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The Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) is a national-level entrance examination for the Company Secretary (CS) by ICSI. This entrance exam is conducted four times a year, i.e. January, May, July and November. The exam is conducted by online mode for a duration of 120 minutes. 

The examination consists of 4 major papers, i.e. business communication, legal aptitude and logical reasoning, economic and business environment, and current affairs. In this blog, we will tell you all about the CSEET 2023 exam. 

Name of the exam Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) 
Administered by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)
Frequency of exam4 times a year (January, May, July and November)
Exam Duration 120 minutes 
Mode of Examination Online (computer-based test)
Official Websitehttps://www.icsi.edu/students/cseet/  

CSEET Latest Updates 

As per the latest updates, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) will conduct their  21st batch of online classes for CSEET for May 2023 intake from 16th February 2023. The classes are estimated to end by 22nd March 2023. Students applying for the entrance examination can refer to the official website of ICSI or keep reading the blog to get the relevant details and latest updates. 

CSEET Exam Dates

The important dates that students can refer to while applying for CSEET are mentioned below: 

ParticularsJanuary 2023 sessionMay 2023 sessionJuly 2023 sessionNovember  2023 session
Registration beginsOctober 16, 2022January 19, 2023Not announced yetNot announced yet
Registration endsDecember 15, 2022April 15, 2023Not announced yetNot announced yet
Admit Card DateDecember 28, 2022Not announced yetNot announced yetNot announced yet
Examination DatesJanuary 7, 2023May 6, 2023Not announced yetNot announced yet
Result DateJanuary 18, 2023 Not announced yetNot announced yetNot announced yet

CSEET Exam Pattern

The examination will contain MCQs based and will be conducted in online mode for a duration of 120 minutes. The candidates will be allotted test centres and it will be a computer-based test. The syllabus of CSEET comprises mainly four papers. Candidates applying for the examination can refer to the table given below. 

SubjectsTotal number Total No. of Questions 
Business Communication 50 marks 35
Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning50 marks 35
Economic and Business Environment50 marks 35
Current Affairs20 marks 15

Apart from the given table, there will also be a Viva Voce of 15 minutes on “Presentation and Communication Skills”. The viva voce will be for 30 marks and conducted simultaneously with or immediately after the MCQ. The candidates appearing for the test should keep in mind that the test will be examined online using artificial intelligence (AI) or through the recorded videos designated at the test centres. 

CSEET Syllabus 

Candidates appearing for the CSEET examination should be well aware of the examination syllabus. The examination will consist of four papers. Students can refer to the tables below to get in-depth information about each paper’s syllabus. 

Business Communication (Paper 1) 

S.NoTopicSub Topics
1Essentials of Good English Words with multiple meanings
Foreign words
Idioms and phrases
Para jumbles
Commonly used phrases
Abbreviations Common errors in English
2Communication Means of Communication- Written, Oral, Visual, Audiovisual 
Concept of Communication,
Meaning and Significance of Good Communication
Commonly used Mediums of Digital Communication
Barriers to Effective Communication and Ways to overcome the Barriers
3Business CorrespondenceBusiness Letters Concept of web and internet
Positive, Negative and Persuasive Messages
Email (advantages and disadvantages)
4Common Business Terminologies The terms that are defined under various laws including financial and non-financial terms. 

Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (Paper 2) 

This subject has two parts. Part A is legal aptitude (25 marks) and Part B is logical reasoning (25 marks). 

S.NoTopicSub Topics
1Indian Constitution Preamble
Supreme Court and High Court
Directive Principles of State’s Policy
Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council
Fundamental Rights and Duties
2Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)Law of Contract Agreement:
Quasi Contract, Breach of Contract and Remedies, Types of contract-void and voidable
Law of Torts:
Basics of Torts, Strict and absolute liability, Trespass, Malicious Prosecution
3Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation Company Secretary under Company Secretaries Act, 1980
Role of Company Secretary in Employment
Role of Company Secretary in Practice 
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India 
4Legal Reasoning Legal Terminology and Maxims
Landmark Judgments by the Supreme and High Court
Reading Comprehension
5Elements of Company Law Types of Companies
Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings 
Corporate Social Responsibility 
6Logical Reasoning Calendars
Coding and decoding
Number test Statements and assumptions  

Economic & Business Environment  (Paper 3) 

This subject has two parts. Part A is economics (25 marks) and Part B is the business environment (25 marks). 

