ICSI CSEET 2021 – Registration (Open for May 2021), Exam Date, Syllabus

ICSI CSEET 2021 – CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is the first step towards becoming a Company Secretary. ICSI conducts CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) on quarterly basis i.e. in the month of May, July, November and January. Right now, the registration for May 2021 session is going on. The last date to register is April 15, 2021. The candidates who have cleared class 12th examination or are appearing, graduates, postgraduates can apply for ICSI CSEET 2021. The entrance examination is held in the online mode. The candidates have to qualify the online entrance test (CBT) as well as the Viva-Voce examination. Check more information about ICSI CSEET 2021 from this page such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus etc.


CSEET has been introduced in place of the Foundation Programme. It is mandatory to qualify CSEET in order to register for CS Executive Programme.

Official notice for exam date of CSEET 2021.

Check the important dates regarding ICSI CSEET 2021 from below.

Month of CSEET Registration PeriodCSEET Date
(Saturday / Sunday)
Last date for
Declaration of results
May16 Dec 2020 – 15 Apr 202108 May 20214th week of May
July16 Apr – 15 Jun 20212nd week of Jul 20214th week of Jul
November16 Jun – 15 Oct 20212nd week of Nov 20214th week of Nov
January16 Oct – 15 Dec 20212nd week of Jan 20224th week of Jan

Cut-Off Date of Registration in CS Executive Program

MonthCut-Off Date for Registration in CS Executive Programme
May31st May (For appearing in single module of Executive Program
in Dec session of the same year)
July31st Jul (For appearing in single module of Executive Program
in Dec session of the same year)
November30th Nov (For appearing in both modules of Executive Program
in Jun session next year)
January31st Jan (For appearing in single module of Executive Program
in Jun session of the same year)

CSEET 2021 Registration

Register Here for CSEET May 2021 Session: Click here to apply!

ICSI CSEET 2021 Syllabus

There are total 4 subjects from which multiple-choice questions are asked in CSEET. The syllabus is given is as follows:

Paper 1: Business Communication

This subject basically tests the candidate’s knowledge of Basic English Grammar and Critical Aspects of Business Communication.

Essentials of Good English


  • English Grammar and its Usage – Noun, Verbs, Pronoun, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Voice, Articles, Interjections, Tenses, Prefix and Sufix, Punctuations etc
  • Enriching Vocabulary – Choice of Words, Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Homophones
  • One-word Substitution
  • Common Errors in English
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Abbreviations
  • Proverbs
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Completion
  • Sentence Arrrangement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Foreign Words and Phrases Commonly Used
  • Comprehension of Passages and Art of Summarizing
  • Words commonly mis-spelt
  • Words with multiple meaning



  • Concept of Communication
  • Significance and Meaning of Good Communication
  • Business Communication – Principles and Process
  • Means of Communication – Written, Oral, Visual, Audio-visual
  • Choice of Modes of Communication
  • Communication Networks – Wheel, Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Star
  • Commonly Used Mediums of Digital Communication such as email, sms, voice mail, multimedia, mobile phone conferencing, teleconferencing, video conferencing etc
  • Listening skills – Types, Purpose, Steps to Effective Listening, Barriers to Effective Listening and ways to overcome them

Business Correspondence

  • Business Letters – Its essentials, types, parts and salutations
  • Positive messages, negative messages, persuasive messages
  • Concept of web, internet, e-correspondence
  • Intranet-Benefit and Purpose
  • Email-Features, Email Etiquettes, Procedure to write formal email
  • Essential Elements of Email – Subject Line, Formal Greeting, Target Audience, Clarity and Conciseness, Proof Reading, Feedback
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Email
  • Business Reports, Inter and Intra-Departmental Communication – Office Orders, Office Circulars and Notes, Memorandum, Management Information System

Common Business Terminologies

  • Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations including Financial and Non-Financial Terms and Expressions

Paper 2: Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (25 marks + 25 marks)

This section tests the basic understanding of the concepts of the Law, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning skills.

