CS - Foundation Programme : Course Structure
Course Level Name/Identification
CS ‐ FP : Company Secretaries ‐ Foundation Programme
This is the identification for the first/lowest/starting level of the CS course conducted by the ICSI.
This is the Lowest level at which a student can start pursuing the CS i.e. Company Secretaries
This is the entry level course for any student intending to take up the CS course after their 10 + 2
Minimum 8 months
It is the period starting from the time the student gets registered for the course, to the time the
student completes the coaching and other formalities required for being eligible for appearing at
the main examination at this level.
Since the main examinations are conducted once every six months only, the actual time gap
between registration and appearing at the main examination may be more than 8 months.
The main/final examinations for the CS FP level are conducted twice every year generally on
specified dates which do not change, except under extraordinary circumstances.
First Week of June[2nd to 5th – 2 pm to 5 pm].
Last Week of December[30th to 2nd January – 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm].
Minimum Requirements : Age, Academic Qualifications
There is no stipulation as to the minimum age required for registering for the course.
It should be noted that, for registering for the subsequent level a candidate should have completed
17 years age on the date of making application for registration.
Minimum Academic/Educational Qualifications
A pass at the 10 + 2 (Senior secondary/intermediate) examination of a Board/University
recognised by the Central Government or State Government.
Candidates who have appeared at the 10+2 (intermediate) examination and are confident of
getting through the exam, can register provisionally .
Group (MPC/MEC/BiPC ...)
There is no stipulation as to the group that a student should have taken up at the 10 + 2
examination. Students of all groups are eligible for taking up the CS (Company Secretaries) course
at the FP (Foundation Programme) level.
Medium (English, Hindi, ... )
There is no stipulation as to the medium that a student should have taken up at the 10 + 2
examination. Students of all mediums are eligible for taking up the CS FP level.
This course is available only in English and Hindi media.
Minimum Percentage (%)
There is no stipulation as to the minimum percentage that a student should have got at the 10 + 2
examination. Just a pass at the examination is sufficient.
Are Supplementary Passed Candidates Eligible?
There is no restriction of any sort on the eligibility of supplementary passed candidates in taking
up CS FP (company secretaries foundation programme) level. The minimum academic qualification
required is just a pass at the 10 + 2 level.
A candidate can pursue the course even if he/she is a supplementary passed candidate at the 10 +
2 (senior secondary/intermediate) level.
Pursuing along with 10 + 2 or Intermediate
Can start only after 10 + 2
The course at this level is designed for being pursued by the students along with their Graduation
after their 10 + 2 (senior secondary/intermediate). Pursuing this course along with 10 + 2
(intermediate/senior secondary) is not a possibility.
Provisional Registration ‐ For starting immediately after 10 + 2 Exams
A student who has appeared for the 10 + 2 (senior secondary/intermediate) examination may
apply for CS FP (company secretaries foundation programme) level course provisionally, thereby
starting the pursuit of this course even before the results of the 10 + 2 or intermediate
examinations are out.
The candidate should be able to provide the results of the qualifying examination (10 + 2/senior
secondary/intermediate) within 6 months of such registration, failing which the registration would
This is useful for students writing their exams in March/April as students registering before March
31st can appear at the following December examination.
Pursuing along with Formal Graduation Courses
Pursuing along with Graduation
There is no restriction with regard to pursuance of CS FP (company secretaries foundation
programme) level along with any other course i.e. any graduation course or diploma course. It is
designed for being pursued along with Graduation after their 10 + 2 (senior
A student on passing the CS FP level would be taking up the CS EP level. The course at the both
these levels can be pursued along with graduation/postgraduation courses.
Pursuing along with B.Sc | B.Tech | M.B.B.S | ...
Since the course is basically commerce oriented, the best bet is a student doing this course along
with formal B.Com course of any university.
However this is not a requirement/compulsion. Even students doing their Graduation course in the
science stream, can pursue this course along with their graduation (i.e. B.Sc). Even students doing
engineering, medicine etc can also pursue this course along with their graduation courses.
These would be useful to those who are capable of building their own enterprises in their
profession like corporate hospitals etc.
Are Graduates required to take up this level?
Graduates are not required to take up this level. They can start their pursuit of the CS course at
the CS EP (company secretaries executive programme) level directly.
The CS FP level is thus the entry level only for those students who intend to take up the course
after their 10 + 2 (intermediate/senior secondary) i.e. along with their graduation.
The admission requirements for the CS EP (Company Secretaries Executive Programme) level of
the course stipulates that the student should have qualified in either CS FP (Company Secretaries
Foundation Programme) or should be a Graduate.
Course Structure Pattern
The CS FP (Company Secretaries Foundation Programme) level course consists of only theoretical
examinations. There are 7 subjects arranged into 4 papers of 100 marks each.
Inter/(10 + 2) Foundation Programme
[7 subjects arranged into
4 papers of 100 marks each.]
Graduation/(10 + 2 + 3)
[11 subjects arranged into 2 modules
of 3 papers of 100 marks each.]
[15 subjects arranged into 4 modules
of 2 papers of 100 marks each.]
Temporary Status till membership is acquired.
(This is not a kind of membership)
Pre Membership Training [16 months]
The training includes
TOP Training Orientation Programme for 5 days
ADP Academic Development Programme for 25 hours
SMTP Secretarial Modular Training Programme for 15 days
Post Qualification Courses [Optional]
A student has to get through the papers at this level and thereby pass the foundation programme
level to be eligible to go to the next level (Executive Programme) of the course.
To pass/qualify at the examination a student has to obtain a minimum of 40% in each paper and
an aggregate of 50% in all the papers together, failing which the student has to reappear in all the
Wherein the student has failed the examination but has obtained high marks in one or more
papers as specified, there are certain exemptions from appearing in that paper.
Subjects to be Studied
Each paper 3 hours – 100 Marks
01. English and Business Communication
Part A : English 50 Marks
Part B : Business Communication 50 Marks
02. Economics and Statistics
Part A : Economics 50 Marks
Part B : Statistics 50 Marks
03. Financial Accounting
04. Elements of Business Laws and Management
Part A : Elements of Business Laws 50 Marks
Part B : Elements of Management 50 Marks
Use the subject names as links to pages containing the syllabus and list of recommended books BACK