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With the growing importance now being given to corporate governance, company secretaryship has gained a lot of relevance in the corporate world. The "Institute of Company Secretaries of India" (ICSI) is a premier National Professional body having 40 offices worldwide, established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries. Company Secretaries act as a vital link between the company, shareholder, board of governors, governmental and other regulatory agencies. The company secretary has an integrated knowledge of multiple disciplines, law, management, finance, and corporate governance.

Description of the stream/field

A Company secretary gives advice and guidance to the company. The ICSI imparts training in Company Secretaryship by Distance Learning (by correspondence) enabling students to qualify as Company Secretaries. The Institute provides "Course Material" for all the subjects at the time of Registration. There is also provision for oral coaching classes.

To become an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), students have to pass their foundation, intermediate and final examinations and also undergo practical training and possess specify practical experience. ICSI conducts company secretary's course through postal /oral couching and training.

Stages to become a Company Secretary

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.

Career in Company Secretary  Foundation Programme
Company Secretary Jobs  Executive Programme
Company Secretary Course  Professional Programme

The Student who takes up the Course after passing the Graduation has to undergo two stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e.

Company Secretary Courses  Executive Programme
Company Secretary Course Details  Professional Programme

Training Requirements

Job for Company Secretary  A student has to undergo 16 month Training in a company or under a practicing company secretary after passing the executive programme or professional programme.
Company Secretary as a Career Option  Students who possess prescribed practical experience can seek partial or total exemption from Training.
Company Secretary Jobs in India  Sponsorship for the Training is made by the Institute.
Company Secretary Course After 12th  The companies and the practicing Company Secretaries pay stipend during the training period.
Career in Company Secretary  In addition, every student is required to undergo 15 days Training in a specialized agency and 15 days Secretarial Modular Training Programme.
Company Secretary Jobs  After qualifying the CS Professional Programme and on successful completion of Training, a candidate is enrolled as an Associate Member of the Institute and can use the descriptive title "ACS" after his/ her name.
Company Secretary Course  Admission to the CS course is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June & December. There is no minimum pass percentage requirement for admission

There are 4 papers in CS Foundation Programme
There are 6 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Programme
There are 8 papers divided into 4 Modules in CS Professional Programme
Foundation Programme ( 4 papers)
English & Business Communication
Economics & Statistics
Financial Accounting
Elements of Business Laws and Management
Executive Programme [6 papers]
Module I (3 papers)
General and Commercial Laws
Company Accounts, Cost & Management Accounting
Tax Laws
Module II (3 papers)
Company Law
Economic and Labour Laws
Securities Law and Compliances
Professional Programme [8 papers]
Module I (2 papers)
Company Secretarial Practice
Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
Module II (2 papers)
Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Module III (2 papers)
Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade
Advance Tax Laws and Practices
Module IV (2 papers)
Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management
Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability

Eligibility & Duration

Company Secretary Courses  Foundation Programme which is of 8 months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream (Excluding Fine Arts).
Company Secretary Course Details  Executive Programme can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.
Job for Company Secretary  Professional Programme can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course.

Aptitudes and Personality Traits

Company Secretary as a Career Option  Common sense and good judgment
Company Secretary Jobs in India  capacity for hard work
Company Secretary Course After 12th  tact, discretion
Career in Company Secretary  sound numerical ability and analytical abilities
Company Secretary Jobs  excellent oral and written communication

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Future Prospects

Company Secretary Course  As per the section 383A of the Companies Act, 1956, companies with a paid-up share capital of Rs. 5 crores or more are compulsorily required to appoint a whole time Company Secretary who must be a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Thus increasing the job prospects of company secretaries by leaps and bounds.
Company Secretary Courses  After obtaining a 'Certificate of Practice' from the Institute, Members of the Institute can go in for Independent Practice.

Salary Range

A budding and meritorious Company Secretary can hope to start his career with a monthly remuneration of Rs.20,000 - Rs.25,000. However, for an ordinary candidate, a monthly salary of Rs.10, 000 is almost guaranteed. The remuneration and conditions of service depend on the qualification and experience.


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 appearing in both modules in December Exams in the same year
31st May for appearing in single module in December Examination in the same year
31st August for appearing in both modules in June Exam in the next year
30th November for appearing in single module in June Examination in the next year.
Fee Structure
CS Foundation Programme Rs.4500/-
CS Executive Programme
Rs.12,500/- for Commerce Graduates / CPT passed of ICAI / Foundation passed of ICAI-CMA
Rs 10,000/- for Non Commerce Students
Rs 8,500/- for CS Foundation passed students
CS Professional Programme Rs.12,000/-


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