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The growth and expansion of corporate sector due to liberalization and globalization has resulted growth in demand for specialists in almost every sphere. Company Secretary is such a specialized professional.
A company secretary is one who is responsible for efficient management of the corporate sector and act as an advisor in legal matter. He co-ordinates various departments of the organization, ensures compliance of company legislations and advises directors on statutory requirements of the company. Apart from this, he also looks after finance, accounts, legal, personnel and administrative functions.


A qualified company secretary has openings in Employment and as Practising Independent Professional

Employment :
Companies with a paid up share capital of Rs.5 crores or more are compulsorily required to appoint a whole time Company Secretary who is a Member of ICSI

All companies seeking listing on Stock Exchange are required to appoint a whole time company secretary
Membership of the Institute is recognized for appointment to superior posts and services under Central Government.

Self-Employment/Practising Company Secretaries
After obtaining a ‘Certificate of Practice’ from the Institute, Members of the Institute can go in for Independent Practice.
Every company having a paid-up share capital of Rs. Ten Lakhs or more but less than Rs. Five Crores is required to engage the services of a Secretary in Whole-Time Practice for issue of Compliance Certificate.
•Pursuant to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, Practising Company Secretaries have been authorized to issue Certificate regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in the Clause.

The CS Course is :
Recognized by the various Universities for admission to PhD Course and appointment of Lecturers in Commerce & Management

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.
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 or after Professional 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.

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

Examination details

Admission to the CS Course is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.

Exam can be given in both English and Hindi medium

ICSI has 66 Examination Centres scattered all over India including one overseas centre at Dubai ( There is an exam centre in Raipur also )

Fee Structure for CS Course

The fee for CS Foundation Programme is - Rs. 3,600/-
for Executive Programme - Rs.7000/- for Commerce Graduates while
- Rs. 7750/- for Non Commerce Students
For Professional Programme – Rs 7500/-

Total fees for all the stages together is Rs 18100/-