How to Become a Company Secretary?


The Company Secretary course is administered by the prestigious Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The main intention of this institution is to regulate as well as develop the career of Company Secretaries within India.

As to get employed as a Company Secretary, aspirants will need to clear the following:

  • Executive Programme
  • Foundation Programme
  • Professional Programme

Besides, they will also need to undergo practical training as to qualify for membership as a CS.

Who is eligible to apply?

Aspirants who have cleared their intermediate or its equivalent can apply for this program. The minimum age of interested students must be 17 years. Apart from this, applicants will also need to have good language skills as well as the ability to examine complex as well as technological issues, understand problems and make judgment with tact.

The admission procedure

Aspirants can purchase the admission forms from the institution or get it by post. Forms can also be got from the Central Bank of India. The price of the admission form is Rs.1000/-. The CS examinations are usually carried out in the months of June and December annually.

How to prepare oneself for the admission test?

Applicants who have completed the Foundation Programme need to have the practical experience and take up the needed practical training. Those applicants who do not have any training will need to go through the training period for the duration of 15 months with a recognized firm or work under a Company Secretary who is currently doing his practice.

Aspirants will also require undergoing a fortnight long training period with the registrar of banking or any other financial companies. Upon the completion of the Professional program as well as the other necessities, applicants shall be again needed to go through a 2 week long Secretarial Modular Training Programme.

Fee structure

The cost of the fee for the CS Foundation Programme will be approximately Rs. 3,600 and Rs.7000/- for Executive Programme (Commerce Graduates). For Non – Commerce students, the cost will be around Rs. 7750/-.

Responsibilities of a company secretary

The responsibilities of a company secretary are given below:

  • A CS is the Corporate Planner as well as Strategic Manager
  • A CS ought to be an expert in Securities, Corporate as well as Company laws.
  • A CS works as a compliance officer of the firm.
  • They act as the vital link between the organization and its Shareholders, Board of directors and the regulated and government authorities.

What are the prospects for employment?

With the development in the corporate sector, there is an involvement of legalities of many types. These legalities come under the purview of a CS. All firms require an advisor who has a very good knowledge of all relevant laws. This service can be got from a Company Secretary. Due to this reason, the employment opportunities available for a Company Secretary are quite high. Job opportunities for CS can be got with the stock exchanges, the Bureau of Public Enterprises or with financial departments of the government.

Other openings for them include:

  • Accounts
  • Central Government Law Services
  • Divisions of merchant banks
  • Law
  • Teachers/Lecturers

Those who have good experience can get appointed as chairman, managing director or directors.

Career opportunities are also available for company secretaries overseas. They can get jobs in the Unites States, the United Kingdom in addition to other western countries.



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13 Responses to “How to Become a Company Secretary?”

  1. 13

    Plz let me know about the procedure for enrollment in CS.
    Also let me know about the fee structure as i have done B.B.A in my graduation and also i hv completed my first year of M.B.A.
    How many trainings for i have to go if i get into professional course now.Tell me about all the trainings in C.S.Waiting for your revert.reply ASAP

  2. 12

    when will be notice public for cs course 2013 and how do i got regestration

  3. 11

    i also want to be a CA but i was from vernacular medium .
    should i do this course

  4. 10

    i am complete the graduation in economics under mg university in 56% marks
    then i am complete company secretory in executive section
    later i am complete MBA in marketing and HR IN 75% marks

  5. 9
    pooja dave:

    I want to join CS from SNDT College, Churchgate
    I want to know that I can join the cource from that college after 11th completing,from nashik

  6. 8
    Rajkumar Dhoble:

    How to study CS Info.abaut colleges

  7. 7
    shweta saxena:

    what type of skills and knowledge should we have to become a company secretary ?

  8. 6
    pravin kumar:

    I am intrested in cs course.

    need your help from strting.Is there any intrance examination before taking examination in cs?

  9. 5
    Sumit Biswas:

    Now i am in 1st year. I want to read the C.S cource. So, give me the details information on it. And when the next foundation exam?

  10. 4

    which is better ba.llb or cs..which one has wider scope..??????

  11. 3
    sangeita pun:

    im doing regular college but now i want to do cs as well.
    im from arts stream.
    can i also apply for cs…??

  12. 2
    Arshad Ali:

    1)my question is how to prepare for executive program? and

    2)what is the study planning for the SC?

    3) How to remember the all companies Acts ?

  13. 1
    sandeep balar:

    what is the minimum package of company secretery