Company secretary ie CS has a very important role and position in an organization. Company Secretary (CS) is also called Corporate Secretary and Secretary. A CS deals with the legal activity of any business, and is responsible for completing the company’s tax returns, keeping records, and advising the board of directors.
While following the company legal terms, it is also the responsibility of CS. In such a situation, if you are also ready to take the responsibility of a CS, then you should have complete knowledge of this course.
In India “The Institute of Company Secretaries of India” (ICSI) is the recognized professional body that develops and regulates the profession of Company Secretary.
ICSI provides training and education to lakhs of candidates. The ICSI CS exam conducted by this institute is a national level exam which is conducted for CS certification.
CS is a distance learning course in which ICSI institute provides registration time course material. Apart from this, the option of Orel Coaching Classes is also available.
If you want to practice company secretary at professional level, then you have to clear these levels of training examination set by ICSI.
Company Secretary Course (CS) Training Levels
- CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET)
- Executive Programme
- Professional Programme
Earlier the first level of (ICSI) CS exam used to be foundation program, but there were some changes in (ICSI) CS program after which CS foundation was removed and replaced by CS Executive entrance test i.e. (CSEET).
With this, CSEET has become such a compulsory test which is necessary for registration in Executive program.
Graduate and postgraduate candidates who used to register for the direct second level i.e. executive program are also required to clear the CSEET exam so that they can be eligible for this CS program.
Company Secretary Course eligibility:
To give ICSI CSEET exam you must have passed class 12th.
But such students who have passed the CS foundation program according to the old course or have passed the final course of ICAI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) or ICMAI (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India).
There is no need for such students to take the CSEET exam. Such students can register in the direct executive program.
It has been decided to conduct this exam 4 times in a year
but due to covid-19 pandemic, the first CSEET 2020 exam was held on 29 August which was in remote protocol mode.
In which the candidate took the exam from his home instead of the test center.
CSEET is an online computer based test with
- Multiple choice questions
- Audio clips – video clips and
- Descriptive questions.
Company Secretary Course Test Duration:
The duration of this test is 135 minutes in which viva is also included.
There is no negative marking in this.
These subjects are covered in this exam;
- Business Communication
- Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning
- Economic and Business Environment
- Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills
To pass CSEET, the candidate needs to get 40% marks in each subject and 50% marks in aggregate. To register for CSEET, you have to go to the official website of ICSI.
The fee for this entrance exam is Rs 1000. Certain categories are also exempted from this fee such as; ST, SC and to the physically handicapped.
If you pass the CSEET exam then you CSEET result will be valid for 1 year from the date of result declaration, and after its validity is over you will have to appear again in CSEET exam and pass this exam only then you will be in executive program you will be able to register.
CS Executive Programme Criteria:
- The age of the candidate at this level should be at least 17 years on the application.
- Earlier graduate and postgraduate candidates used to get direct entry but now this does not happen.
- For this level of registration, the candidate must have passed the CSEET test.
If the candidate has passed the entrance test of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI), then he can get direct entry in the executive program of ICSI CS.
The registration fee of Executive program is Rs.2000 for all, and the total fee for this program is Rs.10600 for the candidates who have passed CSEET.
The fee for the candidate who has passed the CS foundation program is only Rs 10600.
Whereas the fee for the students who have passed the final course of ICSI (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and ICMAI (The Institute of Cost Accountants of India) is Rs 15600.
A candidate who has passed Cs Executive will also have to do 1 month Executive Development Program (EDP) training for soft skills and IT skills, and will also have to take 21 months practical training in any industry.
CS professional program, to apply for this level, you must have passed the CS executive program. Its total fee is Rs 13000.
Registration in Executive program and Professional program can be done twice a year
- June and
The registration of Executive Program and Professional Program remains valid for 5 years, but if the student has not been able to pass both the programs in 5 years, then they will have to extend the registration.
To become a company secretary, it is very important for you to have these skills;
- Experts in Company Law
- Commercial Awareness
- Strong Communication Skills
- Time Management
- Multi Tasker
Should have good command in written English and spoken English
After knowing so much about CS Exam, it should also be known that after doing this course in which areas you can get job opportunities;
- Project Planning
- Due Diligence
- Capital Market and Investor Relations
- Corporate Advisory Services
- Exim Policy
- Legal Secretarial and Corporate Governance
- Foreign Collaborations and Joint Ventures
- Corporate Restructuring
- Financial Management
- Arbitration and Conciliation
Talking about job profile, after doing CS course, you can get jobs on these positions:
- Principal Secretary
- Corporate Planner
- Managing Director
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Secretary
- Investor Capital Market Relations
- Assistance to the Board of Directors
- Company Registrar
- Legal Advisor
- Corporate Policymaker
- Chief Administrative Officer
Also, if we talk about the top recruiting companies that hire CS
- HLC Technologies LTD
- Punjab National Bank LTD
- Bestech India Pvt Ltd
- Oil India Limited
- Jaypee Group
As far as salary is concerned, a CS can get 28-40 thousand monthly as a fresher.
On the basis of experience, this salary can also be increased to 1 lakh per month.
This was the important information about the company secretary course which will help you in understanding the CS course.