About CS


The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has been constituted under an Act of Parliament i.e., the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (Act No.56 of 1980) to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries. The ICSI functions under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

The Institute has its headquarters at New Delhi, four Regional Councils at New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and 68 Chapters spread all over India.

The affairs of the Institute are managed by the Council of the Institute consisting of fifteen elected members and five nominees of the Central Government. 

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI) is constituted under an Act of Parliament i.e. the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (Act No. 56 of 1980). ICSI is the only recognized professional body in India to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India awards the certificate of bestowing the designation of Company Secretary(CS) to a candidate qualifying for the membership of the Institute. It was in 1960 that the Company Law Board started a course in Company Secretaryship leading to the award of Government Diploma in Company Secretaryship. As the number of students taking up the Company Secretaryship course grew, the Government promoted on 4th October, 1968, Institute of Company Secretaries of India under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 for taking over from the Government the conduct of Company Secretaryship examination. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has since been converted into a statutory body w.e.f. 1.1.1981 under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI) has on its rolls 27,313 members including 5,225 members holding certificate of the practice. The number of current students is over 3,60,000.

The Institute of company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has its headquarters at New Delhi and four regional offices at New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai


ICSI Function at a Glance

The ICSI:

  • Registers students with 10+2 and graduate qualifications for Foundation and Executive Programme of Company Secretaryship, respectively with course contents in Corporate and Economic Laws, Management, Accounting, Taxation and Finance disciplines;

  • Conducts Company Secretaryship examination twice a year in June and December;

  • Provides postal/oral coaching and training enabling students to qualify as Company Secretaries;

  • Arranges e-learning for students through Web Based Training, Video Based Training and Live Virtual Classroom;

  • Arranges training for Executive/Professional Programme pass students in companies/with Company Secretaries in Practice empanelled with the Institute;

  • Enrols qualified persons as Associate/Fellow members of the Institute;

  • Issues Certificate of Practice to members taking up practice;

  • Conducts Post Membership Qualification Course for members of the Institute;

  • Publishes widely read and highly acclaimed monthly journal 'Chartered Secretary';

  • Publishes 'Student Company Secretary' and 'CS Foundation Course Bulletin' for the benefit of students;

  • Publishes Online 'CS update' containing current notifications and circulars relating to various corporate and related laws;

  • Exercises professional supervision over the members of the Institute both in practice and in employment in matters pertaining to Professional Ethics and Code of Conduct;

  • Undertakes research in Law, Management, and Finance and Capital Market disciplines and brings out research publications and guidance notes;

  • Issues Secretarial Standards and brings out Guidance Notes thereon;

  • Renders expert advisory services to members on intricate issues relating to various corporate laws;

  • Organises Professional Development and Continuing Education Programmes, International/ National/Regional Conventions and Conferences directly or through its Regional Councils and Chapters;

  • Organises Professional Development Programmes in collaboration with Chambers of Commerce, Department of Public Enterprises, sister Professional Institutes and other Professional Development/ Management Bodies;

  • Interacts with various National and Regional Chambers of Commerce with regard to various Government Policies and Legislations;

  • Issues Secretarial Standards and brings out Guidance Notes thereon;

  • Renders expert advisory services to members on intricate issues relating to various corporate laws;

  • Interacts with the Central and State Governments and Regulatory Authorities on matters of professional interests;

  • Interacts with Company Secretaries Institutions of other countries for mutual benefit and in respect of the International Federation of Company Secretaries;

  • Bestows ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance on best governed companies;

  • Bestows Life Time Achievement Award for Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality;

  • Founder Member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance;

  • Founder Member of International Federation of Company Secretaries.

CS Entry Requirements

The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.

  • Foundation Programme

  • Executive Programme

  • Professional Programme

In addition, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months which a student may opt to start after passing the Executive Programme.
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

Besides, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months.
Foundation Programme which is of eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream.
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.

Training: A Student has to undergo 15 months Management Training in Companies sponsored by the Institute after passing the Executive or Professional Programme or under the guidance of a Company Secretary in Practice.
After qualifying Professional Examination and on successful completion of training a candidate is admitted as an Associate Member of the ICSI and can use the letters ACS after his/her name i.e. Associate Company Secretary.

Admission to the CS Course is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June and December.
Cut off dates for admission to CS course:

For Foundation Programme 31st March for appearing in December Examination in the same year
30th September for June Examination next year
For Executive Programme 28th February for December Exams in the same year
31st August for June Exam next year

 

CS Prospectus can be obtained from any of the offices of the Institute across India
Cost of Prospectus for Foundation Programme : Rs. 200/- by cash payment while
                                                                            Rs. 250/- by Post or courier
Cost of Prospectus for the Executive Programme : Rs. 300/- by cash payment while
                                                                                Rs. 350/- by Post or courier

 

Payment Option : The payment can be sent to the Headquarters by demand draft drawn in favour of "The Institute of Company Secretaries of India" payable at New Delhi OR by cash across the counter from the Headquarters, Regional Offices & a few of the Chapters.

 

Fee Structure for CS Course
The fee for CS Foundation Programme : Rs. 3600/-
                   for Executive Programme : Rs. 7000/- for Commerce Graduates while
                                                        : Rs. 7750/- for Non Commerce Students

CS with IAM

Name of the courseEligibilityType of class
Plus +1 Going 10 th Pass/+1 going student Sundays/holidays
Plus +2 Going 10 th Pass/+2 going student Sundays/holidays
CS regular Plus +2 Every June and January
CS Executive-Week End Class Degree /post graduation ongoing Student Every June third week
CS Regular CS Foundation/ graduation/awaiting results Every July and January
CS Final regular CS Executive Morning class
CS final crash CS Executive Every June and January

IAM's Batches For CS

BATCHESELIGIBILITY

Foundation

+1Going Weekend

10th Pass

Foundation

+2Going Weekend
+1 Pass

Foundation

Regular/Weekend/Crash

+2/PUC pass

EXECUTIVE Programe

Regular

Founadation/ Degree Pass

FINAL

Regular

EXECUTIVE Programe Pass

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