A career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high level of job satisfaction. There are 3 stages in Company Secretary Course i.e. Foundation, Executive and Professional. So if you want to become CS, you should complete these 3 stages and they are-
- Foundation Program
- Executive Program
- Professional Program
ICSI introduces CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of Foundation Programme
To meet the stakeholders’ expectations and to further enhance the quality of future members is the prime objective of the Vision New ICSI 2022. The Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 require the introduction of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of the Foundation Programme. With the introduction of CSEET from February 3, 2020, new registration to the Foundation Programme has ceased to exist i.e. February 3, 2020, CSEET is the only qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme. CSEET has been introduced keeping in view the diverse academic standards of students seeking admission in the Company Secretaryship Course, to attract meritorious students and to test their aptitude for the Company Secretary profession. The candidates appearing/passed in class 12th examinations shall be eligible for appearing in the CSEET. All the students seeking admission in the Company Secretary Course including graduates/ postgraduates, etc. shall be required to qualify the CSEET from February 3, 2020, onwards. The process of selecting meritorious candidates through CSEET will enhance the quality of future members to meet the expectations of the industry and the regulators. Regulation 20(1)(ii) of the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 contains the provisions of CSEET. Passing of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is mandatory for all candidates to register for CS Executive Programme, except a few exempted categories of candidates. CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) shall be conducted on a single day as per the following:
- Computer Based Test of 120 Minutes consisting of four parts viz.
- (i) Business Communication; (ii) Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning (iii) Economic and Business Environment & (iv) Current Affairs; and
- Viva Voce of 15 Minutes on “Presentation and Communication Skills”.
CS Executive Entrance Test. Passing of CS Executive Entrance Test is mandatory for all candidates to register for CS Executive Programme. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier national professional body constituted under an Act of Parliament, namely the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 (Act No. 56 of 1980) to regulate and develop the profession of Company Secretaries.
- Paper 1: Business Communication (50 marks)
- Paper 2: Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (50 marks)
- Paper 3: Economic and Business Environment (50 marks)
- Paper 4: Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (50 marks)
- A candidate passed/appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination or equivalent thereto is eligible to appear in the CSEET.
- All Graduates/Post Graduates who were hitherto eligible for registration directly to CS Executive Programme, are also required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for registration to the Executive Programme.
- Candidates who have passed the CS Foundation Programme are exempted from CSEET without any payment of exemption fee.
- Candidates who have passed the Final Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET and shall pay `5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand Only) towards exemption fee at the time of Registration to CS Executive Programme.
Documents Required for CSEET Registration
Mandatory document to be uploaded by the students at the time of registration for CSEET:
- Photograph of the candidate (size 20kb to 50kb)
- Signature of the candidate (size 10kb to 20kb)
- DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
- Admit Card/ Hall Ticket for 10+2 Examinations (if appearing) or 10+2 Pass Certificate/ Mark Sheet
- Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
- Identity proof (Aadhar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)
- All the files to be uploaded while registering for CSEET should be present in one of the formats viz. jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, pdf.
- The maximum allowed file size is 2 MB.
CSEET Exam Pattern
- The Institute will conduct CS Executive Entrance Test based on Objective Type / Multiple Choice Questions and viva-voce for testing listening, written communication and oral communication skills.
- There are four papers in CS Executive Entrance Test.
- Each paper contains objective type multiple choice questions having one or more marks each with four options with one correct answer.
- The duration of the Test shall be 120 minutes and viva-voce on Presentation and Communication Skills of 15 Minutes.
CSEET Exam Duration
COMPUTER BASED TEST (CBT): Test of 120 Minutes duration will be conducted at designated Test Centres. It will be a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted in MCQ pattern as per the following details:
|S. No.||Subject||No. Of Questions||Marks|
|2||Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning||35||50|
|3||Economic and Business Environment||35||50|
VIVA-VOCE: The Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) of 15 Minutes for 30 Marks will be conducted simultaneously with or immediately after the MCQ based CBT through online mode using artificial intelligence (AI) or through recoded videos at the designated Test Centres. FINAL SCORE: The final score will be computed by adding the marks secured by candidates in both the Tests (CBT and Viva-Voce) out of a total of 200 marks.
