Company Secretary (CS)

Course Description

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 programmes and practical training, the programme opens up great opportunities in the corporate sector.

Course Details

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

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

Foundation Programme

1 year (minimum)

  • English and Business Communication
  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Elements of Business Laws and Management

Executive Programme

1 year (minimum) or more depending on the time taken by you to clear all subjects

Module 1:

  • Company Accounts, Cost and Management
  • General and Commercial Laws
  • Tax Laws
  • Accounting

Module 2:

  • Company Law
  • Securities Laws and Compliances
  • Economic and Labour Laws

Professional Programme

1 year (minimum) or more depending on the time taken by you to clear all subjects

Module 1:

  • Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
  • Company Secretarial Practice

Module 2:

  • Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Financial, Treasury and Forex Management

Module 3:

  • Advanced Tax Laws and Practice
  • Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade

Module 4:

  • Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management

Type of Training



Student Induction Programme (SIP)

7 days

This induction must be pursued within six months after registering for the Executive programme in order to appear for the exams of both the modules.

Compulsory Computer Training Program

70 hours

This training is essential in order to be eligible to appear for the Executive Programme.

Executive Development Programme (EDP)

8 days

This must be pursued after passing the executive programme and prior to the 15-month training.

Professional Development Programme (PDP)

25 hours

This should be pursued during the 15-month training.

Management or Professional Training

15 months

Training must be pursued after passing the Executive or Professional Programme.

Training must be done with companies registered with the ICSI Institute or under a Company Secretary in Practice.

Practical Training

3 months

It is pursued only after the candidate has passed the professional programme and is exempted from undergoing 12 months of training under Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982.

Specialized Agency Training

15 days

This can be pursued after completing SIP, EDP, passing professional programme and completing 15-month training.

The training can be pursued at Registrar of Companies (ROC), Financial and Banking Institution, Stock Exchange or Management Consultancy Firm.

Management Skills Orientation Programme (MSOP)

15 days

Candidates can pursue this if they have been fully or partially exempted from training and submitted documents required to fulfill 1982 regulation.

This training can be pursued only after passing professional programme, EDP and 15-month training.