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ICSI CSEET Syllabus May 2020

ICSI CSEET Syllabus | Subjects | Papers – May 2020

ICSI CSEET Registration Last Date Extended till 15th June 2020 for 1st CSEET Test

ICSI CSEET Syllabus: The Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India in exercise of the powers vested under clause (a) of subsection (2) of Section 15 of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, as amended by the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 2006 read with Regulation 20(1)(ii) of Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 has approved the syllabus for Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET).

Passing of CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is mandatory for all candidates to register for CS Executive Programme, except a few exempted categories of candidates w.e.f. 3rd February, 2020. With the introduction of CSEET, new registration to the Foundation Programme has ceased to exist.

The Council of the ICSI has released a notice regarding CSEET on the day of the inauguration of ICSI Golden Jubilee Celebrations on 4th Oct 2017.

The Gazette Notification on the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 has been published on 3rd February 2020 in the Official Gazette of India and the same shall be applicable from the said date of publication.

Now ICSI Published a notice regarding CSEET Test which going to start from 2020 May. We are now going to discuss the syllabus details of CSEET-May 2020


CSEET syllabus

ICSI CSEET syllabus

ICSI CSEET-Important Dates-May 2020

Registration Start Date;16-12-2019
Registration End Date:05-05-2020

CSEET Subjects | Papers

CSEET subjects | Papers: The following subjects or papers shall be covered under CS Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) :

PaperName of subjectMarks
Paper 1: Business Communication50
Paper 2: Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning50
Paper 3: Economic and Business Environment50
Paper 4: Current Affairs, Presentation, and Communication50

ICSI CSEET – Full Syllabus


CSEET paper 1 Business Communication syllabus is as below.

To test the knowledge of the candidates pertaining to the essentials of English Grammar and critical aspects of Business Communication.

Total marks: 50

Business Communication 
S.No.TopicSub TopicMarks
1.Essentials of Good English·   English Grammar and its usage-Noun, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjection, Voice, Articles, Tenses, Prefix and Suffix, Punctuations, etc.

·   Enriching Vocabulary-Choice of words, Synonyms, and Antonyms

·   Common errors in English

·   Words with multiple meaning

·   One word substitution

·   Words frequently misspelled

·   Homophones

·   Idioms and phrases

·   Proverbs

·   Abbreviations

·   Para jumbles

·   Sentence completion

·   Sentence arrangement

·   Sentence correction

·   Foreign    words    and    phrases    commonly used

·   Comprehension     of   passage    and    art    of


20 Marks
2.Communication·   Concept of Communication, Meaning, and Significance of Good Communication

·   Business Communication- Principles  and Process

·   Means of Communication- Written, Oral,Visual, Audiovisual

Choice of Modes of Communication

·   Communication Networks- Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Wheel, Star

·   Commonly used Mediums of Digital Communication- Email, SMS, Voice mail, Multimedia, Teleconferencing, Mobile Phone Conversation, Video Conferencing, etc.

·   Listening Skills-Types, Purpose,  Steps to Effective Listening, Barriers to Effective Listening and Ways to Overcome the Barriers

·   Barriers to Effective  Communication and Ways to Overcome the Barriers

15 Marks
3.Business Correspondence·   Business Letters-  Its Essentials,  Parts,  Types, Salutations

·   Positive Messages, Negative Messages, and Persuasive Messages

·   Business Reports, Inter, and Intra- departmental Communication- Office Orders, Office Circulars, Memorandum, Office Notes, Management Information System (MIS)

·   Concept of Web, Internet, and E- correspondence

·   Intranet- Benefit and Purpose

·   Email- Features,  Procedure  to Write a Formal Email, Email Etiquettes

·   Essential Elements of Email- Subject line, Formal Greeting, Target Audience (Reader), Clarity and Conciseness, Formal Closing, Proofreading, Feedback

·   Advantages and Disadvantages of Email

10 Marks
4.Common Business Terminologies·   Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations including Financial and Non-Financial terms and expressions.5 Marks


