CS Foundation

CS foundation is a first stage of becoming a Company Secretary (CS). CS Foundation is conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

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CS Foundation Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination from a recognized board or University.

Course Registration

  • Candidates must have registered before March 31, 2019 to attempt the CS Foundation
  • Candidates can register as soon as they receive their admit cards of class 12 examination and also while they wait for the results.
  • Proof of passing the examination must be provided to ICSI before six months of provisional registration.

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  • There is no limit on the basis of age and marks secured in class 12 board exams

About CS Foundation

CS foundation is a first stage of becoming a Company Secretary (CS). CS Foundation is conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). CS foundation can be pursued by the candidate after class 12th or equivalent exam in Arts, Science or Commerce but excluding Fine Arts i.e. students from all streams can apply except fine arts. CS Foundation is conducted in June and December every year. After CS foundation stage there are two more stages for candidate to become a CS i.e. CS Executive & CS Professional.

CS foundation Eligibility

Below eligibility is in accordance with CS foundation 2019

  • Candidate must have passed class 12th from a recognized board and there is no specification of marks to be secured in 12 standard
  • There is no Age limit for the candidate specified by ICSI
  • There are certain exemption from CS Foundatione. candidate can directly enrol for CS Executive without qualifying for CS foundation-
  • Graduate or Post Graduate in any stream except Fine Arts
  • Graduate or Post Graduate in Corporate Secretary ship or Commerce Pass in the Final examination of ICMAI, ICIA, or any other Accountancy Institute in India or Abroad recognized by ICSI

CS Foundation syllabus

CS Foundation exam comprises of 4 papers –

Paper 1: Business Environment and Law

  • Business Environment (40 Marks)
  • Business Law (60 Marks)

Paper 2: Business Management, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

  • Business Management (40 Marks)
  • Business Ethics (10 Marks)
  • Business Communication (25 Marks)
  • Entrepreneurship (25 Marks)

Paper 3: Business Economics

  • Economics (80 Marks)
  • Elementary Statistics (20 Marks)

Paper 4: Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

  • Fundamentals of Accounting (70 Marks)
  • Fundamentals of Auditing (30 Marks)

CA Foundation Exam Pattern-

CS foundation will be an Online Objective type exam i.e. multiple choice questions (MCQs). There will be 50 questions per paper in English and Hindi language. Two papers will be held each day in a session of 90 minutes for both the papers. The remaining two papers will be held the next day. However, for candidate to pass he/she have to obtain passing marks to clear the CS foundation and move to CS Executive:-

40% Marks in each of the four papers

50% Aggregate Marks in all the four papers