Proposed ICSI Curriculum
Vision New ICSI 2022
The Council of the
ICSI approved the Vision New ICSI 2022 and it was released on the day of
inauguration of ICSI Golden Jubilee Celebrations on 4th Oct, 2017.
With a view to create a New ICSI by 2022, we need to develop a cadre of competent Company Secretaries through quality curriculum including robust training structure.
Accordingly, the Institute is now in the process of implementation of the Vision New ICSI 2022 to achieve its goals.
To achieve the above, the Vision New ICSI 2022 envisages:-
➢ Constitution of an Academic Board;
➢ Introduction of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET);
➢ Revamped teaching methodology through Class Room Education, Elearning and Postal Education;
➢ On-line Pre-examination Test;
➢ Revised Format of Examination and Evaluation;
➢ New Training Structure comprising of Executive Development, Practical Training and Management Skill Orientation Programme including Research / Project Report and Viva
➢ New Syllabus with focus on Core, Ancillary and Hybrid areas of the CS Profession;
➢ Certification and PMQ Courses with wider choice for the members
The details of the above have been covered in this document for seeking valuable views / suggestions from the Members / Students/Other Stakeholders for implementing the Vision New ICSI 2022 effectively.
An Academic Board comprising eminent Academicians, Professionals, Corporate leaders, Regulators and other experts may be constituted by the Council of the ICSI. The Board will be entrusted with the task of planning and implementation of all academic activities related to the students including:- -
• Scanning of the
economic and regulatory environment;
• Designing the syllabus and its contents and periodical review and revision thereof;
• Designing the mode of education;
• Assessing and finalization the training requirements;
• Designing the mode of examination and evaluation system;
• All other related academic matters for taking a holistic view.
CS Executive Entrance
To ensure that the students have the requisite level of aptitude and skills to pursue the CS course and become successful professionals to meet the stakeholders’ expectations, CSEET may be introduced, in place of Foundation Course, for admission to the Executive Programme of the Company Secretary Course.
Eligibility for appearance in CSEET
Candidates who have passed Senior Secondary (10+2) examination or equivalent thereto of a Board / University constituted by law in India or any other higher examination recognized by the Central / State Government shall be eligible to appear in CSEET.
Syllabus for CSEET
CSEET would comprise of the following subjects:
1. Business Communication;
2. Legal Aptitude & logical Reasoning;
3. Economic and Business Environment;
4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs;
Mode of the CSEET
CSEET will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) based On-line Test to be conducted through designated Test Centers across the country. The Test will be open throughout the year and the students can register at any time for the test on pre-selected date and time by paying prescribed fee. The fee, once paid would be for one attempt and non-refundable. However, a student can change test date one time two days before the examination, without payment of any additional fee, if he is unable to take the Test on the selected date and time due to any reason. The result of the Test will be known to the student immediately after completion of the Test.
CSEET will be a qualifying test of 200 marks, i.e., 50 marks for each subject. An aggregate of 50 % and minimum 40% marks in each subject will be the qualifying criteria.
There will be negative marks for each wrong answer and liable for deduction of 25% of the marks allotted to the respective questions.
Validity of CSEET
Result Qualifying marks will be valid for one year from the date of CSEET for taking admission to the Executive Programme.
Exemption from CSEET
The following qualifications will be recognized for
exemption from CSEET and the candidates possessing these qualifications will be
eligible for direct admission to the Executive Programme:
i) Final Examination (by whatever name called) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India;
ii) Five Year Full Time Integrated Course of Law;
iii)MBA from IIM, FMS and other Institutes as may be decided by the Council;
Examinations Equivalent to CSEET
The following examinations will be considered equivalent to
the CSEET and candidates having such minimum score / rank as may be decided by
the Council will be eligible for admission to the Executive Programme:
iv) JEE (Main);
vii) Preliminary Examination for Civil Services conducted by the UPSE.
Teaching Methodology for Executive and Professional Courses
The ICSI would impart education through the following modes:
• Class Room Education
• Postal Education
Online Pre-examination Test for each subject be introduced and made mandatory to be cleared by the students before enrolment for appearing in Executive or Professional Programme examination. The features of the test may be as follows:-
• test may be conducted online on ‘anywhere anytime’ basis;
• test may be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)with negative marking;
• result of the test would be available immediately on completion of the test;
• result of the test would be linked with the enrolment process for examination;
The purpose of the test shall be to enable the students to
assess their preparedness for the main examinations. This would improve the
pass percentage and simultaneously reduce the number of drop outs.