Part A: Legal Aptitude

Indian Constitution

  • Preamble
  • Citizenship
  • State Under Constitution
  • Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties
  • Directive Principles of State Policy
  • President and Governors
  • Council of Ministers and Prime Minister
  • Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council
  • Supreme Courts and High Courts
  • Landmark Amendment in Constitution
  • List of subjects- Centre, State and Concurrent

Elements of General Laws (Indian Contact Law and Law of Torts)

A. Law of Contract

  • Agreement
  • Offer, Acceptance, Consideration and Competency of Contract
  • Performance of Contract
  • Frustration of Contract
  • Types of Contact: Void, Voidable and Unenforceable
  • Quasi Contract
  • Breach of Contract and Remedies

B. Law of Torts

  • Basic Torts
  • Trespass
  • Specific Defenses
  • Nuisance and Negligence
  • Strict, Absolute and Vicarious Liability
  • Malicious Prosecution

Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation

  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Role of Company Secretary in Employment
  • Role of Company Secretary in Practice
  • Vision, Mission, Motto and Core Values of the Institute
  • Company Secretary Under Companies Secretaries Act, 2013
  • Company Secretary Under Companies Secretaries Act, 1980

Elements of Company Law

  • Meaning and Nature of Company
  • Types of Capital
  • Incorporation of a Company
  • Business Ethics
  • Ethical Dilemma
  • Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings
  • Board of Directors
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Legal Reasoning

  • Legal Fundamentals and Terms
  • Legal Terminology and Maxims
  • Legal Problems – Reading and Misunderstanding a case
  • Legal Reasoning – Reasoning by Analogy, Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Questions of Fact or Factual Issues
  • Questions of Law or Legal Issues
  • Landmark Judgments of Supreme and High Court
  • Reading Comprehension

Part B: Logical Reasoning

  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Cause and Effect Reasoning
  • Number Test
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Drawing Inference
  • Sequence and Series
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Deriving Conclusions from Passages

Verbal Reasoning

  • Alphabet Test
  • Alpha-Numeric Sequence Puzzle
  • Analogy
  • Syllogism
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Blood Relations
  • Decision Making
  • Inserting Missing Characters
  • Logical Venn Diagram
  • Logical Sequence Test
  • Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test
  • Truth Tellers and Liars

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Classification
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Figure Matrix
  • Completion of Incomplete Pattern
  • Grouping of Identical Figures
  • Rule Detection
  • Mirror Image
  • Numeric and Alphabet Series

Paper 3: Economic and Business Environment

  • This section generally tests the understanding of concepts of Macro and Micro Economics with a focus on Indian Economic System. It also tests the understanding of various crucial elements of business environments.
  • This section is of total 50 marks where; Part A Economics is fo 25 marks and Part B Business Environment is also of 25 marks.

Part A: Economics

Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition

  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Equilibrium Price
  • Elasticity of Demand Supply and Other Related Concepts
  • Increase and Decrease in Demand and Expansion and Contraction of Demand
  • Forms of Market Competition such as Monopoly, Oligopoly, Duopoly, Perfect Competition and Monoplistic Competition

National Income Accounting and Related Concepts

  • Meaning and Methods to Compute National Income
  • Key Variables of National Income like GDP, GNP, NNP, NDP etc

Indian Union Budget

  • Revenue and Capital Budget
  • Key Terminologies / Heads Covered Under the Budget
  • Meaning of Fiscal Deficit
  • Major Components of Revenue and Capital Budget
  • Components / Variables Covered Under Fiscal Deficit

Indian Financial Markets

  • Overview of Indian Financial Ecosystem
  • Key Facets of Indian Financial System
  • Growth of Financial Institutions
  • Public and Private Sector Banks
  • Industrial Finance Corportaion of India, Small Industries Development Bank of India
  • Regional and Rural Banks
  • Co-operative Banks
  • Non-Banking Finance Companies
  • Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and Debuntures
  • Financial Assitance Scenario for Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-Ups

Indian Economy

  • Primary (Agriculture and Allied Activities)
  • Secondary (Manufacturing)
  • Tertiary (Services)
  • Current Scenario of Agriculture and Allied Activities in India
  • Agricutural and Industrial Policies in India
  • Balance of Payments
  • Components of Balance of Payments
  • Favorable and Unfavorable Balance of Trade
  • Foreign Investments in India – Types and Flows

Part B- Business Environment

Entrepreneurship Scenario

  • Government Initiatives to Foster entrepreneurship
  • Need for entrepreneurship in India
  • Bottlenecks in Entrepreneurial growth

Business Environment

  • Overview of Business Environment
  • Features and Factors Influencing Business Environment
  • Types of Environment
  • Ease of Doing Business Index by World Bank For India and Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade for States

Key Government Institutions

  • Basic awareness about various institutions and regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, SEBI, RBI, CCI, NCLT/NCLAT etc

Paper 4: Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills

How is ICSI conducting CSEET as a Remote-Proctored Test?

