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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Career as Company Secreatery : ICSI

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI) is a premier National Professional body established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries.

ICSI imparts training in Company Secretaryship by Distance Learning (by correspondence) enabling students to qualify as Company Secretaries. The Institute provides “Course Material” for all the subjects at the time of Registration. There is also provision for Optional Oral Coaching classes.

Career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high level of job satisfaction.

Stages to become a Company Secretary

The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.

Foundation Programme

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

In addition, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months which a student may opt to start after passing the Executive Programme.

The Student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation has to undergo two stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e.

Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Besides, the student has to undergo Practical Training for about 15 months.

Foundation Programme which is of eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream.

Executive Programme can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.

Professional Programme can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course.

Training: A Student has to undergo 15 months Management Training in Companies sponsored by the Institute after passing the Executive or Professional Programme or under the guidance of a Company Secretary in Practice.

After qualifying Professional Examination and on successful completion of training a candidate is admitted as an Associate Member of the ICSI and can use the letters ACS after his/her name i.e. Associate Company Secretary.

Admission to the CS Course is open throughout the year. Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.

Cut off dates for admission to CS course:

For Foundation Programme

31st March for appearing in December Examination in the same year

30th September for June Examination next year

For Executive Programme

28th February for December Exams in the same year

31st August for June Exam next year

CS Prospectus can be obtained from any of the offices of the Institute across India and

Cost of Prospectus for Foundation Programme : Rs. 200/- by cash payment while

Rs. 250/- by Post or courier

Cost of Prospectus for the Executive Programme : Rs. 300/- by cash payment while

Rs.350/- by Post or courier

Payment Option : The payment can be sent to the Headquarters by demand draft drawn in favour of ‘The Institute of Company Secretaries of India’ payable at New Delhi OR by cash across the counter from the Headquarters, Regional Offices & a few of the Chapters.

Fee Structure for CS Course

The fee for CS Foundation Programme is - Rs. 3000/-

for Executive Programme - Rs. 5250/- for Commerce Graduates while

- Rs. 5850/- for Non Commerce Students

ICSI offices across India

The ICSI has its Headquarters at ICSI House 22 Institutional Area Lodi Road New Delhi and Regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & New Delhi and 69 Chapters located in various cities in India.

ICSI has 66 Examination Centres scattered all over India including one overseas centre at Dubai.

Employment Prospects

h A qualified company secretary has openings in Employment and as Practising

Independent Professional

h Companies with a paid up share capital of Rs.2 crores or more are compulsorily

required to appoint a whole time Company Secretary who is a Member of ICSI

h All companies seeking listing on Stock Exchange are required to appoint a
whole time company secretary

h Membership of the Institute is recognized for appointment to superior posts and services under Central Government.

Self-Employment/Practising Company Secretaries

· After obtaining a ‘Certificate of Practice’ from the Institute, Members of the Institute can go in for Independent Practice.

· Every company having a paid-up share capital of Rs. Ten Lakhs or more but less than Rs. Two Crores is required to engage the services of a Secretary in Whole-Time Practice for issue of Compliance Certificate.

· Pursuant to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, Practising Company Secretaries have been authorized to issue Certificate regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in the Clause.

The CS Course is :

· recognized by the various Universities for admission to PhD Course

· appointment of Lecturers in Commerce & Management


There are 4 papers in CS Foundation Programme

There are 6 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Programme

There are 8 papers divided into 4 Modules in CS Professional Programme

ICSI Journals

ICSI brings out Chartered Secretary journal for Corporate Professionals & Student Company Secretary & Foundation Programme Bulletin for students. While, the Chartered Secretary Journal can be subscribed by the students at a concessional rate of Rs.300, the other bulletins are sent to the registered students free cost.


The Institute and its offices maintain the database of the members / students desirous of employment.

The Institute also assist the members and students for Placement.

Campus interviews are also conducted for assisting the students to get employment.