CSEET Passing Criteria
Candidates shall be declared ‘PASS’ in CSEET on securing 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate.
|Month of Examination||Period During which candidates can register for CSEET||Date of examination||Last Date for Declaration of Results (Tentative)||Cut-off date of registration in CS Executive Program|
|May||21st January to 15th April||On Saturday (which is close to 10th May)||By 20th May||31st May (for appearing in both modules of Executive Program in December session in same year)|
|July||21st May to 15th June||On Saturday (which is close to 10th July)||By 20th July||31st July (for appearing in single module of Executive Program in December session in same year)|
|November||21st July to 15th October||On Saturday (which is close to 10th November)||By 20th November||30th November (for appearing in both modules of Executive Program in June session in next year)|
|January||21st November to 15th December||On Saturday (which is close to 10th January)||By 20th January||31st January (for appearing in a single module of Executive Program in June session in same year)|
In order to register for the CSEET, please follow the following steps:
Step 1: In order to Register for “CSEET”, type www.icsi.edu in any recommended browser (IE 9, Mozilla 38.0 & above, Chrome 39.0), then click on “Online Services”
Step 2: Click on the link for registration for CSEET – Click to https://smash.icsi.in/Scripts/CSEET/Instructions_CSEET.aspx
Step 3: Fill Basic Details
Step 4: Fill Qualification Details
Step 5: Fee Details
Step 6: Upload Mandatory Documents
Step 7: Preview Application Click on “Confirm Application” button after previewing
Step 8: Payment Mode Selection
Step 9: Transaction Id Generation.
Note: The transaction Id is for future reference.
CSEET – Allocation of Marks, No. of questions (Subject wise)
|Subjects||Number of MCQs (Paper wise)||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|Business Communication||35||50 Marks (15 MCQs x 2 Marks each) (20 MCQs x 1 Mark each)|
|Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning||35||(15 MCQs x 1 Mark each)|
|Economic and Business Environment||50 Marks (15 MCQs x 2Marks each) (20 Marks x 1 Mark)|
|Current Affairs||15||(5 MCQs x 2Marks each) (10 MCQs x 1Mark each)|
|Total||130 MCQs||170 Marks||120 Minutes|
|Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)||Variable Number of Questions||30 Marks||15 Minutes|
Fee for Registration to CSEET
The Registration Fees for appearing in CSEET is `1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand Only) per student per appearance. The concession in fee shall be applicable to various categories of students as per details given below:
|Category||Concession (as percentage of Registration Fee applicable)|
|Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence Service Personnel with Permanent Disability||100%|
|Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services and Paramilitary Forces||50%|
|ICSI Staff and Wards / Spouse of ICSI Staff||75%|
|ICLS Officers/ Officers & Staff of MCA and affiliated offices (NCLT, SFIO and CCI)||100%|
|Students from North Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep & Himachal Pradesh||50%|
|Students from the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh||100%|
Syllabus In Brief
To test the knowledge of the candidates pertaining to essentials of English Grammar and critical aspects of Business Communication.
