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The Institute of Company Secretaries of India is an organization that has stood out for right regulation and continuous development in the profession of company secretaries in the country. Keeping aside awarding degrees and membership to candidates, ICSI has always aimed to raise the bar in terms of striking a balance between professional education and expertise. This effort has reached fruition in recent years in the scores of applicants taking up the CS course. ICSI membership is considered as the standalone benchmark for recruitment in central and state government posts  as well for job openings in the corporate world. 

 ICSI awards degrees and membership to candidates on the basis of performance in the ICSI exam. This exam is conducted in three different stages. The foundation course program constitutes various important subjects that form the base of the profession. This is followed by the intermediate exam which consists of 12 theoretical subjects arranged into two groups of four papers consisting of 100 marks each. The final exam is the last and most important.

CS Exam 2022 Eligibility:-

CS Foundation Course Eligibility:-

Candidates who have passed Senior Secondary (10+2) examination of a Board/University constituted by law in India or any examination recognised by the Central Government as equivalent thereto are eligible.

Exemption From Foundation Examination:-

All graduates and post graduates (excluding fine arts) and those having passed in the Foundation examination of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or of any other accountancy institution in India or abroad recognised as equivalent thereto by the Council of the Institute are exempted from passing the Foundation Programme examination. Such students may directly seek registration to Executive Programme stage of CS Course.

Duration of Foundation Programme is 8 months, excluding the months of admission and the examination. Foundation Programme students are required to pass the Foundation examination within 3 years from the date of their admission.

CS Registration / Application Form

Students wishing to apply for ICSI CS course (Foundation or Intermediate) have to register online on www.icsi.edu. ICSI has announced a complete switchover to online registration from January 01, 2014. Aspirants are therefore encouraged to use ICSI online services and register online on www.icsi.edu. Following is a step by step procedure for online registration. Following are steps for online registration for CS exam.
1)Click on the button “ONLINE SERVICES” on the top of ICSI website. 
2)Go to the students tab and click on “Student Registration”
3)Go through the checklist of documents as applicable on the basis of qualification. 
4)Click on the link “PROCEED TO REGISTRATION”
5)Select the course type as applicable that is FOUNDATION OR EXECUTIVE PROGRAMME etc.
6)Fill in ICSI online application form. 
7)Click on the option to make payment of application fee. 
8)After making payment of application you will receive ‘Username’ and ‘Student’s Registration number.’
9)Upload scanned copies of documents in support of educational documents. 
Instructions for fee payment and upload of documents:
Fee payment: Fee payment can be made either through debit/credit card or net banking and bank challan.
Upload of Documents:-
•File format should be jpg,jpeg, png,gif,bmp
•File size of documents should not exceed 5 MB.
•Size of photo should be between 20KB-50KB
•Student signature should be between 10KB-20KB.
For online registration related queries contact
For any other information or clarification regarding online registration process please contact Ms. Geethanjali S Rathore, Administrative Officer (Students Services) on the following email ID grss@icsi.edu or at the following telephone number 0120-4522065. 

CS Exam Dates

CS Exam 2022 Date:-

Time Table for CS Examinations December 2022 -

CS Foundation Course:-

Last Date for Seeking Admission:- 31st March for appearing in December Examination in the same year.

30th September for appearing in June Examination in the next year.

CS Examination Fee:-

Foundation Programme  -Rs. 1200/-
Executive Programme  -  Rs. 1200/- per Module
Professional Programme -Rs. 1200/- per Module.

Fee Structure for CS Course:-

CS Foundation Programme - Rs.4500/-

CS Executive Programme -
Rs.9000/- 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/-



CS Syllabus

CS Exam 2022 Syllabus:-

CS Foundation Syllabus

Paper Pattern

CS Exam 2022 Pattern:-

The Institute has decided to discontinue OMR Based Examination and instead   introduce Computer Based Examination (CBE) for its Foundation Programme students from June 2014 onwards. However, examinees  would continue to be assessed through Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).


Introduction of Negative Marking for OMR Based Examination

The following is the scheme of Computer Based Examination:-


Day and Date Subjects Total No of Questions and Marks Type of Questions Duration of examination
Day-One Business Environment and Entrepreneurship (BEE)


Business  Management, Ethics and Communication (BMEC)

50 (100 marks)



50 (100 marks)

MCQs having  four options with one correct answer (No negative mark for wrong answer) 90 minutes in one sitting for both the subjects
Day-Two Business Economics (BE)


Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing (FAA)

50 (100 marks)



50 (100 marks)

MCQs having  four options with one correct answer (No negative mark for wrong answer) 90 minutes in one sitting for both the subjects

Candidates would be required to sit before a computer terminal and use computer-mouse while attempting the questions.  Computer Based Examination would be held in all those cities in India and aboard, where the Institute’s existing examinations are held. Details of examination centres/venues  will be informed  separately.   

Questions would be displayed on the computer screen both in English as well as Hindi language except for Business Management, Ethics and Communication paper, for which questions shall be provided in English medium only. 

CS Preparation

ICSI exam preparation can be summed up in this simple equation Hardwork+ Systematic study+ Planining. Be precise about all three factors. Hardwork which extends to preparing even outside one's frame or plan for study. Systematic study simply means qualitative and effective study. Finally planning  the approach of study specially in terms of presentation and the examination. Yes if need be taking up coaching for subjects will be of great help. In doing so try to follow the pattern of the institute. 

CS Notification

CS 2022 Exam Notification

Time Table for CS Examinations December 2022 -

Executive and Professional Programme Examination

Foundation Programme Examination

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  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.





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