– The candidates need to show a valid id proof and admit card at the time of examination.
– The candidates were required to login 15 minutes before the test.
– No candidates were allowed to login 15 minutes after the commencement of the test
– No candidate was allowed to complete the test before the expiry of 90 minutes
– Any candidate were not allowed to keep any book, study material, hand-written or printed notes, pager,e earphone, mobile phone, calculator, bluetooth device, smart watch, health band etc at the time of exam.
– Candidates were not allowed to use pen / paper and pencil at the time of the test.
– Any other person apart from the candidate were allowed at the time of the test. Furthermore, the candidates were not allowed to converse with anyone or read the questions / answers aloud.
– Candidates have to give the test from laptop only (mobile / table were not allowed).
– there were live proctors at the time of the test.
– The candidates were not allowed to take bio-breaks between the test.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Exam Pattern

For the session of January 2021, the exam is held as a remote-proctored test but as of now for the May 2021 session, no such information for the remote-proctored test has been notified. Furthermore, during the registration process for May 2021, the candidates are given choice to select the exam centre which further confirms that as of now, there is no certainty that ICSI CSEET 2021 will be held as a remote-proctored test. The Viva-Voce portion has been removed from the test and presentation and communication skills as a topic have been introduced in the entrance examination itself.

Check ICSI CSEET 2021 exam pattern given below.

Mode: Computer-Based Test or Online Proctor Test

Duration: The duration of CBT is 120 minutes

Type of questions: CS Executive Entrance Test is comprises of multiple-choice questions

No. of questions: There are total 120 questions in the test

Marking Scheme: Each question is of 01 or 02 marks. There is no negative marking in case of wrong answers.

Distribution of questions

SubjectNo. of questionsMarks
Business Communication35 (15 x 2 marks and 20 x 1 mark each)50
Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning35 (15 x 2 marks and 20 x 1 marks each )50
Economic and Business Environment35 (15 x 2 marks and 20 x 1 marks each)50
Current Affairs15 (5 x 2 marks each and 10 x 1 mark each)20

Viva-Voce Examination: This is conducted simultaneously with MCQ or immediately after CBT through online mode using Artificial Intelligence (AI) or through recorded videos at the exam centres

Nature of questions: This basically tests the listening, written communication and oral communication skills of the candidates.

Duration: It is of 15 minutes

Marks: Viva – Voce is of 30 marks in total

Important Books for CSEET 2021

The candidates can refer the books given below to prepare for CSEET 2021

Business CommunicationBuy Here
Legal Awareness and Logical Reasoning 2020Buy Here
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning Buy Here
Statistics for Business and EconomicsBuy Here
Current Affairs Refresher 2020Buy Here
General Knowledge 2021Buy Here

ICSI CSEET 2021 Passing Criteria

To be declared as ‘Pass’ in ICSI CSEET, the candidates must obtain the following marks:

ParticularsPercentage of Marks
Each Paper40% marks
Aggregate50% marks

ICSI CSEET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Check the eligibility conditions to apply for ICSI CSEET 2021.

Educational Qualification

  • The candidates must have passed the Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent.
  • All graduates / post-graduates can also apply

Who all are Exempted from CSEET?

The candidates who have passed CS Foundation Programme are exempted from CSEET examination without any payment of exemption fee.

All those candidates who have passed the final examination of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and / or The Institutes of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) are exempted from CSEET. However, these candidates need to pay Rs 5000 as exemption fee at the time of registration to CS Executive Programme.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Registration

Before doing ICSI CSEET 2021 registration, make sure all the eligibility conditions are fulfilled. Also, be ready with the documents like scanned images of photograph, signature, 10+2 pass certificate / mark sheet, date of birth certificate, any id proof etc. Check ICSI CSEET 2021 registration process given below.

Step 1: First of all, click on the direct link of the registration given above on this page.

