Difference between CS and ICWA: Company Secretary (CS) and Institute of Cost and Work Accountants (ICWA)


The role of a Company Secretary is to as a mediator between the Company and the Board of Directors. The objective of undergoing the course from Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India is to gain expertise in the field of Cost Accountancy and Management Accountancy. It helps in enhancing cost management expertise. The regional councils of the institute are located in the four metros of India i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

CS Course and Opportunity

A Company Secretary is a professional and the major role played by him is to ensure whether the Company complies with all applicable laws and endeavors. The Company Secretary (CS) is a professional course which is conducted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). To become a Company Secretary, the candidates need to pass the Foundation Programme, Executive Programme, and Professional Programme. Candidates who have passed their 10+2 are eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme.  Candidates who have cleared the Executive Programme can apply for the Professional Programme. A Company Secretary can get employed in government accounts or law departments OR he can become a Managing or Director Chairman of a Company and be a part of the honored Board of Directors of a Company.

ICWA Course and Opportunity

The ICWAI course is divided into three parts. The first part is the foundation course, where the minimum qualification is 10+2. Candidates who have appeared for the 10+2 exam and are awaiting results can appear for the foundation course. On passing the foundation course the students are eligible for the intermediate course. Students who have completed their graduation need not appear for the foundation test. They can directly appear for the intermediate course. On clearing the intermediate course students can appear for the final course. Those interested in corporate life can hold positions like Internal Auditor, Accountant, Financial Controller, Finance Manager and Cost Controller etc after completing the course. They can also go for for Self entrepreneurship in areas like Mandatory Cost Audit, Consultancy assignments, Excise Audit etc.

Key Difference between CS and ICWA

ICWA specializes in handling the accounts, bookkeeping and audit of firms and corporate while the CS’s handles the secretarial matters relating to a corporate. ICWA involves collection; assimilation and analysis of financial information from all areas of an organization while the primary job of a Company Secretary is that of an advisor for legal matters. They act as the mediators between the company and its Board of Directors, shareholders, the government and the regulatory authorities. Company Secretaries can find employment in government accounts or departments of law.



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43 Responses to “Difference between CS and ICWA: Company Secretary (CS) and Institute of Cost and Work Accountants (ICWA)”

  1. 43

    I am in the final year of Bcom kindly let me know;
    1. if both CS and ICWA can be done together.
    2. the institutes imparting training in mumbai
    3. whether these courses are internationally recognised.
    4. is MBA required after completion of these courses.

    Thanks, please advise

  2. 42
    kanuj Tandon:

    Hi team
    I have done my +2 in commerce stream and i am working in international process of canada..so i want to study further in my line so plz help me.shall i do cs or icwai..

  3. 41

    i have completed my B.com and i want to do a professional course in that icwa or cs which is better

  4. 40

    i have completed my B.com and appeared for mba in finance i want to do a professional course in that icwa or cs which is better

  5. 39

    i have completed my B.com and i want to do a professional course in tat icwa or cs which is better

  6. 38

    I have completed my B.com and i want to do CS executive level but my result of six semester was not out.

  7. 37

    Has any value in cs course in gulf

  8. 36


    Which is the best course after B.com from Commerce……….??

    What are the institute & college ??

  9. 35

    dear sir/madam
    l am appearing T.Y.B.COM and after that i want to go for good carrer course.i heard about ICWA and CS.so please can u tell me which is best course.please help me out that for which course i go.

  10. 34

    i done graduation in bsc and post grauation in mba finance. can i know what is the fees for cs exam

  11. 33

    Dear sir/madam
    I have completed b.com, present working in e- retail as a executive. i want to do professional course ICWAI or CS which course is better for me & its both course are too difficult……

  12. 32
    Balu Patil:

    Which is best carrier option course for CS or ICWA ?????

  13. 31

    i am a student of science background . i have complted 12th. now m moving towards commerce so what should i do along with bcom cs or icwa….

  14. 30

    my name is kapil i graduate(b.com). i related from S.C we want to know any advantage for me?

