How to Clear CS Executive in First Attempt- Tips by Qualified CA

CS Executive is the second stage of the professional course of Company Secretary. The executive stage is basically designed to inculcate skills and competence of executive program passed students. The main objective is to make students capable and competent to act as Secretarial Executive in companies or in professional and consultancy firms.

As we all know that the Company Secretary Course is a distance learning professional course offered by Institute of Company Secretaries of India. It is a professional course which is not only a reputed one rather is very lucrative in terms of salary.

Students who are interested to pursue this course has to undergo different stages of examinations along with some practical training sessions.

The different stages of examination includes the following-

  • CSEET Programme
  • Executive Programme
  • Professional Programme
  • Management Training

As all of us understand that nowadays, there’s a great emphasis on adherence to norms of efficient corporate governance, hence the demand of Company Secretaries has also risen especially after enactment of Company Act 2013. The role of Company Secretary revolves around the following domains-

  • Structure of the company
  • Management of the company
  • Administration of the company
  • Provisions related to conduct of affairs of company

Company Secretary Courses and Specialization- Executive Programme Papers

CS Executive is the second stage to clear for becoming CS i.e., Company secretary. After the completion of CS Foundation Course (First Stage), there are two more courses to be completed to become CS which are CS Executive & CS Professional. So, the second stage is the CS Executive.

Students can apply for the executive program through the CS foundation route or direct entry route provided by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. For the direct route, the student must have cleared the graduation in commerce, or CMA foundation program, or CA foundation program to register for the executive level.

To appear for the executive program exams, the student must have cleared the Student Induction Program (SIP). Also, they have successfully completed a computer training program as may be specified from time to time by the Council. The institute has not described any age limit to appear in the CS executive program.  

The course of Company Secretary is a professional course. The three stages of the course , Foundation, Executive and Professional have different subjects. In this article , we will discuss the Professional Stage of CS Course.

There are 8 papers divided into 2 Modules in CS Executive Programme

Executive Programme [8papers] ( New Syllabus – w.e.f. 1st Mar 2018 )

Module I (4 Papers) Module II (4 Papers)
1. Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws5. Corporate & Management Accounting
2. Company Law6. Securities Laws & Capital Markets
3. Setting Up Of Business Entities And Closure7. Economic, Business And Commercial Laws
4. Tax Laws8. Financial And Strategic Management

Duration of CS Executive Exam

CS Executive Exams are usually held two times in a year i.e. in the months of June & December.

CS Executive Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Before planning to start the preparation, the students must know about the exam details, patterns and syllabus of CS Executive.

Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Mode of ExamPen and paper-based
Duration of ExamThree Hours (180 minutes)
Type of QuestionsBoth Objective and Subjective For Objective papers- 100 MCQ each paper For Subjective papers- Total 6 questions each divided into 4 parts
Total Number of PapersTotal two modules – 4 papers in each module
Number of CS Professional Subjects/ Papers8
Marking Scheme2 marks for each correct answer Negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer

Study Plan for CS Executive Exam 2021

1. Ensure complete understanding of the CS Study Material

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) provides study material for the candidates preparing for the CS Executive exam. Go through those study materials along with some reference books as recommended by experts. Conceptual understanding and correlations among various topics are the best strategies you can adopt while preparing for theoretical topics because everything is correlated.  Don’t focus on memorizing, but understanding and analyzing the topic.

2. Practice of making notes

While studying the chapters make short and handy notes of the topics. This will not only help in noting down the important points but also help in remembering the topics for the future. Keep a small notebook handy while studying a new chapter. Focus on writing for theoretical subjects. It will not only improve the writing speed but also help remember the topics easily. Practice as much as you can before the exams, do the writing instead of just learning formulas.

3. Start with a proper Time Table

Prepare a timetable or study routine so that all the CS Syllabus is covered within a given time period. It is necessary to dedicate most of the time to CS Executive exam preparation. The aim should be to complete one chapter at a time. After doing that, refer to the practice manual, scanner, and gauge if the coverage is maximum.

Time tables can be made on a weekly or monthly basis with breakups in between.

