ICSI CS 2020: Stages of CS, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Application Process, Exam Pattern & Syllabus


To become a Company Secretary and take over the responsibilities of providing ‘support to the board of directors and taking care of corporate governance and even legal matters of an organisation’, one must successfully complete the ICSI CS course. The Company Secretary is –

  • A strategic manager and corporate planner
  • Responsible for all regulatory compliances
  • An in-house legal expert; a compliance officer of the organisation
  • A chief advisor to the board of directors on best practices in corporate governance
  • An expert in security laws & capital market, corporate laws and governance

Services of Company Secretaries can be sought in several areas. Some of them are –

Financial Market Services

Corporate Governance and Secretarial Services

Management Services

Corporate Laws Advisory and Representation Services

Taxation Services

Corporate Governance Services

General/ Strategic Management

Corporate Laws Advisory Services

International Trade & WTO Services

Secretarial/ Compliance Audit and certification Services

Information Technology

Arbitration & Conciliation Services

Public Issue, listing and Securities Management

Corporate Secretarial Services

Human Resources Management

Representation Services

Securities Compliance and Certification Services


Corporate Communication and Public Relations


Takeover Code, Insider trading, Mergers & Amalgamation




Finance & Accounting Services




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Company Secretary in Practice can work and render service in the underneath areas -

  • Exim Policy
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Legal, Secretarial and Corporate Governance
  • Arbitration and Conciliation
  • Foreign Collaborations and Joint Ventures
  • Project Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Due Diligence
  • Capital Market and Investor Relations
  • SEBI Act, SCRA and regulations made there under Depositories Act, 1996
  • Corporate Advisory Services

ICSI CS Selection Procedure - Three Stages to Become a Company Secretary

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is responsible for conducting all three stages of Company Secretary. It is the statutory professional body with an objective of regulating, promoting and developing the profession of company secretaries in India. To become a fully-fledged CS, the eligible person needs to ‘apply for membership by passing all three levels of examinations prescribed by ICSI and completing a period of practical training’.

Based on the performance in the exam (all three phases), the Institute awards degrees and memberships to the eligible persons. ICSI CS is conducted in three stages –

ICSI CS 2020 Latest Updates –

The official examination authority of CS June session exam, which is the Institute of Company Secretary of India have deferred (postponed) the examination schedule from 01st to 10th June 2020 till 06th July 2020. As per the notice, the new examination date, ICSI CS June 2020 exam will be now held on 06th July 2020, while the complete schedule is not available now at the official website. Students need to wait a bit more for complete updates.

ICSI CS 2020 Highlights

Course Name

ICSI CS programme


Twice a year (June & December)



Conducting Authority

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

Exam level

National level

Official Website


Exam Commences

June and December

Exam Mode

Computer-based mode

ICSI CS Exam 2020 Important Dates

June Examination –

ICSI CS 2020 Events

Foundation Programme

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Acceptance of online registration

29th February 2020

29th February 2020

29th February 2020

Exam commences

06th July 2020

06th July 2020

06th July 2020

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December Examination -

ICSI CS 2020 Events

Foundation Programme

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Acceptance of online registration

21st August 2020 to 15th October 2020

21st August 2020 to 15th October 2020

21st August 2020 to 15th October 2020

Exam commences

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020

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Cut-off Dates for Admission to CS Course – (Tentative)

For Foundation Programme

30-September-2020 (June 2020)


31-March-2021 (December 2020)

For Executive Programme

31-August-2020 for both modules (June 2020)


30-November-2020 for single module (June 2020)


28-February-2021 for both modules (December 2020)


31-May-2021 for single module (December 2020)

ICSI CS Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

The exam will be conducted in online mode. Students will have objective-type questions in both English and Hindi languages.

Foundation Programme –




Paper I

Business Environment and Law

100 marks

Paper II

Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

100 marks

Paper III

Business Economics

100 marks

Paper IV

Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

100 marks

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Executive & Professional Programme –

Executive Programme (Old Syllabus)

Executive Programme (New Syllabus)

Professional Programme (Old Syllabus)

Professional Programme (New Syllabus)

Cost  and  Management  Accounting (Module-I)

Jurisprudence,   Interpretation and General Laws(Module-I)

Advanced  Company  Law  and  Practice (Module –I)

Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics (Module –I)

Tax Laws and Practice (Module-I)

Company Law(Module-I)

Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence (Module –I)

Advanced Tax Laws(Module –I)

Industrial,   Labour   and   General Laws (Module-II)

Setting up  of  Business  Entities  and Closure (Module-I)

Corporate  Restructuring, Valuation  and Insolvency (Module –I)

Drafting,  Pleadings  and  Appearances (Module –I)

Company Law(Module-I)

Tax Laws(Module-I)

Information Technology and Systems Audit (Module –II)

Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management     and     Due     Diligence                 (Module –II)

Economic  and  Commercial  Laws (Module-I

Corporate and Management Accounting (Module-II)

Financial, Treasury and Forex Management (Module –II)

Corporate   Restructuring,   Insolvency, Liquidation and  Winding –up(Module –II)

Company  Accounts  and  Auditing Practices (Module-II)

Securities Laws and Capital Markets(Module-II)

Ethics, Governance and Sustainability (Module –II)

Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non–Compliances and Remedies (Module –II)

Capital   Markets   and   Securities Laws (Module-II)

Economic, Business and Commercial Laws (Module-II)

Advanced Tax Laws and Practice(Module –III)

Corporate Funding and  Listing in Stock Exchanges (Module –III)


Financial and Strategic Management(Module-II)

Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings (Module –III)

Multidisciplinary Case Studies (Module –III)



Elective  1  out  of  below  5 subjects (Module –III)

  • Banking  Law and Practice
  • International Business-Laws and Practices
  • Intellectual Property Rights - Law and Practice
  • Insurance Law and Practice
  • Capital, Commodity and Money Market

Elective  1  out  of  below  8  subjects (Module –III

  • Banking -Law and Practice
  • Intellectual  Property  Rights –Laws and Practices
  • Insurance -Law and Practice
  • Forensic Audi
  • Direct Tax Laws  and Practice
  • Labour Laws and Practice
  • Valuations and Business Modelling
  • Insolvency –Law and Practice

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Each paper in Executive and Professional examinations carries 100 marks. The papers, such as (i) Cost and Management Accounting, (ii) Tax Laws and Practice and (iii) Industrial, Labour & General Laws will be organised in OMR mode.

