The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier national professional body constituted under an Act of Parliament, namely the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 to regulate and develop the profession of Company Secretaries. The ICSI functions under the administrative jurisdiction of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India awards the certificate of bestowing the designation of Company Secretary (CS) to a candidate qualifying for the membership of the Institute. Membership of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has been recognized for appointment to various superior posts and services under the Central Government.
The affairs of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) are managed by a Council consisting of fifteen elected members and five nominees of the Central Government.
The Institute has on its rolls more than 56,000 members including over 10,000 members holding certificate of practice. The number of current students is about 300,000.
To be a global leader in promoting good corporate governance.
To develop high calibre professionals facilitating good corporate governance.
ICSI Nationwide Network
- Head Office - New Delhi
- Chapters – 70 across India
- Examination Centres – 189 examination centers across the country and one overseas centre in Dubai
- Regional Councils - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi
- Centre for Corporate Governance Research & Training (CCGRT) - Navi Mumbai Centre of Excellence – Hyderabad
Objectives and functions of the ICSI
develops a cadre of highly competent Company Secretaries for ensuring good corporate governance and effective management by registering students with 10+2 and graduate qualifications for foundation and executive programmes of company secretaryship course respectively with course contents in law, tax, management, accounting and finance disciplines;
provides postal/oral/web-based coaching and training enabling students to qualify as company secretaries;
conducts company secretaryship examination twice a year in June and December;
arranges practical training for executive/professional programme pass students with companies/practising company secretaries empanelled with the Institute for the purpose;
enrols qualified persons as associate/fellow members of the Institute and issues certificate of practice to members taking up practice;
conducts post membership qualification courses for members of the Institute;
publishes widely read and highly acclaimed monthly journal ‘Chartered Secretary’ disseminating information, expeditiously;
brings out ‘Student Company Secretary’ and ‘CS Foundation Course Bulletin’ for the benefit of Students;
circulates Info Capsule containing current notifications and circulars relating to various corporate and related laws, daily;
exercises professional supervision over the members of the Institute both in practice and in employment on matters pertaining to professional ethics and code of conduct;
undertakes research in law, management, finance, capital market, corporate governance and CSR and brings out research publications;
formulates secretarial standards and brings out guidance notes thereon;
renders expert advisory services to members on intricate issues relating to various corporate laws;
organises professional development and continuing education programme(s), international/national/regional conventions and conference(s) directly or through its regional councils and chapters, chambers of commerce, Department of Public Enterprises, sister professional institutes and other professional development/ management bodies;
interacts with various national and regional chambers of commerce with regard to various government policies and legislations;
interacts with various international/multilateral bodies/institutions with regard to issues relating to the corporate governance, business ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility;
interacts with Government both at centre and states on various issues concerning the profession;
interacts with members of Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) and company secretaries institutes in other jurisdictions;
bestows ICSI National Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance to best governed companies and ICSI CSR Excellence Awards;
bestows ICSI Lifetime Achievement Award to eminent corporate personalities for Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality;
conducts investor awareness programmes throughout the country on behalf of the Investor Education and Protection Fund, Ministry of Corporate Affairs;
undertakes research projects on behalf of Government and its agencies / Institutions.
Building future professionals to guide corporate India
The ICSI conducts the company secretaryship examination to bring in high level professionals specialised in corporate laws, management and governance.
Stages of company secretaryship course
The Company Secretaryship Course is conducted in three stages as under:
- Foundation programme: candidates who have passed senior secondary examination (10+2) are eligible for admission to foundation programme.
- Executive programme: graduates in any stream excluding fine arts or candidates who have passed the foundation examination are eligible to join executive programme.
- Professional programme: a registered student is admitted to the professional programme on passing the executive examination.
The company secretaryship course is conducted through distance learning and supplemented by classroom teaching as well as e-learning.
A member of the Institute is entitled to get himself enrolled as a fellow, if he is an associate member for at least five years with the requisite experience.
Code of Conduct for Members
The members of the ICSI are subject to Code of Conduct provided under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980.