CS Foundation 2020
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 - 10:17 a.m. IST by Ridhi.Khurana
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CS Foundation 2020 - The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has announced for discontinuation of CS Foundation from now on and introduced CS Executive Entrance Test. ICSI announced CS Foundation result December 2019 on January 25, 2020 as per the latest update for exams conducted on December 28 and 29, 2019. ICSI has announced the exam dates for the upcoming session to be conducted on June 6 and 7, 2020. The CS Foundation application form for June 2020 is expected to be released in the last week of February 2020. Candidates will be able to submit CS Foundation 2020 exam form till March 25 without late fee and till April 20 with the payment of late fee of Rs 250. It may be noted that only those candidates who completed their CS Foundation registration before September 30 will be able to fill the same and appear in June 2020 session. The authorities are expected to release CS Foundation admit card in the last week of May 2020 in online mode. The CS Foundation result 2020 will tentatively be announced in the last week of August 2020. Candidates who pass all the individual papers with at least 40% score and the overall aggregate above 50% will be deemed qualified for the CS Executive. To know complete details related with CS Foundation 2020, refer to the article below.

Latest: ICSI will announce the CS Foundation result December 2019 on January 25, 2020.

Note- CS Foundation is now discontinued and CSEET is introduced- Click here for official notification.

CS Foundation 2020 Overview

Exam Name

Company Secretaries (CS) Foundation

Conducting Body

Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)

Exam Level

National

Medium of Exam

English, Hindi

Exam Mode

Computer-based

Exam Duration

90 minutes per paper

Type of questions

Multiple-choice questions

Number of Papers

Four

CS Foundation 2020 Important dates

Events

Dates

Last date to register for CS Foundation June 2020

September 30, 2019

Availability of CS Foundation Exam Form June 2020Last week of February 2020

Closing date of CS Foundation 2020 application form

March 25, 2020

Extended closing date of CS Foundation application form (late fee of Rs. 250)

April 9, 2020

Release of CS Foundation 2020 admit card

Last week of May 2020

CS Foundation online exam

June 6 and 7, 2020

Declaration of CS Foundation 2020 result

Last week of August 2020

CS Foundation Result 2019

ICSI announced the CS Foundation result 2019 on January 25, 2020. The result was declared in online mode and the candidates were required to log in using their registration ID and password to access their CS Foundation result 2019. Each candidate’s result for CS Foundation contains the subject-wise breakup of marks as well as the grand total.

How to check CS Foundation Result 2019?

Candidates need to follow the steps below to check their ICSI result 2019:

  • Visit official website of ICSI (http://icsi.examresults.net/).

  • Type in your roll number, registration ID

  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button.

  • The mark-sheet will be displayed on the screen.

  • Download and print it out.

CS Foundation Toppers for June 2019 session

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All India Rank (AIR)Name of the CandidateRoll number
AIR 1SANGHAVI KHUSHI DEVENDRA KUMAR508968
AIR 1YOGITA DASWANI509567
AIR 2SANSKRUTI YOGESHRAO SARAF512643
AIR 3SHIVANI KUMARI501802
AIR 3ANUSHKA JITENDRA BHOI512453
AIR 3LAVEENA MARCEL MASCARENHAS513535

Click here to check the CS Foundation merit list for June 2019 session.

CS Foundation Exam Form 2020

ICSI is expected to release the CS Foundation exam form for June 2020 session in the last week of February 2020. The last date to apply for CS Foundation 2020 without late fee is March 25, 2020. However, candidates will still be able to submit their online application form of CS Foundation 2020 till April 10 along with payment of late fee of Rs. 250 extra. Candidates have to visit the ICSI website at smash.icsi.in to log in using their student registration number and password. Documents to be uploaded on the application form of CS Foundation 2020 must be in jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp or pdf format and must not exceed 5 MB in size. Size of the photograph should be between 20-50 KB and that of the signature should be 10-20 KB. The concluding step of the CS Foundation 2020 application form requires candidates to pay the application fee.

Application Fee: The application fee to be paid is Rs. 1200 for appearing for CS Foundation 2020 exam.


