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All About Company Secretary (CS) Course (FAQs)

Company Secretary (CS) course General FAQs

Q. What is Company Secretary (CS) course?

Ans: Company Secretary (CS) course a 3-year course that trains students to handle the legal aspects of a firm including tax returns and record keeping.

Q. How many levels does Company Secretary have?

Ans: Company Secretary (CS) course has three levels – CSEET< Executive and Final.

Q. Can I complete Company Secretary in 2 years?

Ans: A Company Secretary course typically takes 8 months for the Foundation level, 9 months for the Executive level, and 15 months for the Professional level. 

Q. What is the scope of Company Secretary?

Ans: Company Secretary is the best option for those who want to seek higher-level managerial roles or legal management.

Q. What is the age limit for CS?

Ans: Candidates should be above 17 years of age before CS Executive registration. However, there is no maximum age limit set for applying in the CS Executive exam

Q. What is the Company Secretary qualification?

Ans: Students who have completed their 10+2 are eligible to pursue Company Secretary course.

Q. What is CS Course passing percentage?

Ans: Candidates must attain a minimum of 40% in each individual subject and an overall aggregate of 50%

Q. Can Company Secretary be done with BCom?

Ans: Yes, Company Secretary course can very well be done along with your commerce graduation.

Q. Is Company Secretary a good career option?

Ans: Company Secretary is a highly respectable job in India coupled with legal responsibility.

Q. What is the income of a Company Secretary?

Ans: For a starting salary, the average Company Secretary gets 4-6 Lakhs a year

Q. Difference between Company Secretary and CA?

Ans: Company Secretary has more theoretical concepts while CA is focused on calculations, financial statements, analysis and much more.


Q. What is the full form of CSEET?

Ans: CS Executive Entrance Test

Q. What is CSEET?

Ans: CSEET or CS Executive Entrance Test is an entrance examination for CS course conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

Q. What are the subjects for CSEET?

Ans: The syllabus of CSEET is divided into four papers viz., Business Communication, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning, Economic & Business Environment, Current Affairs, Presentation & Communication Skills.

Q. Can I pass CSEET without coaching?

Ans: You can clear CS exams without coaching classes as it doesn’t contain much practical stuff.

Q. What is the paper pattern for CSEET?

Ans: All MCQ based/ objective type questions only.

Q. Can I attend CSEET exam from home?

Ans: Yes, Candidates will be allowed to appear for the test through their own laptop/ desktop from home/ such other convenient place.

Q. What is the fee for CSEET?

Ans: Registration fee for CSEET is Rs. 2000.

Q. Does CSEET have negative marking?

Ans: No, Candidates will not be marked negatively for any incorrect answer or not attempted question.

Q. What is the next step after CSEET exam?

Ans: Once you clear the CSEET Course, you can register for the Executive Programme with the ICSI. This is the next level of the CS course.

Q. What are the pass marks out of 200 in CSEET?

Ans: To qualify for the Executive level, candidates must achieve a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and an overall aggregate of 50% marks across all papers.

Q. Duration for CSEET exam?

Ans: 2 hours total

Q. Does CSEET provide Study Material?

Ans: CSEET Syllabus Reference Reading material for all 4 Papers is uploaded on ICSI website for all students to access

Q. How many attempts for CSEET in 2023?

Ans: Students can appear for the four sessions in a year subject to registration and payment for the CSEET application fee for each attempt.

Q. Can I prepare for CSEET in 1 month?

Ans: Candidates preparing for the CSEET exam in one month must be diligent and disciplined to ace the CS Executive entrance exam.

Q. What is the pass rate for CSEET exam?

Ans: 70% on an average every attempt.

CS Executive Course FAQs

Q. What is CS Executive course?

Ans. The Executive Programme is the second level of becoming a certified Company Secretary (C.S)

Q. What is the duration of CS Executive?

Ans. The duration of CS Executive is 9 Months

Q. What are the subjects of CS Executive?

Ans. CS Executive Paper 1: Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws

CS Executive Paper 2: Company Law and Practice

CS Executive Paper 3: Setting up of Business, Industrial and Labour Laws

CS Executive Paper 4: Corporate Accounting and Financial Management

CS Executive Paper 5: Capital Market and Securities Laws

CS Executive Paper 6: Economic, Commercial and Intellectual Property Laws

CS Executive Paper 7: Tax Laws and Practice

 Q. What can I do after CS Executive?

Ans. After completing the Executive Programme, register as a Management Trainee with a practicing CS or a company for practical training

Q. How many attempts are there in CS?

Ans. A student trying for the CS Professional Examination is allowed 10 attempts.

