ICSI CS 2021: Stages of CS, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Application Form, Pattern & Syllabus

ICSI CS Exam

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 thereunder Depositories Act, 1996
  • Corporate Advisory Services

ICSI CS Selection Procedure

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is responsible for conducting all three stages of the Company Secretary programme. It is the statutory professional body with the 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 2021 Latest Updates –

ICSI is going to conduct the CSEET (Foundation exam) on 8th May 2021. CSEET has replaced the Foundation programme. Admission to the Executive programme will now be done based on the CSEET score.

ICSI Company Secretary 2021 Highlights

Course Name

ICSI CS programme

Year

2021

Conducting Authority

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

Exam level

National level

Official Website

www.icsi.edu

Exam Commences

CSEET - Quarterly in January, May, June, and November

Executive and Professional - Twice in June and December

Exam Mode

Computer-based mode


Available Application Forms

ICSI CS Exam 2021 Important Dates

CSEET Important Dates

The CSEET upcoming session exam is in May. The dates for the May session are as under:

CSEET 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

Check out the complete schedule for all the CSEET sessions here.

June Examination

ICSI CS 2021 Events

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Acceptance of online registration

To be announced

To be announced

Exam commences

1st to 5th June and

7th to 9th June 2021

1st to 5th June and

7th to 10th June 2021

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December Examination

ICSI CS 2021 Events

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Acceptance of online registration

August/ September 2021

August/ September 2021

Exam commences

December 2021

December 2021

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Cut-off Dates for Admission to CS Course

For Foundation Programme

To be announced

For Executive Programme

To be announced


ICSI CS Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

As mentioned above, the Foundation programme has been replaced by CSEET. The pattern for the CSEET exam is mentioned under:

It will be a single day exam comprising:

  • A computer-based test of 120 minutes
  • Viva voce of 15 minutes

The computer-based test will have four parts viz. Business Communication, Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning, Economic & Business Environment, and Current Affairs.

The viva-voce will test the candidate on Presentation and Communication skills.

Complete CSEET Pattern

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 2021 Eligibility

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

  • ICSI CSEET: The exam 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 for the Executive Programme of CS course

ICSI CS Exam 2021 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 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 –

Courses

Fees (₹)

CS Foundation Programme

1,000/-

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

12,000/-

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 2021 Admit Card

Students can download the ICSI CS admit card 2021 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 2021

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India will declare the ICSI CS result 2021 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 2021 Merit List -

Candidates can download the ICSI CS merit list 2021 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 CSEET 2021?

A: The ICSI CSEET will be held on 8th May for the May session.

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.

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

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

Q: Is there a 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.


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