The Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI) is a premier National Professional body established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries.


ICSI imparts training in Company Secretaryship by Distance Learning (by correspondence) enabling students to qualify as Company Secretaries. The Institute provides “Course Material” for all the subjects at the time of Registration. There is also provision for Optional Oral Coaching classes.

Career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and  financially rewarding  but also carries  with  it a high level of job satisfaction.

Stages to become a Company Secretary

The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.

Foundation Programme

Executive Programme

Professional Programme


In addition, the student has to undergo Practical Training  for about 15 months which a student may opt to start after passing the Executive  Programme.  


The Student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation has to undergo two  stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e.


Executive Programme

Professional Programme

Besides, the student has to undergo Practical Training  for about 15 months.


Foundation Programme which is of eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2  pass students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream.


Executive Programme can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.


Professional Programme can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course.


Training: A Student has to undergo 15 months Management Training in Companies sponsored by the Institute after passing the Executive  or Professional Programme or under the guidance of a Company Secretary in Practice.


After qualifying Professional Examination and on successful completion of training a candidate is admitted as an Associate Member of the ICSI and can use the letters ACS after his/her name i.e. Associate Company Secretary.

Admission to the CS Course is open throughout the year.  Examinations are held twice a year in June &  December.

Cut off dates for admission to CS course:


For Foundation Programme

31st March for appearing in December Examination  in the same year

30th September for June Examination next year

For  Executive Programme

28th February for December Exams in the  same


31st August  for June Exam next year

CS Prospectus can be obtained from any of the offices of the Institute across India and


Cost of Prospectus for Foundation Programme :    Rs. 200/- by cash payment while

                                                                                Rs. 250/- by Post or courier

Cost of Prospectus for the  Executive Programme :   Rs. 300/- by cash payment while
                                                                                    Rs.350/- by Post or courier

Payment Option : The payment can be sent to the Headquarters by demand draft drawn in favour of ‘The Institute of Company Secretaries of India’ payable at New Delhi OR by cash across the counter from the Headquarters, Regional Offices & a few of the Chapters.  

Fee Structure for CS Course

The fee  for CS Foundation Programme  is  - Rs. 3600/-
              for  Executive Programme             - Rs. 7000/- for Commerce Graduates while

                                                            - Rs. 7750/- for Non Commerce Students

ICSI offices across India

The ICSI has its Headquarters at ICSI House 22 Institutional Area Lodi Road New Delhi and Regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & New Delhi and 69 Chapters located in various cities in India.

ICSI has 66 Examination Centres scattered all over India including one overseas centre at Dubai.

Employment Prospects

h         A qualified company secretary has openings in Employment and as Practising

Independent Professional

h                Companies with a paid up share capital of Rs.2 crores or more are compulsorily required to appoint a whole time Company Secretary who is a Member  of  ICSI

h                All companies seeking listing on Stock Exchange are required to appoint a whole time company     secretary

h                Membership of the Institute is recognized for appointment to superior posts and services under Central Government.

Self-Employment/Practising Company Secretaries

·        After obtaining a ‘Certificate of Practice’ from the Institute,  Members of the Institute can go in  for Independent Practice.

·        Every company having a paid-up share capital of Rs. Ten Lakhs or more but less             than Rs. Five Crores is required to engage the services of a Secretary in Whole-Time Practice for issue of Compliance Certificate.

·        Pursuant   to Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement, Practising Company Secretaries have been authorized to issue Certificate regarding compliance of conditions of Corporate Governance as stipulated in the Clause.


The CS Course is :

·        recognized by the various Universities for admission to PhD Course

·        appointment of  Lecturers in Commerce & Management



There are 4 papers in CS  Foundation Programme


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

There are 6 papers divided into 2  Modules in CS  Executive Programme

Module I

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


Module II


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


There are 8 papers divided into 4  Modules in CS   Professional   Programme

Module I


  • Company Secretarial  Practice
  • Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings


Module II


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


Module III


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


Module IV


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


ICSI Journals


ICSI brings out Chartered Secretary journal for Corporate Professionals & Student Company Secretary & Foundation Programme Bulletin for students. While,  the Chartered Secretary Journal can be subscribed by the students at a concessional  rate of Rs.300, the other bulletins are sent to the registered students free cost.



The Institute and its offices maintain the database of the members / students desirous of employment.


The Institute also assist the members and students for  Placement.  


