Company Secretary Course – Best Career Option for Commerce Students

company secretary course

What is Company Secretary?

Company Secretary is one of the top posts in a  company. He/She act as a conscience seeker of the  company. A CS is hired to handle the legal aspects of a  firm. He/She is responsible for completing the  company’s tax returns, keeping records, advising the  board of directors and ensuring that the company  compiles with statuary and legal regulations.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is the only recognized body to regulate and develop the profession of Company Secretary. There are more than  50,000 members and about 4,00,000 students on the rolls of ICSI.

The ICSI provide training to the candidates to pursue  CS . The institute conducts its CS program at the three  levels and they were

  • Foundation program 
  • Executive program  
  • Professional program

Company Secretary Eligibility Criteria

Any student who wishes to become a certified company secretary must fulfil the given below  eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum qualification is required to register for the first level of Company Secretary Course is to pass class 12th in any stream (except fine arts)  from a recognized university.
  • The candidate who wants to pursue CS after graduation will have to undergo two levels: Executive Programme and Professional  Programme.

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Company Secretary Entrance Exams

  • The exams of the Company Secretary program are conducted bi-annually in June and December.  Candidates can apply according to their choice of the month. 
  • The candidates who wish to appear for the foundation program examination in December (same year)  must be enrolled by March 31 and those who wish to appear in the June exam next year must enroll themselves by September 30. 
  • In case, if any candidate must want to appear in a single module in the June examination next year, they must enroll themselves in the Executive Programme by  November 30.
  • A candidate declared to have passed the Foundation/Executive/Professional examination if he/she secures at one sitting a minimum of 40%  marks in each paper and 50% marks in aggregate of all subjects. 

Company Secretary Skill set

CS job requires perseverance, strong convincing power and mental health.

 Some of the desirable  skillset are mentioned below :

Strong  
communication  skills
Expertise in  
company law
Time  
management  
and multitasking
Command over  written and  
spoken English
Competent with  numbersMeticulous  
planner

Company Secretary Courses and Specialisation

This course is a corporate professional course. The foundation course involves the business environment, management, communication, entrepreneurship,  economics, ethics, and accounting. The CS executive comprises company law, tax law, general law,  commercial law, securities law, accounts, and practice. 

In the final level, candidates are taught regarding secretarial practices, financial and treasury management. Then in the final module of the program, candidates can choose one specialization Banking law and practice, capital, commodity and money market, insurance law and practice, intellectual property rights – law and practice, international business – laws and practices.

Fee structure

The CS Course fee structure is given below:

CS Executive Entrance Test fees

CSEET  
Registration  
fees
Rs 1000 per  appearance

Concession in CSEET registration fee will be  applicable as mentioned :

ParticularsConcession
SC/ST50%
Physically handicapped
50%
Wards or Widows of Martyrs/Defence  Service Personnel with Permanent Disability
100%
Serving/Retired  Personnel of  Defence services  and paramilitary  services
50%
ICSI staff or their  wards or the spouse of ICSI staff
75%
ICLS officers or  officers and staff  of MCA and  affiliated offices such as (NCLT, SFIO, and  CCI)
100%
Students from northeastern states,  Andaman and  Nicobar Islands,  Lakshadweep and  Himachal Pradesh

50%
Students from Union Territories  – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh
100%

CS executive courses fee

ParticularsCS Executive  Entrance  Test
CS Foundation  Programme
Final  
Course  of ICAI
Final  
Course  of  
ICMAI
Registration  fee2000200020002000
Education  
fee
6500650065006500
CSEET  Exemption  fee
Nil Nil 50005000
Pre – Exam test fee1000100010001000
One day orientation  program
600600600600
Chartered  Secretary  Journal Subscription 
(optional) for  one year
500500500500
Total feesRs 10,600Rs 10,600Rs
15,600
Rs 15,600

CS professional Courses fees (after completing  executive programme)

Education feeRs 12000
Pre-exam test fee
Rs 1000
Total feeRs 13000

Company Secretary Examination fee

ProgramExamination  fee
FoundationRs 1200
ExecutiveRs 1200 per  module
ProfessionalRs 1200 per  module

Job Opportunities

  •  Foreign Collaborations and Joint Ventures
  • Legal, Secretarial, and Corporate Governance
  • Project Planning 
  • Capital Market and Investor Relations • Corporate Advisory Services 
  • Corporate Restructuring

Career Options

  •  Manager 
  • Assistant Manager 
  • Bank and building societies 
  • Employer’s cooperatives 
  • Housing Associations 
  • Insurance companies 
  • Investment sectors 
  • Trade bodies

Salary Offered to CS Certificate Holder

Freshers can earn salaries around 6lakh – 15lakh annually. With growing experience, your salary will increase based on your skillset and talent.

FAQ related to Company Secretary Course

Is CS a good career option?

Yes, it is a good career option for the long term.  After completing CS there are multiple career  prospects one can look upon.

Is maths Compulsory for CS

In CS mostly papers are theoretical which makes it  the most difficult course for some students. If  prepared well candidates can definately cracked the  exam.

Is there any age limit to pursue a CS course ?

No, there is no age limit to pursue the course. Any  candidate can pursue the course as per their  convenience.

How many attempts are allowed for CS?

For CS executive, 10 attempts are allowed. Flr CS  foundation programme , 6 attempts are allowed while  10 attempts are allowed for CS profession  programme.

Can CA and CS pursued together ?

Candidates cannot pursue CA and CS courses  together . Candidates must pursue one course at a  time to avoid any hassle

What is the salary of CS?

The starting salary of CS is Rs.3 lakh per annum and  Rs.6 lakh per level of mid – level entry.

Is CS is easier than CA?

CS is much easier as compared to CA which has been referred to as the toughest course in India. The CA course is easy to enter but tough to exit. While the CS is also not easy but not as tough as CA

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