CS executive entrance test (CSEET)


ICSI introduces CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of Foundation Programme to meet the stakeholders’ expectations and to further enhance the quality of future members is the prime objective of the Vision New ICSI 2022.

The Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 require introduction of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of the
Foundation Programme.

With the introduction of CSEET from February 3, 2020, new registration
to the Foundation Programme has ceased to exist w.e.f. February 3, 2020, CSEET is the only qualifying entrance test for registration to the CS Executive Programme.

CSEET has been introduced keeping in view the diverse academic standards of students seeking admission in the Company Secretaryship Course, to attract meritorious students and to test their aptitude for the
Company Secretary profession.

The candidates appearing/passed in class 12th examinations
shall be eligible for appearing in the CSEET. All the students seeking admission in the Company Secretary Course including graduates/ post graduates, etc. shall be required to qualify the CSEET from February 3, 2020 onwards.

The process of selecting meritorious candidates through CSEET will enhance the quality of future members to meet the expectations of the
industry and the regulators.

Regulation 20(1)(ii) of the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 contains the provisions of 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.
CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) shall be conducted on a single day as per the following :
a) 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

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

Eligibility Conditions

  • 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 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 and shall pay `5,000 (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 are four papers in CS Executive Entrance Test.

Each paper contains objective type multiple choice questions having one or more 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.

Duration of the CSEET

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:

Business Communication

Total No. of Questions  
Business Communication   3550
Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning  3550
Economic and Business Environment3550
Current Affairs 15 20
Total Marks120  170

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 on-line mode using artificial intelligence (AI) or through recoded videos at the designated Test Centres.

Final Score

The final score will be computed by adding the marks secured by candidates in both the tests (CBT and Viva-Voce) out of a total of 200 marks.

CSEET Passing Criteria

Candidates shall be declared ‘PASS’ in CSEET on securing 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate.

Registration to Executive Programme

  • Candidate has passed Senior Secondary Examination (10+2 system) conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognised by the Central Government or State Government or equivalent thereto for the purposes of admission to Bachelor’s degree course; and
  • Candidate has passed Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) conducted by the Institute. The date of result of CSEET should not be older than one year prior to the date of such registration.

Test Centres

  • The examination will be held at multiple test centres across the country to ensure that the CSEET is conducted on a single day for all the registered candidates.

Schedule of Registration and conduct of CSEET

The CSEET will be held on quarterly basis as per the indicative schedule given below:

Month of CSEETPeriod During which candidates can register for CSEETDate of  CSEETLast Date for Declaration of ResultsCut-off date of registration in CS Executive Program
May             December
to 15th April
  Saturday/ Saturday/ 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)  
  July      16th April to 15th June    16thSaturday/ 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)
January 16th June to 15th
 Saturday/ Sunday
in 2nd /3rd Week
of November
 By 4th Week
 30th November (for
appearing in both
modules of Executive
Program in June session
in next year)
January16th October to
15th December
Saturday/ Sunday
in 2nd /3rd Week
of January
By 4th Week
of January
31st January (for
appearing in single
module of Executive
Program in June session
in same year)

Fee for Registration to CSEET

CategoryConcession (as percentage of registration fee applicable)
 SC/ST 50%
Physically Handicapped   50%
 Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence Service
Personnel with Permanent Disability
Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services and
Paramilitary Forces
ICSI Staff and Wards / Spouse of ICSI Staff75%
ICLS Officers/ Officers & Staff of MCA and affiliated
offices (NCLT, SFIO and CCI)
Students from North Eastern States, Andaman &
Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep & Himachal Pradesh
Students from the Union Territories of Jammu &
Kashmir and Ladakh

Allocation of Marks/Duration/ No. of Questions

SubjectsNumber of
(Paper wise)
Maximum MarksDuration
3550 Marks
(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)
(20 MCQs x 1 Mark each)
Legal Aptitude
and Logical
3550 Marks
(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)
(20 MCQs x 1 Mark each)
Economic and
3550 Marks
(15 MCQs x 2 Marks each)
(20 MCQs x 1 Mark each)
Current Affairs1520 Marks
(5 MCQs x 2 Marks each)
(10 MCQs x 1 Mark each)
Total120 MCQs170 Marks120 Minutes
Presentation and
(Viva Voce)
Number of
30 Marks15 Minutes
  • There will be no negative marking in the CSEET.
  • Candidates are expected to be conversant with the amendments/changes in the CSEET subject contents up to one month preceding the date of Examination.

Registration Process

The steps for registration for CSEET are as under:

Step-1 : – >In order to Register for “CSEET”, type www.icsi.edu in any recommended browser (IE 9, Mozilla 38.0 & above, Chrome 39.0), then click on “Online Services”

Step-2 : -> Click on the link https://smash.icsi.in/Scripts/CSEET/Instructions_CSEET.aspx
for registration for CSEET.

Step-3 : -> Fill Basic Details

Step-4 : -> Fill Qualification Details

Step-5 : ->Fee Details

Step-6 :->Upload Mandatory Documents*

Step-7 : ->Preview Application
Click on “Confirm Application” button after previewing

Step-8 :->Payment Mode Selection

Step-9 :->Transaction Id Generation. Note transaction Id for future reference.

  • On successful payment, candidate will be registered in CSEET and same will be intimated through email/SMS on registered email id/mobile number. Candidate can appear for the CSEET as per the schedule sent through mail/SMS.
  • *Mandatory document to be uploaded by the students at the time of registration for CSEET:
  • Photograph of the candidate (size 20kb to 50kb)
  • Signature of the candidate (size 10kb to 20kb)
  • DOB Certificate (10th pass certificate)
  • Admit Card/ Hall Ticket for 10+2 Examinations (if appearing) or 10+2 Pass Certificate/
  • Mark Sheet
  • Category Certificate (for availing Fee Concession)
  • Identity proof (Aadhar card/passport/voter ID /pan card/driving license/ration card)
  • All the files to be uploaded while registering for CSEET should be present in one of the
  • formats viz. jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, pdf.
  • The maximum allowed file size is 2 MB.