Campus interviews are also conducted for assisting the students to get employment.

Vacancies for the post of Company Secretaries received by the Institute are placed on ICSI Website for reference.


Role of a Company Secretary

Behind Great Corporate Progress there’s a strong backbone: The Company Secretary-


By virtue of integrated knowledge of multiple  disciplines of law, management, finance and corporate governance, a Company Secretary is the vital link between                                the company, its:

-         Board of Directors,

-         Shareholders,

-         Government and other Agencies.


The Company Secretary is:

  • An in-house legal expert; a compliance officer of the Company.
  • An expert in corporate laws, securities laws & capital market and corporate governance
  • Chief advisor to the board of directors on best practices in corporate  governance
  • Responsible for all regulatory compliances of company
  • Corporate planner and strategic manager


ICSI “Vision” :

“To be a global leader in the development of professionals specializing in corporate governance”

ICSI “Mission  :

“To continuously develop high calibre professionals ensuring good corporate governance and effective management and to carry out proactive research and development activities for protection of interest of all stakeholders,  thus contributing to public good”.


For further details visit our website and email your queries at: 



‘ICSI HOUSE’ 22 Institutional Area, Lodi Road

New Delhi 110 003 Ph: 011-41504444, 24617321-24, 24644431-32 Fax: 24626727

E Mail:, Website:


For further details, please contact / write to

Director (Student Services)

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

C-37, Sector 62, NOIDA 201 309 (U.P.), Ph: 0120-423993-98, E-Mail:;




ICSI-EIRC Building, 3-A Ahiripukur I Lane, Kolkata 700 019

Phone: 22832973, 22816541, 22816542 Fax: 22816542



Chapters: Bhubaneswar: 2552282  Dhanbad: 2205076 North Eastern Chapter (Guwahati); 2600401

Hooghly: 32402164 Jamshedpur: 2224670 Patna: 2322405, 9234705754  Ranchi: 3254128



ICSI-NIRC Building, Plot No.4, Prasad  Nagar Institutional Area, New Delhi 110 005

Phone: 25763090, 25767190, 25816593 Fax: 25722662



Chapters: Agra: 2881618 Ajmer: 2420616 Allahabad: 9335117477, 2421238 Alwar: 9413740652

Amritsar: 2227270 Bareilly: 2310708  Bhilwara: 329603

Chandigarh: 2661840 Dehradun: 9837893742 Faridabad: 4080646  Ghaziabad: 2796668 Gurgaon: 2380021

Jaipur:  2707236, 2707736  Jalandhar:  2211792/2280315 Jammu: 2475148

Jodhpur: 2644327 Kanpur: 2296535 Karnal-Panipat: 3290035 Kota : 2476176

Lucknow: 2392684 Ludhiana: 2545456 Meerut: 2642201 Modinagar: 243048, 9319775237

Noida: 9811231064  Rohtak: 9212605999   Shimla: 2807923  Sonepat: 9416972240

Srinagar: 2481927 Udaipur: 2413977  Varanasi: 2507491,  2506077 Yamunanagar: 227541, 9355337541




ICSI-SIRC House, No.9 Wheat Crofts Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034

Phone: 28279898, 28222212 Fax: 28268685



Chapters: Bangalore: 22286574, 22287158 Calicut: 2762239, 2762338  Coimbatore: 2452006, 3065455

Hyderabad: 23399541, 23396494 Kochi: 2392950 Madurai: 2340797 Mangalore: 2216482 

Mysore: 2516065 Palakkad: 6451871  Puducherry: 2205017 Salem: 9442620009

Thiruvananthapuram: 2451915  Thrissur: 2383960 Tiruchirapalli: 2416337

 Visakhapatnam: 2533516



13 Jolly Maker Chambers, No.2, First Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021

Phones: 22021826, 22844073, 22047569, 22047580, 22047604 Fax: 22850109



Chapters: Ahmedabad: 26589343, 32918705 Aurangabad: 2329968  Bhopal: 2577139

Dombivli: 2445423  Goa: 2435033 Indore: 2491643, 2494552 Kolhapur: 2660077 Nagpur: 2453276

Nashik: 2509989, 2500150 Navi Mumbai: 27802264   Pune: 24263228, 24260341  Raipur: 5069290

Rajkot: 2477516 Surat: 2463404 Thane: 25444478, 25444479  Vadodara: 2331498