CS Professional Exam Pattern 2020 - Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has prescribed the exam pattern of CS Professional 2020. Candidates can understand the medium, time limit, the number of questions, marking scheme and other details through CS Professional 2020 exam pattern. There are nine papers and each paper will be of three hour duration. Candidates can go through the CS Professional exam pattern before starting the preparations for the exam. There is no negative marking in any of the tests. Candidates must note that Multidisciplinary Case Studies and the elective paper are open-book types out of the nine papers. CS Professional 2020 exams are to be conducted from June 1 to 10, 2020. Know more about CS Professional exam pattern 2020 in the article below.
Medium of Exam
English and Hindi
Mode of Exam
Pen and paper-based
Type of Questions
Descriptive answer questions
(Paper 8 and 9 are open-book exams)
Number of Questions
50 per paper
Number of Papers
Duration of Each Paper
2 marks for each correct answer
No negative marking
In order to qualify the exams, candidates must score CS Professional cut off marks or more. There’s a separate sectional and overall cutoff. Candidates can check the same in the table below -
Sectional Cut Off for each paper
Overall CS Professional Cut Off 2020
Candidates can check the list of papers that they have to take for CS Professional 2020 and their respective exam dates in the table below -
Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics (Module-I)
June 1, 2020
Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence (Module-II)
June 2, 2020
Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges (Module-III)
June 3, 2020
Advanced Tax Laws (Module-I)
June 4, 2020
Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up (Module-II)
June 5, 2020
Multidisciplinary Case Studies (Module-III; Open-book Type)
June 6, 2020
Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances (Module-I)
June 8, 2020
Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies (Module-II)
June 9, 2020
Elective Paper (Module-III; Open-book Type)
June 10, 2020
*Note - All exams will be conducted from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on their respective dates.
Candidates can pick out of eight subjects for CS Professional Elective Paper. The list of these eight subjects has been provided below -
Banking - Law and Practice
Insurance - Law and Practice
Intellectual Property Rights – Laws and Practices
Direct Tax Law and Practice
Labour Laws and Practice
Valuations and Business Modelling
Insolvency – Law and Practice
The exam body provides CS Professional syllabus. Candidates are required to check the syllabus as well as CS Professional exam pattern 2020. The syllabus is prescribed for the papers that the candidates have to take. The papers and subjects that the candidates have to study are covered under CS Professional syllabus 2020. Candidates must go through the syllabus of CS Professional 2020 in order to prepare effectively for the exam. Candidates can click on the link provided above to check the complete CS Professional syllabus.
The study material for all the exams is available online in accordance with the CS Professional exam pattern. It is essential that the candidates make use of the correct study material of CS Professional exams for their preparations to avoid straying from the syllabus. CS Professional 2020 study material includes revision test papers, mock tests and question papers. Candidates can download the study material from the table below -
Advance Company Law and Practice
Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence
Corporate Restructuring, Valuation, and Insolvency
Financial Treasury and Forex Management
Ethics, Governance, and Sustainability
Drafting, Appearances, and Pleadings
Insurance Law and Practice
The exam authorities are likely to release the admit card of the CS Professional 2020 June session in the last week of May. Successfully registered candidates will be able to download the admit cards of CS Professional 2020 using their registration numbers. It is mandatory that the candidates carry their CS Professional admit cards along with a valid photo ID (Aadhaar Card, PAN Card, Voter ID, etc.) to the exam centres. Candidates who fail to do so will not be allowed to take the exam.
The question papers of Company Secretary Professional 2020 will be made available online after the exam is conducted. Meanwhile, candidates can check the CS Professional question papers of past cycles of the exam. It is suggested that the candidates solve as many CS Professional question papers as time permits for effective preparations of the exam. The question papers help candidates get familiar with the structure and CS Professional exam pattern. Solving question papers and doing a thorough analysis later is a great way of identifying the areas that are difficult to score in. Click on the link provided above to check previous years’ CS Professional question papers.
ICSI conducts a series of exams for the admission of candidates in their full-time integrated Company Secretary Course. Candidates have to take the exams of the CS Foundation, CS Executive, and CS Professional programmes in order to get admitted to the 3-year long course and training.
CS Professional is a national level exam which is fairly difficult. The papers are all theoretical which increases the challenge. Candidates have to clear CS foundation and CS Executive stages before appearing for the CS Professional exam.
No, there is no negative marking in CS Professional papers.
Yes, candidates can carry a battery-operated, noiseless and cordless pocket calculator with not more than 6 functions, 12 digits, and 2 memories.
Candidates with a 10+2 education can appear for CS Professional after clearing CS Foundation and CS Executive stages. While graduates only have to take CS Executive to appear for the CS Professional stage.
Candidates are given 3 hours to attempt each paper.
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