4. Setting targets

Set targets for a day that is achievable. Do not set such targets which are impossible to achieve. It will only lead to exam burden and not help in any way. Aspirants must try to finish the entire syllabus at least three months before the main exam. One and a half months should be dedicated for revision. During the revision phase-only go through the previous chapters which are completed, and focus on improving the weaknesses

5. Analyzing the actual performance very week

Analyze every week’s target and check if there are any backlogs. Monitor the effort put in and revise the schedule accordingly.

6. Never Do following

  • Never go with selective topics, go through each and every concepts and chapter thoroughly.
  • Never refer to old study material. Before every attempt, you can find all the supplements, practice paper, ICSI Study Material, amendment of all sorts in every subject 
  • Try to finish your revision beforehand, do not leave anything undone or partly done. Time management is the key.

Before you read more, check out these posts:

1. How to Prepare for CS Professional | Complete CS Professional Syllabus

2. Company Secretary Jobs in India | Company Secretary Salary in India

Some reference books for CS Executive Preparation

  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-1 Jurisprudence, Interpretation And General Laws for June 2020 Exam
  • CS Executive Paper 1 Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws (Google Drive + Printed Book)
  • Company Law
  • Company Law Made Easy
  • Company Law – Paper Objective Compilation
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme Module – I (2017 Syllabus) Paper – 3 Setting Up Of Business Entities And Closure For June 2020 Exam
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-3 Setting Up Of Business Entities And Closure for June 2020 Exam
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Professional Programme Module I (2017 Syllabus) Paper-2 Advanced Tax Laws (Applicable For June 2021)
  • CS Executive Paper 4 Tax Laws (Google Drive + Printed Book)
  • Tax Laws & Practice With MCQs
  • Management Accounting
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-5 Corporate And Management Accounting for June 2021 Exam
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-6 Securities Laws And Capital Market for June 2021 Exam
  • Solution Securities Laws and Compliance
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-7 Economic, Business And Commercial Laws for June 2021 Exam
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme Module-II (2017 Syllabus) Paper-7 Economic, Business And Commercial Laws (Applicable For June 2021)
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Shuchita Prakashan Scanner CS Executive Programme (Green Edition) Paper-8 Financial And Strategic Management for June 2021 Exam

CS Executive Examination Syllabus

ICSI CS Executive New Syllabus Study Material : Module 1

No.PaperCoverage
1.Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General LawsConstitution of India, Law of Torts, Interpretation of Statutes & Other General Laws (Limitation, Specific Relief, Evidence, Stamp, Registration, General Clauses, CPC, CrPC, Arbitration, RTI)
2.Company LawPart A: Company – Law, Principles and Concepts, Companies Act, 2013 except areas covered in Paper 3 and other papers in professional paper (50 Marks)
Part B: Company Administration and Meetings- Law and Practices (Directors, KMP, Board and General Meetings, Secretarial Standards) (40 Marks)
Part C : Company Secretary as a profession (10 Marks)
3.Setting up of Business Entities & ClosurePart A : Setting up of Business (40 Marks)
1)    Setting up of various types of business& other Entities
2)    Setting up of professional firms
3)    Setting up of business outside India
Part B: Registration, Licence & Compliances (35 Marks)
Part C : Insolvency, Liquidation & Closure of Business (25 Marks)
4.Tax LawsPart A: Direct Taxes (50 marks)
Part B: Indirect Taxes-Goods and Services Tax (50 Marks)

ICSI CS Executive New Syllabus Study Material : Module 2

No.PaperCoverage
5.Corporate & Management AccountingPart A: Corporate Accounting (40 Marks)
Part B: Accounting Standards (15 Marks)
Part C: Concept and Principles of Valuation (20 Marks)
Part D: Cost & Management Accounting (25 marks)
6.Securities Laws & Capital MarketsPart A: Securities Laws (80 Marks)
Part B: Capital Markets & Intermediaries (20 Marks)
7.Economic, Business and Commercial LawsPart A: Foreign Exchange Management & NBFCs (40 Marks)
Part B: Competition Law (25 marks)
Part C: Business and Commercial Laws (35 Marks)
8.Strategic and Financial Management– Principles and TechniquesPart A: Strategic Management (40 Marks)
Part B: Financial Management (30 Marks)
Part C: Information Technology (30 Marks)

