Exposure draft of new ICSI Syllabus

Posted on    18 September 2017

The revision of syllabus is a continuous process towards capacity building, knowledge enhancement and skills development of the students. The evolving corporate paradigm, regulatory reforms and the advancement in technology necessitate the revision of syllabus to make it contemporary and to ensure that a student, who goes through the learning process delivers optimum output when he / she forays into professional world. India has witnessed significant regulatory and structural changes in last few years, leading to changes in business dynamics, eco-system and expectations of various stakeholders and society at large. At Institute, we considered this as an opportunity to leverage the rapidly changing and more enabling external environment to the best advantage of all our stakeholders and thus adopted 360 Degree holistic approach during syllabus review exercise.

The proposed curriculum is designed with objective of developing competency in core areas, basic understanding of ancillary to the core areas and ability to make integrated application in identified areas of expertise. The underlying Guiding Principles in formulation of syllabus are as under:

  1. To develop competence, professional skills and acumen to groom Company Secretaries as Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) professionals.
  2. To focus on core areas, ancillary to the Core and specialized areas of expertise, which requires integrated applications of core and ancillary areas.
  3. To develop attributes, skill sets and competency required for performance of role by a Company Secretary to cater to the needs of various types of industry.
  4. To facilitate employability of new members and groom their skills and confidence to enable them to venture into Practice on their own.
  5. To develop skills and competence of executive programme passed students to act as Secretarial Executive in companies or in professional and consultancy firms.

The proposed Syllabus has been developed after extensive deliberations and brainstorming, adopting 360 degree approach by Core Group on Vision New ICSI 2022 under the Chairmanship of CS Pavan Kumar Vijay, Past President, ICSI. The same was subsequently deliberated and approved by the Syllabus Review Board.

However, in an exercise of this magnitude, there is always scope for refinement. Keeping in view the importance of syllabus to the profession of company secretaries and other stakeholders, the Exposure Draft containing Proposed Syllabus for Executive Programme and Professional Programme is being placed for public comments for the considered views and suggestions of all stakeholders in the following format:



Macro Aspects


Names or Heading of Subjects


Coverage and contents


Weightage of marks in respective subjects


Any additional subject to be included in the proposed syllabus


Micro Aspects


Detailed contents of the syllabus


Any modification / improvement in the contents




Should    we    include    elective    papers    at Professional level


Thrust areas on any subject


Any other points, which may be considered while finalizing the Syllabus


Members, students, regulators, academicians, academic institutions, industry organizations/associations and all other stakeholders are requested to send their views, comments and suggestions on the Proposed Syllabus through Google forms at the https://goo.gl/forms/MeVpeDZBG0jPuUzA3 on or before Thursday, 21st September, 2017.

CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal
President, The ICSI

P.S.: Link of ICSI Proposed Syllabus:

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