CS Executive Syllabus 2019- The Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) releases the CS Executive syllabus and is the authority responsible for amendments as well. In 2017, ICSI Council introduced the CS Executive new syllabus through notification which brought in amendments to the prevailing CS Executive old syllabus of 2013. In 2019, there was and will be two examinations conducted for CS Executive, i.e. for both old and new syllabi. June 2020 is going to be the last session for CS Executive old syllabus. Till now, only the CS Executive old syllabus consisted of three OMR based objective and other subjective papers. From December 2019, CS Executive new syllabus will also have three OMR based objective papers. ICSI has provided the CS Executive syllabus 2019 in a very descriptive way so that there is no scope left for questions on what exactly is expected for exams in the name of a concept. Candidates appearing for both the examinations should have a look on CS Executive syllabus 2019 as well the exam pattern as provided below because it provides walls to never-ending concepts of a subject.

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CS Executive Syllabus 2019

Latest- CS Executive Result will be announced on February 25, 2020.

Note: ICSI has proposed some amendments in the prevailing CS Programme through 2022 Curriculum- Click here to check.

CS Executive Exam Pattern 2019

CS Executive syllabus 2019 and the exam pattern go hand in hand because the examination is based upon the two and candidates have to prepare accordingly. ICSI has made certain changes to the exam pattern of CS Executive new syllabus which shall be applicable in the upcoming session, i.e. December 2019. In the previous session, there were only subjective questions in the CS Executive new syllabus, but from now on, three papers are conducted in OMR based mode. So candidates should have a look of exam pattern as well while dealing with the CS Executive syllabus 2019.

CS Executive Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam

Pen and paper based

Duration of Exam

3 hours

Medium of Exam

English and Hindi (English is compulsory for Business Management, Ethics and Communication papers)

Number of CS Executive Subjects

Seven (CS Executive Old Syllabus)

Eight (CS Executive New Syllabus)

Type of Questions

Subjective ((i) Cost and Management Accounting; (ii) Tax Laws and

Practice; and (iii) Industrial, Labour and General Laws from the old syllabus will be conducted in OMR Mode)

Number of Questions for Subjective papers

50 per paper

Number of Questions for Objective Papers

100 questions per paper

Marking Scheme

2 marks for each correct answer

No negative marking

CS Executive Subjects 2019

CS Executive subjects- Old Syllabus

CS Executive subjects- New Syllabus

CS Executive subjects 2019 for Module 1

Paper 1- Company Law

Paper 1- Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General laws

Paper 2- Cost and Management Accounting

Paper 2- Company law

Paper 3- Economic and Commercial Laws

Paper 3- Setting up and Closure of Business entities

Paper 4- Tax laws and Practice

Paper 4- Tax Laws

CS Executive subjects 2019 for Module 2

Paper 5- Company Accounts and Auditing Practice

Paper 5- Corporate and Management Accounting

Paper 6- Capital Market and Securities Laws

Paper 6- Capital Markets and Securities Laws

Paper 7- Industrial, Labour and General Laws

Paper 7- Economic, Business and Commercial Laws

Paper 8- Financial and Strategic Management

CS Executive New Syllabus

CS Executive syllabus 2017, termed as the ‘CS Executive New Syllabus’ was introduced through ICSI notification no. 01 of 2018. For the first time, exams were conducted for CS executive new syllabus in December 2018. Candidates can check the new syllabus for CS Executive as provided below:

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CS Executive Subjects


Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws

Constitution of India

Administrative Laws

Interpretation of Statutes

Sources of Law

General Clauses Act, 1897

Indian Penal Code, 1860

Indian Stamp Act, 1899

Criminal Procedure Code, 1973

Special Courts, Tribunals under Companies Act & Other Legislations

Information Technology Act, 2000

Registration Act, 1908

Civil Procedure Code, 1908

Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996

Indian Evidence Act, 1872

Right to Information Act, 2005

Law of Torts

Limitation Act, 1963

Company Law

Part I: Company Law, Principles & Concepts

An overview of Corporate Reorganization

Global Trends and Developments in Company Law

Corporate Social Responsibility

Debt Instruments


Members and Shareholders

Introduction to MCA 21 and filing in XBRL

Transparency and Disclosures

An overview of Inter-Corporate Loans, Investments, Guarantees and Security, Related Party Transactions

