ICSI CSEET 2021: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result


ICSI has introduced the CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of the Foundation programme. As per the official website; “With the introduction of CSEET from February 3, 2020, new registration to the Foundation Programme has ceased to exist w.e.f. February 3, 2020, CSEET is the only qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme.”  It further states; “All the students seeking admission in the Company Secretary Course including graduates/ postgraduates, etc. shall be required to qualify the CSEET from February 3, 2020 onwards.”  Earlier, the CS programme had three stages - Foundation, Executive, and Professional. Now, candidates are required to pass the CSEET exam for admission to the Executive Programme. Here, we are covering the complete details of CSEET 2021.

Who Is a Company Secretary (CS)?

A Company Secretary plays a pivotal role in various organisations. He is a corporate planner and strategic manager, an expert in security laws & capital market, governance and corporate laws. He is also a chief advisor to the board of directors on best practices in corporate governance. The service area of a CS can include Corporate Laws Advisory and Representation Services, Management Services

ICSI CSEET Exam 2021 Updates The Institute of Company Secretaries of India will be conducting the Foundation exam on 5th and 6th June 2021.

What’s New?

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has granted postgraduate degree status to the ICSI CS programme.

The official UGC order states; “UGC had received requests from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to consider the qualification awarded by them that is CS equivalent to postgraduate degree.”

A committee was constituted to consider the requests and with the recommendation of experts; CS was given equivalence to PG degrees.

CS Foundation Exam (ICSI CSEET) Overview

Exam Name


Conducting Authority

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

Exam level

National level




Four times (Quarterly)

Exam Mode

Computer-based mode

Exam Commences

8th May 2021 (Saturday) - for May session

Official Website


Available Application Forms

ICSI CSEET 2021 Important Dates

CSEET will be held quarterly in January, May, July, and November. The important dates are as under. Candidates must note that these dates are not year specific, they are common for all the years. The year is mentioned only for the exam dates as they will change every year.


Exam Events

Important Dates

Registration for the exam

16th December to 15th April

CSEET date

8th May 2021 (Saturday)

Last date for result declaration

By 4th week of May

Cut-off date for Executive Program registration

31st May


Exam Events

Important Dates

Registration for the exam

16th April to 15th June

CSEET date

2nd or 3rd Saturday/ Sunday of July

Last date for result declaration

By 4th week of July

Cut-off date for Executive Program registration

31st July

CSEET November

Exam Events

Important Dates

Registration for the exam

16th June to 15th October

CSEET date

2nd or 3rd Saturday/ Sunday of November

Last date for result declaration

By 4th week of November

Cut-off date for Executive Program registration

30th November

CSEET January

Exam Events

Important Dates

Registration for the exam

16th October to 15th December

CSEET date

2nd or 3rd Saturday/ Sunday of January

Last date for result declaration

By 4th week of January

Cut-off date for Executive Program registration

31st January

ICSI CSEET 2021 Pattern & Syllabus


CS Executive Entrance Test will be a single day exam. The exam will comprise of the following:

  • CBT of 120 minutes
  • Viva Voce of 15 minutes

The Computer Based Test will have questions from the following four parts:

  • Business Communication
  • Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning
  • Economic and Business Environment
  • Current Affairs

The 15 minutes viva voce will be on ‘Presentation and Communication Skills’. It will be 30 marks and will be conducted simultaneously with or immediately after the CBT. Viva-voce will be conducted through online mode using AI or recorded videos.

Computer Based Test Pattern

The exam will be of 120 minutes duration wherein Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) will be asked from four sections viz:


Number of Questions

Marks Distribution

Business Communication



(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)

(20 MCQs x 1 mark)

Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning



(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)

(20 MCQs x 1 mark)

Economic and Business Environment



(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)

(20 MCQs x 1 mark)

Current Affairs



(5 MCQs x 2 Marks each)

(10 MCQs x 1 mark)


120 MCQs

170 marks

Viva Voce (Test of Presentation and Communication Skills)

Variable number

30 marks

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The viva-voce will be for 15 minutes.

There will be no negative marking in the CSEET exam.

Final Score

The final score will be calculated by adding both CBT and Viva-Voce marks. The final score will be out of 200 marks.

CSEET Passing Marks

Candidates are required to score 40% marks on each paper and 50% marks in aggregate to pass the CSEET.

