A tough, but exceptionally rewarding profession. With more and more companies increasingly being listed on the stock exchange today, managements need to ensure greater transparency while adhering to high standards of responsibility.

A candidate who wants to pursue the Company Secretaryship course under the new scheme of examination has to complete the following three stages:

There are many accountancy bodies that offer accountancy qualifications around the world. Here is a summary of why you should choose ACCA:

  •  Foundation Programme.
  •  Executive Programme.
  •  Professional Programme.

Foundation Programme:It is the entry-level examination for the Company Secretaryship course. The minimum qualification required to join the programme is a pass in the 10+2 examination or its equivalent in any stream i.e., Arts, Science and Commerce. Provisional admission is allowed to a candidate who has appeared or enrolled to appear in the Senior Secondary (10+2 or equivalent) examination.

Exemption:Candidates who have completed their degree or Master's degree in Commerce or a pass in the final examination of Cost and Works Accountants are exempted from the Foundation Programme. Candidates who have passed the papers under the old syllabus are exempted from appearing for the new course.

Executive Programme:The eligibility for the Executive Programme is a pass in the Foundation Programme or a degree in commerce/equivalent examinations.

The course consists of two modules with three papers each:

  •  Module-I : General and Commercial Laws; Company Accounts and Management Accounting and Tax laws. nModule-II; Company Law; Economic and Labour Laws and Securities Laws and Compliances. The qualifying marks are 40% in each paper and an average of 50% average for all papers together. The tuition fee for the course is 7000INR for the commerce stream and 7,500INR for the non-commerce stream. 

Professional Programme :Those who have passed the Executive Programme can enrol for the Professional Programme.

LevelEligibilityMinimum durationMaximum durationPapers
Foundation ProgrammeClass 12 pass8 MonthsNeeds to be completed within 
3 years of registration

1) English and Business Communication

2) Economics and Statistics

3) Financial Accounting

4) Elements of Business Law and Management

Executive ProgrammeClear Foundation Programme/ Graduates from all disciplines except Fine Arts can directly enrol1 yearNeeds to be completed within 5 years of registration for the Executive Programme

Module I

1) General and Commercial laws

2) Company Accounts, Cost and Management Accounting.

3) Tax laws

Module II

1) Company Laws

2) Economic and Labour Laws

3) Securities Laws Compliances

Professional ProgrammeCleared Executive Programme1 yearNeeds to be completed within 5 years of registration for the Executive Programme

Module I

1) Company Secretarial Practice

2) Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings

Module II

1) Financial, Treasury and Forex Management

2) Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Module III

1) Strategic Management, Alliances and International Trade

2) Advance Tax Laws and Practices

Module IV

1) Due Diligence and Corporate Compliance Management

2) Governance, Business Ethics and Sustainability