ICSI introduces CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of Foundation Programme. To meet the stakeholders’ expectations and to further enhance the quality of future members is the prime objective of the Vision New ICSI 2022. The Company Secretaries (Amendment). Regulations, 2020 require the introduction of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of the Foundation Programme. With the introduction of CSEET from February 3, 2020, new registration to the Foundation Programme has ceased to exist w.e.f. February 3, 2020, CSEET is the only qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme. CSEET has been introduced keeping in view the diverse academic standards of students seeking admission in the Company Secretaryship Course, to attract meritorious students and to test their aptitude for the Company Secretary profession.

The candidates appearing/passed in class 12th examinations 
shall be eligible for appearing in the CSEET. All the students seeking admission in the Company Secretary Course including graduates/ postgraduates, etc. shall be required to qualify the CSEET from February 3, 2020, onwards. The process of selecting meritorious candidates through CSEET will enhance the quality of future members to meet the expectations of the industry and the regulators.

Regulation 20(1)(ii) of the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 contains the provisions of CSEET. Passing of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is mandatory for all candidates to register for CS  Executive Programme, except a few exempted categories of candidates.

The students appearing in CSEET will be examined under the following subjects: (i) Paper 1: Business Communication (50 marks)
(ii) Paper 2: Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (50 marks)
(iii) Paper 3: Economic and Business Environment (50 marks)
(iv) Paper 4: Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (50 marks)

The CSEET will consist of an On-line Computer Based Examination and Online Viva Voce.

Eligibility Conditions

  • A candidate passed/appearing in the Senior Secondary· (10+2) Examination or
    equivalent thereto is eligible to appear in the CSEET.
  • All Graduates/ Post Graduates who were hitherto eligible· for registration directly to
    CS Executive Programme, are also required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for
    registration to Executive Programme.

Exemptions • 

Candidates who have passed the CS Foundation Programme are exempted from CSEET without any payment of exemption fee.

Candidates who have passed the Final Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET and shall pay `5,000 (Rupees Five Thousand Only) towards exemption fee at the time of Registration to CS Executive Programme. The pattern of the CSEET The Institute will conduct CS Executive Entrance Test based on Objective Type / Multiple Choice Questions and viva-voce for testing listening, written communication and oral communication skills. There are four papers in CS Executive Entrance Test. Each paper contains objective type multiple choice questions having one or more marks each with four options with one correct answer. The duration of the Test shall be 120 minutes and viva-voce on Presentation and Communication Skills of 15 Minutes

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