What to pursue after completing or while completing CS (Company Secretary Course)



Somebody asked me about what to pursue after doing a company secretary course. I thought to write in details about it on my blog. 

What is a company secretary: A company Secretary or CS is a person who looks after overall compliance of an organisation , a corporate organisation (i.e. company) in India. They looks after filing all necessary returns as per the Registrar of the Companies, who keep records of annual general meeting of the company, who ensures that the company is keeping all the records and complying all the provisions of Companies Act 1956 and also various accounting standard of the ICAI. They also play vital role when company is listed in the stock exchange. 

What qualification do I need to have to be a Company Secretary
You must be a CS (Company Secretary) from ICSI. 

Which college offer CS course?
There is no college for this course. This is a chartered, distance learning course. 

How to become a CS?
Stages to become a Company Secretary:
The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 pass or equivalent has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e. 
Foundation Programme
Executive Programme
Professional Programme
The Student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation has to undergo two stages of the Company Secretaryship i.e. 
Executive Programme
Professional Programme
Foundation Programme which is of eight months duration can be pursued by 10+2 pass or equivalent students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream (Excluding Fine Arts)
Executive Programme can be pursued by a Graduate of all streams except Fine Arts.
Professional Programme can be pursued only after clearing the Executive Programme of CS Course
 
ADMISSION TO THE CS COURSE is open throughout the year.  Examinations are held twice a year in June & December.
Cut off dates for admission to CS course: .
For Foundation Programme
31st March for appearing in December Examination  in the same year
30th September for June Examination next year
For  Executive Programme
28th February for appearing in both modules in December Exams in the same year  year
31st May for appearing in single module in December Examination in the same year
31st August  for appearing in both modules in June Exam in the next year
30th November for appearing in single module in June Examination in the next year.
SUBJECTS FOR CS COURSE
There are 4 papers in CS  Foundation Programme
There are 7 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Programme (wef. 01.02.2013)
There are 8 papers divided into 4  Modules in CS   Professional   Programme
SUBJECTS
Foundation Programme [4 papers]

·         Business Environment & Entrepreneurship
·         Business Management, Ethics and Communication
·         Business Economics
·         Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing
Executive Programme [7papers]
Module I
(4papers)
   
·         Company Law
·         Cost and Management Accounting
·         Economic and Commercial Laws
·         Tax Laws and Practice
Module II
(3 papers)
   
