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ICSI CS Foundation Exam- Latest Notification, Exam Date, Eligibility, Guideline

Updated on 19 December 2020
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Updated on 19 December 2020

The CSI CS Foundation June 2020 exam has been merged with the December exam cycle and accordingly the exam date and notifications have been announced. Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) conducts CS Foundation exams twice in a year, the first one being conducted in the December cycle whereas the second one is conducted in the June cycle. To appear for the CS Foundation exam is the first step to start your career as a company secretary. So, keep reading this article to know more details of ICSI CS Exam.

ICSI CS Exam Date 2020

The institute offers a validity of 3 years for the admission in Foundation program. Candidates can view the updated ICSI CS exam dates from the table mentioned below. The CS Foundation exam is scheduled to be held in 4 batches, for further details refer the table below-


Date of the exam

Timings of the exam

Paper-1 – Business Environment and Law

Paper-2 – Business Management, Ethics and Entrepreneurship

26 Dec 2020

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Paper-3 – Business Economics

Paper-4 – Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

27 Dec 2020

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

ICSI CS Foundation Exam notification/Events 2020



New application form submission / Make any change in

already submitted form

26 Jul 2020

Last date to submit the form of new applicants without late fees

25 Sep 2020

Last date to submit the form of new applicants with late fees

09 Oct 2020

Last date of submitting corrections

20 Nov 2020

CS Foundation Exam Pattern 2020

ICSI CS Exam is a Computer-based test which consists of MCQ type of questions. 

  1. Total Exam Duration- 01 hour and 30 minutes
  2. Total parts of the test- 4
  3. Total Questions- For paper 1 & Paper 2, 100 MCQ type in all. For paper 3 & paper 4, 100 MCQ type questions.
  4. Language- English & Hindi 

CS Foundation Exam 2020 Passing / Cut off Marks

The candidates need to obtain the below mentioned minimum passing marks to be declared as qualified candidates for the CS Foundation program. 

  1. 40% marks in each subject. 
  2. 50% marks in aggregate of all subjects. 

CS Foundation 2020 Result

The candidates can check the declared result for the CS Foundation exam online from the ICSI’s website. Once the candidates visit the website, they need to enter their 17-digit registration number only after which they can check their individual results. The candidates can also view their marks obtained on each subject whereas statements of marks are also provided. Candidates need to know that the statement of marks will not be sent to the candidates via post. 

ICSI CS eligibility criteria 2020

Before registering themselves for the ICSI CS exam 2020, the candidates should make sure that they are fulfilling the eligibility criteria mentioned below-

  1. Should have passed class XII or equivalent examination from a recognized board/university.
  2. ICSI has not provided any minimum percentage of marks to be secured at Senior Secondary level to register for CS Foundation Examination.
  3. Class 10+2 pass students are eligible to pursue ICSI CS Foundation programme.

Exemption from Appearing for CS Foundation Programme

There are few eligibility criteria for candidates which if being fulfilled, the candidate will be exempted from appearing for the CS Foundation exam and is eligible to directly register for the Executive Programme stage.

  1. Candidates who possess a Graduation or Post graduation degree in any discipline (excluding fine arts) are exempted from appearing for CS Foundation exam.
  2. Candidates who have passed in the Foundation examination of the ICSI, Foundation Programme of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or of any other accountancy institution in India or abroad recognized as equivalent by the Council of the Institute are also exempted.

CS Foundation Exam Application Form 2020

The application form for CS Foundation exam is available on the ICSI official website and can be filled in the online mode only. In the CS Foundation Application Form, the candidates need to log in using their User Id (Student Registration Number), Password (created by them for the SMASH Portal). The application form for CS course is basically the exam enrollment form for CS Foundation 2020 exam. In the form, the aspirants need to fill in the mandatory details such as State, Country, Center, Medium & Combination of Modules, etc.

Application Fee for CS Foundation – To submit the form, the aspirants need to pay an amount of Rs. 1200/-. ICSI also provides concession in the examination fee to the physically handicapped candidates of the general category. There is a 25% concession of fee applicable to the PWD General Category candidates.

Mode of Payment – The application fee is payable by Debit/Credit Cards /Net Banking /Canara Bank Challan facility.

ICSI CS Admit card 2020

ICSI issues the CS Foundation Admit Card 2020 to the candidates who submit the Exam Enrollment Form before the last date. Candidates can download their CS Foundation Admit Card by online mode. No hard copy of the admit card is sent to the candidates by post/courier. To download the Admit Card, the candidates need to log in by entering their Registration Number. On the day of the test, the candidates need to carry their Student Identity Card which is to be duly attested by the competent authority.

ICSI Selection Process

An aspirant who is interested in making his or her career as a successful company secretary needs to appear and qualify for each of the 3 stages, which are foundation, executive and professional. Note that a candidate cannot move forward to other levels, till the time he/she clears the initial ones.

Hope all the above mentioned Details of ICSI CS Exam will be helpful. Best of luck for the upcoming ICSI CS Foundation Exam!

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