Step 2: Next, read all the instructions and click on the ‘Proceed to CSEET Registration’ button.

Step 3: Now, enter the basic details which include personal and address details of the candidates such as qualification, name, gender, category, date of birth, email id, mobile number, address etc.

Step 4: Then, check the fee details.

Step 5: Next, upload the mandatory documents and preview the application.

Step 6: Then, click on confirm the application fee button, select the payment mode and note down the transaction id for future references.

Application Fee: The candidates have to pay:

The registration fee for CSEETRs 1000

Mode of Payment: The candidates can pay the fee using Debit / Credit Card / Net Banking / Wallet / Cash Cards / Challan.

Registration Fee Concession Applicable to Various Categories

SC / ST50%
Physically Handicapped50%
Wards and Widows of Martyrs and Defence Services
Personnel with Permanent Disability
Serving / Retired Personnel of Defence Services and Paramilitary Forces50%
ICSI Staff and Wards / Spouse of ICSI Staff75%
ICLS Officers / Officers & Staff of MCA and Affiliated Offices100%
Students from North Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
Lakshadweep and Himachal Pradesh
Students from the Union Territories of J&K and

ICSI CSEET 2021 Admit Card

ICSI CSEET admit card can be downloaded online from icsi.edu. To download ICSI CSEET 2021 admit card, the candidates have to enter their unique request-id and date of birth. ICSI CSEET admit card specifies the details like:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Candidate’s roll number
  • Date of birth of the candidate
  • Exam date
  • Exam timings etc

On the day of the examination, the candidates need to carry the printed copy of the admit card and a valid id proof to the exam centre.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Exam Centre

The candidates have to select the exam centre while foing the registration for CSEET 2021. The list of the exam centre is given below.

ICSI CSEET 2021 Exam CentreICSI CSEET 2021 Exam Centre
DehradunDelhi – North, West, South, East
KolhapurKolkata (North & South)
Port BlairPimpri-Chinchwad
Navi MumbaiNashik
Mumbai (CG)Mumbai (GTK)
Mumbai (JOG)Rewari

ICSI CSEET 2021 Result

ICSI announces the result for CSEET online at icsi.edu. It is released in the form of a scorecard. To check the result, the candidates have to enter the following details:

  • CSEET registration number
  • Date of birth

Note that the result along with the candidate’s individual marks in all the subjects is uploaded on the official website. Immediately after the declaration of the result, formal e-result-cum-marks-statement of CSEET is also uploaded on the official website for candidate’s use. No physical copy of result-cum-marks-statement is issued to the candidates.

Objective of CSEET

CSEET is being conducted to attract the meritorious students and test their aptitude CS profession. Selecting the students through CSEET shall enhance the quality of future members to meet the quality expectations of the industry and regulators.

About ICSI

Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier national professional body that has been constituted under an Act of Parliament i.e. Company Secretaries Act, 1980. The institute has been set up to regulate and develop the profession of Company Secretaries. It provided quality education to Company Secretaries and maintains the best quality standards for CS members. The institute follows the motto, “Speak the Truth Abide by the Law”.

Official Website: icsi.edu

Frequently Asked Question on ICSI CSEET 2021

Ques. What is the official website for ICSI CSEET 2021?

Ans. The official website for ICSI CSEET 2021 is icsi.edu.

Ques. What does CSEET stands for?

Ans. CSEET stands for CS Executive Entrance Test.

Ques. How many stages are there in CSEET?

Ans. In CSEET, the candidates have to first appear in CBT and then, a viva-voca examination is held.

Ques. Is CBT and Viva-Voce examination held on single day?

Ans. Yes, CBT and Viva-Voce examination are conducted on the single day only.

Ques. What is the aggregate percentage needed to qualify CSEET?

Ans. The candidates appearing for CSEET must get an aggregate of 50% in CSEET.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in CSEET?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking in CSEET.

Ques. What is validity of CSEET result?

Ans. CSEET result is valid for one year from the date of declaration.

Ques. What documents should I keep ready for CSEET?

Ans. To appear for CSEET, you are required to have the admit card and a valid id proof.

Ques. How is the final score calculated?

Ans. The final score of CSEET is calculated according to marks secured in both CBT and Viva-Voce examination. The final score is calculated out of 200 marks.

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