Secretary is an important member of corporate management and acts as an
advisor to the management of a company on legal and business matters.
of a full time Company Secretary by a company having paid-up capital of 50
lakhs or more is a statutory requirement under the companies Act. Also,
all companies seeking listing on stock exchange are required to have a
full-time Company Secretary. Membership of the Institute of Company
Secretaries of India is the only prescribed qualification for appointment
as Company Secretary in such companies.
Secretary is an indispensable professional in the efficient management of
an organization, whose affairs are conducted by board of directors or a
council or any other corporate structure. Besides, Department of Personnel
and Administrative Reforms of the Central Government empanels company
secretaries for assignment to the developing countries of Asia Africa and
freshly qualified candidate may join a company as an Assistant Company
Secretary, or Deputy Company Secretary depending upon the size of the
company and rise to the level of Company Secretary/Financial Controller.
By the virtue of their experience and academic background they can even
reach the level of whole time directors in a company.
of the Institute of the Company Secretaries of India, headquartered in New
Delhi with regional offices at Calcutta, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, is the
only prescribed qualification for entry into this profession. Membership
is granted after clearing the preliminary or foundation, intermediate and
final examinations conducted by the institute.
who have passed 10+2 in any discipline can enrol for the foundation
course. However graduates in any discipline, other than fine arts, or
those who have qualified the final examination of the Institute of
Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) or the Institute of Costs and Works
Accountants of India (ICWAI) can directly enrol for the intermediate
to the foundation course is open throughout the year. The duration of the
course is 8 months excluding the months of admission and examination.
Students taking admission up to March can take the examination in December
the same year. However those taking admission after March can take the
examination only in June the following year. The fee for the foundation
course is Rs 1200.
institute imparts compulsory postal tuition. Students are provided with
study material on each subject at the time of admission. In addition,
students also have the option to attend oral coaching classes organized by
the institute at select places through its regional councils and chapters
on payment of extra fees. Only
students who have successfully completed the postal/oral coaching are
eligible for admission to the examination. A student has to register for
each of the examination at least nine months prior to the month in which
the examination is held.
for the Intermediate Examination is open throughout the year. Minimum
amount payable along with the application for registration is presently Rs. 2,250.Candidates seeking exemption from the Foundation examination are
required to pay postal tuition fee @ Rs. 100 per subject in addition, for
those subject (s) in the foundation course which they had not studied at
the graduate or post graduate level. It is important to note that a
candidate is registered for five years for the main course, and it is
compulsory to clear the intermediate and final examinations within this
fee for the entire course is Rs 2250 for commerce graduates and Rs 2650
for non-commerce graduates. For the final examination sum of Rs 1500 is
payable separately as postal tuition fee in addition to the exam fee @ Rs
350 per group.
the intermediate and final examinations are held twice every year in June
and December. A student is admitted to the Final examination only after a
minimum period of nine calendar months has elapsed since his passing the
Intermediate examination. The last dates for receipt of enrolment
applications for examination in the Institute are as follows:
25th March (up to 9th April with late fee of Rs. 100) for June
25th Sept. (up to 10th
Oct with late fee of Rs. 100) for December examination.
study program for getting the membership of the institute also includes
practical training, which has to be in one of the following areas.
Chartered Accountants are however given exemption.
addition to the practical experience, a candidate while completing the
final examination must undergo four moths training in the following
departments of a firm having a paid up capital of Rs 25 lakhs.
days training in a specialized agency such as stock exchange, or banking
institution or management consultancy firm.
More details about institute and the examinations are available at the website www.icsi-india.com. Queries may also be posted at the email@example.com
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