Arrangement Of Study Lessons- Module Wise and Subject Wise

Module 1
Module-1 Paper-1 Jurisprudence, Interpretation and General Laws1. Sources of Law
2. Constitution of India
3. Interpretation of Statutes
4. General Clauses Act, 1897
5. Administrative Law
6. Law of Torts
7. Limitation Act, 1963
8. Civil Procedure Code, 1908
9. Indian Penal Code, 1860
10. Criminal Procedure Code, 1973
11. Indian Evidence Act, 1872
12. Special Courts, Tribunals under Companies Act & Other Legislations
13 Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996
14. Indian Stamp Act, 1899
15. Registration Act, 1908: Registration of Documents
16. Right to Information Act, 2005
17. Information Technology Act, 2000
Module-1 Paper-2
COMPANY LAW


PART I: Company Law, Principles & Concepts

1. Introduction to Company Law
2. Shares and Share Capital
3. Members and Shareholders
4. Debt Instruments
5. Charges
6. Distribution of Profits
7. Corporate Social Responsibility
8. Accounts, Audit and Auditors
9. Transparency and Disclosures
10. An overview of Inter-Corporate Loans, Investments, Guarantees and Security,
Related Party Transactions
11. Registers and Records
12. An overview of Corporate Reorganization
13. Introduction to MCA 21 and filing in XBRL
14. Global Trends and Developments in Company Law

Part II: Company Administration and Meetings – Law and Practices

15. Board Constitution and its Powers
16. Directors
17. Key Managerial Personnel (KMP’s) and their Remuneration
18. Meetings of Board and its Committees
19. General Meetings
20. Virtual Meetings

Part III : Company Secretary as a Profession Secretaries

21. Legal framework governing Company Secretary
22. Secretarial Standards Board
23. Mega Firms
Module-1 Paper-3
Setting up of Business Entities and Closure
Part – A: Setting up of Business (40 Marks)
1. Choice of Business Organization
2. Types of Companies
3. Part I : Charter Documents of Companies
Part II : Alteration of Charter Documents
4. Legal Status of Registered Company
5. Formation of LLP
6. Different Forms of Business Organizations & its Registration
7. Formation and Registration of NGO’s
8. Financial Services Organization and its Registration Process
9. Startups and its Registration
10. Business Collaborations
11. Setting up of Business outside India and Issues Relating Thereto
12. Conversion of Business Entities

Part B: Registration; Licenses & Compliances (35 Marks)
13. Various Initial Registrations and Licenses
14. Maintenance of Registers and Records
15. Identifying Laws applicable to Various Industries and their Initial Compliances
16. Intellectual Property Laws (Provisions applicable for Setting up of Business)
17. Compliances under Labor Laws (Provisions applicable for Setting up of Business)
18. Compliances relating to Environmental Laws (Provisions applicable for Setting up of Business)

Part C: Insolvency; Winding up & Closure of Business (25 Marks)

19. Dormant Company
20. Strike Off and Restoration of Name of the Company and LLP
21. Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process, Liquidation and Winding Up: An Overview
Module-1 Paper-4
TAX LAWS
PART I (DIRECT TAX)

1. Direct taxes – At a glance
2. Basic concept of income tax
3. Incomes which do not form part of total income
4. Computation of income under various heads
5. Clubbing provisions and set off and / or carry forward of losses
6. Deductions from gross total income & rebate and relief
7. Computation of total income and tax liability of various entities
8. Classification and tax incidence on companies
9. Procedural compliance
10. Assessment, appeals & revision

PART II (INDIRECT TAX)
11. Concept of Indirect Taxes at a glance
12. Basics of Goods and Services Tax ‘GST’
13. Concept of Time, Value & Place of Taxable Supply
14. Input Tax Credit & Computation of GST Liability – Overview
15. Procedural Compliance under GST
16. Basic overview on Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST), Union Territory Goods and Service
tax (UTGST), and GST Compensation to States
17. Overview of Customs Act
Module-2 Paper-5
Corporate and Management Accounting
Part I : Corporate Accounting

1. Introduction to Financial Accounting
2. Introduction to Corporate Accounting
3. Accounting for Share Capital
4. Accounting for Debentures
5. Related Aspects of Company Accounts
6. Financial Statements Interpretation
7. Consolidation of Accounts as per Companies Act, 2013
8. Corporate Financial Reporting
9. Cash Flow Statements
10. Accounting Standards (AS)
11. National And International Accounting Authorities
12. Adoption, Convergence and Interpretation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
and Accounting Standards In India.