CSEET Syllabus 2021

Paper-1 Business Communication

  • Essentials of Good English such as Grammar and its usage, synonyms, antonyms, proverbs, idioms and phrases, common errors, etc.
  • Communication - Concept, meaning, significance, means, networks, etc.
  • Business Correspondence - Business Letters, Reports, Email, etc.
  • Common Business Terminologies

Paper-2 Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

  • Indian Constitution
  • Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)
  • Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation
  • Elements of Company Law
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal Reasoning

Paper-3 Economic and Business Environment

  • Basic of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition
  • National Income Accounting and Related Concepts
  • Indian Union Budget
  • Indian Financial Markets
  • Indian Economy
  • Entrepreneurship Scenario
  • Business Environment
  • Key Government Institutions

Paper-4 Current Affairs

  • Current Affairs

Viva Voce Syllabus

  • Listening Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Oral Communication Skills

All the topics in each paper have subtopics. Check the complete CSEET syllabus here.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Eligibility

The eligibility conditions for appearing in the CSEET are as under:

  • Candidates must have passed class 12th (10+2) or equivalent examination from a recognised board. Those appearing in the examination are also eligible for CSEET.
  • All graduates/ Postgraduates who are eligible for direct registration to the Executive programme are also required to clear the CSEET exam.


  • Those who have passed the CS foundation programme are exempted from CSEET. Such candidates are not required to pay any exemption fee.
  • Those who have passed the Final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/ or the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET. Such candidates shall pay ₹ 5,000 as exemption fee at the time of registration.

Note: Candidates who are exempted from CSEET can directly register for the CS Executive Programme.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Application Process

Candidates can register for the CSEET exam through the official website. The exam is conducted quarterly and the registration dates are pre-scheduled. Candidates must check out the ‘Important Dates’ section above and apply accordingly for the exam. The step-by-be-step procedure for filling the form is mentioned below.

Documents Required for Filling the ICSI CSEET Application Form

Keeping the following documents ready before filling the application form will make the application process quick.

  • Candidate’s Photograph (size 20 KB to 50 KB)
  • Candidate’s Signature (size 10 KB to 20 KB)
  • Identity Proof (Aadhaar Card/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License/ PAN Card/ Ration Card)
  • DOB Certificate (10th class passing certificate)
  • 12th class passing certificate/ mark sheet. Those appearing in the 12th class examination must provide the hall ticket/ admit card
  • Category certificate (if applicable)

Note: All the files to be uploaded must be in .jpg/ .jpeg/ .bmp/ .gif/ .pdf format. The maximum allowed size of the file is 2 MB.

CSEET Registration Fee

The CSEET registration fee for UNRESERVED categories is ₹ 1000/-  Candidates belonging to reserved categories are entitled to concession in the registration fee. Details for the same are as under:


Concession (as percentage of Registration Fee)

Registration Fee Amount



₹ 500/-

Physically Handicapped


₹ 500/-

Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services and Paramilitary Forces


₹ 500/-

Students from North Eastern States, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep


₹ 500/-

ICSI Staff and Wards/ Spouse of ICSI Saff


₹ 250/-

ICLS Officers/ Officers & staff of MCA and affiliated offices (SFIO. NCLT, and CCI)



Students from the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh



Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence Service Personnel with Permanent Disability



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CSEET 2021 - Steps for Filling the Application Form

  • Visit the official website - https://icsi.edu/.
  • Under the ‘Online Services’ menu, click on the ‘Register for CSEET’ option.
  • Click on the ‘Proceed to CSEET Registration’ button.
  • Provide basic details, qualification, address, category, etc. 
  • Upload the mandatory documents.
  • Preview the application form after all details are filled.
  • Check the details carefully and click the ‘Confirm Application’ button.
  • Select the mode of payment and make a fee payment.
  • A transaction ID will be generated.
  • On successful fee payment, candidates will be intimated about the registration through email/ SMS.

Other Details

ICSI CSEET 2021 Admit Card

CSEET 2021 admit card will be released through online mode at the official website. Candidates will be able to download the same using their login credentials. Admit card is a mandatory document for appearing in the exam. Candidates are required to appear for the exam as per the date and timings mentioned on the admit card.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Result

CSEET 2021 results for the May session will be announced by the 4th week of May 2021. The result will be made available on the official website. Candidates can check the same using their login ID and password.

ICSI CSEET 2021 - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CSEET exam is conducted four times a year. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam.

Question 1: Who is the exam conducting body for CSEET?

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Question 2: Is CSEET the same as the Foundation exam?

Yes. CSEET has replaced the foundation programme.

Question 3: When can I apply for the exam?

The exam will be held quarterly and there will be different registration dates for different sessions. Candidates must check the registration dates above.

Question 4: How many times will the exam be conducted?

The exam will be conducted four times a year - January, May, July, and November.

Question 5: What will be the mode of CSEET 2021?

The exam will be conducted through CBT mode.

Question 6: When will the Viva voce be conducted?

Viva voce will be conducted simultaneously or immediately after the CBT.

Question 7: Is there any negative marking in the exam?


Question 8: I have not passed the class 12th examination yet, am I eligible for the exam?


Question 9: How can I download the admit card?

The CSEET admit cards will be released online. You can download the same using your login ID and password.

Question 10: When will be the May session result announced?

The May 2021 session result will be announced by the last week of May 2021.