Company Secretary

Candidates who seek lucrative jobs in the corporate world can get a great start after pursuing the Company Secretary is a lucrative course in the commerce domain and is one of the most popular career choices amongst commerce students. However, students of all fields can apply for the company secretary course.

The company secretary course is offered by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). It is a distance learning course that was started to regulate the profession of a Company Secretary. With the right mix of academic programs and practical training, the program opens up great opportunities in the corporate sector. Find out the details of the course below.

Aspirants willing to pursue the Company Secretary course have to undergo different programs and 15 months of practical training in order to get the company secretary credentials. Following are the programs that one has to pursue in the company secretary course:

  • Foundation Programme
  • Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme
  • Management Training

Company Secretary (CS) Highlights

Major highlights of Company Secretary (CS) are as follows:

Course Name

Company Secretary

Short Name



Class 12/ Graduation


1 Year Minimum

Job Profiles

Legal Advisor, Corporate Policymaker, Corporate Planner, Chief Administrative Officer etc

Company Secretary Admission Process

Foundation Programme:

  • If you want to appear for the CS Foundation exam in the month of December, you must apply for the same in the month of March of the same year.
  • However, if you want to appear for the exam in June, you must apply latest by September of the previous year.

Executive Programme:

  • Candidates who have registered for up to May are eligible to appear for any one module of the executive exam in December. Whereas, students who have registered up to November can appear for either of the modules in the month of June next year.
  • You can appear for both the modules of the Executive exam in December if you register before February of the same year.
  • If you wish to appear for the modules in June, you must apply for the executive programme latest by the month of August of the previous year.

Professional Programme:

  • If you wish to appear for all the modules of the Professional exam in December, you will have to register before the end of February the same year.
  • However, if you wish to appear for all the modules in June, you must apply before the end of August of the previous year.
  • It is also possible to appear for single modules of the CS exams in December if you apply before the end of May the same year.
  • You and also appear for the single modules in June if you apply before the end of November the previous year.

Company Secretary (CS) Syllabus.

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CS Career Options and Job Prospects

After passing all requirements of the Company Secretary course, the candidate is registered with the ICSI as an Associate Member of the Institute and can use the ‘Associate Company Secretary’ credentials before his or her name. Candidates can be sponsored on request and be offered lucrative jobs or indulge in private practices.

Candidates can also apply for jobs through the official website of the institute and job vacancies will be displayed on the website. Campus interviews are also conducted for candidates after they have completed the 15-month training. Candidates can also pursue a Ph.D. after completing their courses.

Company Secretaries are essential resources of the corporate world and are therefore offered excellent salary packages. A fresher can expect a salary package varying from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum. With experience, the salaries can also go up to Rs. 20 lakh per annum and more, depending on the type of company. Some of the popular job profiles for Company Secretary are as follows along with top recruiting companies:

Job Profiles

·         Assistance to the Board of Directors  Company Registrar ,Legal Advisor ,Corporate Policymaker ,Chief Administrative Officer ,Principal Secretary ,Corporate Planner ,Chairman, Managing Director ,Administrative Assistant ,Administrative Secretary , Investor Capital Market Relations

Top Recruiting Companies

·         ONGC ,Deloitte ,KPMG , PWC ,Oil India Limited ,Jaypee Group , Punjab National Bank Ltd ,Bestech India Pvt Ltd ,HLC Technologies Ltd