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Company Secretary Career Information

A Company Secretary's job is indispensable to an organisation considering the versatile functions they perform. Your job profile will vary in accordance with the size and the nature of the product or service offered.

What a Company Secretary does

Abilities & Traits Required


The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is the premier body for education in the field of Company Secretaryship. It was formed under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 to develop and regulate the profession of Company Secretaries in India.

You could qualify for the Foundation Course exam after HSC (in any discipline, except Fine Arts) or any equivalent exam. Once you clear this, the next step is to register for the Intermediate and Final exams respectively.

Post graduates or graduates in commerce or any other discipline other than fine arts, graduates from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountancy (ICWA) or Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) can skip the Foundation Course. They could directly enroll for Intermediate exams.

For the final exams you require to undergo a minimum of one year's training or apprenticeship with a company recognised by ICSI or a practicing Company Secretary.

People with ICWA or ICAI background have a definite edge over the others when it comes to CS studies as well as job opportunities, later. The study material and tuition options - postal or coaching are provided at the time of the admission.

Once you appear for the finals, you become an associate member of the institute. At this stage the inscription 'ACS' will follow your name. The senior members eligible for fellow membership can use 'FCS' after their names.

Note: Certificate of Practice from the ICSI is essential for being considered as a company secretary.


As a fresher you could earn anything between Rs 250000 – 300000 per annum depending on the organisation you work with. A senior Company Secretary earns approximately Rs 5, 00,000 or more per annum.

To rake in more money you could apply abroad, particularly in the Gulf and the African countries.

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