“ICSI CSEET is the qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme” conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. This test is conducted 4 times in a year, mostly in the months of January, May, July & November.
It’s a national level examination. The language of the examination is English and the purpose of conducting this exam is to train and certify the candidates who aspire to become Company Secretaries
- Latest Notification
- Date of Test
- Eligibility Criteria (excluding exemptions)
- Registration dates for CSEET for January 2023
- Steps for registration for CSEET by the students
- CSEET 2021 fees schedule- Category wise
- CSEET Syllabus For Jan 2023
- Paper wise Important Topics and Coverage
- Books which can be referred
The registration for the January session of CSEET has been opened on 16th Oct 2022 by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The last date to apply for CSEET registration 2023 is December 15, 2022. That means all those candidates who are interested to appear in the January schedule of CSEET, are required to register themselves for CSEET 2023, should apply before this deadline.
Date of Test
The CSEET 2023 exam for January session will be held on January 7, 2023.
Eligibility Criteria (excluding exemptions)
A candidate should check the eligibility criteria before applying for CSEET. For being eligible, the candidate needs to meet the minimum criteria of qualification laid down by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
- 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.
- Candidates of Indian Nationality can only apply for this test and candidates from foreign nationality are not eligible for the same.
- Candidate below the age of 17 years is also not eligible for appearing in the test.
Registration dates for CSEET for January 2023
|Commencement of Registration||October 16, 2022|
|Last date to register for CSEET||December 15, 2022|
|Release of CSEET Admit Card||To be notified|
|CSEET Exam date||January 07, 2023|
Steps for registration for CSEET by the students
1. Opening of website of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India
In order to get registered , first open the website www.icsi.edu in any web browser
2. Second step would be to click on the icon appearing as “Online Services” on the page opened
3. After clicking on this button, a dropdown menu will start getting appearing showing different options of all online services being provided by the Institute. Out of all these, we have to click on the “CSEET registration” option.
4. After clicking the CSEET Registration option, following window will appear with a lot of options and text including certain guidelines, instructions etc
5. Before proceeding further , the student has to ensure that soft copies of the following documents are ready and available in the same computer through which the registration is being done
- Photograph of the candidate
- Signature of the candidate
- Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
6. Guidelines given by the Institute need to be followed before going further
- All the files should be present in one of the following formats(jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp,pdf).
- The maximum allowed file size is 2 MBs.
- File size of student photo should be between 20kb to 50kb.
- File Size of student signature should be between 10kb to 20kb.
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7. Tick the options in the appropriate boxes and proceed further and click the button proceed for registration. After clicking, a new page will be opened
8. All Basic details are required to be filled, which includes following
- Aadhar Card Number
- Title Mr./Ms./Mrs/Mx
- First Name
- Middle Name
- Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Mobile Number
- Re-enter Mobile Number
- Email Address
- Re-Enter Email Address
- CSEET Exam Center
- Full Address including Country, State/ Province, District, City, Postal Code
After filling all the details, click on the next button
9. After this a new page will appear showing following options
After entering the basic details, a unique request id will be generated which the student has to take into account.
The confirmation will be sent to the registered mobile number.
10. After noting the registration number, click the next button
11. Then the next information to be filled includes the details regarding fees for CSEET
12. The Registration Fees for appearing in CSEET is Rs.1,000/- (Rupees One Thousand Only) per student per appearance.
CSEET 2021 fees schedule- Category wise
|Category||Payable fee||Concession %|
|Physically Handicapped||Rs 500/-||50%|
|Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services andParamilitary Forces||Rs 500/-||50%|
|Students from the North Eastern States, Andaman &Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep & Himachal Pradesh||Rs 500/-||50%|
|ICSI Staff and Wards / Spouse of ICSI Staff||Rs 250/-||75%|
|Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence ServicePersonnel with Permanent Disability||Nil||100%|
|ICLS Officers/ Officers & Staff of MCA and affiliatedoffices (NCLT, SFIO and CCI)||Nil||100%|
|Students from the Union Territories of Jammu &Kashmir and Ladakh||Nil||100%|
After entering the fees amount, click on the next button
13. Uploading of Mandatory Documents
c. ID Proof
d. DOB Certificate
e. 10+2 Marksheet/ Certificate
Rest will depend upon the type of category of student who is applying for.
14. Undertaking given on the page has to be ticked by the student before proceeding further. After that click on the option given as “Next” to proceed further.
15. Next Step would be preview of Application made by the student to cross check all the details entered by the student.
16. Then Click on the confirmation button to proceed further
17. After this, another screen will appear which will include the Payment options
Several payment methods can be utilized to pay the registration fees for CSEET 2021. The CSEET registration fees 2021 can be paid using online means. Candidates need to pay the fees for CSEET 2021 using the following payment methods.
- Axis Bank- Credit/Debit Card
- Kotak Bank- Credit/Debit Card, Internet Banking, UPI, Wallets
- Bill Desk- Credit/Debit Card, Internet Banking, Wallets, Cash Cards, UPI
- Challan- Challan can be generated at any branch of Canara Bank
The steps for CSEET registration fees payment are as given below:
- Choose the preferred payment method
- You will be redirected to a payment gateway
- Fill in the required payment details
- Pay the fees for CSEET 2021.