·         Company Accounts and Auditing Practices
·         Capital Markets and Securities Laws
·         Industrial, Labour and General Laws
Professional Programme [8 papers]
Module I
(2 papers)  
·         Company Secretarial Practice
·         Drafting,  Appearances and Pleadings
Module II
(2 papers)
·         Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
·         Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
Module III
(2 papers)
·         Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade
·         Advance Tax Laws and Practices
Module IV
(2 papers)
·         Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management
·         Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability
Professional Program ( new syllabus – w.e.f. 1st September 2013 )
MODULE 1
1. Advanced Company Law and Practice
2. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence
3. Corporate Restructuring, Valuation and Insolvency
MODULE 2
4. Information Technology and Systems Audit
5. Financial, Treasury and Forex Management
6. Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
MODULE 3
7. Advanced Tax Laws and Practice
8. Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings
9. Electives 1 out of below 5 subjects
9.1. Banking  Law and Practice
9.2. Capital, Commodity and Money Market
9.3. Insurance Law and Practice
9.4. Intellectual Property Rights - Law and Practice
9.5. International Business-Laws and Practices
Fee Structure for CS Course
CS Foundation Programme              
Rs.4500/-
CS Executive Programme
Rs.9000/- for Commerce Graduates / CPT passed of ICAI / Foundation passed of ICAI-CMA
Rs 10,000/- for Non Commerce Students
Rs 8,500/- for CS Foundation passed students
CS Professional Programme
Rs.12,000/- 
 Examination
1.     Examination is conducted twice a year in June and December
2.      Examination fee
1Foundation Programme  -Rs. 1200/- 
Executive Programme     -  Rs. 1200/- per Module
Professional Programme  -Rs. 1200/- per Module
 Last date for submission of application for appearing in the examination
25th March (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 9th April)
25th September (with late fee of Rs. 250/- till 10th October)
Medium of Examination
The Institute allows facility to students to appear in examination in English as well as in Hindi. (Except Business Communication subject of Foundation Program)
Qualifying Marks
A candidate is declared to have passed the Foundation / Executive / Professional examination, if he/she secures at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate of all subjects.
Time limit for completing CS Examination
A student is required to complete the Executive and the Professional examination within the registration period. However, on payment of requisite fees the validity of registration may be renewed / extended for further period subject to fulfilling the applicable guidelines.
ICSI ORAL TUITION GUIDELINES / PPP GUIDELINES:
Salient features of the Oral Tuition Guidelines & PPP Guidelines: Under the revised guidelines 30 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Foundation / 35 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Executive / 40 lectures of 2 hours duration for each subject of Professional Programme has been made mandatory
Existing Practical experience and training requirements 
The students are required to undergo the following trainings:
1.     7 days Student Induction Programme (SIP)-  within six months of Registration to Executive Programme or exempted therefrom for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.
2.     70 hours compulsory computer training program- for becoming eligible to seek enrolment to appear in Executive Program Examination.
3.     8 days Executive Development Programme (EDP) - after passing the Executive Programme and before commencement of 15 months training.
4.     25 hours of Professional Development Programme (PDP) during 15 months training
5.     15 months training after passing the Executive Programme or Professional Programme on completion of Student Induction Program and Executive Development Program with companies and Company Secretaries in Practice registered with the Institute for imparting training
6.     3 months practical training is required to be undergone by the student if the student completes professional program examination and exempted from undergoing at least 12 months training on the basis of Company Secretaries Regulations,1982, as amended on submitting the documents to the Institute and fulfills the requirement of Regulation 48. This training will be exempted to the students who have undergone 15 months training.
7.     15 days training in a specialized agency such as Registrar of Companies (ROC) / Stock Exchange / Financial and Banking Institution/Management Consultancy Firm can only be commenced if the student completes SIP,EDP , 15 months training and having passed professional program examination.
8.     15 days Management Skills Orientation Programme (MSOP)- after Professional Programme and on completion of Executive Development Program and 15 months training
1.     The students can be exempted from undergoing training totally or partially depending on the practical experience possessed by them on fulfilling the requirement of the Company Secretaries Regulations,1982, as amended, on submitting the relevant documents.
2.      A student after passing the Professional Programme may enroll as ‘Licentiate ICSI’ at his/her option until completion of training requirements.

    What is the average salary for a CS?
    A CS fresher gets minimum starting salary of Rs. 4 lakhs p.a. , a CS + LLB gets slightly higher salary and same is the case for a CA + LLB. If you have cleared it in first attempt or a rank holder, your salary will be much higher.



What other courses should I do alongwith the CS or after CS?

the best combination is a CA  + CS or ICWA / CMA + CS or LLB + CS. You may also decide to opt MBL (Master of Business Law). 

Master of Business Law course is available in distance as well as in full time mode. It is available with National Law University, Jodhpur and other universities.

You can also pursue M.Com Corporate Secretaryship both in distance and full time mode from IGNOU as well as Madras


PhD after CS: Yes, it is possible. You do not need to pursue MBA or a PG degree as almost 55 universities in India recognize CS as equivalent to a post graduation degree. Please see the list below. 



LIST OF UNIVERSITIES WHICH HAVE RECOGNISED THE COMPANY
SECRETARYSHIP QUALIFICATION AS EQUIVALENT TO POST
GRADUATE DEGREE FOR PURSUING PH.D COURSE.
SL. NONAME OF UNIVERSITY
REFERENCE
SUBJECTS
1.Sardar Patel University 
Vallabh Vidyanagar
Gujarat - 388 120

D:A:4/1/8209
dated- 26.12.1980
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Commerce
2.South Gujarat University 
University Campus
Udhana-Magdalia Road
Surat - 395 007. 
A/Eli/Equi/17388
dated 18/23.2.1981
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Open recognition
3.Maharshi Dayanand University, 
Rohtak,
Haryana - 124 001
AC-III/R81/2375
dated 28.2.1981
Click Here
Commerce and allied subjects
4.Guru Nanak Dev University 
Amritsar,
Punjab - 143 005