CSEET syllabus : Paper -2; Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning syllabus

Objective: To test basic understanding of Laws, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

Total Marks– 50
Part A- Legal Aptitude (25 marks) Part-B – Logical Reasoning (25 marks)

Part-B – Logical Reasoning (25 marks)

Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

S.NoTopicSub TopicsMarks
Part A

Legal Aptitude (25 marks)

1.Indian Constitution·   Preamble

·   Citizenship

·   Fundamental     Rights     and    Fundamental Duties

·   Directive Principles of State Policy

·   State under the Constitution

·   President and Governors

·   Council of Ministers and Prime Minister

·   Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council

·   Supreme Court and High Courts

·   Landmark Amendment in Constitution

·   List      of      subjects-Centre,        State       and Concurrent

5 Marks
2.Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)A. Law of Contract


·   Offer,     Acceptance,      Consideration, and Competency to Contract.

·   Agreement

·   Types      of     Contract:       Void,      Voidable, Unenforceable

·   Performance of Contract

·   Frustration of Contract

·   Quasi Contract

·   Breach of Contract and Remedies

5 Marks
B.   Law of Torts


·   Basics of Torts

·   Specific Defenses

·   Nuisance and Negligence

·   Strict, Absolute and Vicarious Liability

·   Trespass

·   Malicious Prosecution

3Elements       of Company Secretaries Legislation·   The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

·   Vision, Mission, Motto and Core Value of the Institute

·   Company Secretary under Company Secretaries Act, 1980.

·   Functions of Company Secretary under the Companies Act, 2013

·   Role of Company Secretary in Employment

·   Role of Company Secretary in Practice

5 Marks
4Elements of Company Law·   Meaning and Nature of Company

·   Types of Companies

·   Incorporation of a Company

·   Types of capital

·   Board          of         Directors          -(Concept, Appointment, and Removal of Directors)

·   Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings

·   Corporate Social Responsibility

·   Business Ethics

·   Ethical Dilemma

5 Marks
5Legal Reasoning·   Legal Fundamentals and Terms

·   Legal       Problems        –       Reading        and understanding a case

·   Legal Terminology and Maxims

·   Legal Reasoning-

(a)   Reasoning by Analogy

(b)   Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

·   Questions of Fact (or factual issues)

·   Questions of Law (or legal issues)

·   Landmark Judgments of Supreme  Court and High Court

·   Reading Comprehension

5 Marks

Logical Reasoning (25 marks)

6Logical Reasoning·   Calendars

·   Cause and Effect Reasoning

·   Clocks

·   Coding and Decoding

·   Deriving Conclusion from Passages

·   Drawing Inference

·   Number Test

·   Sequence and Series

·   Statement and Assumptions

10 Marks
7Verbal Reasoning·   Alphabet Test

·   Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle

·   Analogy

·   Assertion and Reason

·   Blood Relations

·   Decision Making

·   Inserting Missing Characters

·   Logical Sequence Test

·   Logical Venn Diagram

·   Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test

·   Syllogism

·   Truth Tellers and Liars

10 Marks
8Non-Verbal Reasoning·   Analytical Reasoning

·   Classification

·   Completion of Incomplete Pattern

·   Figure Matrix

·   Grouping of Identical Figures

·   Mirror Image

·   Rule Detection

·   Numeric and Alphabet Series

5 Marks


CSEET syllabus : Paper – 3;Economic & Business Environment


  • To test understanding on concepts of Micro & Macro Economics with a focus on Indian economic
  • To test the understanding of various crucial elements of business

Total Mark – 50 marks

Part A– Economics (25 Marks)

Part B – Business Environment (25 Marks)

Economic & Business Environment

Part A- Economics (25 Marks)
1Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition·         Theory of Demand and Supply

·         Equilibrium Price

·         Elasticity of Demand and Supply and other related concepts

·         Increase and Decrease in Demand and Expansion and Contraction of Demand

·         Forms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly, Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and Monopolistic Competition

5 Marks
2National Income Accounting and Related Concepts·         Meaning and methods to compute National Income

·         Key variables of National Income (GNP, GDP, NNP, NDP, etc.)

