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CS Professional Exam | Dates, Schedule, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Marking Scheme

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ICSI has released the exam date and schedule for the Professional exam which will be mentioned below for your reference. 

CS Professional is the final level of examination in your company secretary course before you can finally hold that well-deserving certification in your hands and officially become a member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. CS Professional level exams are conducted by ICSI twice a year, once in the month of June and once in December.

This level consists of three modules i.e., module 1, module 2, and module 3, which are to be attempted either individually or together depending upon a student’s preference and preparation.

ICSI has released the exam date and schedule for the Professional exam which will be mentioned below for your reference.

In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about your CS professional exam. Read on to know the exam pattern, syllabus, and marking scheme for your professional exam. We will also provide you with some exam tips and key points to remember to get you exam ready! 

CS Professional: Eligibility Criteria

Who can enroll in CS professional course and sit for its examination?

Before you go on ahead and get all the other relevant information, make sure you are eligible for it.

Here are the Eligibility Criteria for CS Professional

  • The candidate must be 17 years old or above
  • Candidate must have passed class 12th in any discipline except fine arts from a recognized board or university
  • Candidate must have cleared the CS Executive examination (both modules) held by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Graduates and Post Graduates who have also cleared CS Executive (both modules) held by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

CS Professional: Process of Registration

A student wanting to sit for CS professional exam has to register by filling out an application form, providing the requested documents, and paying the registration fee.

To register for CS Professional:
  •  Visit the official website of ICSI
  •  Click on “Online Services”
  •  Choose” Register for CS Course”

Fee for Registration

The registration fee for the CS Professional-level exam is Rs.12,000/- (Rupees Twelve Thousand Only) per appearance.

Additional fee structures may include:
  • Pre-exam fee: Rs.10,000

CS Professional Exam Dates

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) released exam dates and schedules for the June term session. Before creating a study plan, check out the exam dates and schedules so you can better prepare. 

Particulars Dates
Last Date for registration in the June term (All modules) November 30th, 2021
Last Date for registration in the June term (single module) January 31st, 2022
Last Date for registration in the December term (All modules) May 31st, 2021
Last Date for registration in the December term (All modules) July 31st, 2021
Release of exam form for June session February 26th, 2022
CS Professional exam date June 1 to June 10, 2022

CS Professional Exam Schedule June Session 2022

ICSI has released the exam schedule for CS Professional. It is provided below. 

Exam Date  Module CS Professional Papers
June 1, 2022 Module I Governance, Risk Management, Compliances, and Ethics
June 2, 2022 Module II Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence
June 3, 2022 Module III Corporate Funding and Listings in Stock Exchanges
June 4, 2022 Module I  Advanced Tax Laws
June 5, 2022 No Exam No Exam
June 6, 2022 Module II Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation, and Winding-up
June 7, 2022 Module III Multidisciplinary Case Studies [Open Book Exam]
June 8, 2022 Module I Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances
June 9, 2022 Module II Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non– Compliances, and Remedies
June 10, 2022 Module III Elective 1 out of below 5 subjects [Open Book Exam]

  • Banking – Law, and Practice
  • Insurance – Law and Practice
  • Intellectual Property Rights – Laws and Practices
  • Labour Laws and Practice
  • Insolvency – Law, and Practice

Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Marking Scheme

CS Professional exam consists of 3 modules and 9 papers that are given below. For detailed information about each subject click on the respective paper.

You can also see the marking scheme for all papers as mentioned in bold below:

Module I

Paper 1: Governance, Risk Management, Compliances, and Ethics Constitution of India
  • Part A: Governance 50%
  • Part B: Risk Management 20%
  • Part C: Compliance 20%
  • Part D: Ethics and Sustainability 10%

Paper 2: Advanced Tax Laws
  • Part A: Indirect Taxes 70%
  • Part B: Direct Tax and International Taxation 30%

Paper 3: Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances (One Part)
  • 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, Art of writing opinions
  • Appearances and Art of Advocacy

Module II

Paper 4: Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence
  • Part A: Compliance Management 40%
  • Part B: Secretarial Audit and Due Diligence 60%

Paper 5: Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up 
  • Part A: Corporate Restructuring 50%
  • Part B: Insolvency and Liquidation 50%

Paper 6: Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies (One Part)
  • 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 III

Paper 7: Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges
  • Part A: Corporate Funding 60%
  • Part B: Listing 40%

Paper 8: Multidisciplinary Case Studies (One Part)
  • 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
  • 9.1- Banking – Law & Practice
  • 9.2- Insurance – Law & Practice
  • 9.3- Intellectual Property Rights: Laws and Practices
  • 9.4- Forensic Audit
  • 9.5- Direct Tax Laws & Practice
  • 9.6- Labour Laws& Practice
  • 9.7- Valuations & Business Modelling
  • 9.8- Insolvency – Law and Practice

Exam Pattern

CS Professional Exam Pattern

Mode of exam    Offline center-based exam
No of modules 3 – module 1, 2 & 3
No of papers 9 (8 compulsory and 1 elective)
Duration of exam 3 hours
Total marks 100 marks on each paper
Type of question Descriptive
No of questions 50 questions in each
Marking scheme No negative marking
Language Hindi or English
Passing criteria 40% in all papers and 50% in total

Key Points to remember for your exam

  • CS Professional exam registration is open throughout the year but students should keep in mind the registration cut-off dates to correctly register for their respective term i.e., June or December
  • An exam form is released by ICSI after registration along with an exam fee that every student must fill out and submit. If a student fails to do that, he will be given a week’s extension to do so. An extra late fee will be charged. If however, the student still fails to fill out the exam form, he will not be allowed to sit for the examination. 
  • While filling out the exam form, you will be asked to fill out your offline exam center preference
  • CS Professional Admit Card is released a few days before the exam. Every student must download it and bring it to the examination hall. Without the admit card, you will not be allowed to give the exam. 
  • Admit card can only be downloaded from the website. No physical copy is sent.
  • The result will be declared a few weeks after the exam through online mode on the official website of ICSI. 

Exam/Study tips to Ace your Exams

You can refer to our study tips to know how to plan and structure your studies, strategize your preparation and become a top scorer in your exam.

  • Before you plan things out, know what works best for you. Depending on your own personality, you should decide how you will be more productive; while studying early morning or late at night? while taking online or offline coaching classes? with a strict schedule or a relaxed one?. write down the answers and plan accordingly. 
  • Give yourself sufficient time for preparation. Don’t start at the last minute. Start early and slowly make quality progress
  • Enroll in an affordable coaching institute as they will become a guide to you and provide you with all the necessary information, updates, announcement, study material, etc. on top of teaching you the syllabus thoroughly.
  • Keep practicing mock test papers as well as solving previous year’s papers regularly. Sharpen your question-solving skills
  • Don’t buy or download too much study material. Focus on getting the right quality material from your institute and practice on that. Quality is always more important than quantity.
  • One of the most important and most ignored tips, don’t make studying your life! Go outside, play sports, meditate, meet friends or do anything else that you love. If your mind isn’t happy and in peace, your preparation will be affected. 
  • Eat healthy food daily and keep physically active

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