Part II : Management Accounting and Valuation

13. An Overview of Cost
14. Cost Accounting Records & Cost Audit Under Companies Act, 2013
15. Budget, Budgeting and Budgetary Control
16. Ratio Analysis
17. Management Reporting (Management Information Systems)
18. Decision-Making Tools
19. Valuation Principles & Framework
20. Valuation of Shares, Business And Intangible Assets
21. Accounting for Share-Based Payments (Ind AS 102)
22. Methods of Valuation
Module-2 Paper-6
Securities Laws and Capital Markets
Part I – Securities Laws

1. Securities Contracts (Regulations) Act, 1956
2. Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992
3. Depositories Act, 1996
4. An Overview of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018
5. An Overview of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015
6. An Overview of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011
7. SEBI (Buy-Back of Securities) Regulations, 2018
8. SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009
9. SEBI (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 – An Overview
10. SEBI (Issue of Sweat Equity) Regulations, 2002 – An Overview
11. SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015
12. Mutual Funds
13. Collective Investment Schemes
14. SEBI (Ombudsman) Regulations, 2003

Part II – Capital Market and Intermediaries
15. Structure of Capital Market
16. Securities Market Intermediaries
Module-2 Paper-7
ECONOMIC, BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAWS
Part I – Securities Laws

1. Securities Contracts (Regulations) Act, 1956
2. Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992
3. Depositories Act, 1996
4. An Overview of SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2018
5. An Overview of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015
6. An Overview of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011
7. SEBI (Buy-Back of Securities) Regulations, 2018
8. SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2009
9. SEBI (Share Based Employee Benefits) Regulations, 2014 – An Overview
10. SEBI (Issue of Sweat Equity) Regulations, 2002 – An Overview
11. SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015
12. Mutual Funds
13. Collective Investment Schemes
14. SEBI (Ombudsman) Regulations, 2003

Part II – Capital Market and Intermediaries
15. Structure of Capital Market
16. Securities Market Intermediaries
Part I: Foreign Exchange Management and NBFCs

1. Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
2. Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999
3. Foreign Exchange Transactions & Compliances
4. Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
5. Foreign Direct Investments – Regulations & FDI Policy
6. Overseas Direct Investment
7. Liberalized Remittance Scheme
8. External Commercial Borrowings (ECB)
9. Foreign Trade Policy & Procedure
10. Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs)
11 Special Economic Zones Act, 2005

Part II : Competition Law
12. Competition Act, 2002

Part III : Business & Commercial Laws
Consumer Protection
13. Consumer Protection Act, 1986:
14. Essential Commodities Act, 1955
15. Legal Metrology Act, 2009
Property Law
16. Transfer of Property Act, 1882
17. Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016
Anti-Corruption Laws
18. Benami Transaction Prohibitions (Act)
19. Prevention of Money Laundering
Business Laws
20. Indian Contracts Act, 1872
21. Specific Relief Act, 1963
22. Sale of Goods Act, 1930
23. Partnership Act, 1932
24. Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
Module-2 Paper 8
FINANCIAL AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Part I: Financial Management
1. Nature, Significance and Scope of Financial Management
2. Capital Budgeting
3. Capital Structure
4. Sources of raising Long term Finance and Cost of Capital
5. Project Finance
6. Dividend Policy
7. Working Capital
8. Security Analysis
9. Portfolio Management
10. Practical Problems and Case Studies

Part II: Strategic Management
11. Introduction to Management
12. Introduction to Strategic Management
13. Business Policy and Formulation of Functional Strategy
14. Strategic Analysis and Planning
15. Strategic Implementation and Control
16. Analyzing Strategic Edge
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