Q. How many hours to study for CS?

Ans. On an average, 8 to 10 hours a day with taking proper breaks to keep yourself fresh.

Q. What is the fee of CS Executive?

Ans. CS Executive Course Fee is INR 10,600 – INR 15,600.

Q. Who is eligible for CS Executive?

Ans. Eligibility requires passing the CS Foundation exam or the CSEET exam and being at least 17 years of age. 

Q. What is the next step after clearing CS Executive?

Ans. After clearing the Executive Programme, you can register for the Professional Programme.

Q. What is the passing marks out of 100 in CS Executive?

Ans. Candidates must know that the qualifying marks for the CS executive and professional programme is set as a minimum of 40 % marks, whereas candidates are required to score 50% marks in the aggregate of all subjects

Q. Can I clear CS Executive without coaching?

Ans. Yes, you can clear the Company Secretary course without coaching 

Q. Do I get books in CS Executive?

Ans. CS Executive study material can include books, notes, scanners, previous year papers, mock test papers, etc.

Q. Can I give 1 module in CS executive?

Ans. Yes of course you can give only 1 module at a time and 2nd module next time.

Q. Can I self study for CS executive?

Ans. Absolutely you can. Make sure you read the institute modules thoroughly. If you are clear about all the concepts in the book you will be able to clear the exam easily.

CS Professional Course FAQs

Q. What is CS professional course?

Ans: CS Professional is a 15 months course after completing CS Executive. CS Professional consists of subjects like Governance, Risk Management, compliance and Ethics, Advanced Tax laws, Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances 

Q. What is the scope of CS professional?

Ans: After receiving a CS degree, the company secretary will become one of the company’s key officers.

Q. Is CS Professional tough?

Ans: Passing the CS Professional Program is most difficult for any student since it is the third stage.

Q. Who can apply for CS professional?

Ans: CS Professional can be done by students who have completed CS Executive.

Q. What happens after clearing CS professional?

Ans: After completing the professional program, you need to undergo practical training for a period of 21 months. This training can be completed either before or after clearing the professional program and provides hands-on experience in company secretarial practice.

Q. How many papers are there in CS professional?

Ans: The CS professional exam will consist of 9 papers, one of which will be an elective paper. According to the CS professional 2023 exam design, the Multidisciplinary Case Studies and one of the eight elective papers are open book exams.

Q. How many students appear for CS Professional exam?

Ans: Around 60,000 to 1 lakh candidates appear for CS Professional examination.

Q. Is CS Professional exam open book?

Ans: The Institute introduced Open Book Examination (OBE) in the elective subjects only.

Q. How to prepare for CS Professional new syllabus?

Ans: Concentrate on study material provided by the Institute and study other material such as Student Company Secretary, Chartered Secretary, recommended books and other publications on the subjects. Do extensive study and avoid selective study. 

Q. What is the fee for CS professional course?

Ans: The fee for the CS Professional course is INR 12,000

Q. Is there negative marking in CS professional?

Ans: The professional programme will not have any negative marking for any incorrect answers, whereas every correct answer will be awarded two marks.

Q. Difference between CS executive & CS professional?

Ans: In CS executive you study more about laws & in CS professional you study more about due diligence.

Q. What is the syllabus for CS Professional?

  1. Advanced Tax Laws
  2. Drafting, Pleading And Appearances
  3. Governance, Risk Management, Compliances And Ethics
  4. Resolution Of Corporate Disputes
  5. Corporate Restructuring
  6. Secretarial Audit
  7. Multidisciplinary Case Studies
  8. Corporate Fundings & Listings In Stock Exchanges
  9. Elective

Q. What are the elective subjects in CS Professional?

  1. Intellectual Property Rights – Laws And Practice
  2. Insolvency – Law And Practice
  3. Direct Tax Law & Practice
  4. Valuations & Business Modelling
  5. Labour Laws & Practice
  6. Insurance Law And Practice
  7. Banking Law And Practice
  8. Forensic Audit

Company Secretary Course after 12th Details

Company Secretary Course

Company Secretary Course is one of the most preferred Professional Course for Commerce Students. Students of other Stream may also pursue this Course. CS Course is conducted by ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) which is regulated by MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs of India).

Stages in CS Course

There are total three Stages in Company Secretary Course.

  1. CSEET – CS Executive Entrance Test
  2. CS Executive
  3. CS Professional


A student willing to start CS after 12th Exams need to appear in CS Executive Entrance Exams. But in the following cases, there is no need to clear CSEET Exams.

