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Company Secretary Course Details | How to Become a CS


A career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high level of job satisfactionThere are 3 stages in Company Secretary Course i.e. Foundation, Executive and Professional. So if you want to become CS, you should complete these 3 stages.

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The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier National Professional body established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries. ICSI imparts training in Company Secretaryship by Distance Learning (by correspondence) enabling students to qualify Company Secretary Course. The Institute provides “Company Secretary Course Material” for all the subjects at the time of Registration. There is also provision for Optional Oral Coaching classes.

A Company Secretary or a Qualified CS is:

  • An in-house legal expert; a compliance officer of the Company.
  • An expert in corporate laws, securities laws & capital market and corporate governance
  • Chief adviser to the board of directors on best practices in corporate  governance
  • Responsible for all regulatory compliance of the company
  • Corporate planner and strategic manager

About CS

Company secretaries (CS) are responsible to look after Company law, corporate strategies, security market, and other similar issues. Needless to say, is a company’s compliance with regulations and its smooth running is dependent heavily on company Secretaries. If you have an inclination towards challenging job profiles and want to make a career as a Company Secretary, CS qualification is the degree to look forward to. CS qualification can be obtained by giving the CS exam organised by The Institute of Company Secretaries ( The ICSI membership plays a vital role in job openings in the corporate world and for recruitment in state and central government posts.

ICSI offices across India

The ICSI has its Headquarters at ICSI House 22 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi and Regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & New Delhi and 69 Chapters located in various cities in India. ICSI has 66 Examination Centers scattered all over India, including one overseas centre in Dubai.

Roles of a Company Secretary

  1. To report to the Board about compliance with the provisions of the company’s Act.
  2. Make sure that the firm  complies with the applicable secretarial standards;
  3. Provide guidance to the directors of the company, as they may require, with regard to their power, duties and responsibilities.
  4. Collaborate and advise the Board in ensuring good corporate governance and encouraging the firm to follow healthy practices
  5. Responsible for all regulatory compliances of the company

Today, Demand for Company Secretary is on a rise in India. According to a report in Hindustan Times, there is a demand of approximately 7,000 company secretaries in India and the demand is only expected to increase in years to come. The greater demand for company secretaries is also because of the focus on good governance amongst the new-age companies and the next generation corporate leaders.

Existing Practical experience and training requirements

The students are required to undergo the following training:

7 days Student Induction Program (SIP) – within six months of Registration in Executive Program or exempted therefrom for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.

70 hours compulsory computer training program- for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.

8 days Executive Development Program (EDP) – after passing the Executive Program and before the commencement of 15 months training.

25 hours of Professional Development Program (PDP) during 15 months training

15 months training after passing the Executive Program or Professional Program on completion of the Student Induction Program and Executive Development Program with companies and Company Secretaries in Practice registered with the Institute for imparting training

3 months practical training is required to be undergone by the student if the student completes the professional program examination and exempted from undergoing at least 12 months training on the basis of Company Secretaries Regulations,1982, as amended on submitting the documents to the Institute and fulfils the requirement of Regulation 48. This training will be exempted to the students who have undergone 15 months of training.

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15 days training in a specialized agency such as the Registrar of Companies (ROC) / Stock Exchange / Financial and Banking Institution/Management Consultancy Firm can only be commenced if the student completes SIP, EDP, 15 months training and having passed professional program examination.

15 days Management Skills Orientation Program (MSOP)- after Professional Program and on completion of the Executive Development Program and 15 months training

1. The students can be exempted from undergoing training totally or partially depending on the practical experience possessed by them on fulfilling the requirement of the Company Secretaries

2. Regulations,1982, as amended, on submitting the relevant documents.
After a student passing the Professional Program may enrol as ‘Licentiate ICSI’ at his/her option until completion of training requirements.


After qualifying the CS Professional Program and on completion of training as provided under the CS Regulations, a candidate is enrolled as an Associate Member of the Institute and he can use the descriptive title “ACS” after his / her name.

Further Academic Pursuits:

  • The Company Secretary Course is recognized by the various Universities for admission to PhD Course.
  • Utilization of services of members by various professional/educational bodies for academic activities
  • ICSI conducts Post Membership Qualification (PMQ) Course in Corporate Governance.