Introduction to Company Law

Distribution of Profits

Accounts, Audit and Auditors

Registers and Records

Shares and Share Capital

Part II: Company Administration and Meetings – Law and Practices


Key Managerial Personnel (KMP’s) and their Remuneration

Virtual Meetings

General Meetings

Meetings of Board and its Committees

Board Constitution and its Powers

Part III: Company Secretary as a Profession

Legal framework governing Company Secretaries

Secretarial Standards Board

Mega Firms

Setting up of Business Entities and Closure

Part A: Setting up of Business

Charter documents of Companies

Choice of Business Organization

Financial Services Organization


Joint Ventures; Special Purpose Vehicles

Conversion of existing business entity

Setting up of Business outside India

Institutions Not For Profit & NGOs


Legal status of Registered Companies

Other forms of business organizations

Limited Liability Partnership

Part B: Registration; Licenses & Compliances

Intellectual Property laws (Provisions applicable for setting up of business)

Compliances relating to Environmental laws (Provisions applicable for setting up of business)

Various Initial Registrations and Licenses

Compliances under Labour Laws (Provisions applicable for setting up of business)

Maintenance of Registers and Records

Identifying laws applicable to various Industries and their initial compliances

Part C: Insolvency; Winding up & Closure of Business

Dormant Company

Strike off and restoration of name of the company and LLP

Insolvency Resolution process; Liquidation and Winding-up

Tax Laws

Part I: Direct Taxes

Direct Taxes at a Glance

Computation of Total Income and Tax Liability of various entities

Deductions from Gross Total Income & Rebate and Relief

Basic concepts of Income Tax

Clubbing provisions and Set Off and/or Carry Forward of Losses

Assessment, Appeals & Revision

Classification and Tax Incidence of Companies

Procedural Compliance

Incomes which do not form part of Total Income

Computation of Income under Various Heads

Part II: Indirect Taxes

(A) Goods and Service Tax

Procedural Compliance under GST

Input Tax Credit & Computation of GST Liability- Overview

Concept of Indirect Taxes at a glance

Concept of Time, Value & Place of Taxable Supply

Basics of Goods and Services Tax ‘GST’

Basic overview on Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST), Union Territory Goods and Service tax (UTGST), and GST Compensation to States

(B) Customs Act

Overview of Customs Act

Corporate & Management Accounting

Part I: Corporate Accounting

Financial Statements Interpretation

Adoption, Convergence and Interpretation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards in India

Accounting for Share Capital

National and International Accounting Authorities

Related Aspects of Company Accounts

Accounting for Debentures

Accounting Standards (AS)

Consolidation of Accounts as per Companies Act, 2013

Introduction to Corporate Accounting

Cash Flow Statements

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Corporate Financial Reporting

Part II: Management Accounting and Valuation

An Overview of Cost

Methods of Valuation

Management Reporting (Management Information Systems)

Budget, Budgeting and Budgetary Control

Cost Accounting Records & Cost Audit under Companies Act, 2013

Ratio Analysis

Valuation of Shares, Business and Intangible Assets

Accounting for Share-based payments (IndAS 102)

Decision Making Tools

Valuation Principles & Framework

Business and Intangible Assets

Securities Laws & Capital Markets

Part I: Securities Laws

An Overview of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011

Securities Contracts (Regulations) Act 1956

An Overview of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015

Collective Investment Schemes

Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992

An Overview of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009

SEBI (Buyback of Securities) Regulations, 1998

Depositories Act, 1996

SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015

An Overview of SEBI (Share-Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014

Mutual Funds

An Overview of SEBI (Issue of Sweat Equity) Regulations, 2002

SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009

SEBI (Ombudsman) Regulations, 2003

Part II: Capital Market & Intermediaries

Securities Market Intermediaries

Structure of Capital Market

Economic, Business and Commercial Laws

Part I: Foreign Exchange Management & NBFCs

Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934

Overseas Direct Investment

Non-Banking Finance Companies(NBFCs)

Foreign Trade Policy & Procedure

Foreign Exchange Transactions & Compliances

Liberalized Remittance Scheme

Special Economic Zones Act, 2005

Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010

Foreign Direct Investments – Regulations & FDI Policy

External Commercial Borrowings (ECB)

Part II: Competition Law

Competition Act, 2002

Part III: Business & Commercial Laws

Property Law

Consumer Protection

Business Laws

Anti-Corruption Laws

Financial and Strategic Management

Part I: Financial Management

Capital Budgeting

Nature and Scope of Financial Management

Sources of raising long-term finance and Cost of Capital

Dividend Policy

Working Capital

Security Analysis

Project Finance

Portfolio Management

Capital Structure

Part II: Strategic Management

Introduction to Management

Introduction to Strategic Management

Business Policy and Formulation of Functional Strategy

Strategic Implementation and Control

Strategic Analysis and Planning

Analysing Strategic Edge

CS Executive Old Syllabus 2019

Introduced in 2013, CS Executive syllabus had 7 subject papers holding 100 marks for each. There are three CS Executive subjects in objective mode and rest of the papers are subjective. It became CS Executive old syllabus when the new syllabus was introduced in 2017 and became applicable from December 2018. Given below is the CS Executive old syllabus which was operative for the last time in December 2019.

