CSEET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020


The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has updated the CSEET syllabus on its website – icsi.edu. The exam body is conducting online classes to cover CSEET 2020 syllabus from April 20. The classes will be conducted over a duration of 20 days.

The first three papers shall be having 35 questions and the fourth paper of current affairs with 15 questions. Out of the total 200 marks, candidates should score at least 50% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in each paper to be declared as pass.

Here you will get the complete guide on CSEET syllabus and exam pattern 2020.

CSEET Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020

There are four papers in total for CSEET 2020 examination. Each paper is divided into parts according to units covered within them. Candidates should go through the units carefully and make an assessment of the syllabus.

Paper 1 (Business Communication)

Paper 1 of CSEET Syllabus 2020 is divided into 4 units. Unit 1, i.e. Essentials of Good English of the paper is designed to test the knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary of the candidate and the other three units will test his/her understanding of various aspects of communication in business-

Paper 1 (Business Communication)

Unit 1

Essentials of Good English

  • English Grammar and its usage-

Noun, Pronouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Interjection, Voice, Articles, Tenses, Prefix and Suffix, Punctuations etc.

  • Enriching Vocabulary-

Choice of words, Synonyms and Antonyms

Common errors in English, words with multiple meaning, one word substitution, words frequently mis-spelt, homophones, idioms and phrases, proverbs, abbreviations, para jumbles, sentence completion, sentence arrangement, sentence correction, foreign words and phrases commonly used

  • Comprehension of passage and art of Summarizing

Unit 2


  • Concept of Communication, Meaning and Significance of Good Communication

  • Business Communication- Principles and Process

  • Means of Communication- Written, Oral, Visual, Audiovisual

  • Choice of Modes of Communication

  • Communication Networks- Vertical, Circuit, Chain, Wheel, Star

  • Commonly used Mediums of Digital Communication- Email, SMS, Voice mail, Multimedia, Teleconferencing, Mobile Phone Conversation, Video Conferencing etc.

  • Listening Skills-Types, Purpose, Steps to Effective Listening, Barriers to Effective Listening and Ways to overcome the Barriers

  • Barriers to Effective Communication and Ways to overcome the Barriers

Unit 3

Business Correspondence

  • Business Letters – Its Essentials, Parts, Types, Salutations

  • Positive Messages, Negative Messages and Persuasive Messages

  • Business Reports, Inter and Intra-departmental Communication- Office Orders, Office Circulars, Memorandum, Office Notes, Management Information System (MIS)

  • Concept of Web, Internet and E-correspondence

  • Intranet- Benefit and Purpose

  • Email – Features, Procedure to Write a Formal Email, Email Etiquettes

  • Essential Elements of Email- Subject line, Formal Greeting, Target Audience (Reader), Clarity and Conciseness, Formal Closing, Proofreading, Feedback

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Email

Unit 4

Common Business Terminologies

  • Terms defined under various Laws, Rules and Regulations including Financial and Non-Financial terms and expressions.

Paper 2(Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning)

Paper 2 of CSEET 2020 Syllabus is designed to test the basic understanding of Laws, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning skills of the candidates. The paper is divided into two parts- first part consists of five units to test the candidates’ knowledge of Indian Constitution, company laws and legislation. The second part of the paper(3 units) will test logical, verbal and non-verbal reasoning knowledge-

Paper 2, Part A (25 Marks)

Unit 1

Indian Constitution

  • Preamble

  • Citizenship

  • Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties

  • Directive Principles of State Policy

  • State under Constitution

  • President and Governors

  • Council of Ministers and Prime Minister

  • Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council

  • Supreme Court and High Courts

  • Landmark Amendment in Constitution

  • List of subjects- Centre, State and Concurrent

Unit 2

Elements of General Laws (Indian Contract Act and Law of Torts)

(A)Law of Contract

  • Offer, Acceptance, Consideration and Competency to Contract.

  • Agreement

  • Types of Contract: Void, Voidable, Unenforceable

  • Performance of Contract

  • Frustration of Contract

  • Quasi Contract

  • Breach of Contract and Remedies

(B)Law of Torts

  • Basics of Torts

  • Specific Defenses

  • Nuisance and Negligence

  • Strict, Absolute and Vicarious Liability

  • Trespass

  • Malicious Prosecution

Unit 3

Elements of Company Secretaries Legislation

  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

  • Vision, Mission, Motto and Core Values of the Institute

  • Company Secretary under Company Secretaries Act, 1980.

  • Functions of Company Secretary under the Companies Act, 2013

  • Role of Company Secretary in Employment

  • Role of Company Secretary in Practice

Unit 4

Elements of Company Law

  • Meaning and Nature of Company

  • Types of Companies

  • Incorporation of a Company

  • Types of capital

  • Board of Directors -(Concept, Appointment and Removal of Directors)

  • Board Meetings & Shareholders Meetings

Unit 5

Legal Reasoning

  • Legal Fundamentals and Terms

  • Legal Problems – Reading and understanding a case

  • Legal Terminology and Maxims

  • Legal Reasoning-

(a) Reasoning by Analogy

(b) Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

  • Questions of Fact (or factual issues)

  • Questions of Law (or legal issues)

  • Landmark Judgments of Supreme Court and High Court

  • Reading Comprehension

Part B – Logical Reasoning (25 Marks)

Unit 1

Logical Reasoning

  • Calendars

  • Cause and Effect Reasoning

  • Clocks

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Deriving Conclusion from Passages