  15. 29

    Sir i completed B.B.M during the last year,which course s better after degree,either m.b.a or i.c.w.a or c.s. please tell me solution

  16. 28

    CWA & ICWA are two diffrent course

  17. 27


    i am a undergraduate sir . am interested in pursuing for c.s.we can do c.s as a part time course means as a correspondent

  18. 26
    prashanth sankepalli:


    I am a B.Tech Graduate. am interested in pursuing C.S. Can I start C.S with professional Course? and Can you please guide me the first steps to start of.


  19. 25
    smith tank:

    after CS cleared and joint CA how many stage passe for degree of chartered accountant’s p’z process reply

  20. 24
    abhishek srivastava:

    what is the difference between cs and icwa ? and what is scope to do after this. and please tell me which course is better cs or icwa ?

  21. 23

    what is the better option cs or icwa?

  22. 22
    amit kumar:

    i m doing a hotel management from jp groups and doing graduation from ignou bachelor of tourism studies. I just want to do cs now so it will be good for me or not pls suggest me…

  23. 21

    Whats the scope of CS down the line of 3 to 5 year ? how many CS are hired every year in INDIA ?

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  25. 19

    i m riyaz ahamad i have complete the m.com But My weekness Speak the english i want to be come icwai
    Please suggest me i want to be come icwa @ cs


  26. 18

    i have complete my BAF course B.com(accounting & finance) with 74%,
    i want to know that which course is best for me,CS or ICWAI..

  27. 17

    I like to know CAS. Exam starts for the next year

  28. 16


    I am a BA graduate and having 3.6yrs exp. in Internal audit,now i want to pursue a proffessional course.Reffer me which is better proffessional course(CS or CWA)for making carrer in Audit field.

  29. 15

    I have passed CA CPT,CA IPCC and ICWAI Founation ,ICWAI Inter please details of exemptions in ICSI Course.
    please reply immediately.

  30. 14
    sunny kumar:

    what is the best combination with cs

  31. 13
    raghuveer singh:

    sir , i have done b.com 50 % marks and i am pursing hotel management course 2 year . sir i want do c.s executive course so plz reply me is my decisions right or rong plz reply me my age 24 year old .

  32. 12
    pinakin H rajyaguru:

    I am a science graduate, working as a Q.C. chemist in a fertilizer company.I have total 7 years of experiance.Now I want to go for a course related management,administration,corporate sector which can gave me managerial or even higher post.So please give which course I opt among MBA,Company secretary or ICWAI;being I science graduate which will be easy for me?because I do not have a Commerse background.I am very interested to join Company secretary.So please give me proper option.Thanks.

  33. 11


    I have done MBA in finance and presently working with a bank ( Forex dept)…. now I want to do some professional course…I am confused whether I will go for ICWA or CS….or is there any other good option ..plz suggest…

  34. 10

    Dear Sir/Mam,
    I have completed master of finance and control after graduation. i would like to do cs or icwa. plz tell, which one is the best for me.

  35. 9

    hey i am doing b.com 3rd yr and i also doing icwa in inter and i also want to be cs after my graduation .can u tell me how should i apply

  36. 8
    prince d yadav:

    hi , i am prince , i have 1 question tell me who’s best to make good carrer ICWA & CS . i have so confused my qualification is 10+2(PCM). PLZ. TELL ME THAT!!!!

  37. 7

    i want to do cs and want to get info abt sylbs n fees

  38. 6

    i am good in accountancy,i secured 95 marks in accounts in10+2 this year .which course is best for me CS or ICWA

  39. 5

    I completed my twelth.. but i took biology with maths group.. Now i m very much intrested to study icwa. I m good in maths.. I want to join ion foundation course.. Give me some good suggestiopns of my career

  40. 4

    I am completed b.com in 2008 from allahabad univesity tell me which course is best for me between CS and ICWA.

  41. 3

    Which course is suitable for promotion criteria for asst manager in banking sector CS Or ICWA

  42. 2

    which one is best as career option cs or icwa? and why? please let me know.

  43. 1

    which is benificail for a B.Com graduate, and which proffession will be more good for carrier