The Headquarters and Regional Offices offer placement services to the Members of the Institute:

  • Names of candidates are sponsored by prospective employers on request
  • Members looking for a job may register online on the Institute’s Website: for availing Placement assistance.
  • Vacancies received from companies are also displayed on the website
  • Campus Interviews are conducted to assist members for a job and students for 15 months training

Financial Assistance/ Scholarship

Prizes, Merit Scholarship and Merit-cum-Means Assistance

  • The Institute awards Prizes, merit scholarships to the meritorious students
  • Merit-cum-Means Assistance is granted to the economically weaker students

How to Become CS | Company Secretary Course Details

Phases to become a Company Secretary

Foundation program: Students looking to do CS after 12th need to go through this stage.

Executive program: This course is for Graduates of all streams with the exception of Fine Arts.

Professional program: One can Complete this after completing the intermediate exam of the CS course. 

The Student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation has to undergo two stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e. 
Executive Programme
Professional Programme

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

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

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

“ADMISSION TO THE CS COURSE is open throughout the year.  Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.”

Subjects for CS Course – 

Fee Structure for CS Course

1.CS Foundation Programme – Rs.4500/-              

2.CS Executive Programme

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Rs.9000/- for Commerce Graduates

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

Rs 10,000/- for Non-Commerce Students

Rs 8,500/- for CS Foundation passed students

3.CS Professional Programme – Rs.12,000/- 

Examination fee

Foundation Programme   – Rs. 1200/- 
Executive Programme     – Rs. 1200/- per Module
Professional Programme  – Rs. 1200/- per Module

Last date for submission of application for appearing in the examination

25th March (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 9th April)

25th September (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 10th October)

Few Important Links for CS students

CS SyllabusCS Question PaperCS Result
CS RegistrationCS Previous Year PaperCS Admit Card
CS Exam DatesCS Solved Paper/ Suggested AnswerCS Application Dates

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Also Read:

CS Executive Previous Year Question Papers

CS Foundation Previous Year Question Papers

  1. Sadakat Ali says


  2. vijay kumar gupta says

    sir I need cs course deatials and carrier future and job

  3. manoj says

    give me detail for cs cour after 12th

  4. vishal says

    whom to contact and how to registrr for course. any office to contact in noida.

  5. sandhya soni says

    sir i need cs course information after 12th class with collage study.//??/??

  6. jagmohan jha says

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  7. prabhu says

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  8. Ramakrishna says

    hi sir am Ramakrishna completed BA…how to apply the acs course and details give me

  9. Rishi kumar jha says

    Dear sir I want to do cs course pl give me cs details that how could i cs course b com s.y complet 2016 b com final mumbai


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  11. Shaikh Azhar says

    sir give details from c s after

  12. PANKAJ KUMAR says

    Dear sir give information about C S after BBA

  13. SRI SANKARI says

    if arrears happened ,what is the time limit to complete the course

  14. Ali Ahmed Khan says

    Satisfactory article easy to understand….Thanks

  15. Dr M.V.R.Reddy says

    After PhD in Engineering, if a person wants to do CS, in module he can enter the Program.

  16. Dr M.V.R.Reddy says

    After PhD in Engineering, if a person wants to do CS, in which module he can enter the Program.

  17. shiv sahu says


  18. Vpsingh says

    Please confirm whether cpt paasef out students who are appearing in ipcc exam are eligible directly to appear in cs executive courses.

  19. nitika says

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  20. Sandeep kumar says

    Hello sir I am completed my MBA with finance stream and i would like to become CS how to apply for cs.

  21. Babita vishwakarma says

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  22. SWATI M. SAWANT says

    after Hsc can i take admission for cs

  23. Joshi shivani says

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  24. saikumar says

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  25. ravi says

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  26. vasanthi says

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  27. Preeti says

    Your comment …dear sir please help me . I want to do cs with bcom

  28. kuldeep choudhrai says

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  29. akbar naik says

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  30. davita gupta says

    after doing cs, is mba required?

  31. shaikh Ayesha says

    Sir I need information about cs after bcom

  32. Gawade Priya Manesh says

    Sir/Mam I need information about cs after Bcom

  33. Gawade Priya Manesh says

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  34. Gawade Priya Manesh says

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  35. Chetna Chaudhary says
  36. CHITRA says


    Is there is any age limit to do this course

  37. Akash Sharma says

    sir i have done my B.Sc
    How can i apply for cs,give me full details.

  38. nisha sagar says

    hello sir i m gratuated from i want to know about cs course…how to apply it

  39. SuperProfs Team says

    There is no maximum age limit to apply for company secretary course.
    Minimum age : not less than 17 years of age can apply for the Intermediate course

  40. VAISHNAVI says

    Sir , mene HSC board complete Kiya ab muje CS ke liye aply krna hai to please advise me

  41. Sushmitha says

    Sir I have completed my course . I want to do cs . Plz give me details about the course and how to apply and what is the procedure

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