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About Company Secretary (CS)

Candidates who seek lucrative jobs in the corporate world can get a great start after pursuing the Company Secretary is a lucrative course in the commerce domain and is one of the most popular career choices amongst commerce students. However, students of all fields can apply for the company secretary course.

The company secretary course is offered by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). It is a distance learning course that was started to regulate the profession of a Company Secretary. With the right mix of academic programmes and practical training, the programme opens up great opportunities in the corporate sector. Find out the details of the course below.

Aspirants willing to pursue the Company Secretary course have to undergo different programmes and 15 months of practical training in order to get the company secretary credentials. Following are the programmes that one has to pursue in the company secretary course:

  • Foundation Programme
  • Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme
  • Management Training

Company Secretary (CS) Highlights

Major highlights of Company Secretary (CS) are as follows:

Course Name : Company Secretary
Short Name : CS
Eligibility : Class 12/ Graduation
Duration : 1 Year Minimum
Job Profiles : Legal Advisor, Corporate Policymaker, Corporate Planner, Chief Administrative Officer etc

Company Secretary (CS) Eligibility Criteria

After Class 12 : Students applying for the Company Secretary Course after 10+2 will have to register for the Foundation Programme to start with. Students of science, commerce as well as arts can apply for the course.

After Graduation : If candidates seek Company Secretary course after graduation they can apply straight away for the Executive Programme and continue with the Professional Programme after pursuing graduation in any field apart from fine arts.

Final Programme : Candidates who have not passed the executive programme after graduation or those who have not passed the foundation and executive programme after 10+2 will not be allowed to pursue the Professional Programme.

Company Secretary Admission Process:

Foundation Programme :

If you want to appear for the CS Foundation exam in the month of December, you must apply for the same in the month of March of the same year.

However, if you want to appear for the exam in June, you must apply latest by September of the previous year.

Executive Programme :

Candidates who have registered for up to May are eligible to appear for any one module of the executive exam in December. Whereas, students who have registered up to November can appear for either of the modules in the month of June next year.

You can appear for both the modules of the Executive exam in December if you register before February of the same year.

If you wish to appear for the modules in June, you must apply for the executive programme latest by the month of August of the previous year.

Professional Programme :

If you wish to appear for all the modules of the Professional exam in December, you will have to register before the end of February the same year.

However, if you wish to appear for all the modules in June, you must apply before the end of August of the previous year.

It is also possible to appear for single modules of the CS exams in December if you apply before the end of May the same year.

You and also appear for the single modules in June if you apply before the end of November the previous year.

Company Secretary (CS) Highlights

Name of the Programme Duration Modules and subjects
Foundation Programme 1 year (minimum)
  • English and Business Communication
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Elements of Business Laws and Management
Executive Programme 1 year (minimum) or more depending on the time taken by you to clear all subjects

Module 1 :

  • Company Accounts, Cost and Management
  • General and Commercial Laws
  • Tax Laws
  • Accounting

Module 2 :

  • Company Law
  • Securities Laws and Compliances
  • Economic and Labour Laws
Professional Programme 1 year (minimum) or more depending on the time taken by you to clear all subjects

Module 1 :

  • Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
  • Company Secretarial Practice

Module 2 :

  • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Financial, Treasury and Forex Management

Module 3 :

  • Advanced Tax Laws and Practice
  • Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade

Module 4 :

  • Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management

Company Secretary Training:

Type of Training Duration Purpose
Student Induction Programme (SIP) 7 days This induction must be pursued within six months after registering for the Executive programme in order to appear for the exams of both the modules.
Compulsory Computer Training Program 70 hours This training is essential in order to be eligible to appear for the Executive Programme.
Executive Development Programme (EDP) 8 days This must be pursued after passing the executive programme and prior to the 15-month training.
Professional Development Programme (PDP) 25 hours This should be pursued during the 15-month training.
Management or Professional Training 15 months

Training must be pursued after passing the Executive or Professional Programme.

Training must be done with companies registered with the ICSI Institute or under a Company Secretary in Practice.

Practical Training 3 months It is pursued only after the candidate has passed the professional programme and is exempted from undergoing 12 months of training under Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982.
Specialized Agency Training 15 days

This can be pursued after completing SIP, EDP, passing professional programme and completing 15-month training.

The training can be pursued at Registrar of Companies (ROC), Financial and Banking Institution, Stock Exchange or Management Consultancy Firm.

Management Skills Orientation Programme (MSOP) 15 days Candidates can pursue this if they have been fully or partially exempted from training and submitted documents required to fulfill 1982 regulation. This training can be pursued only after passing professional programme, EDP and 15-month training.

CS Career Options and Job Prospects

After passing all requirements of the Company Secretary course, the candidate is registered with the ICSI as an Associate Member of the Institute and can use the ‘Associate Company Secretary’ credentials before his or her name. Candidates can be sponsored on request and be offered lucrative jobs or indulge in private practices.

Candidates can also apply for jobs through the official website of the institute and job vacancies will be displayed on the website. Campus interviews are also conducted for candidates after they have completed the 15-month training. Candidates can also pursue a Ph.D. after completing their courses.

Company Secretaries are essential resources of the corporate world and are therefore offered excellent salary packages. A fresher can expect a salary package varying from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. With experience, the salaries can also go up to Rs. 20 lakh per annum and more, depending on the type of company. Some of the popular job profiles for Company Secretary are as follows along with top recruiting companies:

Job Profiles Duration
Foundation Programme
  • Assistance to the Board of Directors
  • Company Registrar
  • Legal Advisor
  • Corporate Policymaker
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Principal Secretary
  • Corporate Planner
  • Chairman
  • Managing Director
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Investor Capital Market Relations
Top Recruiting Companies
  • ONGC
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • Oil India Limited
  • Jaypee Group
  • Punjab National Bank Ltd
  • Bestech India Pvt Ltd
  • HLC Technologies Ltd