  • Drawing Inference

  • Number Test

  • Sequence and Series

  • Statement and Assumptions

Unit 2

Verbal Reasoning

  • Alphabet Test

  • Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle

  • Analogy

  • Assertion and Reason

  • Blood Relations • Decision Making

  • Inserting Missing Characters

  • Logical Sequence Test

  • Logical Venn Diagram

  • Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test

  • Syllogism

  • Truth Tellers and Liars

Unit 3

Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Classification

  • Completion of Incomplete Pattern

  • Figure Matrix

  • Grouping of Identical Figures

  • Mirror Image

  • Rule Detection

  • Numeric and Alphabet Series

Paper 3 (Economic and Business Environment)

This paper within the CSEET Syllabus 2020 is designed to test understanding of micro & macro economics concepts in relation to the Indian economic system(Part A). Second part of the paper will test the understanding of various crucial elements of a business environment-

Paper 3, Part A (25 Marks)

Unit 1

Basics of Demand and Supply and Forms of Market Competition

  • Theory of Demand and Supply

  • Equilibrium Price

  • Elasticity of Demand and Supply and other related concepts

  • Increase and Decrease in Demand and Expansion and Contraction of Demand

  • Forms of Market Competition- Monopoly, Duopoly, Oligopoly, Perfect Competition and Monopolistic Competition

Unit 2

National Income Accounting and Related Concepts

  • Meaning and methods to compute National Income

  • Key variables of National Income (GNP, GDP, NNP, NDP etc.)

Unit 3

Indian Union Budget

  • Key terminologies / heads covered under the budget

  • Revenue and Capital Budget

  • Major components of Revenue and Capital Budget

  • Meaning of Fiscal Deficit

  • Components/ Variables covered under Fiscal Deficit

Unit 4

Indian Financial Markets

  • Overview of Indian Financial Ecosystem

  • Key facets of Indian financial system 9

  • Growth of Financial Institutions

  • Public and private sector banks

  • Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Small Industries Development Bank of India

  • Regional Rural Banks

  • Cooperative Banks

  • Non-Banking Finance Companies

  • Basics of Capital Market: Types of Shares and Debentures Financial assistance scenario for Small and Medium Enterprises and Start-Ups.

Unit 5

Indian Economy

  • Primary (Agriculture and allied activities)

  • Secondary (Manufacturing)

  • Tertiary (Services)

  • Current scenario of agriculture and allied activities in India

  • Agricultural and Industrial Policies of India

  • Current scenario of services sector in India

  • Balance of Payments

  • Favorable and Unfavorable Balance of Trade

  • Foreign Investments in India- Types and Flows

Paper 3, Part B (25 Marks)

Unit 1

Entrepreneurship Scenario

  • Government initiatives to foster entrepreneurship

  • Need for entrepreneurship in India

  • Bottlenecks in entrepreneurial growth

Unit 2

Business Environment

  • Overview of Business Environment

  • Features and factors influencing business environment

  • Types of environment: Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Political environment, Legal and Technological environment

  • Ease of Doing Business Index by World Bank for India and Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for States

Unit 3

Key Government Institutions

  • Basic awareness about various institutions and regulatory bodies in India such as NITI Aayog, MCA, SEBI, RBI, IBBI, CCI, NCLT/NCLAT etc.

Paper – 4 Current Affairs, Presentation and Communication Skills (Viva Voce)

First part of This paper is designed to check the awareness and knowledge of the candidates about current affairs of national and international importance. Viva voce part of the paper will test listening and writing skills of the candidates.

Paper 4 Part A(20 Marks)

Unit 1

Current Affairs

Current affairs of national and international importance-

  • International bodies (ASEAN, BRICS, SAARC, G-20, BIMSTEC, etc.)

  • Organizations like, RBI, NABARD, CCI, IBBI, IMF, OECD, ADB, World Bank, etc.

  • Summits and conferences

  • Current development in Banking and Finance (digital banking, govt. initiatives, financial inclusion, etc.)

  • Current development in stock markets

  • Recent important judgments passed by Supreme Court and High Courts of India, Tribunals

  • Current affairs related to CS Institute/Profession and regulatory bodies

  • Current updates on environment, biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development

  • Latest developments in science and technology, IT, Computers and Space science

  • Business personalities and leaders

  • Committees and appointments

  • Art and culture

  • Books and their authors

  • Awards and honours

  • Sports

  • Current political scenario

  • Initiatives/ schemes of the government

  • Language and national symbols 11

  • Governance and ethics

  • International diplomacy

Paper 4, Part B (30 Marks)

Unit 1

Listening Skills

  • Audio clips based questions



  • Grammar Test

  • Vocabulary Test

Unit 2

Written Communication Skills

  • Writing on a given topic

  • Correcting a given paragraph

  • Short Note writing

  • Essay writing

  • Precis writing

Unit 3

Oral Communication Skills

  • Candidates are expected to

-Answer a given question

-Speak on a given topic

-Explain the given term

CSEET Exam Pattern 2020

CSEET 2020 exam shall be conducted in CBT mode with a viva voce round. First three papers along with part A of paper 4 are all to be carried out through CBT. Viva voce is an oral and written round

CSEET Exam Pattern 2020

Paper 1

Business Communication

35 questions

50 marks

Paper 2

Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

35 questions

50 marks

Paper 3

Economic & Business Environment

35 questions

50 marks

Paper 4

Current Affairs

15 questions

20 marks


Presentation and Communication Skills


30 marks

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