CS Professional

Last Update May 2, 2023
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About This Course

Company Secretary course (CS) is offered by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), set up under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 to regulate the profession of company secretaries in India. CS course consists of two stages – CS executive followed by the CS professional programmes. To get admission into the CS executive programme (first level), candidates need to qualify in the national-level Company Secretary Executive Entrance test (CSEET). A direct admission route is also available to eligible candidates. Thereafter they must qualify in the CS professional course.


Stage 1


Stage 2

CS Executive Course (8 papers)

Stage 3

CS Professional Course (9 papers)

Stage 4

Pre-membership training

Stage 5

CS Membership 

Stage 6

Continuing Professional Development

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Company Secretary

Company Secretary eligibility criteria include the educational and formal qualifications needed to pursue different levels of the course. candidates who wish to pursue the Company Secretary course will need to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria mentioned below:

Eligibility Criteria of CS Executive Course 

While students must be 17 years and above and have passed class 12, entry to the CS Executive course is through two channels as given below in the table.

CS Executive Course – Eligibility Criteria

Through entrance exam Direct entry
Passed Class 12 in any discipline (except Fine Arts) from a recognized university or equivalent.
Graduates or Postgraduates are also eligible to apply.
CS Foundation course passed students
ORICAI Final Course passed students (with exemption fee)

ICMAI Final Course passed students (with exemption fee)

Qualified in Company Secretary Executive Entrance test (CSEET) of ICSI
passed the CS Foundation exam. 
No entrance exam


Eligibility Criteria of CS Professional Course:

Only candidates who have cleared the CS executive course can apply for the CS professional course. 

CS Executive: Syllabus 

In the CS executive course syllabus, there will be two modules, namely I and II. In each module, there will be 4 papers. In module I, there will be the topics of Interpretation, Jurisprudence, and General laws, in paper I, company law in paper II, setting up of business entities, and closure and tax laws in the last two papers.

On the other hand, in module II, the paper I will consist of corporate and management accounting, and Paper II will consist of securities laws and capital markets. In the last two papers, there will be Business, Economics and Commercial Law, and financial and strategic management respectively.

Modules Syllabus
Module I Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws
Company Law
Setting up of Business Entities and Closure
Tax Laws
Module II Corporate & Management Accounting
Securities Laws & Capital Markets
Economic, Business, and Commercial Laws
Financial and Strategic Management


CS Professional: Syllabus

In the CS Professional course, there will be three modules, and each module will consist of three papers. See Also: CS Professional Syllabus

Module Syllabus
Module I Governance, Risk Management, Compliances, and Ethics
Advanced Tax laws
Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances
Module II Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence
Corporate Reconstructing, Insolvency, Liquidation, and Winding-up
Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non- Compliances, and Remedies
Module III Corporate Funding and Listing in Stock Exchanges
Multidisciplinary Case Studies
Elective(1 out of below 8 subjects) Banking- Law, and Practice
Insurance- Law and Practice
Intellectual Property Rights- Laws and Practice
Forensic Audit
Direct Tax Laws and Practice
Labour Laws and Practice
Valuations and Business Modelling
Insolvency- Law, and Practice


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