appearing in CSEET and can directly register for Executive.)

Every year, CSEET examinations are held four times a year in January, May, July, November. Whereas the CS exams for Executive and Professional are held in June and December i.e. twice a year.

FAQ 9. How much time does it take to become a CS?

Considering the best-case scenario, where a student is able to crack all the exams in one attempt, it will take around 3 years for him/her to get the CS degree. He/She can appear for CSEET just after appearing 10+2; and after one year he/she can choose to appear for CS Executive; and further on completing Executive, during the tenure of 21 months training, he/she can complete the CS Professional Exams.

Accordingly, depending on the route chosen to enroll for CS Course i.e. CSEET or Direct Route, the time requirement for course completion including all the necessary trainings differs as follows:

CS Course Enrollment Minimum Duration of CS Course
Through CSEET 3 to 3.5 years
Through Direct Route 2.5 to 3 years

FAQ 10. Can a student complete CS within one year of passing Executive exams?

No, a student can clear his/her Professional Exams within one year of clearing CS Executive exams but to become a CS, he/she is required to undergo and complete 21 months Practical Training.

FAQ 11. Which is the last date to register for CS Course?

In order to be eligible to appear in the Examination, students must register (https://smash.icsi.edu/) for the respective Course on or before the following dates:

  • CSEET:

Examination Month Registration Period
May 16th Dec-15th Apr
July 16th Apr-15th Jun
November 16th Jun-15th Oct
January 16th Oct-15th Dec
  • CS Executive/ Professional:

Last Date to Register for CS Executive/ Professional June Session December Session
All Modules 30th November 31st May
Single module 31st January 31st July

FAQ 12. Whether offline registration to CS Course is possible?

No, students are expected to fill and submit their applications for registration to CS Course through online mode only.

FAQ 13. How to register for CS Course?

CSEET:

For the process of CSEET registration, a candidate has to visit the portal of ICSI (https://smash.icsi.edu/Scripts/CSEET/Instructions_CSEET.aspx).

After successful submission of forms and related documents, and payment of the requisite registration fees, the documents shall be verified and registration will be confirmed by the Institute.

Reference Book (MCQ Based) shall be provided by the institute with an additional fee of Rs. 500 at the time of registration.

Executive:

For students registering for CS Executive Programme, they shall be required to choose the route i.e. through CSEET on visiting https://smash.icsi.edu/Scripts/CSEETregistration/Instructions_CSEETreg.aspx or Direct Entry Route on visiting https://smash.icsi.edu/Scripts/Registration/Registration.aspx.

After successful submission of forms and related documents, and payment of the requisite registration fees, the documents shall be verified and registration will be confirmed by the Institute.

Note: One can access the study material on Institute’s official website (https://www.icsi.edu/studymaterialnewsyllabusexe2017) from where the students can read and download the material as required.

Professional:

For students registering for CS Professional Programme, they shall be required to visit https://smash.icsi.edu/Scripts/login.aspx.

After successful submission of forms and related documents, and payment of the requisite registration fees, the documents shall be verified and registration will be confirmed by the Institute.

One can access the study material on Institute’s official website (https://icsi.edu/study-material-professional-programme-new-syllabus-2017) from where the students can read and download the material as required.

FAQ 14. Which documents are required for CS Registration?

In order to enroll for the CS Course, online registration by the student is required at all the three levels of the course – CSEET, Executive and Professional. Further, the registration process for each stage requires different documents to be uploaded which are stated as under:

Course Registration Stage Documents Required
CSEET
    • Photograph of the candidate
    • Signature of the candidate
    • DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
    • Admit Card/ Hall Ticket for 10+2 Examinations (if appearing) or 10+2 Pass Certificate/ Mark Sheet
    • Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
    • Identity proof (Aadhar Card/Passport/Voter ID/PAN Card/Driving License/Ration Card)
Executive
    • Photograph of the candidate
    • Signature of the candidate
    • DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
    • Qualification Certificate (Class 12 marksheet or certificate/ICAI/ICMAI Final pass certificate/ Graduation pass certificate/Graduation Consolidated mark sheets/ Post Graduation pass certificate/ Consolidated mark sheets)
    • Category certificate (other than general)
    • Identity proof (Aadhar Card/Passport/Voter ID /PAN Card/Driving License/Ration Card)
Professional Mark sheet of CS Executive Exams

Note: All the files to be uploaded should be present in one of the formats viz. jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, pdf.The maximum allowed file size is 2 MB.

