Company Secretary as a Career, Salary, Job Description, Skills

A Company Secretary is the member of Institute of Companies Secretaries of India (ICSI). He acts as an important role between the company and its Board of Directors, shareholders, government and regulatory authorities. He ensures that board procedures are followed and regularly reviewed. He also provides guidance to the board of directors on their responsibilities under various laws.

Company Secretary’s Job Highlights

Degree Required

Certification By ICSI

Degree Field


Skills Required

Communication Skills, Influencing Skills, Company Law Expertise, Time Management, Attention to detail


Avg Rs. 3 to Rs 6 lakhs per annum.

Company Secretary’s Education Qualification

To be a Company Secretary, you are required to get certification by ICSI by clearing 3 level certification exam.

  1. Foundation Programme
  2. Executive Programme (consists of two modules)
  3. Professional Programme (consists of four modules)

If you wish to be a CS after your 12th examinations, then you have to start with the Foundation Programme. However, if you wish to pursue CS as your career after your graduation (any field except Fine arts) then you can start directly with the Executive Programme.

What type of skills are required for Company Secretary?

Since CS is responsible to look after company’s laws and to ensure that the company complies with the same. Therefore, he needs to have an expertise in company’s laws. He should also have excellent communication skills and influencing skills. He should also be able to give attention to details and should be team worker. Also, he should be analytical and problem solver and should be able to work with numbers.

Courses that can be pursued after or along CS

There are a number of courses that can be pursued after or along your CS. Some of these are

  1. LLB
  2. CA
  3. CMA
  4. Short term courses in Insurance
  5. Diploma in Capital Market or Money Market
  6. Certificate Courses in Share Market
  7. Certificate courses in Banking, Investment, Finance
  8. Certificate in Business Protection Laws


The average salary of an entry level Company Secretary lies between the rage of Rs. 3 to Rs. 6 lakhs per annum. However, with experience and the type of organisation the average salary may rise up to Rs. 19 lakhs per annum.


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