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CS Foundation

The ICSI CS Foundation program is the the first level of the Company Secretary Course. It is controlled by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
  • Field
  • Eligibility
    10+2 or equivalent
  • Subjects
    Business Environment , Management, Accounting etc
  • Questions Type
    Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard

All you need to know about CS Foundation


Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is CS Foundation?
  • Syllabus for CS Foundation
  • Exam Pattern for CS Foundation

How to apply

  • Eligibility Criteria for CS Foundation
  • Registration for CS Foundation
  • Application Fee for CS Foundation
  • Admit Card for CS Foundation

Important Dates

  • Exam Schedule for CS Foundation

Results and Cut-off

  • Results for CS Foundation

How to Prepare for CS Foundation

  • Preparation Tips for CS Foundation
  • Sample Papers for CS Foundation
  • Previous Years’ Papers for CS Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is CS Foundation?

  • ICSI CS Foundation is primarily the Company Secretary Foundation 2018.
  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), which controls the CS Foundation, is an organisation that has been working towards constant development of company secretaries in the country.
  • You will finish the first level of the Company Secretary Course when you clear the CS Foundation Programme successfully.
  • The ICSI grants degrees and memberships to candidates on the basis of their performance in the ICSI exam, which is conducted in three different stages. The first stage is the Foundation Course that includes a myriad of important subjects that form the base of the profession.
  • The CS Foundation was conducted on June 9 and June 10, 2018

Syllabus for CS Foundation

Paper 1: Business Environment and Law

Part A: Business Environment

  1. Business Environment
  2. Forms of Business Organization
  3. Scales of Business
  4. Emerging Trends in Business Concepts, Advantages and Limitations
  5. Business Functions

Part B: Business Laws

  1. Introduction to Law
  2. Elements of Company Law
  3. Elements of Law relating to Partnership and LLP
  4. Elements of Law relating to Contract
  5. Elements of Law relating to Sale of Goods
  1. Elements of Law relating to Negotiable Instruments
  2. Elements of Information Technology Act
  3. Role of CS- Duties and Responsibilities, Areas of Practice
Paper 2: Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

Part A: Business Management

  1. Nature of Management and its Process
  2. Planning
  3. Organisation
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Direction and Coordination
  1. Controlling
  2. Recent Trends in Management

Part B: Business Ethics

  1. Overview of Ethics in Business
  2. Elements
  3. Ethical principles in Business- Indian and Ancient Indian Perspective

Part C: Business Communication

  1. Business Communication
  2. Essentials of Good English
  3. Business Correspondence
  4. Interdepartmental Communication
  5. E-Correspondence

Part D: Entrepreneurship

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Entrepreneurship-Creativity and Innovation
  3. Growth and Challenges of Entrepreneurial Ventures
  4. Social Entrepreneurship
  1. Government Initiatives for Business Development
  2. Social Entrepreneurship
  3. Government Initiatives for Business Development
econimicsPaper 3: Business Economics

Part A: Economics

  1. The Fundamentals of Economics
  2. Basic Elements of Demand and Supply
  3. Theory of Consumer Behaviour
  4. Theory of Production and Costs
  1. Analysis of Markets
  2. Indian Economy- An Overview
  3. Basic Elements of Money and Banking

Part B: Elementary Statistics

  1. Descriptive Statistics
  2. Mathematics of Finance and Elementary Probability
Paper 4 : Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Part A: Fundamentals of Accounting

  1. Theoretical Framework
  2. Accounting Process
  3. Bank Reconciliation Statement
  4. Depreciation Accounting
  5. Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors
  1. Partnership Accounts
  2. Introduction to Company Accounts
  3. Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations
  4. Computerized accounting environment

Part B: Fundamentals of Auditing

  1. Auditing
  2. Audits and Auditor’s Reports

Exam Pattern for CS Foundation

The Institute has taken a decision to discontinue the OMR based examination and has started the Computer Based Examination (CBE) since June 2014.

You will still continue to be assessed through multiple choice questions (MCQs). You will be given 4 options, of which one will be correct. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer.

Here is the marking scheme of Computer Based Examination:-

Day and Date Subjects Total Marks
Day-1 1. Business Environment and Law 100 marks
2. Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship 100 marks
Day-2 3. Business Economics 100 marks
4. Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing 100 marks
  • The Computer-Based Exam will be conducted in all those cities in India and aboard, where the Institute’s existing examinations are currently held.
  • The questions will be displayed on the computer screen both in English and Hindi.
  • Subjects like Business Management, Communication and Ethics will have questions only in English.

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Eligibility Criteria for CS Foundation

  • If you have cleared the Senior Secondary (10+2) examination of a board/university constituted by law in India or any other exam that is recognised by the Central Government as equivalent thereto, you are eligible.
  • Temporary admission is also given to you, if you have appeared for or enrolled in a Senior Secondary (10+2 or equivalent) exam. But you must provide proof of passing the examination within 6 months of giving the application.
  • Admission is open throughout the year. You just need to send an application in the prescribed Form FC-1 along with the required documentary evidence in support of your date of birth and educational qualification.
  • You must pass the Foundation examination within 3 years from the date of your admission.

