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Syllabus for Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test


Introduction of Syllabus for Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET)

The Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India in exercise of the powers vested

under clause (a) of subsection (2) of Section 15 of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, as

amended by the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 2006 read with Regulation 20(1)(ii) of

Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 has approved the syllabus for Company

Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET).

Passing of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is mandatory for all candidates to register for CS

Executive Programme, except a few exempted categories of candidates w.e.f. 3rd February, 2020.

With the introduction of CSEET, new registration to the Foundation Programme has ceased to


The Syllabus of CSEET shall comprise of four papers and the nomenclature of the papers is as


(i) Paper 1 : Business Communication (50 marks)

(ii) Paper 2 : Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (50 marks)

(iii) Paper 3 : Economic and Business Environment (50 marks)

(iv) Paper 4 : Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)

(50 marks)

CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) shall be conducted on a single day as per the following :

  1.   Computer Based Test of 120 Minutes consisting of four parts viz. (i) Business

Communication; (ii) Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning (iii) Economic and Business

Environment & (iv) Current Affairs; and

  1.       Viva Voce of 15 Minutes on “Presentation and Communication Skills”

Eligibility Condition

  1.   A candidate passed / appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination or

equivalent thereto shall be eligible to appear in the CSEET.

  1.   All Graduates/ Post Graduates who were hitherto eligible for registration directly to

CS Executive Programme, shall also be required to pass the CSEET to become eligible

for registration to CS Executive Programme.


Candidates who have passed CS Foundation Programme shall be 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 and shall pay ₹5000 (Rupees Five Thousand Only) towards

exemption fee at the time of Registration to CS Executive Programme.

Pattern of the CSEET

The Institute will conduct CS Executive Entrance Test based on Objective Type / Multiple Choice

Questions and viva-voce for testing listening, written communication and oral communication

skills. There will be four papers in CS Executive Entrance Test. Each paper will contain Objective

Type / Multiple Choice Questions having one or two marks each with four options with one

correct answer. The duration of the Test shall be 120 minutes and viva-voce on Presentation

and Communication Skills of 15 Minutes.

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Test of 120 Minutes duration will be conducted at designated Test Centres. It will be a Computer

Based Test (CBT) conducted in MCQ pattern as per the following details:

S. No.SubjectNo. of QuestionsMarks
1Business Communication3550
2Legal Aptitude and Logical


3Economic and Business


4Current Affairs1520


Viva Voce

The Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) of 15 Minutes for 30 Marks will

be conducted simultaneously with or immediately after the MCQ based CBT through online

mode using artificial intelligence (AI) or through recoded videos at the designated

Test Centres.

Applicability of CSEET

  1. The first CSEET examination shall be held in May, 2020. Candidates registered effective

from 3rd February, 2020 to 15th April, 2020 shall be examined in May, 2020.

  1. All candidates registered under Foundation Programme prior to 3rd February, 2020

under Syllabus (2017), shall be examined under Foundation Programme till the validity

of their registration/passing of examination, whichever is earlier.

  1. For registration in CS Executive Programmee, the date of result of CSEET should not be

older than one year prior to the date of such registration.

Schedule of Registration

The CSEET will be held on quarterly basis as per the indicative schedule and the details of

registration window given below:

Month of


Period During


candidates can

register for


Date of


Last Date for

Declaration of


Cut-off date of

registration in CS

Executive Program

May16th December

to 15th April


Sunday in

2nd /3rd

Week of May

By 4th Week

of May

31st May (for appearing

in both modules of

Executive Program in

December session in

same year)

July16th April to

15th June


Sunday in

2nd /3rd

Week of July

By 4th Week

of July

31st July (for appearing

in single module of

Executive Program in

December session in

same year)

November16th June to

15th October


Sunday in

2nd /3rd

Week of


By 4th Week

of November

30th November (for

appearing in both

modules of Executive

Program in June session

in next year)

January16th October to

15th December


Sunday in

2nd /3rd

Week of


By 4th Week

of January

31st January (for

appearing in single

module of Executive

Program in June session

in same year)


For first CSEET examination in May 2020, the registration window is open till 15th April, 2020.

The Institute reserves its right to amend the above schedule


Paper – 1 Business Communication


To test the knowledge of the candidates pertaining to essentials of English Grammar and

critical aspects of Business Communication.

Total Marks: 50

S. No.TopicSub Topic
1Essentials 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


• 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

2Communication• Concept of Communication, Meaning and Significance of

Good Communication

• Business Communication- Principles and Process

• Means of Communication- Written, Oral, Visual,


• Choice of Modes of Communication

• Communication Networks- Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Wheel,


• Commonly used Mediums of Digital Communication- Email,

SMS, Voice mail, Multimedia, Teleconferencing, Mobile

Phone Conversation, Video Conferencing etc.

