Company Secretaries are employed by business houses and industrial concerns, both in the public and the private sectors. To be eligible for employment, one has to pass the examinations conducted by the Department of Company Affairs, Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi 110001. There are three examinations:
The candidates appearing for Preliminary Examination should at least be an Intermediate. However, candidates who are Graduates, Chartered Accountants, Cost and Works Accountants or holders of National Diploma in Commerce are exempted from Preliminary Examination.
· Book-keeping and Accountancy
· Elements of Commerce;
· Office Management.
Standard of Pass: A candidate for the Preliminary Examination shall be declared pass in the examination, if he obtains at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and 50% marks in the aggregate.
After passing the Preliminary Examination, or having obtained exemption there from, the candidates, who are not less than 18 years, are eligible to be registered as students. After continued six months’ registration, the candidates may appear for the Intermediate Examination of the Department.
The examination consists of Groups, each Group comprising three subjects: Accountancy, Economics and Principles of Law in Group I; and English, Secretarial Practice (General) and Company Law in Group II.
The registered students, one year after their passing the Intermediate Examination, can appear in the Final Examination. This examination also comprises two Groups-Group I consisting of three subjects, namely, Advanced Accountancy (including Company Taxation), Secretarial Practice (General), Secretarial Practice (Administration and Management); and Group II consisting of three subjects, namely; Mercantile Law (including Elements of Labor, Legislation and Practice), Economics and Company Law.
After passing the Final Examination, the candidates have to complete at least six months’ practical training in Joint Stock Companies in secretarial work, insurance, general administration, taxation and accounts. Only after successful completion of practical training the candidates are awarded the general diploma in company secretary ship G.D.C.
The examinations are conducted twice a year by the Advisory Board of Company Secretaries in April and October.
Avenues for Employment:
Service in Joint Stock Companies, Government departmental undertakings, etc.
Application forms along with other particulars can be obtained from the Department of Company Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.