The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has introduced major changes in the Company Secretary (CS) Curriculum. The ICSI has discontinued the CS Foundation programme and entry to the course of Company Secretary programme will now take place through CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET).
Earlier in September 2019, while proposing the new curriculum the ICSI had stated that the students pursuing the CS programme should possess the requisite level of aptitude and skills and become successful professionals to meet the expectations of the stakeholders.
The CSEET is a mandatory qualifying test for the students of all the categories for registration to the Executive Programme of the Company Secretary course. Candidates who have qualified the class 12 examination can also appear for the CSEET programme.
Those candidates joining for the CS programme after completing the graduation and postgraduation were to clear only two stages of the CS programmes – Executive and Professional. Those students who could avail direct entry to the Executive programme will also have to appear for CSEET. Only the following category of students can avail exemption from CSEET:
- CS Foundation Programme passed students
- CA Final pass students (with payment of Rs 5000 as exemption fee)
- CMA Final pass students (with payment of Rs 5000 as exemption fee)
ICSI also shared that the entrance exam will be conducted multiple times in a year and the tentative schedule for CS Executive Entrance Test is shared in below. The students already registered under the CS Foundation programme will get the chance to appear in the exams until their CS Foundation registration is valid.
CSEET (Tentative Schedule)
The first CSEET will be held in May and the subsequent tests will be held in July, November and January (next year).
|Month of Examination||CSEET Registrations||CS Executive Entrance Test||Last Date of Result Declaration||Last date to register into CS Executive|
|May||January 21 to April 15||On a saturday close to May 10||By May 20||May 31 (for CS Executive both modules in December session in the same year)|
|July||May 21 to June 15||On a Saturday close to July 10||By July 20||July 31 (for any one module of CS Executive in December session in the same year)|
|November||July 21 to October 15||On a Saturday close to November 10||By November 20||November 30 (for CS Executive both modules in June session in the next year)|
|January||November 21 to December 15||On a Saturday close to January 10||By January 20||January 31 (for any one module of CS Executive in June session in the next year)|
CSEET Exam Pattern
The CSEET examination will be a computer-based test of 120 minutes consisting of following four Papers.
Paper 1 – Business Communication
Paper 2 – Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
Paper 3 – Economic and Business Environment
Paper 4 – Current Affairs,
and Viva voice of 15 minutes on Presentation and Communication Skills.
CSEET will be comprising of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), audio clips, video clips, and descriptive questions. The total duration of CSEET shall be 135 minutes (120 Minutes for test and 15 minutes for Viva Voce). There will be no negative marking. Those candidates securing 50 percent marks in aggregate with 40 percent marks in each paper will declared CSEET qualified.
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