Company Secretary - One of the most prestigious career options that a Commerce student can opt for is becoming a Company Secretary. The role of a Company Secretary is to take care of their company’s tax returns, efficient administration of the company, advise the board so that the company complies with all the legal, statutory, and regulatory requirements. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) holds course programmes and examinations for Indian Company Secretary aspirants. Students who wish to enroll themselves for these courses must meet the required eligibility criteria. There are three levels or programmes that a candidate must take to become a Company Secretary namely, CS Foundation, CS Executive, and CS Professional. The exams are held twice a year, in June and December, for each level. Know all about becoming a Company Secretary in the article below.
CS Eligibility Criteria
Aspirants can check the programme-wise eligibility criteria that they are required to fulfil to get enrolled to ICSI.
CS Foundation Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination from a recognized board or University.
Candidates must have registered within the registration deadlines to attempt the CS Foundation
Candidates can register as soon as they receive their admit cards of class 12 examination and also while they wait for the results. Proof of passing the examination must be provided to ICSI before six months of provisional registration.
There is no limit on the basis of age and marks secured in class 12 board exams
Graduates from a recognized university (from any stream except Fine Arts)
Students who registered before and on the last registration date are eligible to appear in both modules of the Executive Programme examination to be held in the relevant session.
Candidates must have undergone a course of postal or oral tuition for the module(s) they intend to appear for in the CS Executive examination.
Must have successfully completed Student Induction Programme (SIP).
Must have successfully completed a computer training programme as may be specified from time to time by the Council.
For students through Foundation programme
Must have passed the ICSI CPT or Foundation examination.
CS Professional Eligibility Criteria
Must have passed the CS Executive examination with at least 40% of the total marks section-wise and 50% overall.
Must have registered before the last date of registration for appearing in all modules
Must have registered before the specified date for appearing in any one of the modules
Company Secretary Entrance Examinations
Aspirants can enroll for the courses throughout the year. However, CS exams are conducted twice a year and aspiring candidates have to register for the exams separately. Candidates can choose between the June and the December session as per their convenience.
Registrations for the December session last until the end of March every year while the same for the June session last until the end of September.
In order to qualify the exams, be it Foundation, Executive or Professional, candidates have to score at least 40% in each paper of each module and 50% overall. Qualification is also subject to the number of seats decided by the exam authorities for a batch.
Company Secretary Programmes and Fees
There are three levels or programmes in the complete CS course, each with its own registration and tuition fee. The course curriculum is also different for CS Foundation, CS Executive, and CS Professional. Aspirants can check the course and the exam registration fee for each programme in the tables below.
CS Foundation Fee
Total Fees for CS Foundation Programme
Exam Form Fee
CS Executive Fee
Foundation Examination Exemption Fee
Total Fees for CS Executive Programme
Examination Form Fee
Rs. 900 (per module)
CS Professional Fee
Exemption from Foundation Examination
Exemption from the CS Executive Examination
Total Fees for CS Professional Programme
Exam Form Fee
Rs. 750 (per module)
Company Secretary Subjects
Registered candidates will have to take several papers in the examinations of each programme. These papers will be based on the subjects of CS programme syllabi. The old syllabi for CS Professional will be followed last in the June 2020 session. Exams as per the new syllabi are being conducted since the December 2019 session. CS Foundation programme consists of 4 subjects while CS Executive and CS Professional programmes have more subjects than that. The subjects in the latter are divided module-wise. The lists of subjects for each programme are provided in the tables below.
CS Foundation Subjects
Business Environment and Law
Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship
Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing
CS Executive Subjects
Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws
Corporate & Management Accounting
Securities Laws & Capital Markets
Setting up of Business Entities and Closure
Economic, Business and Commercial Laws
Financial & Strategic Management
CS Professional Subjects (New Syllabus)
Governance, Risk Management, Compliance & Ethics
Advanced Tax Laws
Drafting, Pleadings & Appearances
Resolution of Corporate Disputes
Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges
Multidisciplinary Case Studies
Elective Paper, one out of the ones listed below -
CS Professional Subjects (Old Syllabus)
Advanced Company Law & Practice
Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence
Corporate Restructuring, Valuation and Insolvency
Information Technology & Systems Audit
Financial Treasury & Forex Management
Ethics, Governance & Sustainability
Advanced Tax Law & Practice
Drafting, Appearances & Pleadings
Elective, one out of the following list -
Skills required to become a Company Secretary
Candidates pursuing the course must possess a specific skill set to carry out their responsibilities efficiently. The list of skills required to become a good Company Secretary are listed below.
Expertise in company law
Strong communication skills
Good command over English (both written and spoken)
Competence with numbers
Meticulous planning skills
Company Secretary - Careers and Job Opportunities
All the companies need a Company Secretary to manage various services like project planning, corporate restructuring, foreign collaborations, joint ventures, corporate advisory, legal, secretarial and corporate governance, etc. The job profiles for which recruitment is done to carry out the aforementioned duties are tabulated below.
CS Job Profiles
Assistance to the Board of Directors
Chief Administrative Officer
Investor Capital Market Relations
Recruiters for Company Secretaries
Candidates after clearing all the exams are recruited by all sorts of companies. A list of companies that are considered the top recruiters in this field is provided below.
BGM Consortium Ltd
Heinz India Pvt Ltd
Karur Vysya Bank Limited
Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited
HCL Technologies Limited
SNG & Partners (Law Firm)
BESTECH India Pvt Ltd
Janalakshmi Financial Services Pvt Ltd
OIL India Limited
Shri Lal Mahal Ltd
GlocaL Healthcare Systems Pvt Ltd
Birla Corporation Ltd
ACB Group of Companies
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Company Secretary
Question: Is maths a compulsory subject to become a Company Secretary?
No, maths is not a compulsory subject for CS programmes.
Question: I’m currently pursuing B.Com. Can I enroll for CS simultaneously?
B.Com. students can directly enter the CS Executive Programme. Such candidates do not have to appear for the Foundation Programme.
Question: Can I take one module at a time for CS Executive exams?
Yes, candidates have the choice to appear for one module at a time for both CS Executive and CS Professional.
Question: Is there an age limit and attempt limit for CS courses?
There is no age limit for any of the CS courses. However, candidates are restricted to 10 attempts.