FOUNDATION

ABOUT THE CS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

Eligibility

Candidates who have passed Senior Secondary (10+2) examination of a Board/University constituted by law in India or any examination recognised by the Central Government as equivalent thereto are eligible.

Provisional admission is allowed to a candidate who has appeared or enrolled for appearing in Senior Secondary (10+2 or equivalent) examination , provided proof of passing the examination is produced within 6 months of making the application.

Admission is open throughout the year by making an application in the prescribed Form FC-1 together with documentary evidence in support of date of birth and educational qualification.

Duration of Foundation Programme is 8 months, excluding the months of admission and the examination. Foundation Programme students are required to pass the Foundation examination within 3 years from the date of their admission

 

Subjects:

  • English and Business Communication
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Elements of Business Laws and Management

 

Exemption From Foundation Examination

A candidate possessing any of the following qualifications or any other qualifications recognised by the Council of the ICSI with the approval of the Central Government as equivalent thereto, is exempted from passing the Foundation examination

A Degree or master's degree in Corporate Secretaryship or Commerce Pass in the Final examination of the Institute of Cost and Works Accounts of India(ICWAI) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants(ICAI) of India or any other Accountancy Institution in India or abroad recognised as  equivalent thereto by the Council: 

Or

A degree or master's degree in any discipline other than Fine Arts.

A candidate who is eligible for exemption from the Foundation examination under clause (iii) stated above can seek registration as student. Such a candidate before becoming eligible for undergoing coaching for the Intermediate examination is required to undergo satisfactorily a course of postal or oral tuition for those subjects of the foundation examination which he had not studied at the graduate or post graduate level, after registration as a student.

 

Course Duration

Minimum - 8 months 

It is the period starting from the time the student gets registered for the course, to the time the student completes the coaching and other formalities required for being eligible for appearing at the main examination at this level.

Since the main examinations are conducted once every six months only, the actual time gap between registration and appearing at the main examination may be more than 8 months.

 

Exam Frequency

The main/final examinations for the CS Foundation Programme level are conducted twice every year generally on specified dates which do not change, except under extraordinary circumstances.

 June Examination

First Week of June
[2nd to 5th – 2 pm to 5 pm].

 December Examination

Last Week of December
[30th to 2nd January – 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm].

 


Minimum Requirements : Age, Academic Qualifications

Minimum Age

There is no stipulation as to the minimum age required for registering for the course.


Note

It should be noted that, for registering for the subsequent level a candidate should have completed 17 years age on the date of making application for registration.


Minimum Academic/Educational Qualifications

A pass at the 10 + 2 (Senior secondary/intermediate) examination of a Board/University recognised by the Central Government or State Government.

Candidates who have appeared at the 10+2 (intermediate) examination and are confident of getting through the exam, can register provisionally.


(Group (MPC/MEC/BiPC ...)

There is no stipulation as to the group that a student should have taken up at the 10 + 2 examination. Students of all groups are eligible for taking up the CS (Company Secretaries) course at the Foundation Programme level.


(Medium (English, Hindi, ... )

There is no stipulation as to the medium that a student should have taken up at the 10 + 2 examination. Students of all mediums are eligible for taking up the CS Foundation Programme level.

 


Note

This course is available only in English and Hindi media.


Minimum Percentage (%)

There is no stipulation as to the minimum percentage that a student should have got at the 10 + 2 examination. Just a pass at the examination is sufficient.

 

Are Supplementary Passed Candidates Eligible?

There is no restriction of any sort on the eligibility of supplementary passed candidates in taking up CS Foundation Programme (company secretaries foundation programme) level. The minimum academic qualification required is just a pass at the 10 + 2 level.

A candidate can pursue the course even if he/she is a supplementary passed candidate at the 10 + 2 (senior secondary/intermediate) level.

 

 

Exam Pattern :

                    Introduction of Computer Based Examination for Foundation Programme 

                                                              (w.e.f June 2014)                              

 

  1. The Institute has decided to discontinue OMR Based Examination and instead   introduce Computer Based Examination (CBE) for its Foundation Programme students from June 2014 onwards. However, examinees  would continue to be assessed through Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  2.  

    2.      The following is the scheme of Computer Based Examination:

     

    Day and Date

    Subjects

    Total No of Questions and Marks  

    Type of Questions

    Duration of examination

     

     

     

     

    Day -One

    Business Environment and Entrepreneurship (BEE)

    &

    Business  Management, Ethics and Communication (BMEC)

    50(100 marks)

     

     

    50(100 marks)

     

    MCQs having  four options with one correct answer (No negative mark for wrong answer)

    90 minutes in one sitting for both the subjects

     

     

    Day-Two

    Business Economics (BE)

    &

    Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing (FAA) 

     

    50(100 marks)

     

    50(100 marks)

     

    MCQs having  four options with one correct answer (No negative mark for wrong answer)

    90 minutes in one sitting for both the subjects

     

    3.      Candidates would be required to sit before a computer terminal and use computer-mouse while attempting the questions.  Computer Based Examination would be held in all those cities in India and aboard, where the Institute’s existing examinations are held. Details of examination centres/venues  will be informed  separately.  

     

    4.      Questions would be displayed on the computer screen both in English as well as Hindi language except for Business Management, Ethics and Communication paper, for which questions shall be provided in English medium only.  

     

    5.      The date of declaration of result of CBE would be published on the website of the Institute.  

     

    6.      To familiarise students with Computer Based Examinations, Mock Test, FAQs, Examination Time Schedule, procedure to enroll for examination and Instructions to Examinees, etc.  would shortly  be hosted on the Institute’s website.