Revised Format of Examination and Evaluation
The objective of the examination and evaluation shall be to
test the required level of knowledge and skills of the examinees. To achieve
this objective, the examination and evaluation system would ensure:-
Total duration of training shall be 24 months comprising of –
• Executive Development Programme (EDP) for three months;
• Practical Training of Eighteen Months; and
• Management Skill Orientation Programme (MSOP) for three months.
The details of the training structure is as follows:-
a) Executive Development Programme (EDP) – Three months’ training programme (preferably residential) will be conducted after clearing the Executive Programme and before the commencement of the Practical Training. Initially the duration of the EDP may be forty-five days which may be increased to three months. The objective of this programme is to prepare the Executive Programme cleared students for practical training in Trade and Industry / under Practising Company Secretary by developing their soft skills and IT skills.
b) Practical Training with Trade and Industry or Practising Company Secretary – Eighteen months’ on the job Practical Training would be conducted after passing of the Executive Programme and completion of EDP. A student should have completed at least twelve months practical training before appearing for the Professional Programme examination.
c) Management Skills Orientation Programme (MSOP) -Three months’ fully residential in-house training programme will be conducted after passing the Professional Programme, and completion of the practical training of eighteen months. The objective of the MSOP is to develop the communication, legal, managerial and presentation skills to assist the students to meet the needs and requirements of trade and industry, regulators and society at large.
d) Project / Research Report and Viva – As a part of MSOP, each student will be required to prepare and submit a research paper / project report and appear for a Viva-voce thereon. The students shall be required to qualify in Viva-voce and the project report / research paper.
The focus of the EDP and MSOP will be learning through practical problems, case studies, team activities, role plays, management games, problem solving, experience sharing, moot courts, mock board meetings and AGMs, Industry visits, visit to ROC, NCLT, NCLAT, SEBI, CCI and other Regulators related to the Core, Ancillary and Hybrid subjects, and the requisite skills.
➢ Guiding Principles and factors in formulation of Syllabus
i. Creation of brand for the Company Secretary Profession;
ii. The focus of syllabus should be on the development of competencies in the core areas of work of Company Secretaries;
iii. The Syllabus should develop necessary knowledge and skills required for performance of multifaceted role by a Company Secretary;
iv. Curriculum must facilitate gainful employability/ better prospects for practice for fresh members;
v. The education delivery system must provide an opportunity for up-dation and up-gradation of knowledge and skills.
➢ Subject Coverage
Keeping in view critical dimensions, the subject coverage of CS Course Curriculum be divided into the following:
CS Executive Entrance Test
CS Executive Entrance Test (EET)
Objectives: To develop to a fair degree of proficiency in language skills, communication skills, vocabulary. Grammar etc. to enable student read, understand, interpret and communicate in most efficient manner.
1. Antonyms, Synonyms & Analogies
Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
Objective: To develop candidate's interest towards study of law, research aptitude, problem solving ability and logical thinking.
1. Legal Reasoning: Introduction, objectives; Learningresources –a) Prescribed textbook, b) Electronic readings; Legal problems – Reading and understanding a case; Legal reasoning- a) Reasoning by analogy b) Inductive and deductive reasoning; Case law; Judicial decision making.
Economic & Business Environment
Objective To develop basic understanding of economic and business environment, Budgeting, role of Government, Economic Systems and Economic Policies.
1. Indian Economy: Brief History; Sectors; Industries; Agriculture; Services; Foreign Trade & Investment; Currency, Income & consumption; poverty; Employment; Economic disparities;
General Knowledge and Current Awareness
Objective: To develop habit of keeping oneself updated on
happenings in the economic and business world. Detailed Content:
1. Recent economic/business related news from leading newspapers and Journals like, Economic Times, Business Standard, Financial Express, Business Line, Mint, Economist, etc.
2. Renowned Business Personalities andLeaders; Books and Authors
3. Current events of national and international importance
4. Indian and World Geography- Commercial and Physical
5. Banks/Corporate taglines;National and international Stock Exchanges and Financial Centres.
6. Constitution of India: Preamble, Fundamental rights and duties, Directive Principles, Legislative, Judicial and Executive Framework;Political System, Panchayati Raj.