CSEET 2020: Eligibility, Syllabus, Applicability, Registration, Fees

CSEET 2020: 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 exist.

CSEET Syllabus

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

  • (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)

The CSEET will consist of an On-line Computer Based Examination and Online Viva Voce.

  • Detailed wise CSEET Syllabus

Eligibility Conditions

A candidate passed / appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination or equivalent thereto shall be eligible to appear in the CSEET.

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.

Please note: New Admissions to the Foundation Programme of CS Course stands discontinued. (Note : Existing Foundation Programme Students shall be allowed to appear in the Foundation Programme Examinations till expiry of the validity of their registrations. Such students, after passing the Foundation Programme Examinations, may register for Executive Programme as per existing process.)


  • 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:

SubjectNo.  of  QuestionsMarks
Business  Communication3550
Legal  Aptitude  and  Logical


Economic  and  Business


Current  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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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:

The first CS Executive Entrance Test shall be tentatively held in the month of May, 2020. Tentative schedule for conducting CS Executive Entrance Test throughout the year shall be as under :

CS Executive Entrance Test First Attempt

  • * 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.

More details for CSEET Registration

CS Executive Entrance Test Fees Structure

Revised Fee Structure for registration to Executive Programme is given below :

CS Executive Entrance Test Fees Structure