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 program, except a few exempted categories of candidates w.e.f. 3rd February, 2020.
With the introduction of CSEET, new registration to the Foundation program has ceased to

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

  • Paper 1 : Business Communication (50 marks)
  • Paper 2 : Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (50 marks)
  • Paper 3 : Economic and Business Environment (50 marks)
  • 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 :

  • Computer Based Test of 120 Minutes consisting of four parts viz.
  1. Business Communication ;
  2. Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning ;
  3. Economic and Business Environment &
  4. Current Affairs ; and
  • 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 shall be eligible to appear in CSEET.
  • All Graduates / Post Graduates who were hitherto eligible for registration directly to CS Executive program shall also be required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for registration to CS Executive.


  • Candidates who have passed CS Foundation program 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.


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, punctuation 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,Star
• 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 Messages
• 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 Etiquettes
• Essential Elements of Email- Subject line, Normal 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


To test basic understanding of Laws, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning skills.
Total Marks – 50
Part A – Legal Aptitude (25 Marks)
Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)

S. NoTopicSub 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
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
[From 6th -8th Point ] Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)

Paper – 3 Economic and Business Environment


• To test understanding on concepts of Micro & Macro Economics with a focus on Indian
economic system.
• To test understanding on various crucial elements of business environment.
Total Marks – 50 Marks
Part A– Economics (25 Marks)
Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)

S. NoTopicSub Topic
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 Competition
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
Key Government

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


• To test the awareness of candidates with reference to current affairs of national and
international importance.
• To test the listening and writing skills of the candidates.
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
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

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