Vacancies for the post of Company Secretaries received by the Institute are placed on ICSI Website for reference.

Role of a Company Secretary

Behind Great Corporate Progress there’s a strong backbone: The Company Secretary-

By virtue of integrated knowledge of multiple disciplines of law, management, finance and corporate governance, a Company Secretary is the vital link between the company, its:

- Board of Directors,

- Shareholders,

- Government and other Agencies.

The Company Secretary is:

  • An in-house legal expert; a compliance officer of the Company.
  • An expert in corporate laws, securities laws & capital market and corporate governance
  • Chief advisor to the board of directors on best practices in corporate governance
  • Responsible for all regulatory compliances of company
  • Corporate planner and strategic manager

For further details visit website and email your queries at:


‘ICSI HOUSE” 22 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110 003

Ph: 011-41504444, 24617321-24, 24644431-32

Fax: 24626727 E Mail :, Website :

Directorate of Students Services

C-37, Sector 62, NOIDA 201 301(U.P.), Phone : 0120-4239998 / 99,

E-Mail : /



ICSI-EIRC Building, 3-A Ahiripukur I Lane, Kolkata 700 019

Phone: 22832973, 22816541, 22816542 Fax: 22816542


Chapters: Bhubaneswar: 2552282 North Eastern Chapter (Guwahati); 2600401

Jamshedpur: 2224670 Patna: 2322405, 9234705754 Ranchi: 3254128

Satellite Chapter: Dhanbad: 2205076


ICSI-NIRC Building, Plot No.4, Prasad Nagar Institutional Area, New Delhi 110 005

Phone: 25763090, 25767190, 25816593 Fax: 25722662


Chapters: Agra: 2881618 Bhilwara: 329603 Chandigarh: 2661840 Faridabad: 4043338, 4088338 Ghaziabad: 2796668 Gurgaon: 2339802, 2306064 Jaipur: 2707236, 2707736 Jodhpur: 2644327 Kanpur: 2296535, 2212767 Lucknow: 9839446788, 9450465499 Ludhiana: 2545456 Meerut: 2642201 Modinagar: 243048, 9319775237 Noida: 9811231064 Shimla: 2672324 Udaipur: 2413977

Satellite Chapters: Ajmer: 2627718, 2433635 Allahabad: 2451352

Amritsar: 2227271 Bareilly: 2310708 Dehradun: 2666995, 3290925 Jalandhar: 211792/2280315

Jammu: 475148 Karnal-Panipat: 2290035 Kota : 2361324 Rohtak: 279353, 279748 Sonepat: 9416972240

Srinagar: 2481927 Varanasi: 2507491, 2506077 Yamunanagar: 227541


ICSI-SIRC House, No.9 Wheat Crofts Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034

Phone: 28279898, 28222212 Fax: 28268685


Chapters: Bangalore: 22286574, 22287158 Coimbatore: 2452006, 4385766 Hyderabad: 23399541, 23396494 Kochi: 2392950 Madurai: 2340797 Mangalore: 2216482 Mysore: 2516065 Puducherry: 2205017 Thiruvananthapuram: 2451915 Tiruchirapalli: 2416337 Visakhapatnam: 2533516 Satellite Chapters: Calicut: 2762239 Palakkad: 2524548 Salem: 2442072 Thrissur: 2383960


13 Jolly Maker Chambers, No.2, First Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021

Phones: 22021826, 22844073, 22047569, 22047580, 22047604 Fax: 22850109


Chapters: Ahmedabad: 26589343, 30918705, Bhopal: 2577139 Dombivli: 2445423

Panaji(Goa): 2435033 Indore: 2491643 Nagpur: 2453276 Navi Mumbai: 27800668 Pune: 24263228, 24260341 Raipur: 4069290 Rajkot: 2477516 Surat: 2472467 Thane: 25444479, 9869812904 Vadodara: 2331498

Satellite Chapters: Aurangabad: 2485484 Kolhapur: 2524519, Nashik:
2509989, 2500150

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