Frequently Asked Questions on ICSI New Syllabus (2017)*
if you haven’t read the new syllabus notification, please read.
The answers to some of the questions are interlinked to each another. This is to be read in totality.
Queries related to Academics
- Why this New Syllabus?
The only constant thing in the world is ‘change’ and it is insidious, i.e., be it political,
economic, social, technological and legal environment. It is imperative that one needs to keep
himself/herself updated with the latest developments in order to surmount the soaring
professional challenges. The New Syllabus has taken utmost care to encompass the
What is unique about the New Syllabus?
While revising the syllabus, the expected profile of Company Secretaries was kept in
view. Further, the innovative concept of Core Areas for Company Secretaries, Ancillary to
Core- Areas allied to Core Areas and Hybrid- Combination of Core and Allied areas have
been imbibed in the New Syllabus.
What is broadly covered in Core, Ancillary and Hybrid areas?
Broadly, the following are covered under Core, Ancillary, and Hybrid
- Core Subjects – Subjects in which each member should possess expertise, i.e., Company
Law, Securities Laws, Insolvency Law, FEMA, and GST.
- Ancillary Subjects – Subjects in which working knowledge to support Core areas is
required for proper understanding and application of Core areas, i.e., Accounts, Finance,
Taxation, Economic, Business and Commercial Laws and Business and Financial
- Hybrid Subjects – Subjects of expertise areas of work which require integrated
application of several Core / Ancillary areas, i.e., Setting up of business, Governance, Risk
and Compliance Management, Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances, Secretarial Audit and
Due Diligence, Restructuring and Insolvency Resolution, Corporate funding, Corporate
- Core Subjects – Subjects in which each member should possess expertise, i.e., Company
- What is the Scheme of the New Syllabus?
The New Syllabus shall comprise of Eight papers at Executive Programme and Nine
papers at Professional Programme including one Paper to be opted by the students out of
eight elective papers namely,
- Banking – Law & Practice
- Insurance- Law & Practice
- Intellectual Property Rights- Laws and Practices
- Forensic Audit
- Direct Tax Law & Practice
- Labour Laws & Practice
- Valuations & Business Modelling
- Insolvency- Law,, and Practice
- What is so unique about the Scheme of the New Syllabus?
Progressive’ paper-wise scheme of the New Syllabus in the Executive Programmes and
Professional Program has been kept to enable the students to acquire step-by-step knowledge
as they move on from one module to the next module in both the programs. The students will
acquire basic and fundamental knowledge of the Executive Programme and advanced and
expert knowledge at the Professional Programme level.
Can you give details pertaining to Scheme of Papers under New Syllabus?
The Scheme of Papers for Executive and Professional Programmes under New Syllabus
are as follows
|Executive Programme||Professional Programme|
|Module – 1||Module-1|
|1.Jurisprudence, Interpretation & General Laws||1. Governance, Risk Management, Compliances, and Ethics|
|2. Company Law||2. Advanced Tax Laws|
|3. Setting up of Business Entities and Closure||3. Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances|
|4. Tax Laws|
|Module – 2||Module – 2|
|5. Corporate & Management Accounting||4. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence|
|6.Securities Laws & Capital Markets||5. Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding-up|
|7.Economic, Business and Commercial Laws||6. Resolution of Corporate Disputes, NonCompliances & Remedies|
|8. Financial and Strategic Management|
|Module – 3|
|7.Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges|
|8. Multidisciplinary Case Studies (The examination for this paper will be open book examination)|
|9. Electives 1 paper out of below 8 papers 9.1 Banking – Law & Practice 9.2 Insurance– Law & Practice 9.3 Intellectual Property Rights– Laws and Practices 9.4 Forensic Audit 9.5 Direct Tax Law & Practice 9.6 Labour Laws & Practice 9.7 Valuations & Business Modelling 9.8 Insolvency – Law and Practice (The examination for this paper will be open book examination)|
Does Company Law has been given due emphasis under New Syllabus, as I can see that unlike existing syllabus there is no Advanced Company Law in the Professional Programme?
Yes, Company Law has been given more focus throughout the New Syllabus. The basic
and fundamentals of the Company Law have been placed in the Executive Program. The
advanced applications of the Company Law have been incorporated suitably in the subjects
of the Professional Programme. The Papers of Governance, Risk Management Compliances
and Ethics, Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due Diligence, Corporate
Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidation and Winding Up, Resolution of Corporate Disputes,
Non-Compliances and Remedies and Corporate Funding and Listings in Stock Exchanges
extensively cover the advanced Company Law with an in-depth focus on the practical aspects.
Moreover, the member will be able to apply these advanced applications of the Company Law
with other connected subjects in the given corporate situations.
What about the approach regarding the allocation of marks for the subjects covered
under the New Syllabus?
A judicious allocation of marks to different parts/components of the subjects of New
Syllabus (Executive Programme and Professional Programme).
What is the significance of the subject ‘Multidisciplinary Case Studies’ as I can see this is the subject being included in Professional Programme?
To provide a fillip to Simulation Learning Approach, the subject titled, ‘Multidisciplinary
Case Studies’ has been introduced in order to develop requisite knowledge and expertise
among the students pursuing Company Secretaryship Course to tackle various Corporate
Issues in their professional career.
