How to become a 

Company Secretary

We will guide you through step-by-step stages of becoming a Company Secretary.

Company Secretary

Making a career as CS is extremely lucrative. Similar to other professional courses, you will have to exert extra efforts while studying a CS course and keep yourself updated with latest developments in the national and state industrial, social, economical and environmental policies among others.

"We will guide you through step-by-step stages of becoming a Company Secretary." 

Steps to Become a CS

The vast syllabus of Company Secretary is divided into 4 steps –

  • CS Foundation
  • CS Executive
  • Practical Training (21 Months)
  • CS Professional

CS Foundation

CS Foundation is an entry-level test in order to pursue Company Secretary Course. Foundation Programme can be pursued by 10+2 pass or equivalent students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream (Excluding Fine Arts). So, if you are a 10+2 passed student, you must start with foundation programme and follow it up with executive and professional programmes.

CS Foundation syllabus is divided into four subjects –


PART A: Business Environment (40 MARKS) 

PART B: Business Laws (60 MARKS) 


PART A: Business Management (40 Marks) 

PART B: Business Ethics (10 MARKS) 

PART C: Business Communication (25 MARKS) 


PART A: Economics (80 MARKS) 

PART B: Elementary Statistics (20 MARKS) 


PART A: Fundamentals Of Accounting (70 MARKS) 

PART B: Fundamentals Of Auditing (30 MARKS)

CS Executive

CS Executive will be your next level in this journey after clearing CS Foundation. If you are a Bachelor’s Degree holder, you may choose to pursue executive programme through Direct entry Scheme and follow it up with professional programme. CS Executive syllabus is divided into eight subjects. The eight papers are divided into two modules each consisting of four subjects.

CMA Executive syllabus is divided into eight subjects –

Module 1 

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

Paper-2: Company Law (Marks 100) 

Part I: Company Law, Principles &Concepts (50 Marks) 

Part II: Company Administration and Meetings – Law and Practices (40Marks) 

Part III: Company Secretary as a Profession (10 Marks) 

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

Part A: Setting up of Business (40 Marks) 

Part B: Registration; Licenses & Compliances (35 Marks) 

Part C :Insolvency; Winding up& Closure of Business (25 Marks) 

Paper-4: Tax Laws (Marks 100) 

Part I: Direct Taxes (50 marks) 

Part II: Indirect Taxes (50 marks) 

Module 2 

Paper-5: Corporate & Management Accounting (Marks 100) 

Part I: Corporate Accounting (60 marks) 

Part II: Management Accounting and Valuation (40 marks) 

Paper-6: Securities Laws & Capital Markets (Marks 100) 

Part I: Securities Laws (70 Marks) 

Part II: Capital Market & Intermediaries (30 Marks) 

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

Part I Foreign Exchange Management &NBFCs (40 Marks) 

Part II Competition Law (25 Marks) 

Part III Business & Commercial Laws (35 Marks) 

Paper-8: Financial and Strategic Management (Marks 100) 

Part I: Financial Management (60 marks) 

Part II: Strategic Management (40 Marks)

Practical Training

Practical Training is the most important part of CS Curriculum and also referred as a golden period in the CS students journey. In the modern era, only bookish knowledge is enough .To be a professional, it is important to gain the practical knowledge which could not be possible without Practical Training. The students can start their practical training for 21 months after completing their executive programme under new training structure.

CS Professional

This is the last step in the Company Secretary Journey. Successful incumbents from the Executive Program progress into the final stage of studies for careers as Company Secretary. The Professional Program is Challenging of the three stages. It has a very comprehensive syllabus that is broadly divided into three modules.

CS Professional syllabus –

Module 1 

Paper-1: Governance, Risk Management, Compliances and Ethics (Marks 100) 

Part I: Governance (50 Marks) 

Part II: Risk Management (20 Marks) 

Part III: Compliance (20 Marks) 

Part IV: Ethics & Sustainability (10 Marks) 

Paper-2: Advanced Tax Laws (Marks 100) 

Part I :Indirect Taxes (70 Marks) 

Part II: Direct Tax & International Taxation (30 Marks) 

Paper-3: Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances (Marks 100)

Module 2 

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

Part I: Compliance Management (40 Marks) 

Part II: Secretarial Audit &Due Diligence (60 Marks) 

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

Part I: Corporate Restructuring (50 Marks) 

Part II: Insolvency& Liquidation (50 Marks) 

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

Module 3 

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

Part-A: Corporate Funding (60 Marks) 

Part B: Listing (40 Marks) 

Paper-8 : Multidisciplinary Case Studies (Marks 100)

Paper - 9. Electives 1 paper out of below 8 papers 

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 Law & Practice 

9.6 Labour Laws & Practice 

9.7 Valuations & Business Modelling 

9.8 Insolvency – Law and Practice

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