A transaction id will be generated and informed to candidate.
18. After Payment, final step of registration will be completed. Candidates will be notified through SMS or email regarding the final registration. The schedule for appearing in CSEET will be informed over email
What after filling the CSEET Application Form 2023?
Once the CSEET registration is completed in the system, then the admit card for the student will be released by the ICSI website. Candidates are mandatorily required to download the admit card in advance. This implies that the candidates are required to carry the admit card in advance before they appear for the CSEET. The same can be downloaded through the official website of the ICSI. Being an important document for appearing in the test, the same needs to be carried along by all the registered candidates.
The new break up for computer based CSEET in MCQ pattern of 140 minutes would be as under
|Subject||Questions||1 marks + 2 marks ques||Total marks|
|Business Communication||35||20 + 15||50|
|Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning||35||20 + 15||50|
|Economic and Business Environment||35||20 + 15||50|
|Current Affairs||35||20 + 15||50|
CSEET Syllabus For Jan 2023
|Business Communication||Essentials of Good EnglishCommunicationBusiness Correspondence|
|Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning||Constitution of IndiaIndian Contract Act & Law of TortsElements of Company Secretaries LegislationElements of Company lawLogical ReasoningVerbal ReasoningNon verbal Reasoning|
|Economic and Business Environment||Basics of Demand and SupplyForms of Market CompetitionNational Income Accounting and related conceptsIndian Union BudgetIndian Financial MarketsIndian EconomyIndian EconomyBusiness EnvironmentKey Government Institutions|
|Current Affairs and Presentation and Communication Skills||Current Affairs of National and International SignificancePresentation skillsWritten Communication SkillsOral Communication Skills|
Paper wise Important Topics and Coverage
|Paper||Topic||Important Parts to be Covered|
|Business Communication||Essentials of Good English||English Grammar and its usage-Noun, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjection, Voice, Articles, Tenses, Prefix and Suffix, Punctuations etc.Enriching Vocabulary-Choice of words, Synonyms and Antonyms• Common errors in English• Words with multiple meaning• One word substitution• Words frequently mis-spelt• Homophones• Idioms and phrases• Proverbs• Abbreviations• Para jumbles• Sentence completion• Sentence arrangement• Sentence correction• Foreign words and phrases commonly used• Comprehension of passage and art of Summarizing|
|Communication||Concept of Communication, Meaning and Significance ofGood CommunicationBusiness Communication- Principles and ProcessMeans of Communication- Written, Oral, Visual, AudiovisualChoice of Modes of CommunicationCommunication Networks- Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Wheel, StarCommonly used Mediums of Digital Communication- Email,SMS, Voice mail, Multimedia, Teleconferencing, MobilePhone Conversation, Video Conferencing etc.Listening Skills-Types, Purpose, Steps to EffectiveListening, Barriers to Effective Listening and Ways to overcome the BarriersBarriers to Effective Communication and Ways to overcome the Barriers|
|Business Correspondence||Business Letters – Its Essentials, Parts, Types, SalutationsPositive Messages, Negative Messages and PersuasiveMessagesBusiness Reports, Inter and Intra-departmentalCommunication- Office Orders, Office Circulars,Memorandum, Office Notes, Management InformationSystem (MIS)Concept of Web, Internet and E-correspondenceIntranet- Benefit and PurposeEmail – Features, Procedure to Write a Formal Email, EmailEtiquettesEssential Elements of Email- Subject line, Formal Greeting,Target Audience (Reader), Clarity and Conciseness, FormalClosing, Proof reading, FeedbackAdvantages and Disadvantages of Email|
|Common Business Terminologies||Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations including Financial and Non-Financial terms and expressions.|
|Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning||Indian Constitution||Preamble• Citizenship• Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties• Directive Principles of State Policy• State under Constitution• President and GovernorsCouncil of Ministers and Prime Minister•Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly,Legislative Council• Supreme Court and High Courts• Landmark Amendment in Constitution• List of subjects-Centre, State and Concurrent|
|Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)|
Law of ContractLaw of TortsOffer, Acceptance, Consideration andCompetency to Contract.AgreementTypes of Contract: Void, Voidable, UnenforceablePerformance of ContractFrustration of ContractQuasi ContractBreach of Contract and RemediesBasics of TortsSpecific DefensesNuisance and NegligenceStrict, Absolute and Vicarious LiabilityTrespassMalicious Prosecution
|Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation||Meaning and Nature of Company• Types of Companies• Incorporation of a Company• Types of capital• Board of Directors -(Concept, Appointment andRemoval of Directors)• Board Meetings & Shareholders MeetingsCorporate Social Responsibility• Business Ethics• Ethical Dilemma|
|Legal Reasoning||Legal Fundamentals and Terms• Legal Problems – Reading and understanding a case• Legal Terminology and Maxims• Legal Reasoning-(a) Reasoning by Analogy(b) Inductive and Deductive Reasoning• Questions of Fact (or factual issues)• Questions of Law (or legal issues)• Landmark Judgments of Supreme Court and High Court• Reading Comprehension|
