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The ICSI is a premier national professional body (imparting education primarily through distance learning) established by an Act of Parliament (Company Secretaries Act, 1980) to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India.

The ICSI, besides conducting Company Secretaryship examinations, enrolling qualified students as members after practical training, exercises professional supervision over the members in matters pertaining to professional ethics and Code of Conduct, organizes on a regular basis professional development and continuing educational programmes and brings out research publications, guidance notes, secretarial standards as well as professional monthly journal `Chartered Secretary' for corporate executives; `Student Company Secretary' and `CS Foundation Programme Bulletin' for students. The ICSI also regularly interacts with Government, regulatory bodies and chambers of commerce and industry on policy and professional matters.

The Institute has its Headquarters at ICSI House, 22 Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi and Regional Offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai and 68 Chapters located in various cities all over India. The ICSI has on its rolls over 24000 qualified members both in Employment and in Practice. Nearly 2 lakhs students are currently pursuing the CS Programme. The Institute is a statutory body working under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India.

  • Career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high degree of job satisfaction.
  • There are three stages to be pursued to qualify as a Company Secretary
    • Foundation Programme
    • Executive Programme
    • Professional Programme

The CS Programme is by Correspondence with provision for Optional Oral Coaching classes.

  • The cut off date for admission to Foundation Programme is 31st March/30th September while for Executive Programme the cut off date is 28thFebruary/31st August.
  • For Foundation Programme the minimum qualification is 10+2 or equivalent in any stream except Fine Arts.
  • For Executive Programme the minimum qualification is CS Foundation Pass or Graduation in any discipline, Arts/Science/Commerce except Fine Arts.
  • The Professional Examination is after passing the Executive Programme.
  • 16 months Management Training is to be undergone after passing the Inter/Professional examination or Practical experience.
  • The ICSI and its Regional Councils and Chapters offer Placement Services to Members and Students. A qualified Company Secretary has openings both in Employment and in Practice.

The Prospectus and Application Forms are available:

  • For CS Foundation: Cash payment: Rs. 200 by Post/Courier: DD/PO-Rs.250
  • For CS Executive: Cash payment: Rs. 300 by Post/Courier: DD/PO-Rs. 350 in favour of "The Institute of Company Secretaries of India" payable at New Delhi. 
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