Guidance note on Memorandum of Understanding between ICSI and ICSA

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India have supplemented their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that recognises the common interest both Institutes have in promoting best practice in ‘Company Secretaryship’. Both Institutes wish to encourage greater contact between their two organisations and to make reciprocity of membership more accessible.  

This supplement to the 1998 MOU recognizes the new qualifying programmes that each Institute has recently implemented as well as streamlining administrative requirements. 

Members of the ICSI can now study with the ICSA division of their choice, subject to residency requirements in some countries.  Members of the ICSA can study with the ICSI at a range of centers in India.  

You can access more information on the arrangements under this MOU in the tabs on the left.


Guidance note for ICSI members

First see the brief details of ICSA division’s Qualifying Programme and then select the any one division of ICSA.



It is clarified that the members of the Institute (Associates / Fellows) in good standing for a minimum period of two years are eligible to derive the benefit of the MOU signed between the two Institutes. 


Registration Procedures:

To register as a student of ICSA following documents are required to submit at Ms. Preeti Kaushik Banerjee, Director, ICSI House, 22, Institutional Area, lodi road, New Delhi-110003 for endorsement by Post/Courier:

  1.  1)  Duly completed  Membership Verification Form
  2.  2)  Demand Draft of Rs. 1770/- in favour of “The Institute of Company Secretaries of India" payable at New Delhi.
  3.  3)  Self certified copy of your ICSI Membership Certificate

The duly filled in verification form shall be endorsed by the Endorsing Officer of ICSI at the space provided for therein. These verification form is not required to be sent directly to ICSA as they will not accept this without endorsement.  The members are not required to remit registration and exemption fee to ICSI. After receipt of member verification form, Student Support Section of ICSA will contact by email for the payment of applicable course fees and after payment of fee ICSI member will be registered as ICSA student.

Please note that the ICSI is discharging its duties and responsibilities as an Endorsing Officer and forwarding the verification form to ICSA.  Thereafter the members would receive the communication directly from respective division of ICSA with regard to their registration and other matters. The members are welcome to seek any further information / clarification, from respective division of ICSA, pertaining to their examination/fee/syllabus etc. The contact details of ICSA is available at left side of tab.


Guidance note for ICSA members who wish to pursue the ICSI Course under the ICSI-ICSA MoU


Thank you for the interest you have shown in becoming a member of ICSI. The following represents some general guidance in connection with the ICSI-ICSA MoU requirements:

  1. You must have been a member of ICSA in good standing for a minimum of two years and it should be certified by the ICSA endorsing officer 
  2. Two papers of Professional Programme for which the ICSA members have to appear for acquiring ICSI Membership:

    1. Secretarial Audit, Compliance Management and Due diligence
    2. Corporate Restructuring Insolvency, Liquidation & Winding Up

  1. Fee Structure
      1. Student’s Registration Fee – Rs. 15,000
      2. Student’s Examination Fee – Rs. 750 per paper  
      3. Membership Fee – as applicable to Indian Citizen   

The examinations are conducted twice in a year in the month of June and December at various examination centers in India and one overseas center at Dubai. Other condition applicable to Indian Citizens will be applicable for the ICSA members.