CS Executive Old Syllabus

CS Executive Subjects


Module 1

Paper 1- Company Law


Incorporation and its Consequences

Financial Structure

Membership in a Company

Management and Control of Companies

Investments, Loans and Deposits

Accounts and Audit


Registers, Forms and Returns

Inspection and Investigation

Majority Rule and Minority Rights

Merger, De-merger, Amalgamation, Compromises and Arrangements - An Overview

Producer Companies

Limited Liability Partnerships

Application of Company Law to Different Sectors

Offences and Penalties

Compounding of Offences

Winding up of Companies - An Overview

Striking Off Name of Companies

An Introduction to E-Governance and XBRL

Paper 2- Cost and Management Accounting

Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting

Material Cost

Labour Cost

Direct Expenses and Overheads

Activity Based Costing (ABC)

Cost Records

Costing Systems

Marginal Costing

Standard Costing

Budget, Budgeting and Budgetary Control

Cost Accounting Records and Cost Audit

Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements

Paper 3- Economic and Commercial Laws

Paper 2- Part A

Foreign Exchange Management

Foreign Trade Policy and Procedures

Competition and Consumer Protection

Intellectual Property Rights

Law relating to Arbitration and Conciliation

Law relating to Transfer of Property

Law relating to Stamps

Law relating to Contract

Prevention of Money Laundering

Paper 2- Part B

Law relating to Essential Commodities, Weights and Measures

Law relating to Societies

Law relating to Trusts

Industries Development and Regulation

Law relating to Pollution Control and Environmental Protection

Law relating to Registration of Documents

Paper 4- Tax Laws and Practice

Part A: Income Tax and Wealth Tax

Basics and Definitions - Income Tax Act , 1961

Incomes which do not form part of Total Income

Computation of Total Income under Various Heads

Tax Planning & Tax Management

Other Taxation related aspects of individuals and companies

Wealth Tax Act, 1956

Basic Concepts of International Taxation

Transfer Pricing

General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR)

Part B- Service Tax & Sales Tax

An Overview of Service Tax

An Overview of Value Added Tax

Module 2

Paper 5- Company Accounts and Auditing Practices

Part A- Company Accounts

Share Capital


Final Accounts of Companies

Corporate Restructuring

Consolidation of Accounts

Valuation of Shares and Intangible Assets

Liquidation of Company

Corporate Financial Reporting

Accounting Standards

Part B- Auditing Practices

Auditing Concepts

Types of Company Audit

Internal Audit

Internal Control

Review of Internal Control

Audit Engagement and Documentation

Paper 6- Capital Market and Securities Laws

Part A- Capital Market

Overview of Capital Market

Capital Market Instruments and Rating

Securities Market Intermediaries

Market Infrastructure Institutions - Stock Exchanges

Debt Market

Money Market

Mutual Funds

Venture Capital

Collective Investment Schemes

Resource Mobilization in International Capital Market

Indian Depository Receipts

Part B- Securities Law

Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956

SEBI Act, 1992

Depositories Act, 1996

Issue and Listing of Securities

Regulatory Framework relating to Securities Market Intermediaries

An Overview of Law relating to Insider Trading and Takeovers

Paper 7- Industrial, Labour and General Laws

Paper A- Industrial and Labour Laws

Factories Act, 1948

Minimum Wages Act, 1948

Payment of Wages Act, 1936

Equal Remuneration Act, 1976

Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948

Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952

Payment of Bonus Act, 1965

Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972

Employees Compensation Act, 1923

Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970

Maternity Benefit Act,1961

Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986

Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946

Industrial Disputes Act, 1947

Trade Unions Act, 1926

The Labour Laws Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Register by Certain Establishments Act, 1988

Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959

Apprentices Act, 1961

Labour Audit covering the above Acts and those Industry specific Acts

Part B: General Laws

The Constitution of India, 1950

Interpretation of Statutes

An Overview of Law relating to Specific Relief; Limitation and Evidence

The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908

The Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code

Right to Information

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