Total Marks: 50
|S. No.||Topic||Sub Topic|
|1||Essentials of Good English||• English Grammar and its usage-Noun, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjection, Voice, Articles, Tenses, Prefix and Suffix, Punctuations etc. • Enriching Vocabulary-Choice of words, Synonyms and Antonyms • Common errors in English • Words with multiple meanings • One word substitution • Words frequently mis-spelt • Homophones • Idioms and phrases • Proverbs • Abbreviations • Para jumbles • Sentence completion • Sentence arrangement • Sentence correction • Foreign words and phrases commonly used • Comprehension of passage and art of Summarizing|
|2||Communication||• Concept of Communication, Meaning and Significance of Good Communication • Business Communication- Principles and Process • Means of Communication- Written, Oral, Visual, Audiovisual • Choice of Modes of Communication • Communication Networks- Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Wheel, Star • Commonly used Mediums of Digital Communication- Email, SMS, Voice mail, Multimedia, Teleconferencing, Mobile Phone Conversation, Video Conferencing etc. • Listening Skills-Types, Purpose, Steps to Effective Listening, Barriers to Effective Listening and Ways to overcome the Barriers • Barriers to Effective Communication and Ways to overcome the Barriers|
|3||Business Correspondence||• Business Letters – Its Essentials, Parts, Types, Salutations • Positive Messages, Negative Messages and Persuasive Messages • Business Reports, Inter and Intra-departmental Communication- Office Orders, Office Circulars, Memorandum, Office Notes, Management Information System (MIS) • Concept of Web, Internet and E-correspondence • Intranet- Benefit and Purpose • Email – Features, Procedure to Write a Formal Email, Email Etiquettes • Essential Elements of Email- Subject line, Formal Greeting, Target Audience (Reader), Clarity and Conciseness, Formal Closing, Proof reading, Feedback • Advantages and Disadvantages of Email|
|4||Common Business Terminologies||• Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations including Financial and Non-Financial terms and expressions.|
Paper – 2
Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
• To test basic understanding of Laws, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning skills.
Total Marks – 50 Part A – Legal Aptitude (25 Marks), Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)
Part A – Legal Aptitude (25 Marks)
|S. No.||Topic||Sub Topic|
|1||Indian Constitution||• Preamble • Citizenship • Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties • Directive Principles of State Policy • State under Constitution • President and Governors • Council of Ministers and Prime Minister • Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council • Supreme Court and High Courts • Landmark Amendment in Constitution • List of subjects-Centre, State and Concurrent|
|2||Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)||Law of Contract • Offer, Acceptance, Consideration and Competency to Contract. • Agreement • Types of Contract: Void, Voidable, Unenforceable • Performance of Contract • Frustration of Contract • Quasi Contract • Breach of Contract and RemediesLaw of Torts • Basics of Torts • Specific Defence • Nuisance and Negligence • Strict, Absolute and Vicarious Liability • Trespass • Malicious Prosecution|
|3||Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation||• The Institute of Company Secretaries of India • Vision, Mission, Motto and Core Values of the Institute • Company Secretary under Company Secretaries Act, 1980. • Functions of Company Secretary under the Companies Act, 2013 • Role of Company Secretary in Employment • Role of Company Secretary in Practice|
|4||Elements of Company Law||• Meaning and Nature of Company • Types of Companies • Incorporation of a Company • Types of capital • Board of Directors -(Concept, Appointment and Removal of Directors) • Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings • Corporate Social Responsibility • Business Ethics • Ethical Dilemma|
|5||Legal Reasoning||• Legal Fundamentals and Terms • Legal Problems – Reading and understanding a case • Legal Terminology and Maxims • Legal Reasoning- (a) Reasoning by Analogy (b) Inductive and Deductive Reasoning • Questions of Fact (or factual issues) • Questions of Law (or legal issues) • Landmark Judgments of Supreme Court and High Court • Reading Comprehension|
Part-B Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)
|6||Logical Reasoning||• Calendars • Cause and Effect Reasoning • Clocks • Coding and Decoding • Deriving Conclusion from Passages • Drawing Inference • Number Test • Sequence and Series • Statement and Assumptions|
|7||Verbal Reasoning||• Alphabet Test • Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle • Analogy • Assertion and Reason • Blood Relations • Decision Making • Inserting Missing Characters • Logical Sequence Test • Logical Venn Diagram • Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test • Syllogism • Truth Tellers and Liars|
|8||Non-Verbal Reasoning||• Analytical Reasoning • Classification • Completion of Incomplete Pattern • Figure Matrix • Grouping of Identical Figures • Mirror Image • Rule Detection • Numeric and Alphabet Series|
Paper – 3 Economic & Business Environments
• To test understanding on concepts of Micro & Macro Economics with a focus on Indian economic system.
