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CS (Company Secretary) as a Career

Updated: May 23, 2020

Do you want to become a CS (Company Secretary)?

If yes, this article will be helpful to you. Here, I’ve listed down the steps to become a CS in India. 

This step-by-step guide will be of help to 10+2 passed students as well as graduates..!

Let me brief you about Company Secretary.....

  • Company Secretary is a senior managerial/administrative role in a company. He/she is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and for ensuring that the decisions of the Boards of Directors are implemented.

  • Company secretaries work in a strategic and influential way to ensure that a company operates within the law.

  • CS plays a huge role in ensuring the smooth functioning of a company.


ICSI stands for The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. It is the professional body in India that promotes, regulates and develops the profession of CS in India..!

If you want to practice as a CS in India, you must be a registered member of ICSI.


ICSI has set three stages of examination. The three stages of CS course are –

  • Foundation Programme (CSEET)

  • Executive Programme

  • Professional Programme


Eligibility Criteria associated with each stage is different. They are –

- Foundation Programme (CSEET) :

It can be pursued by 10+2 pass or equivalent students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream (Excluding Fine Arts).

- Executive Programme :

It can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.

- Professional Programme : 

It can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course.

NOTE : If you are a Bachelor’s Degree holder, you may choose to pursue executive programme and follow it up with professional programme.


CS admission exams are held twice a year. Entrance exams are held in June and December each year.


Foundation Programme (CSEET) – 

31st March (for December examination in same year) and 30th September (for June examination next year).

Executive Programme (Both Modules) – 28th February (for December examination in same year) and 31st August (for June examination next year).

Executive Programme (Single Module) – 31st May (for December examination in same year) and 30th November (for June examination next year).


  • CS Foundation programme consists of 4 papers.

  • CS Executive programme consists of 7 papers (divided into two modules).

  • CS Professional programme consists of 8 papers (divided into four modules).

The Institute allows facility to students to appear in examination in English as well as in Hindi (Except Business Communication subject of Foundation Program). A candidate is declared to have passed the Foundation / Executive / Professional examination, if he/she secures at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate of all subjects.


Fees charged varies from one stage to another. It also varies depending upon the stream that a candidate is hailing from. For updated fees details please browse on icsi website. 


As part of CS course, candidates are required to undergo the following training and development programs –

  • Computer Training

  • Student Induction Programme

  • Executive Development Programme

  • Long Terms Internship with specified entities (Three years on registration to Executive Programme or Two years after passing the Executive Programme or One year after passing the Professional Programme)

  • Professional Development Programme

  • Training with specialised agency

  • Management Skills Orientation Programme (15 days)

“How to become an Associate Member of ICSI?”

In order to become an ASC (Associate Company Secretary), you must successfully complete the three stages of Company Secretary course – 

  • Foundation Programme, Executive Programme and Professional Programme.

  • After completing the above mentioned programmes, candidates must also successfully complete 15 months management training in Companies sponsored by ICSI or under the guidance of a practicing CS.

  • Then a candidate may register himself/herself as an Associate Member of ICSI.

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