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New Syllabus and Pattern for Foundation Programme

The main feature of this new formulated syllabus is that the Council of ICSI has decided to conduct OMR based Examination for the Foundation Programme.

New Syllabus and Pattern
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier National Professional body established by Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the Profession of Company Secretaries. Career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high level of job satisfaction.

The student who would like to join the Course after 10+2 has to undergo three stages to pursue the Company Secretaries Course i.e.
A) Foundation Programme
B) Executive Programme
C) Professional Programme


However, the student who would like to join the Course after passing the Graduation then they may take direct admission to Executive Programme.

Now, the council of the Institute has approved the New Syllabus for the Foundation Programme effective from 1st February, 2012 and the first examination under this new syllabus will be held from December 2012 session of CS examinations.

The main feature of this new formulated syllabus is that the Council of the Institute has decided to conduct Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) based Examination (Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions) for the Foundation Programme.

If you want to download the Study Material for the Foundation Programme (New Syllabus) then you should have to register yourself (first time user) at ICSI portal http://www.icsi.in

The first exam under the new syllabus will be held from December, 2012 and the last exam under the existing (Old Syllabus) would be June, 2013. Therefore, students under the old syllabus may continue with the existing syllabus till June, 2013 Session.

Thus, these are the option to students under existing syllabus:

i) Students who have registered prior to 1st February, 2012 (subject to the validity of their registration) will have option to continue with the existing syllabus till June, 2013 Session.
ii) From December, 2013 session, all students will be automatically switched over to the new syllabus.
iii) In other words, from December, 2012 to June, 2013 session of examination both syllabi (existing syllabus as well as new syllabus) will run parallel.

I have sited hereunder some questions and their answers that may clear the basic information under the new syllabus:

Question 1: 

What are the subjects under the New Syllabus of Foundation Programme?

Answer: Under the new syllabus there are four subjects:
Paper 1: Business Environment and Entrepreneurship;
Paper 2: Business Management Ethics and Communication;
Paper 3: Business Economics;
Paper 4: Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing.

Question 2:

From which date New Syllabus will be effective?

Answer: The new syllabus of Foundation Programme will be effective from 1st February, 2012.

Question 3:

When will be the First examination under the new syllabus?

Answer: The first examination under this new syllabus will be held from December 2012 session of CS examinations.

Question4:

From which session existing syllabus would be discontinued?

Answer: The last exam under the existing (Old Syllabus) would be June, 2013.

Question 5:

What is the process of transfer from old Syllabus to new syllabus of Foundation Programme of Company Secretaries?

Answer: Students may exercise their option to switch over to the new syllabus while filling up the examination form for December, 2012 session and no other formal request is required to be sent to the Institute for the purpose.

Question 6:

What are the fees/Charges for switching over to the New Syllabus?

Answer: No any charges have to be paid by the students of existing syllabus for switching over to the new syllabus of Foundation Programme. However, they have to pay the cost of Study Materials under new syllabus, if any, to be purchased by them.

Question 7:

Is there any paper-wise Exemption facility for the students of existing syllabus?

Answer: Students of existing syllabus are NOT eligible for any paper-wise exemptions on switching over to the new syllabus and they will have to appear in all the papers under the new syllabus irrespective of their performance in previous sessions of examinations or any other qualifications.
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