CS Foundation Exam Centres 2020

ICSI announces the exam centres of CS Foundation 2020 which are announced region-wise. CS Foundation December 2029 was conducted in 136 national centres and 1 international centre. Those who wish to appear for CS Foundation in Dubai have to pay US$100 along with the examination fee. Candidates may be allowed to change their CS Foundation 2020 exam centres if they provide a valid reason along with an additional fee of Rs. 250. This must be done in not less than 15 days before the examination.

Click here to view the official list of CS Foundation exam centres for the previous session.

CS Foundation Admit Card 2020

ICSI is expected to release the admit card for CS Foundation June 2020 in the last week of May 2020. Candidates will be able to obtain their CS Foundation 2020 admit card by entering their login credentials. Every candidate’s CS Foundation admit card 2020 shall contain his/ her details as well as the name and address of the exam centre. It is an important verification document, so candidates have to carry it to their allotted exam centres. Any candidate without his/ her admit card is forbidden from appearing for CS Foundation 2020.

CS Foundation 2020 Registration Prerequisites

There are certain documents required at the time of CS Foundation registration as provided below:

  • Identity proof (Aadhaar card/ voter ID/ Pan card/ Driving license/ Ration card)

  • DOB certificate (10th mark sheet)

  • Scanned copy of signature

  • Category certificate (if applicable)

  • Roll number (if appearing in 10+2)

  • 12th mark sheet

  • Recent photograph

CS Foundation Eligibility Criteria 2020

The eligibility criteria states the minimum requirement for candidates to apply for CS Foundation June 2020. Candidates must check the CS Foundation 2020 eligibility criteria before applying for the exam as any ineligible candidate will be rejected immediately. The CS Foundation eligibility criteria session is as follows:

CS Foundation December 2020 Eligibility Criteria

ParticularsEligibility requisite
Academic QualificationMust have passed 10+2 from a recognized board (from any stream excluding Fine Arts)
Provisional Registration

Candidates giving their class 12 exam or awaiting the results can also apply. Proof of passing the examination must be provided to ICSI after six months of provisional registration.

Course RegistrationCandidates should have registered before September 30, 2019

CS Foundation Registration 2020

ICSI opens registration for CS Foundation throughout the year. However, those who wished to appear for CS Foundation 2020- June session could register till September 30, 2019. Candidates aspiring for CS Foundation December 2020 session can still complete registration till March 31, 2020. Candidates are required to upload the aforementioned documents for CS Foundation registration. The documents have to adhere to the specifications mentioned on the ICSI website.

Registration fee: The amount can be paid via credit/ debit/ net banking or through the bank challan system. The CS Foundation 2020 registration fee for different categories is as follows:

CS Foundation Registration Fee

Particulars

Fees (Rs.)

Total (Rs.)

General

Admission fee

1500

4500

Education fee

3000

SC/ ST

Admission fee

50% total fee

2250

Education fee

Students of J&K and Ladakh100% waiver

PwD

Admission fee

1500

1500

Education fee

CS Foundation 2020 Passing Criteria

The passing criteria mention the minimum marks required for a candidate to qualify ICSI CS Foundation 2020. It is a must for candidates to fulfill the sectional and overall CS Foundation cutoff requisites.

CS Foundation Passing Criteria 2020

Paper

Sectional cutoff

Overall cutoff

Business Environment and Law

40%

50%

Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

40%

Business Economics

40%

Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

40%

CS Foundation Exam Pattern 2020

According to the exam pattern of CS Foundation 2020, the exam will consist of 4 papers, namely- English and Business Communication, Economics and Statistics, Financial Accounting, and Elements of Business Laws and Management. Check the table below to know the complete CS Foundation 2020 exam pattern-

CS Foundation Exam Pattern

Mode of exam

Online

Medium of exam

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

Type of questions

Objective

Number of papers

4

Number of questions

50 per paper

Marking scheme

2 marks for each correct answer

No negative marking

CS Foundation June 2020: Distribution of Marks and Exam Schedule

Paper Name

Subjects

Marks

Exam Date

Exam Timings

Batch I

Batch II

Batch III

Batch IV

Business Environment and Law

Business Environment

40

June 6, 2020

9:30-11 AM

12-1:30 PM



Business Law

60

Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

Business Management

40

June 6, 2020



2:30-4 PM

5-6:30 PM

Business Ethics

10

Business Communication

25

Entrepreneurship

25

Business Economics

Economics

80

June 7, 2020

9:30-11 AM

12-1:30 PM



Elementary Statistics

20

Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Fundamentals of Accounting

70

June 7, 2020



2:30-4 PM

5-6:30 PM

Fundamentals of Auditing

30

CS Foundation Syllabus 2020

Candidates must check the syllabus of CS Foundation 2020 as it contains the list of topics that will be covered in the exam.