CS Executive Direct Entry Scheme, 2021

Following types of students may join directly for CS Executive without CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET)

  • Graduate (having minimum 50% marks) in any discipline of any recognised University or any other Institution of any recognised University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council
  • Post Graduates in any discipline of any recognised University or any other Institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent thereto by the Council
  • CMA Final Passed students
  • CA Final Passed Students


CSEET Syllabus

Paper NumberSubjectsMarksBuy
Paper 1Business Communication50 MarksBuy
Paper 2Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning50MarksBuy
Paper 3Economic and Business Environment50 MarksBuy
Paper 4Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)50 MarksBuy

CS Executive Syllabus

Paper NumberSubjectsMarksOur Courses
Group 1 400Buy
Paper 1Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws 100 MarksBuy
Paper 2Company Law100 MarksBuy
Paper 3Setting up of Business Entities and Closure100 MarksBuy
Paper 4Tax Laws100 MarksBuy
Group - 2400Buy
Paper 5Corporate & Management Accounting100 MarksBuy
Paper 6Securities Laws & Capital Markets100 MarksBuy
Paper 7Economic, Business and Commercial Laws100 MarksBuy
Paper 8Financial and Strategic Management100 MarksBuy

CS Executive Registration Charges

Particulars Fee Payable (Rs.)
Registration Fee 2000
Education Fee 6500
Pre-Exam Test Fee 1000
One Day Orientation Prog. 600
Chartered Secretary Journal Subscription (Optional) for one year 500
Total 10600

CS Professional Syllabus

Paper NumberSubjectMarks
Module - 1
1Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Ethics100
2Advance Tax Laws100
3Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances100
Module 2
4Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence100
5Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding Up100
6Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies100
Module 3
7Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchange100
8Multidisciplinary Case Studies100
9Elective -
Banking – Law & Practice
Insurance – Law & Practice
IPR- Laws and Practices
Forensic Audit
Direct Tax & Practice
Labour Laws & Practice
Valuations & Business Modelling
Insolvency – Law and Practice

CS Professional Registration Charges

Particulars  Charges (Rs.)
Education Fee 12,000
Pre-Examination Test Fee 1,000
Total Charges 13,000

Duration of Company Secretary Course

Duration of CS Course is 3 Years.

Total Cost of CS Course

Total Cost of CS Course can be summed in the following Table:

Particulars Charges (Rs.)
CSEET Registration Charges 1,000
CS Executive Registration Charges  10,100
CS Examination Fee – Rs. 1,200 per Group/Module 2,400
CS Professional Registration Charges 13,000
CS Professional Examination Fee – Rs. 1,200 per Group/Module 3,600
Total Charges 30,100

Fee Exemption for SC/ST & Other Specific Students

Category Concession
SC/ST 50%
Physically Handicapped 50%
Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence Service
Personnel with Permanent Disability
Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services and
Paramilitary Forces
ICSI Staff and Wards / Spouse of ICSI Staff 75%
ICLS Officers/ Officers & Staff of MCA and affiliated
offices (NCLT, SFIO and CCI)
Students from North Eastern States, Andaman &
Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep & Himachal Pradesh
Students from the Union Territories of Jammu &
Kashmir and Ladakh

CS Training Structure


A student pursuing CS Course is required to complete the following requirements, as per the new training structure:

  • Executive Development Programme (EDP) of one month duration after passing of Executive Programme Examination;
  • Practical Training for Twenty One (21) Months after completion of Executive Development Programme on whole time basis during normal working hours,-

  • in a company having Company Secretary in whole time employment or any other company fulfilling such criteria as may be determined by the Institute; or
  • under a Company Secretary in whole-time practice fulfilling such criteria as may be determined by the Institute; or
  • in any other Body Corporate or institution or organisation or entity fulfilling such criteria as may be determined by the Institute;

  • After passing the Professional Programme Examination, a Corporate Leadership Development Programme (CLDP) for not less than thirty (30) Days but not exceeding sixty (60) days as may be determined by the Institute.

Scope of CS

Company Secretary is the back bone of a Company. He has to perform multiple tasks in a Company. A Company Secretary may also start his own practice. A Company Secretary is eligible to perform Secretarial Audit u/s 204 of the Companies Act, 2013.

KCC Tutorials Classes for CS Course

We at KCC provide Specialized Coaching Classes for Company Secretary Course.

Features of Our CS Course Classes:

  • Our Own Notes for Each Subject Available
  • Regular Test Series
  • Past years Questions Papers covered in Revision
  • Video Lectures for each Subject available
  • Face to Face Classes available in Ludhiana (Punjab) Only

We at KCC provide Classes for CS Executive Entrance Test, CS Executive & CS Professional in the following Modes:

  1. Video Lectures/Pen Drive Classes
  2. Live Online Classes
  3. Face to Face Classes at Ludhiana, Punjab Institute
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