Associate Member (ACS)

A person who has passed the Final examination of the Institute and has completed the prescribed practical training requirements or exempted there from shall be entitled to get himself enrolled as an Associate Member. On his admission to Associateship, he is entitled to use the descriptive letters ACS after his name to denote that he is an Associate member of the Institute and also to use his designation Company Secretary after his name.

Requirements for enrolment as ACS
  1. Submit Application in Form-A (available on the web-site of the Institute) complete in all respects duly signed by the candidate alongwith fee as per details given below
    1. Associate Entrance fee Rs. 1500/-
    2. Associate annual membership fee Rs. 1125/- (*)
    3. Neck Tie - Rs. 500/- Lady Brooch Rs. 100/- (Optional) ;
    4. (*) Rs. 562.50 if admitted during 1st October to 31st March.
      1. The fee may be remitted by way of demand draft or local cheque drawn in favour of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, payable at New Delhi
      2. or through online gateway payment.
      3. The same may also be paid in cash at the counter of the Institutes Head Quarter or Regional Offices/ Chapter offices located at Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad, Banglaore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Pune respectively. Out station cheques will not be accepted.
  2. Copies of certificates to be attached:-
    1. Date of birth certificate and educational qualifications (graduation and other qualifications if any) duly attested by the member of the Council/Regional Council/Managing Committee of the Chapter/Satellite Chapter or Executive Officers/any Officer of the Institute.
    2. Two fitness certificates from two members of the Institute having standing of at least three years of the Institute.
    3. Mark-sheets CS Final Examination (All the groups)
    4. Proof of completion of Training requirements including SMTP.
    5. Specimen signature card with coloured passport size photograph.
    6. Separate Application form for enrolment as member of Company Secretaries Benevolent Fund with DD/Cheque for Rs. 7500/- drawn in favour of Company Secretaries Benevolent Fund towards subscription for Life Membership. One time payment (eligible for tax exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. (Optional).

Format of Fitness

(Pursuant to regulation 54)
Certified that Mr./Ms. _____________________________________________________
who is applying for being admitted as an Associate member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India” and claims to have acquired necessary practical experience and undergone the prescribed practical training, is in my opinion, a fit and appropriate person to be admitted to the membership of the Institute.
Date :____________
Place :____________
  Signature _________________
Membership No. ACS/FCS_______

Fellow Member (FCS)

A person is entitled to get himself enrolled as a Fellow, if he is an Associate Member for atleast five years and fulfills the conditions as stipulated in Regulation 4(2) of the Company Secretaries Regulations, 1982 which provides as under:-

(i) No person shall be entitled to have his name entered in the Register as a Fellow unless he/she –

(a) was a Fellow including Honorary Fellow of the dissolved company immediately before the commencement of the Act; or

(b) was admitted as a Fellow under the earlier regulations; or

(c) is an Associate and has been in continuous practice in India as a Company Secretary for at least five years; or

(d) is an Associate for a continuous period of not less than five years and possesses such qualifications or practical experience as may be determined by the Council.

(ii) No Associate member shall be admitted as a fellow member of the Institute, if; -

(a) he /she has been found guilty of any professional or other misconduct and his / her name has been removed from the Register or he / she has been imposed fine referred in sub-section (3) of sections 21A or sub-section (3) of section 21B at any time during the preceding five years on the date of application; or

(b) he / she has not completed such minimum numbers of Professional Development Credit Hours as may be determined by the Council: Provided that in the case of any person belonging to any of the classes mentioned in sub-regulations (1) and (2), who is not permanently residing in India, the Council may, by resolution, determine, such further qualifications and conditions, as it may deem necessary or expedient.

Upon his advancement to fellowship, the member is entitled to use the descriptive letters, FCS after his/her name to denote that he/she is a Fellow Member of the Institute.

Requirements for enrolment as Fellow member:-

  1. Application in Form-B duly completed in all respects and signed.
  2. Fellow Entrance fee Rs. 2000/- + GST @18%
    Fellow annual membership fee Rs. 3000/- + GST @18%
    Total Rs. 5000/- + GST @18%

In case of members claiming FCS on the basis of experience of employment:-

  1. Service certificate(s) from the employer(s) mentioning date of joining/leaving, nature of duties performed and the post(s) held and elevations, if any, from time to time;