FAQ 15. What is the registration fee for CS Course?

CSEET:

Below is the registration fee structure applicable as per the current ICSI guidelines for CSEET:

Details Amount in Rs.
CSEET Registration Fees (per appearance)

Rs. 1,000

CSEET Classes Advance Fees (Optional)

(Students can remit advance fees towards CSEET classes by Regional or Chapter Offices of ICSI at the time of CSEET registration)

Rs. 1,000

Note: Reference Book (MCQ-Based) shall be provided by the Institute with an additional fee of Rs. 500 at the time of registration.

Executive:

Below is the registration fee structure applicable as per the current ICSI guidelines for CS Executive Programme:

Details Amount in Rs.
  For Students who have cleared CSEET/ CS Foundation For students who have cleared CA/ CMA Final Exams, Graduates/Post Graduates (Direct Entry Route)
Registration Fees 2,000 2,000
Education Fees 6,500 6,500
CSEET Exemption Fees Nil 5,000
Pre-Exam Test Fees 1,000 1,000
One Day Orientation Programme 600 600
Chartered Secretary Journal Subscription for one year (Optional) 500 500
Total 10,600 15,600

Professional:

Below is the registration fee structure applicable as per the current ICSI guidelines for CS Professional:

Details Amount in Rs.
Education Fees 12,000
Pre-Examination Test 1,000
Total 13,000

FAQ 16. What is the validity of CSEET registration?

CSEET registration is valid for one attempt only. A student is required to register for CSEET every time he/she appears for the exam. However, there are no restrictions on number of attempts. So a student can appear 4 times a year for CSEET, subject to re-registration and paying a fee of Rs. 1,000 each time.

FAQ 17. For how long does CS Executive and Professional Programme registration remain valid?

The registration to the regular stage of CS Course (consisting of Executive & Professional Programme) is valid for a period of five years from the month of registration in Executive Programme. Students whose registration gets expired on completion of five-year period shall be required to get the validity of registration renewed till passing the Professional Programme Stage.

FAQ 18. What is the total expenditure to be incurred for CS Course?

The entire CS Course takes approximately 3.5 years to complete with a total course fee of around Rs. 2,00,000 to 2,50,000 (including separate coaching center fees).

If a candidate does not opt for coaching classes, then the over-all expenditure comes down to an approximate of Rs. 80,000 to 90,000, which includes all expenses such as registration fees, examination fees and training fees.

FAQ 19. Is there any fee concession awarded by ICSI to students for registration?

Yes, ICSI provides for different rates of concessionsin registration fees for following categories of students:

Category Concession for CSEET Concession for Executive & Professional
SC/ST 50% 50%
Physically Handicapped 50% Only Registration Fee is to be paid.

(at present “Registration Fee” for Executive Programme is Rs. 2,000& “Registration Fee” for Professional Programme is Nil)

Wards & Widows of Martyrs and Defense Service Personnel with Permanent Disability 100% 100%
Serving/ Retired Personnel of Defense Services and Paramilitary Forces 50% 50%
ICSI Staff and Wards/ Spouse of ICSI Staff 75%
ICLS Officers/ Officers & Staff of MCA and affiliated offices (NCLT, SFIO and CCI) 100% 100%
Students from North Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep (similar scheme is being introduced for the Students of Himachal Pradesh) 50% 50% at the time of registration to Executive Programme stage
Students from the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh 100% 100% at the time of registration to Executive Programme stage
Personnel of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and all para military forces with permanent disability as a result of participating in act of war and other missions. 100%

FAQ 20. What is the procedure to obtain the CS Registration Letter and Identity Card?

The Institute has discontinued the scheme of forwarding Registration Letters and Identity Cards by post (in physical form). Instead, the Registration Letter beside Identity Cards can readily be downloaded from Institute’s website (https://smash.icsi.edu/scripts/login.aspx).

Also Read:
[FAQs] Company Secretary (CS) – General Questions
[FAQs] Company Secretary (CS) – Professional Programme
[FAQs] Company Secretary (CS) – Training Questions

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