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With the growing importance now being accorded to corporate governance, company secretaryship has assumed much greater relevance in the corporate world. Further, economic growth heralded by economic reforms has opened up new vistas of economic activity leading for introduction of day-to-day amendments and notifications incorporating various rules and regulations which lie within the professional ambit of a Company Secretary (CS). This also has led to a greater demand for Company Secretaries.

There is scope for specialisation in company secretaryship. There is a Shortage of skilled professionals in areas like (Foreign Exchange Managment Act (FEMA), Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), labour, banking and taxation. Further, before any merger takes place, the company has to go through a 'due diligence' process. This process involves a thorough assessment of the state of the company and a CS is the most appropriately qualified professional to carry out such a function for the corporates and consultants. Another area which is gaining currency these days is the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), which falls within the expertise of a company secretary


To be eligible for appearing in the foundation or the intermediate course, you must register with the ICSI at least eight months in advance for the CS course. Admission to the course is open throughout the year. The examinations are held twice in June and December every year. The total number of examination centres is 55. The overseas centre is located in Dubai. To qualify as a CS you have to clear five papers in foundation exam, eight in intermediate and nine in final examination.


In keeping with the changing patterns of the world economy and business, the curriculum of the CS programme has been revised recently. The newlook syllabus includes topics like English. Business Communications, Basic Economics and Business Environment, Financial Accounting, General and Commercial Law, Management Accounting, Company Law, Management Information Systems and Corporate Secrertarial Practice relating to economic laws and drafting, Corporate Restructuring - law and practice, Banking and Insurance - law and practice, World Trade Organisation - International Trade, Joint Ventures and Foreign Collaborations, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Prospects:The placement of its successful students is facilitated by ICSI meritorious student of CS, now-a-days starts with a monthly salary of Rs.20,000 to Rs. 25,000. Generally speaking, you can at least get Rs.10,000 per month. But in the first five years, a CS should not really focus on salary but try to develop a good work profile.

Institute The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
'ICSI House',
22, Institutional Area,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003
website: www.icsi.edu

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