Where to give CSEET Exam?

“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.

Earlier Notification

Considering the ongoing Pandemic, the mode of conduct of the entrance test was changed from test centres to Remote/ Online Mode.

Where to give CSEET Exam?

The CSEET  was conducted through REMOTE Proctored Mode instead of conducting through test centres.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

But there are some exemptions for appearing in CSEET

  • Candidates who have passed CS Foundation Programme are exempted from CSEET without any payment of exemption fee.
  • Candidates who have passed the Final Examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and/or The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET 

Important dates

The July session CSEET will be conducted on 09th July 2022.

DatesJuly 2022 sessionNovember  2022 session
Registration start dateApril 18, 2022 June 16, 2022 
Registration last dateJune 15, 2022 October 15, 2022 
Admit CardTo be announcedTo be announced
Mock Test To be announced To be announced 
Exam DatesJuly 9, 2022 To be announced
Result dateTo be announcedTo be announced

Modes of appearing in Test

Candidates are allowed to appear for the test through their own laptop/ desktop from home/such other convenient place. Candidates shall not be allowed to appear through smart phone (mobile)/tablet etc.

What is REMOTE Proctored Mode?

This type of mode of examination means writing the exam in a remote area/ location. The integrity of the exam has to be ensured. All the prerequisites of the normal mode of exam has to be maintained in parallel.

Where to give CSEET Exam?

Also this mode facilitates the monitoring of students sitting at a remote location. This means that they can be monitored through video mode also.

What are the essentials to be ensured for this mode of examination?

  • Students can use their own laptop/ computers for appearing in this exam
  • Students can decide their location for appearing in this test
  • Students are not allowed to use smart phones for appearing in this test
  • Uninterrupted power supplies are to be arranged by the students themselves
  • Ensuring continuous internet connectivity will also be the responsibility of the students

Technical Requirements/ Specifications for REMOTE Proctored Mode of CSEET examination

1. Time limits-

  • Logging into portal 30 mins before the time specified for the commencement of the test.
  • No candidate will be allowed to enter into test after lapse of 15 mins of commencement of test
  • Students cannot leave before expiry of 90 mins of commencement of test

2. Reference Material not allowed

  • Any book/ study material is not allowed to be kept by any student during test
  • Handwritten/ printed notes area also not allowed
  • Any electronic device such as smartphones/ pagers/ digital diary/ scientific or programmable calculator can also not be used
  • Additional Laptop and/or Blue tooth devices, Plamtops/Smart Watches or Health bands are not allowed

3. Technical requirements w.r.t. laptops/ desktop being used by the student for appearing in test

ICSI has prescribed various technical specifications w.r.t. 

  • type of Windows, 
  • operating systems, 
  • RAM, 
  • Memory, 
  • Processor, 
  • Web camera, 
  • Screen resolution
  • Browser to be used 
  • Microphone
  • Graphics
  • Multimedia support
  • Internet Connection
  • Antivirus and many more

Which need to be checked and confirmed by every student. 

All the relevant  details can be taken from the official notification released by ICSI https://www.icsi.edu/media/webmodules/COMPANY_SECRETARY_EXECUTIVE_ENTRANCE_TEST%20CSEET.pdf 

4. Documents required

A candidate applying for CSEET should also upload certain set of mandatory documents while getting himself registered. The list has been finalised by the ICSI along with the specifications of size, type, version etc.

  1. Photograph of the candidate
  2. Signature of the candidate
  3. Certificate of Date of Birth
  4. Admit Card/ Hall ticket if appearing in 10+2 examination
  5. Pass Certificate of 10+2 examination
  6. Category certificate applicable to candidate appearing from special category

5. Procedure of Test

  • Log in through secured id and password given by ICSI. These will come through email and SMS
  • Completing the process of Identity verification. This can be done through facial recognition. Then candidate will be required to submit admit card and other details as required for appearing in the exam
  • Candidate can not violate any rules during exam. If it happens then system will automatically collect data. The test will be cancelled immediately. 
  • Live proctors would be there. They can chat with the test takers during exam.
  • ICSI has also shared helpline numbers for facing any difficulty in examination
  • No bio breaks will be allowed during test
  • Starting of the test will take place with the “Sign in” option given on the sheet
  • Ending of the test will be done when a candidate clicks “End task” option given on the screen
  • Navigational instructions will also follow in the same manner i.e. going to previous question, next, marking as read etc
  • Test summary will be presented once the candidate clicks the option “End Test”
  • Colour Scheme given by ICSI in the test
Questions which are not visitedMarked in white colour
Questions which are not answeredMarked in red colour
Questions which have been answeredMarked in Green Colour
Questions which are not answered and marked for reviewMarked in Orange Colour
Questions which are answered and markedMarked in Blue colour along with tag

Students can change the response for any question  before submitting the test by marking a new response. If the student wants to clear the previous type , then he can click the “clear” button.

Change in the format of CSEET Exam

Prior to this notification the CSEET was to be conducted including following-

  • Computer based test of 120 minutes consisting of various questions 
  • Viva Voce of 15 mins on Presentation and Communication Skills

But in this notification, the requirement of Viva Voce has been done away with. 

The new break up for computer based CSEET in MCQ pattern of 140 minutes would be as under

SubjectQuestions1 marks + 2 marks quesTotal marks
Business Communication3520 + 1550
Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning3520 + 1550
Economic and Business Environment3520 + 1550
Current Affairs3520 + 1550


Business CommunicationEssentials of Good English
Business Correspondence
Legal Aptitude and Logical ReasoningConstitution of India
Indian Contract Act & Law of Torts
Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation
Elements of Company law
Logical Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
Non verbal Reasoning
Economic and Business EnvironmentBasics of Demand and Supply
Forms of Market Competition
National Income Accounting and related concepts
Indian Union Budget
Indian Financial Markets
Indian Economy
Indian Economy
Business Environment
Key Government Institutions
Current Affairs and Presentation and Communication SkillsCurrent Affairs of National and International Significance
Presentation skills
Written Communication Skills
Oral Communication Skills

Passing Criteria & Negative Marking

Candidates are required to secure a minimum of 40% marks in each part, i.e., Paper- 1, Paper -2, Paper -3 and Paper -4 separately as the case may be, and 50% marks in aggregate of all parts put together for passing the Test .

There will be no negative marking for wrong answers. The minimum CS Executive Entrance Test percentage to be scored is 50%.

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