Company Secretaryship

As a company secretary, you’ll be in a senior position of a public or private organisation effectively managing the legal, regulatory and statutory requirements and maintaining good corporate governance.

What do company secretaries do?

A company secretary is responsible for effectively administering the affairs of a company. They take care of all the regulatory and statutory compliances and advice the board of directors on good governing practices. They also act as advisors in arbitration, negotiation and conciliation in commercial disputes between parties.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Manage public relationships and financial discourses
  • Checked Supervise policies and actions to ensure they are kept up to date
  • Checked Provide advices and directions to the members of The legal, accounting, governance and tax departments of the company
  • Checked Arrange meetings and prepare agendas and papers for different meetings according to the company’s needs
  • Checked Track actions Which are derived from the meetings
  • Checked Keep minutes, draft resolutions and submit required forms and details about annual returns of the company
  • Checked Maintain records of members, directors and secretaries
  • Checked Renew insurance policies, and upgrade equipment and premises
  • Checked Collect information and write reports
  • Checked Monitor policy changes and implementation
  • Checked Interfere in the regulations and take appropriate actions
  • Checked Enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of the workers in the firm
  • Checked Take responsibility of office and its properties
  • Checked Keep communication with external regulators, advicers, lawyers and auditors

What areas can a company secretary specialise in?

Deals with advising companies on legal, statutory, and regulatory compliances.
Deals with rendering services in the promotion, formation and incorporation of a company.
Deals with acting as a vital link of communication between the company and its stakeholders.
Deals with advising companies on good corporate governance practices.
Deals with acting as an advisor to companies in matters of negotiation and arbitration.
Deals with providing advisory services on public issues, listing and securities management.

How to become a Company Secretary (CS)?

Step 1
Take any stream (Humanities/Science/Commerce) at the 10+2 level

The company secretaryship program can be taken up after completing Plus two in any stream of study, but it would be advisable to choose the Commerce stream as it will give you an insight into the areas in which the careers of a CS operate.

Step 2
Foundation Program

After completing Plus two, you can register for the CS Foundation program of the ICSI and take the exam which is offered twice in a year.

Step 3
Executive Program

After qualifying in the Foundation program for CS, you can register for the Executive program for which exams are held twice in a year.

  • You can also take a bachelor degree/or master’s degree in any discipline except fine arts, and appear directly for the Executive Program without having to qualify the Foundation Programme.
  • However graduation in commerce subjects will give you an edge in your career as CS.
  • Students who have passed the CPT of ICAI / Foundation Program of ICAI-CMA are also eligible to take admission in CS Executive Programme.
  • Qualifications in certain disciplines like LLB may give you exemption from writing some of the papers in the examination.
  • IGNOU offers a BCom program integrated with the Foundation and Executive programs of CS. Students who have passed 10+2 and have registered for the CS foundation program are eligible to join this course.
Step 4
Professional Program

You can take the Professional program which is the final step towards becoming a company secretary. The Professional program can be taken only after qualifying in the executive program.

  • Articleship is not compulsory for appearing for the Professional program. However for obtaining the Certificate of Practice (COP), articleship of 2 years after qualifying Executive program or for 1 year after qualifying Professional program is required to be completed under a practising CS.
  • IGNOU offers an MCom program integrated with the Professional program of CS. Graduates in any discipline who have qualified the CS Executive program are eligible to join this course.

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Good verbal and written communication skills

Good communication skills are required for a company secretary as they must be able to listen to their clients needs and communicate with the officials effectively.

High interpersonal skills

Strong interpersonal skills make a company secretary able to work with all types of people and conditions. It would help them better to understand other’s opinion and concerns.

Detail oriented

Company secretaries have to look at large amounts of information regarding different matters as part of their work. Being detail oriented and maintaining high precision would be highly essential.

The skills to work under pressure

Company secretaries are supposed to take the responsibility of a company in its hard times. They may need to implement different tactics and precautionary methods to take the firm forward and thus should be able to sustain well under pressure.

Good analytical and problem solving skills

Company secretaries must have the skills to analyse and interpret simple and complex data to solve problems and make decisions.

General Awareness

Company secretaries should have deep knowledge about the business environment and various government policies, especially about the corporate sector.


  • Checked Public Limited Companies
  • Checked Corporate Services
  • Checked Finance & Accounting services
  • Checked Taxation
  • Checked International Trade and WTO services
  • Checked General and Strategic Management
  • Checked Human Resource Management