Registration for CS Foundation

  • Click on the online services icon on top of the ICSI website’s homepage
  • Now, go to the ‘Students’ tab and click on ‘Student Registration’
  • Select the list of documents as per your qualification and preference from the following options:
    Birth certificate (10th pass certificate)
    Roll number (if appearing)
    12th passing certificate/mark sheet
    Category Certificate (if you belong to SC/ST or Physically Handicapped Category)
  • Then select ‘Proceed to Registration’
  • Click on the course type and select ‘Foundation Stage’
  • Fill in other mandatory details
  • Click on ‘Make Payment’ to complete the final stage of registration.

Application Fee for CS Foundation

Particulars Fee Break-up Fee Total

General students

Admission fees:
Rs. 1500

Education fees:
Rs. 3000


SC/ST Students

Admission fees:
Rs. 750

Education fees:
Rs. 1500


Physically Handicapped Students

Admission fees only:
Rs. 1500


Admit Card for CS Foundation

  • CS Foundation admit cards are only available online
  • The CS Foundation admit cards for the June 2018 exam were accessible after May 2018.
  • ICSI usually releases the CS Foundation admit card/CS Foundation hall ticket close to 15 days before the exams.
  • If you have applied for the ICSI CS Foundation programme, you can download your admit card from the official website or with the help of your registration number.

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Exam Schedule for CS Foundation

Check out the dates for the Computer-Based Examination:

Subjects Date of Examination Timings

Business Environment and Law


Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

9th June 2018

Batch 1 from 9:30 am to 11 am

Batch 2 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Batch 3 from 2:30pm to 4 pm

Batch 4 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Business Economics


Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

10th June 2018

Batch 1 from 9:30 am to 11 am

Batch 2 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Batch 3 from 2:30pm to 4 pm

Batch 4 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

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Results for CS Foundation

  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has finally declared the date for result declaration of the CS Foundation Programme that was conducted in June 2018.
  • The result will be displayed on ICSI's official website.
  • The result date for the Company Secretaries Foundation Programme that was held in 118 examination centres across the nation and one overseas center at Dubai on 9th and 10th June 2018, has been declared as 21st August, 2018 at 11.00 A.M. at New Delhi.
  • The news has been disclosed to all the Regional and Chapter Offices of the Institute situated across the country.
  • Along with the result, you can access a subject-wise break-up of marks on the Institute’s website.
  • The ICSI has offered the facility of downloading the e-result-cum-marks statement by the examinees as well.

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Preparation Tips for CS Foundation

  • Solve sample question papers: Sample question papers give you first-hand experience of the actual exam questions and help you better understand the topics, the quality expected, and also the skills needed.
  • Read articles on diverse topics: The more you read, the more you will get a grasp on the comprehension section. It will also help you absorb contradictory subjects and become good at sifting through content.
  • Practice, practice and more practice: Keep revising all the topics you’ve studied, otherwise, those concepts might get wiped off from your memory. It’s better to be safe than to forget everything you studied at the last minute.
  • Improve your general awareness: The Indian and world atmosphere section in the exam focuses on your general knowledge. So, it’s important to keep a tab on the news dailies, magazines headlines, news channels and current affairs associated with national and international avenues.
  • Work on speed and accuracy: Always try to solve model papers or previous years’ papers by maintaining a stipulated time-limit. It will help you develop both speed and accuracy that help immensely during the exams.

Sample Papers for CS Foundation

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also important if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in CS Foundation 2018. Solving sample papers will help you prepare for the expected paper and its pattern while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for CS Foundation 2018.

Previous Years’ Papers for CS Foundation

Practising previous years’ CS Foundation papers is important, as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills.

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Q.1: How do I register for the Company Secretaryship Course?

A: For the registration process, please log onto the official ICSI website, then select “online services” (at the top of the homepage on right-hand side) and proceed.

Q.2: Can a student give the CS Foundation examination from home?

A: No. The computer-based exam needs to be given in a secure testing environment at the specified examination centre. An authorized proctor needs to be present to launch and monitor the examination process.

Q.3: What is the last date of registration for the Foundation Program?

A: Admissions are open throughout the year. But, there are certain pre-decided cut-off dates for the CS Examinations that are conducted in June and December every year. These are the cut-off dates: 31st March for appearing in the December exam of the same year and 30th September for appearing in the June exam of the next year.

Q.4: Is there a negative marking system for a wrong answers?

A: No. The CS Foundation exam does not have any negative marking for a wrong answer.

Q.5: What is the medium of questions in the Computer Based Examination?

A: Questions are given in both English and Hindi language. But for subjects Business Management, Ethics and Communication subject, questions are provided only in English.

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