By providing professional knowledge and training that are necessary for a company secretary to function, whether in the workplace or in practise, the CS Course aims to create a cadre of company secretaries. The examination's stated syllabus provides a broad framework within which questions may be posed. It should be noted that the questions might not always be limited to the exact terminology or nomenclature of any terms and legislative enactments mentioned therein.
Given the constant change in the business world, candidates should be well-versed in the most recent advancements in various fields, changes to the law or the corresponding provisions of any statutory modifications or reenactments, and judicial pronouncements related to and relevant to the stated course content.
There will be seven papers in the new syllabus for the professional programme. In December 2024, the final test for the CS Professional Program's 2017 syllabus will take place. All ICSI CS Professional exams must be taken using the New Syllabus (2022) starting in June 2025.
Candidates should check the ICSI's official eligibility requirements before signing up for the CS Professional exam.
The sole and fundamental requirement for CS Professional eligibility is completing the CS Executive exams (both modules) with the minimum mark required by ICSI. Currently, students must earn a minimum of 40% in each topic and a total of 50% to pass the CS Executive exam
Candidates must provide their CS Executive mark sheets or Statements of Marks for both courses and documentation of exam success at the time of registration
Five years are allowed following enrolment to the normal level of the CS Professional course. Candidates may submit an application for Registration De Novo after this time by paying an extra cost.
Candidates who are unable to pass all of the tests within the allotted five years may register anew. If it is not requested within five years of the registration's expiration, the benefits obtained under that registration will be revoked, and the candidate will need to apply for a new registration and start over.
The CS Professional Continuation of Registration is for applicants who have passed the CS Professional tests, whose registrations have expired, but who have not yet completed all "Training Requirements" in order to be eligible to join ICSI. Such candidates must annually submit Rs. 1000 to maintain their registration.
|Mode of CS Executive Exam
|Offline i.e. pen paper-based
|No. of Modules
|Three modules (new syllabus)
|9 (8 compulsory and 1 elective)
|No. of Questions
|50 questions per paper
|Nature of Questions
|Descriptive (Paper 8 and 9 are open-book exams)
|CS Professional Exam Modules
|CS Professional Papers