Company Secretary Course Exam Pattern | ICSI Exam Syllabus

The CS certification includes three levels of which one has to appear for three exams: Foundation Programme, Executive Programme, Professional Programme. Foundation Course for Company Secretary (CS) is an 8-months duration course which is the first level study on the path of becoming a Company Secretary. The Company Secretary Foundation Programme covers the study of subjects like as legal aspects of taxation, labor laws, corporate law, accounting, auditing or financial analysis etc.

ICSI Syllabus

ICSI Exam Syllabus

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has introduced an ICSI Exam Syllabus for the Company Secretary (CS) Programme.

Subjects for CS Course

  • There are 4 papers in CS Foundation Course
  • There are 7 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Course
  • There are 8 papers divided into 4 Modules in CS Professional Course

Company Secretary Exam Pattern Syllabus

  • CS Foundation Programme exam will be held in two sessions: Morning and Afternoon.
  • The test would be conducted in OMR System comprising objective type multiple-choice questions to be solved in 90 mins.
  • There would be 2 parts in a paper consisting of two subjects 50 questions each carrying 100 marks.
  • Each question will carry 2 marks.
  • Subjects of this exam are Business Environment and Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Ethics and Communication, Business Economics, Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing.

CS Exam Morning session (10 am to 11:30 am):

PartSubjectMaximum marksNo. of Questions
1Business Environment and Entrepreneurship10050
2Business Management, Ethics and Communication10050

CS Exam Afternoon session: (1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)

PartSubjectMaximum marksNo. of Questions
1Business Economics10050
2Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing10050

Executive Programme (7papers)

Module I (4 papers)

  • Company Law
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Economic and Commercial Laws
  • Tax Laws and Practice

Module II (3 papers)

  • Company Accounts and Auditing Practices
  • Capital Markets and Securities Laws
  • Industrial, Labour and General Laws

Professional Programme (8 papers)

Module I (2 papers)

  • Company Secretarial Practice
  • Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings

Module II (2 papers)

  • Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency

Module III (2 papers)

  • Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade
  • Advance Tax Laws and Practices

Module IV (2 papers)

  • Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management
  • Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability

Qualifying Marks

Qualifying marks for Foundation (or) Executive (or) Professional examination is a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate of all subjects.

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