ICSI CS – Complete Details | Exam Dates | Admit Card | Syllabus | Best Books | Study Materials

ICSI CS: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, constituted under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, is a government recognized body that produces Company Secretaries in India. The course of Company Secretaryship was introduced in 1960 by the Company Law Board. The ICSI was created in 1968 and took over from the Company Law Board to conduct the exam. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) was then converted into a statutory body w.e.f. 1.1.1981 under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980. The CS certification includes three levels of which one has to appear for three exams:

  • Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme


ICSI CS June 2023 enrolement process has started. Candidates desiring to appear for the June 2023 examination must fill the online application form on or before the last date to avoid any laste fee of INR 250. ICSI CS June 2023 examination will be conducted from June 1, 2023 onwards.

ICSI Eligibility Criteria 2023

The candidate is supposed to register for the Professional Programme nine months prior to the month in which the examination commences to be able to be admitted to the programme.

A candidate registered six months prior to the examination month may be allowed to appear in any one or two module(s) of the Professional Programme.

The candidate must have undergone postal or oral tuition for the modules in which he/she intends to appear in the examination.

Here’s an overview:

Candidate enrolled in Eligible to appear in
June/July/August All modules of Professional Programmes Examination to be held in June next year.
September/October/November Anyone or two modules of Professional Programme Examination to be held in June next year.
December/January/February All modules of Professional Programme Examination to be held in December.
March/April/May Anyone or two modules of Professional Programme Examination to be held in December.

Qualifying cutoff:
For all Modules:

  • A candidate will be declared passed if he/she secures in one sitting a minimum of 40 per cent in each of the papers and 40 per cent in aggregate of all the papers.
  • A candidate will be declared passed is he/she has passed any one or more modules of Professional examination under old syllabus and secures in one sitting at least 40% marks in each of the remaining papers and 50% marks in aggregate.

For one Module:

  • The candidate is required to secure a minimum of 40% marks in each of the papers and 50% per cent marks in aggregate, which will be declared ‘pass’ in the Professional Programme.
  • If a candidate who has failed in one subject, but got a minimum of 60% of the total marks of the remaining subjects of the module, shall be declared ‘pass’ if he/she secures a minimum of 50% interest.

ICSI Exam 2023 Dates

Dates Upcoming Exam Dates
26 Feb ’23 – 25 Mar ’23 ICSI CS Examination Enrollment Request for June Session
26 Feb ’23 –  25 Mar ’23 ICSI CS June 2023 Enrolment (Without Late fee)
1 Feb ’23 –  31 May ’23 ICSI CS December 2023 Registrations (Both Modules)
26 Mar ’23 –  9 Apr ’23 ICSI CS Examination Enrollment Request for June Session (Late fee)
26 Mar ’23 –  9 Apr ’23 ICSI CS June 2023 Enrolment (With Late fee)
1 Jun ’23 –  31 Jul ’23 ICSI CS December 2023 Registrations (Single Module)
1 Jun ’23 – 10 Jun ’23 ICSI CS June 2023 Exam

ICSI CS Exam Highlights 2023

ICSI Exam Highlights

Exam Name ICSI Exam
Conducting Body Institute of Company Secretaries of India
Exam Level National Level Exam
Exam Frequency twice a year
Exam Mode Online and offline
Exam Duration Three hours for each paper
Language English
Exam Purpose Training and Certifying Company Secretaries in India
Course Offered CS
No. of Test Cities 58 cities in India
Exam Helpdesk No. 0120-6204999, 3314111
Exam Website www.icsi.edu

ICSI Application Form

CS Executive Application Form 2023

The registration for CS Executive programme is ongoing, for December session 2023 (both modules). ICSI CS Executive programme registration is open throughout the year for the exam conducted in June and December.

CS Professional Application Form 2023

The CS Professional programme application form is available for December 2023 examination (both modules). The application form of CS Professional programme is also open through out the year.

Exam Schedule for ICSI CS June Session 2023

Exam Dates    Executive Programme     Professional Programme   
01-Jun-2023 Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws (Module-I) Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics (Module – I)
02-Jun-2023 Securities Laws and Capital Markets (Module-II) Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence (Module – II)
03-Jun-2023 Company Law (Module-I) Corporate Funding and Listings in Stock Exchanges (Module – III)
04-Jun-2023 No Examination No Examination
05-Jun-2023 Economic, Business and Commercial Laws (Module-II)  Advanced Tax Laws (Module – I)
06-Jun-2023 Setting up of Business Entities and Closure (Module-I) Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation and Winding-up (Module – II)
07-Jun-2023 Corporate and Management Accounting (Module-II) (OMR Based) Multidisciplinary Case Studies  (Module – III) [Open Book Exam.]
08-Jun-2023 Tax Laws (Module-I) (OMR Based) Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances (Module – I)
09-Jun-2023 Financial and Strategic Management (Module-II) (OMR Based) Resolution of Corporate Disputes, non– Compliances and Remedies (Module – II)
10-Jun-2023 No Examination Elective 1 out of 5 subjects (Module – III) [Open Book Exam.]*

ICSI CS Syllabus

  • The ICSI releases the syllabus for ICSI CS Executive programme. As per the ICSI CS executive programme syllabus, candidates will have to prepare for 2 modules. Each module consists of four papers. Candidates can check the detailed syllabus for ICSI CS executive programme here.
  • The syllabus for ICSI CS professional programme is also divided into 3 modules and each module consists of three papers. Candidates can appear for the modules as per their preference.

ICSI CS Exam Pattern

Candidates planning to appear for the ICSI CS course must go through the exam pattern highlights as mentioned below for each level.

Features Details
Conducting body The Institute of Company Secreatries of India
Number of Subjects/Papers Executive Programme

  • Module 1- 4 papers
  • Module 2- 4 papers

Professional Programme

  • Module 1- 3 papers
  • Module 2- 3 papers
  • Module 3- 3 papers


Total number of questions CS Executive- 100 questions/paper

CS Professional- 50 questions/paper

Negative Marking CS Executive- Yes

CS Professional- No


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