Company Secretary Course

Company Secretary Eligibility

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India or ICSI conducts the company secretary course in 3 parts, namely, Foundation course, Intermediate or executive course, and Final or professional course.

Eligibility for Foundation Course - The minimum educational qualification required to apply for a company secretary foundation course is 10+2 in any stream. Students who have appeared in their class XII exam and are waiting for their results are also eligible for the course. However, the final year students have to produce pass certificate within 6 months from the time of admission. The foundation course is of 8 months duration. After completing the Foundation course, the students can apply for the Intermediate course.

Eligibility for Intermediate/ Executive Course - Gradutes of all streams except Fine Arts are eligible for a company secretary executive course. Candidates who are qualified in Foundation course and are below 17 years of age can also apply for executive program.

ICAI and ICWAI students, graduates, post graduates can take direct admission into Intermediate without having the need to complete Foundation course.

Eligibility for Final/ Professional Course - After having qualified in the Intermediate course, a student is eligible to study the final course.

Company Secretary Training - A student who has passed the executive or professional course has to undergo the management training of 15 months either in the companies sponsored by the institute or under the guidance of a Company Secretary in practice.

Course Details of Company Secretary Program

The course content of company secretary essentially comprises the following topics, which are taught at different levels (Foundation, Intermediate, and Final). They are-
  • Industrial Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Foreign Collaborations & Joint Ventures
  • WTO-International Trade
  • Banking and Insurance-Law & Practice
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Systems & Corporate Secretarial Practice
  • Commercial & General Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Company Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Environment & Basic Economics

Company Secretary Entrance Exam Syllabus

For the Foundation Program, the syllabus is as follows:
  • Financial Accounting
  • English and Business Communication
  • Elements of Business Laws and Management
  • Economics and Statistics

For the Executive Program, the syllabus is as follows:
Module I:
  • Company Accounts, Cost and Management Accounting
  • General and Commercial Laws
  • Tax Laws

Module II:
  • Securities Laws and Compliances
  • Economic and Labour Laws
  • Company Law

For the Professional Program, the syllabus is given below:
Module I:
  • Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
  • Company Secretarial Practice

Module II:
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Financial, Treasury and Forex Management

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

Module IV:
  • Government, Sustainability and Business Ethics
  • Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management

How to Prepare for the Exam

The students preparing for a CS course must keep themseleves updated with the recent trends and news related to the companies and business industry. They must also be aware of the rules and regulations of various companies. Apart from the knowledge regarding the business world, the student must have good communication and writing skills.

Recommended Books for Company Secretary Course

Given below is a list of the reference books that a student preparing for a company secretary course must study:

  • Company Secretarial Practice by S. A. Sherekar, J. K. Mitta
  • Master Guide to Company Secretaries by Dr. S. Kannan
  • The Company Secretary’s Handbook: A Guide to Duties and Responsibilities by Helen Ashton
  • ICSI Publication
  • The Company Secretary’s Desktop Guide- Roger Mason

Company Secretary Jobs

A company secretary graduate can get recruited in private as well as government organization. There are many private companies. As far as government jobs are concerned, the following are the main employers-

  • State Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
  • Airport Authority of India
  • Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited
  • Bharat Earth Movers Limited

Salary of Company Secretary

The starting salary in India for a Company Secretary graduate is 20,000 rupees per month. The pay scale increases as per experience, areas of expertise, and job profile.