• To test understanding on various crucial elements of business environment.
Total Marks – 50 Marks Part A– Economics (25 Marks) Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)
Part A – Economics (25 Marks)
|S. No.||Topic||Sub Topic|
|1||Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition||• Theory of Demand and Supply • Equilibrium Price • Elasticity of Demand and Supply and other related concepts • Increase and Decrease in Demand and Expansion and Contraction of Demand • Forms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly, Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and Monopolistic Competition|
|2||National Income Accounting and Related Concepts||• Meaning and methods to compute National Income • Key variables of National Income (GNP, GDP, NNP, NDP) etc.|
|3||Indian Union Budget||• Key terminologies / heads covered under the budget • Revenue and Capital Budget • Major components of Revenue and Capital Budget • Meaning of Fiscal Deficit • Components/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit|
|4||Indian Financial Markets||• Overview of Indian Financial Ecosystem • Key facets of Indian financial system • Growth of Financial Institutions • Public and private sector banks • Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Small Industries Development Bank of India • Regional Rural Banks • Cooperative Banks • Non-Banking Finance Companies • Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and Debentures Financial assistance scenario for Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-Ups.|
|5||Indian Economy||• Primary (Agriculture and allied activities) • Secondary (Manufacturing) • Tertiary (Services): • Current scenario of agriculture and allied activities in India • Agricultural and Industrial Policies of India • Current scenario of services sector in India • Balance of Payments • Components of Balance of Payments • Favourable and Unfavourable Balance of Trade • Foreign Investments in India- Types and Flows|
Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)
|S. No.||Topic||Sub Topic|
|6||Entrepreneurship Scenario||• Government initiatives to foster entrepreneurship • Need for entrepreneurship in India • Bottlenecks in entrepreneurial growth|
|7||Business Environment||• Overview of Business Environment • Features and factors influencing business environment • Types of environment: Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Political environment, Legal and Technological environment • Ease of Doing Business Index by World Bank for India and Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for States|
|8||Key Government Institutions||• Basic awareness about various institutions and regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, MCA, SEBI, RBI, IBBI, CCI, NCLT/NCLAT etc.|
Paper – 4
Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)
Objective: • To test the awareness of candidates with reference to current affairs of national and international importance.
• To test the listening and writing skills of the candidates.
Total Marks – 50 Marks Part A – Current Affairs (20 Marks) Part B – Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (30 Marks)
Part A – Current Affairs (20 Marks)
|S. No.||Topic||Sub Topic|
|1||Current Affairs||Current affairs of national and international importance relating to: • International bodies (ASEAN, BRICS, SAARC, G-20, BIMSTEC, etc.) • Organizations like, RBI, NABARD, CCI, IBBI, IMF, OECD, ADB, World Bank, etc. • Summits and conferences • Current development in Banking and Finance (digital banking, govt. initiatives, financial inclusion, etc.) • Current development in stock markets • Recent important judgments passed by Supreme Court and High Courts of India, Tribunals • Current affairs related to CS Institute/Profession and regulatory bodies • Current updates on environment, bio-diversity, climate change and sustainable development • Latest developments in science and technology, IT, Computers and Space science • Business personalities and leaders • Committees and appointments • Art and culture • Books and their authors • Awards and honours • Sports • Current political scenario • Initiatives/ schemes of the government • Language and national symbols • Governance and ethics • International diplomacy.|
Part-B– Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (30 Marks)
|2||Listening Skills||• Questions based on audio clips – Monologue – Dialogue • Grammar Test • Vocabulary Test 3|
|3||Written Communication Skills||• Writing on a given topic • Correcting a given paragraph • Short Note writing • Essay writing • Precis writing 4|
|4||Oral Communication Skills||• Candidates are expected to: – Answer a question – Speak on a given topic – Explain the given term|