CS Foundation 2020 Syllabus

Parts

Contents

Marks

PAPER 1: Business Environment and Law

Part A: Business Environment

Business Environment

30

Emerging Trends in Business Concepts, Advantages and Limitations

Business Functions

Scales of Business

Forms of Business Organization

Part B: Business Laws

Introduction to Law

40

Elements of Company Law

Elements of Law relating to Negotiable Instruments

Elements of Law relating to Contract

Elements of Law relating to Sale of Goods

Elements of Law relating to Partnership

Part C: Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

30

Growth & Challenges of Entrepreneurial Venture

Entrepreneurship – Creativity, and Innovation

PAPER 2: Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

Part A: Business Management

Direction and Coordination

40

Organization

Human Resource Management

Recent Trends in Management

Nature of Management and its Process

Controlling

Planning

Part B: Business Ethics

Business Ethics

20

Part C: Business Communication

Essentials of Good English

40

Preparation of Press Releases

Administration

E-Correspondence

Interdepartmental Communication

Business Communication

Business Correspondence

PAPER 3: Business Economics

Part A: Economics

Nature and Scope of Economics

70

Theory of Demand and Supply

Theory of Production, Costs, and Revenue

Selected Areas of Indian Economy

Forms of Markets and its Equilibrium

Money and Banking

Basic Characteristics of Indian Economy

Part B: Elementary Statistics

Statistics: An Overview

30

Index Numbers and Time Series Analysis

Measures of Central Tendency

Collection and Presentation of Statistical Data

Mathematics of Finance

Probability

PAPER 4: Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Part A: Fundamentals of Accounting

Introduction to Company Accounts

70

Accounting Process

Depreciation Accounting

Bank Reconciliation Statement

Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors

Partnership Accounts

Theoretical Framework

Part B: Fundamentals of Auditing

Auditing

30

Audits and Auditor’s Reports

Books for CS Foundation

Preparation is the most crucial part for a candidate recently enrolled into the course of CS Foundation. Thus, sorting out the study material becomes important for aspirants to prepare well for upcoming session of exams. ICSI has provided a number of books in it's official study material to be referred by candidates additionally for a better understanding of the concepts. There are subject-wise books and then there are topic wise books as well to be referred by CS Foundation 2020 candidates.

Exemption from CS Foundation 2020

ICSI has provided that there are certain categories of students who can enter the Company Secretaryship course via direct entry to CS Executive course. Candidates who fulfill the criteria given below can straightaway apply for CS Executive:

Direct entry to CS Executive

Direct Entry Requisites

Graduates/ Post graduates (any stream except Fine Arts) who have passed an equivalent examination of any other accountancy institution in India or abroad recognized by the Council of ICSI.

Graduates/ Post graduates (any stream except Fine Arts) who have passed the CPT Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Graduates/ Post graduates (any stream except Fine Arts) who have passed the Foundation examination of The Institute of Cost Accounts of India (ICAI-CMA)


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CS Foundation 2020

Question: What is CS Foundation Exam?

Answer:

CS Foundation is the entry-level examination for Company Secretaryship. Candidates who have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination are eligible to enroll in CS Foundation programme.

Question: How many subjects are there in CS Foundation?

Answer:

There are 4 subjects in CS Foundation as provided below:

  • Business Environment and Law
  • Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Economics
  • Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Question: Is there any negative marking in CS Foundation?

Answer:

No. There is no provision of negative marking in CS Foundation June 2020.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria for CS Foundation?

Answer:

Students who have passed 10+2 examination from a recognized Board or equivalent may seek admission to CS Foundation Programme.

Question: I am a graduate and want to pursue Company Secretaryship. Am I eligible?

Answer:

Candidates who are graduates from any stream except Fine Arts are eligible for direct entry to CS Executive course. 

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