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ICSI Exam Essentials: Books and Study Plans

Are you having trouble navigating the maze of literature for your Company Secretaries Exam? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here is a collection of the best books to help you throughout your ICSI journey.

CSEET Computer-Based Exam:

Business Communication:

  1. Simply Said by Jay Sullivan – The focus is on audience-centered communication.
  2. How to talk to anyone by Leil Lowndes – Finds insights and approaches for developing an amazing personality.
  3. Everyone Communication, Few Connect by John Maxwell – Real-life examples might help you improve your connecting skills.

Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning:

  1. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal – Excellent for competitive Exams.
  2. Legal Aptitude & Logical reasoning by KM Bansal, Ritika Godhwani – Thousands of questions and sample test papers are available.
  3. Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Panday – In-depth coverage to help you master the fundamentals.

Economic and Business Environment:

  1. The Big Short by Michael Lewis – Explores the housing bubble and its aftermath.
  2. Post-Capitalist Society by Peter F. Drucker – The move from individual to organizational ownership is discussed.
  3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner – Blends pop culture with economic theories

Current Affairs:

  1. Current Affairs by Arihant Experts – Crucial for various competitive exams.
  2. Indian Yearbook by Publications Division Government of India – Covers important dignitaries, policies, demographics, and more.
  3. Kiran’s Current Affairs by Kiran Prakashan – Focuses on objective questions for exams like UPSC and CGL.

Viva Voce:

  1. Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell – Essential for software developer job interviews.
  2. Basic Interviewing Skills by Raymond L. Gorden – Guides through the interview process from the interviewer’s perspective.
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Timeless advice on self-presentation.

ICSI Executive Programme:


  1. Jurisprudence Interpretation & General Laws by Taxmann – Covers the revised syllabus.
  2. Company Law by Taxmann – Tailored for the Executive Level exam.
  3. Setting up of Business Entities and Closure by Taxmann – Comprehensive coverage of the revised syllabus.
  4. Tax Laws Including GST & Customs Laws by N. S. Zad – Aligned with the latest ICSI syllabus.

Module 2:

  1. Corporate Accounting by B.S. Raman – A reference book for various professional courses.
  2. Securities and Exchange Board of India Act 1992 by Taxman – Annotated text along with SEBI rules and regulations.
  3. Economic, Business and Commercial Laws by Taxmann – Covers the entire revised syllabus.
  4. Financial Management: Theory & Practice by Eugene F. Brigham and Michael C. Ehrhardt – Explores corporate finance fundamentals.

ICSI Foundation Programme:

  1. CS Prof Governance Risk Management Compliance And Ethics by Ankush Bansal – User-friendly and covers ICSI amendments.
  2. Advanced Tax Laws by Pratik Neve – Exclusive for the Professional Level exam.
  3. Drafting, Pleadings and Appearances by CS Anoop Jain – Focuses on minute details.

Elective Paper 9 (Banking – Law & Practice, Insurance – Law & Practice, Intellectual Property Rights, Forensic Audit, Direct Tax Laws & Practice, Labour Laws & Practice, Valuations & Business Modelling, Insolvency – Law and Practice): Various authors cater to specific electives, ensuring a comprehensive understanding.

Preparation Strategy:

  • Know your syllabus thoroughly.
  • Focus on strong subjects first for confidence.
  • Solve previous year’s papers for insights.
  • Make concise notes for quick revision.
  • Use illustrations for better retention.
  • Attempt mock tests to enhance speed and identify weaknesses.

Success awaits with the right resources and a strategic approach! Happy studying!

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