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ICSI introduces CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) in place of Foundation Programme



CS-Foundation is an entry level examination for Company Secretary Course. It is a test of four subjects of 100 marks each.

The examination is divided into two sessions. This is an objective type examination with negative marking. To pass a student has to obtain a minimum of 40% in each paper and an aggregate of 50% in all the papers together, failing which the student has to reappear in all the papers again.

There are certain exemptions in cases where the student has failed the examination but has obtained high marks (60%) in one or more papers.

A student has to get through these to be eligible to go for the next level i.e. CS-Executive.


Subjects to be studied:

  1. Business Environment & Entrepreneurship
  2. Business Management, Ethics and Communication
  3. Business Economics
  4. Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing


Eligibility for Registration:

A student who has passed or appeared the Class 12th examination conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or (an examination recognized by the Central Government as equivalent thereto) may register for CS-Foundation course.


Examination Pattern:

-There will total 200 MCQ’s carrying two mark each.

-For Correct answer students will get two marks.

-For Blank answers Zero marks will be awarded.

-For Incorrect answers -0.50 marks will be deducted.


Passing Requirement:

50% of Total marks are required to qualify the CS Foundation with 40% Marks in Each Subject. Students should secure overall 200 marks with Individual Passing as shown below:


Examination Schedule:

ICSI conducts the online exam twice a year: June and December.  For more details about online CPT exam please visit


Last Dates of Registration:

31st March for appearing in December Examination in the same year

30th September for June Examination next year


How to Register for CS Foundation with ICSI?

Student may register online on ICSI website, or can contact us for free help.


Documents required for Registration:

  • Online Payment of Rs. 4,500
  • True copy of 10th Marks sheet
  • True copy of 12th Mark sheet or Hall ticket
  • True copy of Birth date proof e.g. School leaving certificate
  • PP Size Photo

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Online Examination

How to answer a question in Computer Based Examination?

The Questions may be answered in any order within the stipulated examination time. Each question shall be followed by four alternative answers marked as A, B, C and D. In order to answer a question a candidate would “click” the option/answer, which he/she thinks, as the most appropriate/correct. The option, so clicked will be highlighted, automatically saved and treated as “answer” given by the candidate. Candidate should report at least one hour before the scheduled time of start of examination.

Is there any negative marking for the wrong answer?

No. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer.


Can a candidate skip any question and return to the same later on?

A candidate can answer the question in any order he/she likes to attempt. In case a candidate does not wish to answer any question, he/she should not “click” answer for that question and instead “click” next question.


Can a candidate review his/her answer?

A candidate has the option to “bookmark” any question to review at a later stage before clicking the “Finish” button.


Can a candidate change his/her answer to any question?

Yes. A candidate can make changes in his/her answer(s) already chosen, by simply clicking the other alternate answer of his/her choice at any time before conclusion of examination or before clicking “Finish” button.

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