Qualifying Marks for CS Examination

Candidates should have scored 40% marks in each subject and 50% marks in aggregate of all subjects.

ICSI CS Exam 2020 Eligibility

There are three stages/ levels to become a Company Secretary. Take a look at the below-furnished programmes and their eligibility criteria.

  • ICSI CS Foundation Programme: The programme can be pursued by students who have passed 10+2 or equivalent students of Arts, Commerce or Science stream (excluding Fine Arts)
  • ICSI CS Executive Programme: Persons who have a Bachelor’s Degree are eligible (except Fine Arts)
  • ICSI CS Professional Programme: To pursue the Professional Course, one must qualify the Executive Programme of CS course

ICSI CS Exam 2020 Application Process

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India invites applications from interested and eligible candidates in online mode. Students are encouraged to log on to the official website. “Online registration facility is available at Institutes student portal – www.icsi.edu.” Before filling in the online application, candidates are advised to follow the instructions carefully and ensure that all the particulars are correct. Remember, the application fee will be paid through the credit card, debit card, net banking, etc.

Upon successful completion of registration, candidates will receive the Registration Number through an SMS/ Email. Or, they can simply visit the authorised website of ICSI and check the registration status on the basis of Mobile Number, Application Number, Email ID, etc. They can further get hold of the Registration Letter and Important Instructions by using the Registration Number.

ICSI CS Exam Step by Step Application Process -

  • Visit the authorised web portal of ICSI
  • Choose the tab that says ‘Online Services’ on the top bar
  • From the drop-down menu, select ‘Register for CS Course
  • On this new page, candidates are advised to keep the documents (mentioned below) to complete the registration
  • Select the link ‘Proceed to Registration’ to proceed further
  • Here, students will have to furnish details such as ‘Basic Details (Tab 1), Education Details (Tab 2), Source of Information (Tab 3), Document Details (Tab 4), Preview (Tab 5) and Payment (Tab 6)
  • After successful payment, a system generated Transaction ID will be created and the registration for the particular CS course will be done
  • Students will be intimated about the registration status through Email/ SMS

Must-have Documents Candidates Require before Registration –

Amongst the main documents, one should possess the scanned copies of the photograph of the candidate, roll number (in appearing), DOB (as per 10th pass certificate), category certificate (if applicable), identity proof (ration card/ pan card/ Aadhaar card/ voter ID/ driving license) roll number, signature of the candidate, etc. Make sure all the files should be in JPG/ BMP/ PDF/ JPEG/ PNG/ GIF format. The maximum size should be 2 MBs. The photo should be between 20kb and 50kb. The signature should be between 10kb and 20kb.

Application Fee –


Fees (₹)

CS Foundation Programme


CS Executive Programme

12,500/- for CPT passed of ICAI/ Commerce Graduates/ Foundation passed of ICAI-CMA

8,500/- for CS Foundation Passed Candidates

10,000/- for non-Commerce Students

CS Professional Course


How to Claim/ Reimburse the Application Fee?

ICSI reserves the right to exempt students from paying the Postal Tuition Fee, Registration/ Admission Fee, Exemption, etc. usually payable during the admission process. For this, the Authority will consider the performance of the candidates in all three stages of CS exams. Students must note that they are required to make the payment first and then claim for refund in the prescribed application form. The Institute will then select the eligibility of the persons to reimburse the amount.

Other Details

ICSI CS 2020 Admit Card –

Students can download the ICSI CS admit card 2020 from the official website. The admit card will have details such as the name of the candidate, exam time and venue, etc. It is compulsory for the candidate to carry their examination admit card to the venue.

ICSI CS Result 2020 –

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India will declare the ICSI CS result 2020 after the completion of the examination. It will be announced on the ICSI website. The result can be seen using the Roll Number. The result page will have –

  • Name of the candidate
  • Roll number
  • Name of the examination
  • Marks obtained
  • Module

ICSI CS 2020 Merit List -

Candidates can download the ICSI CS merit list 2020 in PDF format. The merit list will carry details including roll number, rank, name, registration number, etc.

ICSI CS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When shall I appear in the Foundation Programme of CS?

A: The ICSI CS Foundation programme exam will be held in the month of June. The official notification has been released. Check this link to know more.

Q: I’ve done 10+2 and am currently pursuing Commerce. Am I eligible to pursue the Foundation Course?

A: Yes, you are eligible.

Q: How can students register for the programme?

A: Students are advised to visit the official website and complete the registration process.

Q: When shall I appear in the Executive and Professional examinations of CS?

A: The ICSI CS Executive and Professional exams will be held in the month of June. The official notification has been released. Check this link to know more.

Q: Can students skip the Foundation Programme and seek direct admission in Executive Programme?

A: Yes, they can. However, they must show the Bachelor’s Degree. For the students who wish admission in Professional Course must provide the CS Executive Programme certificate.

Q: Is there negative marking scheme for the Foundation Programme exam?

A: No.

Q: At any stage during the exam, can students review their answers?

A: They can ‘bookmark’ the question to review it at a later stage, before the final submission.