Queries related to Exemption
- When New Syllabus for Executive Programme and Professional Programme will be
The applicability of New Syllabus is as under
- Executive Programme
- The first examination of the Executive Programme under the new syllabus shall be held in December 2018.
- Candidates registered effective from 1st March 2018 shall be examined under the new
- Professional Programme
- The first examination of the Professional Programme under the new syllabus shall be held
in June 2019.
- Candidates registered effective from 1st September 2018 shall be examined under new
- Executive Programme
- What about the candidates registered prior to 1st March 2018 as far as appearing in the Examination are concerned?
New candidates registered prior to 1st March 2018 will be permitted to appear in the
Executive Program Examination under the new syllabus if they op so t. The last examination
of the Executive Programme under the old syllabus shall be held in December 2019. From
and including June 2020, Executive Programme Examination shall be held under the new
If I register under ICSI New Syllabus will I be able to appear in both the Modules in
December 2018 Examination?
No, you can only appear in any 1 of the Modules of Executive Programme of ICSI New
Syllabus. However, candidates registered prior to 1st of March, 2018 under Old Syllabus and
subsequently, switch over to New Syllabus on or after 1st of March, 2018 can appear in both
the Modules of the Executive Programme of New Syllabus.
Will there be MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) based examination for any subject /(s) covered under Executive and Professional Programmes of ICSI New Syllabus 2017?
No. Subjects covered under Executive and Professional Programmes of ICSI New
Syllabus 2017 will have a descriptive pattern of examination.
I am interested to pursue CS Course. Should I register under Old or New Syllabus for
Till 28th of February, 2018 you could have registered under Old Syllabus, but from 1st of
March 2018 onwards, one has to register under New Syllabus in order to take admission in
Executive Programme. However, candidates registered prior to 1st of March, 2018 under Old
Syllabus and subsequently switch over to New Syllabus on or after 1st of March, 2018 can
appear in both the Modules of the Executive Programme of New Syllabus.
I am presently under 2012 Old Syllabus of Executive / Professional Programme? Am I
eligible for a switchover to the New 2017 Syllabus of Executive and Professional Programme?
_Yes. Students of 2012 Old Syllabus may switchover to 2017 New Syllabus. The process
of a switchover to New Syllabus may be seen at the following link to the Institute’s website: _
* Students may start submitting online requests switchover to Executive Programme 2017
New Syllabus with effect from 5th March 2018
* Students may start submitting online requests switchover to Professional Programme
2017 New Syllabus from the month of September 2018
- Is there any paper wise exemption while switching over from existing syllabus to New Syllabus?, If so, then kindly provide the details thereof.
As a key attraction of the New Syllabus, we wish to inform that there is a scheme of
paper wise exemption. The details of the scheme of paper wise exemption are as under-
|Existing Syllabus (2012)||Paper-wise Exemption under New Syllabus (2017)|
|1.Company Law||Module 1; Paper 2- Company Law|
|2. Cost and Management Accounting||Module 2; Paper 5- Corporate and Management Accounting|
|3. Economic and Commercial Laws||Module 2; Paper 7- Economic, Business and Commercial Laws|
|4. Tax Laws and Practice||Module 1; Paper 4- Tax Laws|
|5. Company Accounts and Auditing Practices||Module 2; Paper 5- Corporate and Management Accounting|
|6. Capital Markets and Securities Laws||Module 2; Paper 6- Securities Laws & Capital Markets|
|7. Industrial, Labour, and General Laws||Module 1; Paper 1 – Jurisprudence, Interpretation, and General Laws|
|1. Advanced Company Law and Practice||Module 2; Paper 6 – Resolution of Corporate Disputes, Non-Compliances & Remedies|
|2. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence||Module 2; Paper 4 – Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management, and Due Diligence|
|3. Corporate Restructuring, Valuation, and Insolvency||Module 2; Paper 5 – Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency, Liquidations & Winding-up|
|4. Information Technology and Systems Audit||No Exemption|
|5. Financial, Treasury and Forex Management||Module-3; Paper 7- Corporate Funding & Listings in Stock Exchanges|
|6. Ethics, Governance, and Sustainability||Module 1; Paper 1- Governance, Risk Management, Compliances, and Ethics|
|7. Advanced Tax Laws and Practice||Module 1; Paper 2 – Advanced Tax Laws|
|8. Drafting, Appearances and Pleadings||Module 1; Paper 3 – Drafting, Pleadings, and Appearances|
|9. Elective Subjects||Module 3; Paper 9 – Elective paper|
- Is it true that all Students of Executive and Professional Programme 2017 New Syllabus (including those switchover to New Syllabus) are required to successfully complete an Online Pre-Exam Test to become eligible for appearing in the main examinations?
Students who have registered under New Syllabus 2017 of Executive Programme and
Professional Programme shall be required to successfully complete a Pre-Exam Test before
enrolling for the main examinations. Students switching over from Old Syllabus 2012 to
New Syllabus 2017 of Executive Programme and Professional Programme shall also be
required to successfully complete a Pre-Exam Test to become eligible for enrolling in the
As today we are living in the era of digitalization, Pre-Examination Test will be conducted
online for each subjects of Executive Programme and Professional Programme. The notable
point is unless and until a student does not pass the Pre-Examination Test he/she will not be
eligible to take up the Executive and Professional Examinations.