S.NoTopicSub Topics
1Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition Increase and Decrease in Demand and Supply
Theory of Demand and Supply  
Forms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly, Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and Monopolistic Competition
2Indian Union BudgetRevenue and Capital Budget
Components/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit
3Indian Financial MarketsGrowth of Financial Institutions
Industrial Finance Corporation of India,
Small Industries
Development Bank of India
Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and Debentures
4Indian Economy Primary (Agriculture and allied activities)
Secondary (Manufacturing) Tertiary (Services)
Balance of Payments
Components of Balance of Payments 
5Entrepreneurship Scenario Need for entrepreneurship in India 
6Business EnvironmentTypes of the environment: Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Political environment, Legal and Technological environment

Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Paper 4)

S.NoTopicSub Topics
1Current AffairsCurrent affairs
Functions of International bodies such as ASEAN, G-20, BRICS and SAARC 
Developments in IT, Science and Technology, Computers and Space Science 
Arts and Culture
Awards & honours
Current Political scenario 
2Listening Skills Questions based on audio clips
3Written Communication SkillsWriting on a given topic
Essay writing
Correcting a given paragraph 
4Oral Communication SkillsSpeak on a given topic 
Explain the given term

CSEET  Eligibility Criteria

The candidates appearing for the CSEET should keep in mind the eligibility criteria that is set by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). Candidates applying for the test should be Indian citizens. NRIs or Foreign Nationals are not eligible. 

  • The candidates should be passed or should be appearing in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination. 
  • Aspirants who are graduates or post-graduates are eligible for registration directly to the CS Executive Programme. These candidates are required to pass the CSEET to become eligible for registration to the Executive Programme.
  • The candidates who have passed the CS Foundation Programme will be exempted from the CSEET. They are not supposed to pay any fee for the same. 
  • Those candidates who have passed the final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) are exempted from the CSEET. They will be required to pay INR 5000 towards the exemption fee at the time of Registration to the CS Executive Programme. 

CSEET Application Process

Candidates appearing for the examination can follow a simple application procedure which is mentioned below:

  • The students are required to visit the official website of CSEET 2023.
  • There will be a registration column. Students are required to click on that and fill in their details such as qualification, Aadhar card number, name, gender, category, date of birth, nationality, mobile number, email address and the CSEET exam centre. 
  • A fee details section will also be available next to the registration section. Students are supposed to pay once the application is completed. 
  • Students are supposed to also submit the required documents in the required format. 
  • In the final step, the students are supposed to submit all the documents, pay the application fee and submit. 
  • It is also advised to the candidates to download and take out a copy of the application form. 

CSEET Exam Admit Card

Candidates appearing for the examination can download their admit card by entering their login credentials issued at the time of registration. It is mandatory for all the candidates to carry their admit card with valid government-issued id proof to the examination centre. Candidates can refer below to know how to download the admit card: 

  •   Students will be required to visit the official website of ICSI CSEET. 
  • An ‘Admit Card’ link will be visible. Click on that.
  • Students will be now required to enter their registration number and date of birth to log in. 
  • The admit card will be visible and students are advised to download it. 

Best Books to Prepare for CSEET Exam

The students who are planning to appear for the CSEET can refer to different e-books which can help them to prepare better for their examination. Some of the books are mentioned below: 

  • Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning by ICSI
  • Business Communication by ICSI
  • Economic and Commercial Laws by CS Anoop Jain
  • eBook CSEET All four books combo pack by CA CS-Cart
  • Current Affairs Presentation and Skills by CA CS-Cart

CSEET Mock Test 

Candidates who are appearing for the test and are aiming to score good grades can take help from the sample question papers. The students appearing for the examination are advised to check and download the CSEET mock test papers as it will help them to prepare better for the entrance test. Mock sample tests are given below for reference purposes, interested candidates can make use of these papers. 

Particular Link 
Mock Test 1 Click Here
Mock Test 2Click Here
Mock Test 3Click Here 
Mock Test 4Click Here
Mock Test 5Click Here 
Mock Test 6Click Here

CSEET Exam Cut-off 

The cut-off list for CSEET 2023 will be released soon. Students can refer to the official website to know the cut-off details. However, candidates can refer to the previous year’s cut-off score to get an idea. The candidates are required to score minimum marks to qualify for the CS Executive program. The qualifying cutoff score for the CSEET 2023 is mentioned below:

  • The candidates should obtain a minimum of 40% marks in all four papers.
  • The candidate should also obtain a minimum score of 50% in aggregate. 


What is the release date of admit card for the CSEET 2023 November session?

The admit card for the November session has not yet been released by the official authorities of CSEET. However, students can refer to the official website of CSEET to know more about the release date of the admit card.

Is there any negative marking for the CSEET exam 2023?

There is no negative marking for the Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET). The duration of the exam is 120 minutes and it will consist of objective and multiple-choice questions. Students are advised to refer to the above blog to know more about the exam pattern and the syllabus. 

What are the eligibility criteria for the CSEET exam 2023?

The candidates appearing for the exam should be Indians and graduates or postgraduates. Students can refer to the above blog to get more details on the eligibility criteria of CSEET. 

In this blog, we have discussed all the important details of the CSEET exam. The candidates who are interested in the Company Secretary Executive Entrance Test (CSEET) will find this blog useful and we hope that they can use it to commence their application process. 

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