CS Foundation Exam Pattern and Details

CS Foundation is a first level examination to become Company Secretary. The concerned authority of Company Secretary is the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). CS is the legal expert managing all adminsitration, legal, finance, accounts, and statutory requirements. The aspirants can apply even in 10th grade, however they can only take the examination after completing 12th grade. CS examination is held twice a year, in June and December. Usually, the results are out after a month of examination, that is, July and December. The examination has four papers of 50 questions each. There are 2 marks for each question, where there are 100marks in total for each paper. To clear this examination, candidates are required to score minimum 40% in each paper, with 50% in aggregate of all four papers. With almost 35,000 students appearing for CS Foundation every year, the level of the examination becomes very competitive for all the students. Thus, candidates are advised to attempt previous year question papers and mock tests to practice well.


Eligibility  Exam Pattern  |  Syllabus  |  Tips and Tricks  

Key Highlight
of Foundation
Eligibility: 12th Grade cleared
Application fee: General/OBC/Female- 4500 (+1200 per exam) SC/ST/PH- 2250 (+600 per exam)


  • Students who have cleared 12th Grade.

Exam Pattern

  • The examination application fees is General/OBC/Female- INR 4500 (+1200 per exam); SC/ST/PH- INR 2250 (+600 per exam)
  • CS Foundation examination is held twice a year, in July and December.
  • Admit cards are released 15 days before the exam.
  • CS Foundation has 200 objective type questions.
  • The exam duration is 3 hours in total of all four papers.
  • There are four papers for 100 marks each.


There are 200 questions for 200 marks in total.

  1. Business Environment & Entrepreneurship
  2. Business Management, Ethics and Communication
  3. Business Economics
  4. Fundamentals of Accounting and Auditing

Tips and Tricks

  • Candidates must attempt questions carefully.
  • Candidates must revise their concepts thoroughly.
  • Candidates must have thorough knowledge of law terms.
  • Take online mock tests to know your strengths and weaknesses to better prepare all the eight papers.
  • Candidates must practice placement papers and mock tests to prepare well.

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