5 Marks
3Indian Union Budget·         Key terminologies/heads covered under the budget

·         Revenue and Capital Budget

·         Major components of Revenue and Capital Budget

·         Meaning of Fiscal Deficit

·         Components/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit

5 Marks
4Indian Financial Markets·         Overview of Indian Financial Ecosystem

·         Key facets of the Indian financial system

·         Growth of Financial Institutions

·         Public and private sector banks

·         Industrial Finance Corporation of India Small Industries Development Bank of India

·         Regional Rural Banks

·         Cooperative Banks

·         Non-Banking Finance Companies

·         Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and Debentures

Financial assistance scenario for Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-Ups.

 5 Marks
5Indian Economy·         Primary (Agriculture and allied activities)

·         Secondary (Manufacturing)

·         Tertiary (Services):

·         Current scenario of agriculture and allied activities in India

·         Agricultural and Industrial Policies of India

·         Current scenario of the services sector in India

·         Balance of Payments

·         Components of Balance of Payments

·           Favorable and Unfavorable Balance of Trade

·         Foreign Investments in India- Types and Flows

 5 Marks
Part B- Business Environment (25 Marks)
6Entrepreneurship Scenario·         Government         initiatives         to         foster entrepreneurship

·         Need for entrepreneurship in India

·         Bottlenecks in entrepreneurial growth

 10 Marks
7Business Environment·         Overview of Business Environment

·         Features and factors influencing the business environment

·         Types of the environment: Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment,

Political environment, Legal and Technological environment

· Ease of Doing Business Index by World Bank for India and Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for States

 10 Marks
8Key Government InstitutionsBasic awareness about various institutions and regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, MCA, SEBI, RBI, IBBI, CCI, NCLT/NCLAT, etc.5 Marks


CSEET syllabus : Paper- 4; Current Affairs, Presentation & Communication Skills


  • To test the awareness of candidates with reference to current affairs of national and international
  • To test the listening and writing skills of the


Total – 50 marks

Part A – Current Affairs (25 marks)

Part B – Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva) (25 marks)


Current Affairs, Presentation & Communication Skills

S.No.TopicSub-topics to be covered Marks
Part A – Current Affairs (25 marks)
1Current AffairsCurrent affairs of national and international importance relating to:


·        International bodies (ASEAN, BRICS, SAARC, G-20, BIMSTEC, etc.)

·        Organizations like RBI, NABARD, CCI, IBBI, IMF, OECD, ADB, World Bank, etc.

·        Summits and conferences

·        Current development in Banking and Finance (digital banking, govt. initiatives, financial inclusion, etc.)

·        Current development in stock markets

·        Recent important judgments passed by Supreme Court and High Courts of India, Tribunals

·        Current affairs related to CS Institute/Profession and regulatory bodies

·        Current updates on the environment, biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development

·        latest developments in science and technology, IT, Computers and Space science

·        Business personalities and leaders

·        Committees and appointments

·        Art and culture

·        Books and their authors

·        Awards and honours

·        Sports

·        Current political scenario

·        Initiatives/ schemes of the government

·        Language and national symbols

·        Governance and ethics

·         International diplomacy

 25 marks

Part B – Presentation & Communication Skills (Viva)(25 marks)

2Listening Skills·   Questions based on audio clips

–        Monologue

–        Dialogue

·   Grammar Test

·   Vocabulary Test

10 Marks

Communication Skills

·         Writing on a given topic

Correcting a given paragraph

·           Short Note writing

Essay writing

Precis Writing

 10 Marks
4Oral Communication Skills·   Candidates are expected to:

–        Answer a question

–        Speak on a given topic

–        Explain the given term

5 Marks


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