|Logical Reasoning||Calendars• Cause and Effect Reasoning• Clocks• Coding and Decoding• Deriving Conclusion from Passages• Drawing Inference• Number Test• Sequence and Series• Statement and Assumptions|
|Verbal Reasoning||Alphabet Test• Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle• Analogy• Assertion and Reason• Blood Relations• Decision Making• Inserting Missing Characters• Logical Sequence Test• Logical Venn Diagram• Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test• Syllogism• Truth Tellers and Liars|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning||Analytical Reasoning• Classification• Completion of Incomplete Pattern• Figure Matrix• Grouping of Identical Figures• Mirror Image• Rule Detection• Numeric and Alphabet Series|
|Economic and Business Environment||Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition||Theory of Demand and SupplyEquilibrium PriceElasticity of Demand and Supply and other relatedconceptsIncrease and Decrease in Demand and Expansionand Contraction of DemandForms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly,Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and MonopolisticCompetition|
|National Income Accounting and Related Concepts||Meaning and methods to compute National Income• Key variables of National Income (GNP, GDP, NNP,NDP etc.)|
|Indian Union Budget||Key terminologies / heads covered under the budgetRevenue and Capital BudgetMajor components of Revenue and Capital BudgetMeaning of Fiscal DeficitComponents/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit|
|Indian Financial Markets||Overview of Indian Financial EcosystemKey facets of Indian financial systemGrowth of Financial InstitutionsPublic and private sector banksIndustrial Finance Corporation of India, SmallIndustries Development Bank of IndiaRegional Rural BanksCooperative BanksNon-Banking Finance CompaniesBasics of Capital Market: Types of Shares andDebenturesFinancial assistance scenario for Small and MediumEnterprises and Start-Ups.|
|Indian Economy||Primary (Agriculture and allied activities)Secondary (Manufacturing)Tertiary (Services):Current scenario of agriculture and allied activities in IndiaAgricultural and Industrial Policies of IndiaCurrent scenario of services sector in IndiaBalance of PaymentsComponents of Balance of PaymentsFavorable and Unfavorable Balance of TradeForeign Investments in India- Types and Flows|
|Entrepreneurship Scenario||Government initiatives to foster entrepreneurshipNeed for entrepreneurship in IndiaBottlenecks in entrepreneurial growth|
|Business Environment||Overview of Business EnvironmentFeatures and factors influencing business environmentTypes of environment: Economic environment,Socio-cultural environment, Political environment,Legal and Technological environmentEase of Doing Business Index by World Bank forIndia and Department for Promotion of Industry andInternal Trade (DPIIT) for States|
|Key Government Institutions||Basic awareness about various institutions and regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, MCA, SEBI, RBI, IBBI, CCI, NCLT/NCLAT etc|
|Current Affairs and Presentation and Communication Skills||Current Affairs||Current affairs of national and internationalimportance relating to:• International bodies (ASEAN, BRICS, SAARC, G-20,BIMSTEC, etc.)• Organizations like, RBI, NABARD, CCI, IBBI, IMF,OECD, ADB, World Bank, etc.• Summits and conferences• Current development in Banking and Finance(digital banking, govt. initiatives, financialinclusion, etc.)• Current development in stock markets• Recent important judgments passed by SupremeCourt and High Courts of India, Tribunals• Current affairs related to CS Institute/Professionand regulatory bodies• Current updates on environment, bio-diversity,climate change and sustainable development• Latest developments in science and technology,IT, Computers and Space science• Business personalities and leaders• Committees and appointments• Art and culture• Books and their authors• Awards and honours• Sports• Current political scenario• Initiatives/ schemes of the government• Language and national symbolsGovernance and ethics• International diplomacy|
|Listening Skills||Questions based on audio clips– Monologue– Dialogue• Grammar Test• Vocabulary Test|
|Written Communication Skills||Writing on a given topic• Correcting a given paragraph• Short Note writing• Essay writing• Precis writing|
|Oral Communication Skills||Candidates are expected to:– Answer a question– Speak on a given topic– Explain the given term|
Books which can be referred
Considering this exam to be highly competitive and on national level, every student must prepare to qualify the same. ICSI has not exclusively recommended any of the reference books for preparing the examination and scoring excellent marks subject wise. Although this is not an exhaustive list but students can definitely score good marks by referring these study books.
- For preparing the questions w.r.t Company Law, students can refer books from Taxmann publishers
- Even they can also find really good Multiple Choice Questions on Company Law from this publisher
- The conceptual understanding regarding Business Communication can be made from the ICSI study material only
- For understanding Business and Commercial laws, students can refer books of CS Anoop Jain
- For updating the knowledge w.r.t. current affairs, any periodicals, newspapers or journals can serve the purpose
Although students can also refer some of the previous year question papers for preparing well in the exam and consequently they can also prepare along with the speed and meeting the timeline requirement of clearing the exam.