Gen/Recog/8130
Dated 23.4.1981
Click Here
Commerce
5.University of Poona 
Ganeshkhind
Pune - 411 007
Maharastra

Elg/4251
dated 16/19.6.1981

(Revised Rules for the degree of PhD – 2009)
Click Here
Commerce / Law / Management


Commerce
6.Punjab University, Chandigarh – 160014. 
4416/GM
dated 31.3.1983
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Business Management / Commerce
7.Nagpur University, 
Ravindra Nath Tagore Marg,
Nagpur,
Maharashtra-440 001 
Exam./Recog./5591
dated 21.9.1983

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Commerce
8.Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut
Uttar Pradesh - 250 005. 
Proceeding of the Meeting of Equivalence Committee held on 8.12.83
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Commerce
9.Mangalagangothri Mangalore - 574 199 
MU/ACC/Ph.D/22 84-85 (A5)
dated 31.7.1985
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Open recognition 
10.Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 695 034 
Acad.C-3/2034/85
(Recogn.) dated 7.8.1985
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Commerce
11.University of Mysore Viswavidyanilaya Karya,
Soudha “Crawfort Hall”,
Mysore - 570 005 
R2/917/84-85
dated 12.12.1985

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Commerce
12.Cochin University of Science & Technology Kochi
Kerala - 682 022. 
Ac.A3/10705/85
dated 25.3.1986
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Commerce and allied subjects
13.Bangalore University University City Campus
Bangalore - 560 001 
Com./17663/85-86
dated 3.4.1986

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Commerce
14.Shivaji University Vidayanagar,
Kolhapur - 416 004. 
SU/Eligi./JNV/Equivi/3644
dated 21.12.1988

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Commerce
15.University of Bombay Mumbai - 400 032. 
El/C 121 of 1989
dated 9.1.1989

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Commerce
16.Algappa University Algappa Nagar
Karaikudi - 623 003.
Tamilnadu. 
Letter dated 19.9.1991
Commerce / Corporate Secretaryship / Bank Management
17.Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Tirunelveli - 627 009.
Tamilnadu.

MSU/CE/RECOGN/92-93
dated 12.4.1993

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Commerce and allied disciplines
18.Pondicherry University R V Nagar,
Kala Pet,
Pondicherry - 605 014. 
Letter dated 21.7.1994

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Commerce
19.Kuvempu University Shankarghatta
Shimoga Distt.
Karnataka-577 451 
KU/AB/Afn-2/5212/94-95
dated 25.10.1994

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Commerce/ Law/Management
20.Kakatiya University Warangal
Andhra Pradesh 506 009 
1111/B4/KU/Recogn.94
dated 5.11.1994

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Commerce / Business Management
21.Utkal University, Vani Vihar,
Bhubaneswar
Orissa - 751 004. 
AC/Recog./Gen-40/(P)20463/94
dated 17.11.1994

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Commerce
22.North Maharashtra University Jalgaon,
Maharashtra 425 001

NMU/94/5/33-B/8432
Dated 6.12.1994
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Commerce / Law / Management
23.Karnatak University
Dharwad,
Karnataka
KU/Aca/PG/CRT/95/6993
dated 9.1.1995
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Management
24.Rani Durgawati
Vishwavidhyalaya,
Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh - 482 001
GS/95/31
dated 27.1.1995
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Commerce
25.Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
Marathwada University
Aurangabad,
Maharashtra - 431 004. BR>
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Acad./Elqui/Eligi/94-95/59314
dated 7/8.12.1994
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Open recognition
26.National Law School of India University
Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore - 560 072.
MOU dated 5.11.1997
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Business Laws
27.Sambalpur University Jyoti Vihar, Burla,
Sambalpur – 768 019.
Orissa. 
Notification No.10420/Acd-I
dated 10.7.1998
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Commerce / Management and related field
28North Gujarat University P.B. No.21,
University Road,
Patan, Gujarat 384 002 
Aca/8479/2000
dated 19th August, 2000
Click Here
Open recognition
29.Bhavnagar University, Gruri Shankar Lane Road,
Bhavnagar,
Gujarat - 364 002.

Acad/PG/1994/4349/2002
dated 8th March, 2002
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Commerce
30.The University of Kashmir Hazart Bal
Srinagar - 190 006.