• Listening Skills-Types, Purpose, Steps to Effective

Listening, Barriers to Effective Listening and Ways to

overcome the Barriers

• Barriers to Effective Communication and Ways to

overcome the Barriers



• Business Letters – Its Essentials, Parts, Types, Salutations

• Positive Messages, Negative Messages and Persuasive


• Business Reports, Inter and Intra-departmental

Communication- Office Orders, Office Circulars,

Memorandum, Office Notes, Management Information

System (MIS)

• Concept of Web, Internet and E-correspondence

• Intranet- Benefit and Purpose

• Email – Features, Procedure to Write a Formal Email, Email


• Essential Elements of Email- Subject line, Formal Greeting,

Target Audience (Reader), Clarity and Conciseness, Formal

Closing, Proof reading, Feedback

• Advantages and Disadvantages of Email




• Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations

including Financial and Non-Financial terms and



Paper – 2 Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning


Total Marks – 50

Part A – Legal Aptitude (25 Marks)

Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)

S. No.TopicSub Topics
Part A – Legal Aptitude (25 Marks)


• Preamble

• Citizenship

• Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties

• Directive Principles of State Policy

• State under Constitution

• President and Governors

• Council 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

2Elements of

General Laws

(Indian Contract

Act and Law of


A. Law of Contract

• Offer, Acceptance, Consideration and

   Competency to Contract.

• Agreement

• Types of Contract: Void, Voidable, Unenforceable

• Performance of Contract

• Frustration of Contract

• Quasi Contract

• Breach of Contract and Remedies

B. Law of Torts

• Basics of Torts

• Specific Defenses

• Nuisance and Negligence

• Strict, Absolute and Vicarious Liability

• Trespass

• Malicious Prosecution

3Elements of




• The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

• Vision, Mission, Motto and Core Values of the Institute

• Company Secretary under Company Secretaries Act,


• Functions of Company Secretary under the Companies

   Act, 2013

• Role of Company Secretary in Employment

• Role of Company Secretary in Practice

4Elements of

Company Law

• Meaning and Nature of Company

• Types of Companies

• Incorporation of a Company

• Types of capital

• Board of Directors -(Concept, Appointment and

  Removal of Directors)

• Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Business Ethics

• Ethical Dilemma

5Legal 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

Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)
6Logical Reasoning• Calendars

• Cause and Effect Reasoning

• Clocks

• Coding and Decoding

• Deriving Conclusion from Passages

• Drawing Inference

• Number Test

• Sequence and Series

• Statement and Assumptions

7Verbal 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



• Analytical Reasoning

• Classification

• Completion of Incomplete Pattern

• Figure Matrix

• Grouping of Identical Figures

• Mirror Image

• Rule Detection

• Numeric and Alphabet Series


Paper – 3 Economic and Business Environment


economic system.

Total Marks – 50 Marks

Part A– Economics (25 Marks)

Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)

S. NoTopicSub-topics
Part A – Economics (25 Marks)
1Basics of Demand and

Supply and Forms of

Market Competition

•Theory of Demand and Supply

• Equilibrium Price

• Elasticity of Demand and Supply and other related


• Increase and Decrease in Demand and Expansion

and Contraction of Demand

• Forms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly,

Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and Monopolistic


2National Income

Accounting and Related


• Meaning and methods to compute National Income

• Key variables of National Income (GNP, GDP, NNP,

NDP etc.)

3Indian Union Budget• Key terminologies / heads covered under the budget

• Revenue and Capital Budget

• Major components of Revenue and Capital Budget

• Meaning of Fiscal Deficit

• Components/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit

4Indian Financial


• Overview of Indian Financial Ecosystem

• Key facets of Indian financial system

• Growth of Financial Institutions

• Public and private sector banks

• Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Small

Industries Development Bank of India

• Regional Rural Banks

• Cooperative Banks

• Non-Banking Finance Companies

• Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and


Financial assistance scenario for Small and Medium

Enterprises and Start-Ups.

5Indian Economy• Primary (Agriculture and allied activities)

• Secondary (Manufacturing)

• Tertiary (Services):

• Current scenario of agriculture and allied activities in


• Agricultural and Industrial Policies of India

• Current scenario of services sector in India

• Balance of Payments

• Components of Balance of Payments

• Favorable and Unfavorable Balance of Trade

• Foreign Investments in India- Types and Flows

Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)


• Government initiatives to foster entrepreneurship

• Need for entrepreneurship in India

• Bottlenecks in entrepreneurial growth

7Business Environment• Overview of Business Environment

• Features and factors influencing business


• Types of environment: Economic environment,

Socio-cultural environment, Political environment,

Legal and Technological environment

• Ease of Doing Business Index by World Bank for

India and Department for Promotion of Industry and

Internal Trade (DPIIT) for States

8Key Government


• Basic awareness about various institutions and

regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, MCA,



Paper – 4 Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)


international importance.

Total Marks – 50 Marks

Part A – Current Affairs (20 Marks)

Part B – Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (30 Marks)

S. No.TopicSub Topic
Part A – Current Affairs (20 Marks)
1Current AffairsCurrent affairs of national and international

importance 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, financial

inclusion, etc.)

• Current development in stock markets

• Recent important judgments passed by Supreme

Court and High Courts of India, Tribunals

• Current affairs related to CS Institute/Profession

and 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 symbols

• Governance and ethics

• International diplomacy

Part B – Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce) (30 Marks)
2Listening Skills• Questions based on audio clips

– Monologue

– Dialogue

• Grammar Test

• Vocabulary Test

3Written Communication


• Writing on a given topic

• Correcting a given paragraph

• Short Note writing

• Essay writing

• Precis writing

4Oral Communication Skills• Candidates are expected to:

– Answer a question

– Speak on a given topic

– Explain the given term