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CS Course Complete Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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What subjects you will be studying? What these subjects will include? Which topics does the course revolves around? And what will be the weightage for each?

Before you can really begin your preparation for CS exams, it is very essential to know and understand exactly what you will be studying. You need to know what you are in for, so you can plan everything accordingly.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India has provided a specific syllabus for the entire course that every student enrolling for CS exams needs to know. Further, there is a strict exam pattern to be followed at each level of this course.

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In this blog, we will take you through the entire CS course syllabus, the marking scheme and the exam pattern for each level.

Stages of Company Secretary Course

Before we dive into the company secretary course syllabus, let’s first understand the stages that entail in the CS course.

To successfully clear the CS course, you will need to complete the following stages:

  • Stage 1: Company Secretary Executive Entrance Exam (CSEET)
  • Stage 2: Company Secretary Executive Program
    • Module 1
    • Module 2
  • Stage 3: Company Secretary Professional Program
    • Module 1
    • Module 2
    • Module 3

Once you have completed all these stages, along with your practical training, you would have successfully finished the CS course.

CS Course Subjects and Syllabus

Now, let’s look at the syllabus and subjects for each level in detail. We are also providing you with the marking scheme alongside the exam pattern for all of them, so, you have a complete and thorough understanding of the syllabus.

CS Course Syllabus for CSEET

CSEET consists of 4 papers that a student must clear in order to get entry into CS Executive Program.

CS Course Subjects/papers

Paper 1: Business Communication (50 marks)

  • Essentials of good English
  • Communications
  • Business Correspondence
  • Common Business Terminologies

Paper 2: Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (50 marks)

  • Indian Constitution
  • Elements of general laws
  • Element of Company secretary legislation
  • Element of Company law

Paper 3: Economic and Business Environment (50 marks)

Part A – Economics

  • Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition
  • National Income Accounting and Related Concepts
  • Indian Union Budget
  • Indian Financial Markets
  • Indian Economy

Part B – Business Environment

  • Entrepreneurship Scenario
  • Business Environment
  • Key Government Institutions

Paper 4: Current Affair, Presentation and Communication Skills (50 marks)

Part A – Current Affairs

  • Current Affairs

Part B – Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voice)

  • Listening Skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Oral Communication Skills

CSEET Exam Pattern

Mode of exam Computer-Based
No of papers 4 papers
Duration of exam 90 minutes of each paper
Total marks 100 marks
Type of question Objective
No of questions 100 questions in each
Marking scheme No negative marking. 2 marks for each right answer
Language Hindi or English
Passing criteria 40% in all papers and 50% in total

CS Course Syllabus for Executive Program

The Executive program consists of two modules. Both of these modules contain 3 papers each.

CS Course Subjects/papers

Module 1

Paper 1: Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws (100 marks)

  • Constitution of India
  • Law of Torts
  • Interpretation of Statutes & Other General Laws

Paper 2: Company Laws (100 marks)

  • Part A: Company – Law, principles, and Concepts 50%
  • Part B: Company Administration and Meetings – Law and Practices 40%
  • Part C: Company Secretary as a profession 10%

Paper 3: Setting up of Business Entities and Closure (100 marks)

  • Part A: Setting up of Business 40%
  • Part B: Registration, License & Compliances 35%
  • Part C: Insolvency, Liquidation & Closure of Business 25%

Paper 4: Tax Laws (100 marks)

  • Part A: Direct Taxes 50%
  • Part B: Indirect Taxes-Goods and Services Tax 50%

 

Module 2

Paper 5: Corporate and Management Accounting (100 marks)

  • Part A – Corporate Accounting 60%
  • Part B – Management Accounting and Valuation 40%

Paper 6: Securities Laws and Capital Markets (100 marks)

  • Part A – Securities Laws 70%
  • Part B – Capital Market and Intermediaries 30%

Paper 7: Economic, Business and Commercial Laws (100 marks)

  • Part A – Foreign Exchange Management and NBFCs 40%
  • Part B – Competition Law 25%
  • Part C – Business and Commercial Laws 35%

Paper 8: Financial and Strategic Management (100 marks)

  • Part A – Financial Management 60%
  • Part B – Strategic Management 40%

CS Executive Exam Pattern

Mode of exam Offline center-based exam
No of modules 2 – module 1 and module 2
No of papers Eight – 4 papers in each module
Duration of exam 3 hours
Total marks 100 marks in each paper
Type of question Objective and Subjective
No of questions 100 questions in each
Marking scheme Negative marking only for objective questions (0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer)
Language Hindi or English
Passing criteria 40% in all papers and 50% in total

CS Course Syllabus for CS Professional

CS Professional program consists of three modules. These modules consist of 9 papers in total.

CS Course Subjects/papers

Module 1

Paper 1: Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics Constitution of India (100 marks)

  • Part A: Governance 50%
  • Part B: Risk Management 20&
  • Part C: Compliance 20%
  • Part D: Ethics and Sustainability 10%

Paper 2: Advanced Tax Laws (100 marks)

  • Part A: Indirect Taxes 70%
  • Part B: Direct Tax and International Taxation 30%

Paper 3: Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances (100 marks)

  •  Judicial & Administrative framework
  •  General Principles of Drafting and relevant Substantive Rules
  •  Secretarial Practices
  •  Drafting and conveyancing relating to various deeds and agreements
  •  Drafting of agreements, documents, and deeds
  • Pleading, the Art of writing opinions
  • Appearances and Art of Advocacy

Module 2

Paper 4: Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence (100 marks)

  • Part A: Compliance Management 40%
  • Part B: Secretarial Audit and Due Diligence 60%

Paper 5: Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up (100 marks)

  • Part A: Corporate Restructuring 50%
  • Part B: Insolvency and Liquidation 50%

Paper 6: Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies (100 marks)

  • Shareholders’ Democracy &Rights
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Fraud under the Companies Act and IPC
  • 4. Misrepresentation & Malpractices
  • Regulatory Action
  • Defaults, Adjudication, prosecutions, and penalties under the Companies Act, Securities Laws, FEMA, COFEPOSA, Money
  • Laundering, Competition Act, Labour Laws & Tax Laws.
  • Fines, Penalties, and Punishments under various laws.
  • Civil and Criminal Trial Procedure and Process.
  • Relief and Remedies

Module 3

Paper 7: Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges (100 marks)

  • Part A: Corporate Funding 60%
  • Part B: Listing 40%

Paper 8: Multidisciplinary Case Studies (100 marks)

  • Corporate Laws including Company Law
  • Securities Laws
  • FEMA and other Economic and Business Legislations
  • Insolvency Law
  • Competition Law
  • Business Strategy and Management
  • Interpretation of Law
  • Governance Issues

Paper 9: Elective


CS Professional Exam Pattern

Mode of exam Offline center-based exam
No of modules 3 – module 1, module 3 and module 3
No of papers 9 – 3 papers in each module
Duration of exam 3 hours
Total marks 100 marks on each paper
Type of question Descriptive
Marking scheme No negative marking
Language Hindi or English
Passing criteria 40% in all papers and 50% in total