F(Recog.Acad)/KU/002
dated 7.5.2002
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Commerce & Management
31.Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) Dayalbagh,
Agra -282 005 (U.P.) 
DE1/GN/ACD-9/1839
dated 2.1.2003
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Commerce / Management
32.Punjabi University Patiala
Punjab - 147 002

315/ARB
dated 12.3.2003
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Commerce / Law / Management
33.T. M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur,
Bihar – 812 007 
M/39067
dated 7.11.2003
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Open recognition
34.Bharathiar University Coimbatore 641 046
Tamilnadu 
18732-I/S4/2003
dated 02.01.2004
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Commerce
35.National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law 3-4-761, Barkatpura
Hyderabad- 500 027 
MOU dated 10th April, 2004 and letter dated 5.8.2005
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Discipline of Law
36.Banaras Hindu University Varanasi 221 005.
Uttar Pradesh

RAC/Misc/Equivalence/ 2004-05/232
dated 08.06.2004
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Commerce
37.University of Madras University Building
Chepauk, Chennai - 600 005 
D.2/PH.D./ADMN/2004/572
dated 28th June 2004
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Commerce
38.Jiwaji University
Vidya Vihar
Gwalior 474 011 (M.P.)
F/Academy/Arhata/2004/2942
dated 6/7/2004

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Commerce and Allied Disciplines
39.Annamalai University 
Annamalainagar
Chidambaram
Tamilnadu - 608 002 
B6/6430/2003
Dated 5.11.2004
Click Here
Open recognition
40.Sri Venkateswara University
Tirupati, Chittor
Andhra Pradesh 517 502 
8008/C- I(2)/2005
dated 29th April,2005
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Management and Commerce
41.Osmania University 
Hyderabad
Andhra Pradesh - 500 007 
1/L/2005/Acad.
dated 02.01.2006 and

2702/L/2006/Acad.
dated 26.10.2006
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Commerce / Business Management
42.Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya 
R N Tagore Marg
Indore 452 001
Madhya Pradesh

No. 11/06/630
dated 27.04.2006
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Open recognition
43.University of Bikaner
Dungar College Campus 

JNV Colony
Bikaner 334 003 (Raj.) 
F.12()/UOB/Rese/2006/18047-18107
dated 1.11.06
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Commerce/Management/Law
44.Madurai Kamaraj University 
Palkalai Nagar
Madurai 625 021
Tamilnadu 
R3/Ph.D – 2007
dated 13.05.2007
Click Here
Commerce and Management Studies
45.Gobind Singh,Indraprastha University, Delhi,110 006GGSIPU/DAA/2007-08/117
dated 02.01. 2008
Click here
Management and Law
46.Gauhati University, Gopinath Bardoloi Nagar, Guwahati- 781 014GU/AC/Equiv/08/886-888 dated 17. 06. 2008
Click here
Commerce
47Berhampur University ,
Bhanja Bihar,
Berhampur – 760 007(Orissa).
No.10191/Acad-I dated 30.8.2008
Click here
Management
48Mahatma Gandhi University , Kottayam,
Kerala - 686 560
ACD/3/3384/2005 dated 6th October 2008
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Commerce
49University of Kalyani 
Kalyani
West Bengal 741 235
DR/PhD/2010/15(2)
dated 20.7. 2010
Click here
Commerce and Allied Disciplines
50University of Jammu 
Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road
Jammu Tawi -180006
No.F.Acd/II/11/3911-15
Dated:11/07/2011

Click here
Commerce/Management/Law
51Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University 
Jammu and Kashmir             
SMVDU/COM/11/3580
Dated: 22.11.2011
Click here
Management
52Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh202002 (U.P)Dated: 26.11.2011Click hereCommerce
53Ranchi UniversityRanchiMemo: No. GE/1888
Dated : 19.12.2011

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Commerce/Management/Law
54
IIM, Shillong
Mayurbhanj Complex,
 Nonthyammai,
 Shillong – 793 014
 Meghalaya
Fellow Programme in  Management
55
Mahatma Gandhi UniversityMayurbhanj Complex,
 13th Mile, G.S. Road
Opp Forest Training College
PO&OP- Byrnihat,
Dist.-Ri-Bhoi,
Meghalaya
Ref.No./Reg./No 739
Dated: 12.06.2012
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Business Management


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